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Distance

3.53 mi

Elevation gain

1,900 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,903 ft

Max elevation

6,362 ft

Trailrank

52 5

Min elevation

5,091 ft

Trail type

One Way

Time

4 hours 15 minutes

Coordinates

609

Uploaded

October 2, 2013

Recorded

September 2013
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6,362 ft
5,091 ft
3.53 mi

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near San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco (Mexico)

From the streets of Ajijic head for El Tepalo Waterfall (occasionally it actually has water - good luck!)where you might want to hunt for El Tepalo Geocache and enjoy a great view down the ravine. Now go west, perhaps stopping at The Saddle for a rest. Next stop: the Indian Ceremonial Grounds where the Danza del Sol is performed once a year by native peoples who come from all over Mexico and other countries. They dance while fasting from all food and water (for four days and nights!), roast inside a very hot temazcal (Sweat Lodge) and undergo a skin piercing ceremony that is beyond belief. For more info, see the classic movie A Man Called Horse.
Religious site

Danza del Sol

  • Photo of Danza del Sol
  • Photo of Danza del Sol
Danza del Sol ceremonial site. Originally there were two hills here. Indigenous people worked long and hard to create the wide, flat meadow. You'll get a great view of the lake from here.
Geocache

El Tepalo Geocache

  • Photo of El Tepalo Geocache
El Tepalo Waterfall and Geocache
Lake

End Hike

End hike on on CalleTempisque. You made it back to the Lake!
Religious site

Mission del Lago

Waypoint

Start Trail

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Turn right off La Capilla trail. Trailhead for hike to El Tepalo.
Provisioning

The Saddle

  • Photo of The Saddle
La Silla - take a rest!

3 comments

  • Photo of Luis Soltero

    Luis Soltero Jul 9, 2018

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Getting down from Danza del Sol, is a rocky path, could get slippery if raining, overall very good route with nice views and in tree shadow most of the time

  • Karl Marx May 20, 2019

    Gracias por la información!

  • Photo of JohnPint

    JohnPint May 20, 2019

    Thank you both!

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