Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mahakua Hacienda De San Antonio

Too bad this beautiful place can't be easily visited ... but if you were paying $800+us a night I doubt you'd care for bus loads of tourists rolling through. It's located outside of Comala and does give you an idea of the history and what the area looks like.

The 19th century Hacienda de Santa Cruz was established by a German immigrant Don Arnoldo Vogel as a successful coffee producer. Construction of the main house, or Casa Grande, began in 1879 and was completed in 1890. In 1904, a magnificent arched aqueduct was constructed using black volcanic stone to provide water for use in the main house as well as to operate the generator, which provided power to the ranch machinery. In the late 1970’s, Don Antenor Patiño bought the hacienda and brought the Mexican architect Mauricio Romano to begin to renovate the decrepit Hacienda decade later, British financer & tycoon Sir James Goldsmith acquired the hacienda

Sir James Goldsmith’s vision of preservation and restoration extends beyond the Pacific Coast. The Hacienda San Antonio was originally established in 1890 by German immigrant Don Arnoldo Vogel and was renowned for its production of Arabica coffee. The Hacienda San Antonio was acquired by Sir James Goldsmith and his daughter Alix, restored and designed the property to echo the tradition of a true hacienda but with the soul of a family home. Each of the 25 suites are individually decorated to reflect Mexico’s artisans and craftsman with the finest of finishing. The French style gardens, the al fresco dinning terraces and the volcanic stone lined walls of the Club Room set the stage for a stately wedding and reception drenched in tradition yet sacrificing none of the needed modern amenities. Sitting on a private estate of over 5000 acres the property is accessible by private charter or is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Guadalajara International Airport.

Hacienda San Antonio, Comala Colima Mexico
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Zona Magica Colima

An interesting stop for a few minutes is the Zona Magica on the road from Comala to Suchitlan, various lakes in the area and good volcano views. I've stopped numerous times, usually with a friend that has not been to the area or tested the phenomenon.

There are laterals (side roads) in this section so you don't get a lot of cars stopping in the middle of the highway. You can either pull off to the side or if you're sure there is no traffic stop on the highway. In the right location, your car will roll uphill, water will run uphill ... and my favorite, a beer can will roll uphill ... while you swear they should go the other way

Even though there are stories of magnetic forces in the area ... I'm convinced it's simply an optical illusion. A combination of the landscape and the road construction ... but that spoils all the fun.

The Magic Zone
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Colima is a state in western Mexico. It shares its name with its capital and main city, Colima, Colima. Colima is a small state, sharing a border with the Mexican states of Jalisco to the north and east, and Michoacán to the south. To the west Colima borders the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the capital city of Colima, the state's main cities include Manzanillo and Tecomán.

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