We took this tour to the quaint town of San Sebastian. We were picked up at our hotel and unfortunately travelled over two hours in a large bus to the dropoff point where our tour began and then another two hours in a van to our destination. While the tour was interesting, there was too much travelling time to make it worth it.
Our first stop along the way was a place overlooking this valley to sample a locally made tortilla.
This newly contructed bridge replaced a trail down the valley in the previous photo. To cross to the other side, travellors had to go down the valley some distance and then up the other side. So the bridge was a tremendous time saver.
This was a small bakery at the side of the tortilla stand.
We next visited a tequila shop where the owner gave us a tour and showed us how the tequila was made.
From this point, we could look down on the new bridge and see the old form of transportation using it.
Here is a sample guava plant which is used in the making of tequila.
Only the hearts of the guava plant, shown here, are used to make the tequila.
They are then cooked in this furnace.
And afterward, mashed up here.
Finally, the distillation process is done here.
We were allowed to sample the various types of tequila that were produced here. And of course, we could buy a bottle, which worked out to about $50 Canadian.
We finally arrived at San Sebastion del Oueste. The buildings were in colonial style.
This is the town square with the church steeple in the background.
The church building and steeple.
Inside the church
Inside the church
This old cantina, where in the old days, drunken patrons used to shoot off their guns, was left in its orginal condition with bullet holes in the ceiling.
The town square and buffa, the highest peak in the range, in the background
The town square & church steeple