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HACIENDA JALISCO is outside the small hilltown of San Sebastian about 60 miles east of Puerto Vallarta in the mountains.
The road- or should I say track that leads up to the Hacienda could be challenging in the wrong car. Close to the coast the climate is more tropical and humid so all around was the drone of crickets, cicadas, and assorted insects.
The road gets a little better as one nears the hacienda. Ferns are abundant in the moist climate.
Above and below– The fern covered bridge that leads to the hacienda.
Trompe l’oeil painting was employed to give the walls a more ornate look than they really were. Quite realistic on first glance.
In it’s day the hacienda hosted Hollywood stars such as Liz taylor. This was on the living room wall.
In the valley just south of Tequila Mountain are two very well preserved haciendas. Hacienda del Carmen and Hacienda La Libor
Almost next door to each other both are exquisite examples of restored haciendas. Both are hotels now which is the fate of most well cared for haciendas. Some are of course in private hands.
Above View of Tequila Mountain from hacienda La Libor.
THE HACIENDA DEL CARMEN
This well preserved and restored hacienda in the Ameca valley sits amid sugar cane fields about an hour from here. It is now a hotel and after arranging with them for a visit we enjoyed a few hours there looking at the rooms and the spacious grounds.
Above-The water viaduct that brought water in from the hills.
Above– one of the old photos on the wall shows the inhabitants sometime before the revolution.
Below– Today from the same spot.
There are many fine pieces of period furnishings and decor.
Above-A well fed monk hopefully looking out for the well being of the native woman.
Speaking of food. Here below is an outdoor table set for lunch.
Below-A peek into the kitchen.
Below-Where lunch was served inside.
Below– An upper patio with more rooms.
Below-Our guide proved the old radio still works.
This room above also had a pool in the room.
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HACIENDA LA LIBOR
Above– A sitting area.
Above and below- The original entrance where the horses and carriages would have entered is this charming tile imagery.