Wednesday, March 26, 2008

walking an ancient road in Ixtlan




Part of my hike in Ixtlan was along an ancient trail, called the camino real. This trail is centuries older than the conquest and was used to carry trade goods from the mountains hundreds of miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Walking along this same path trod by indigenous people for thousands of years was a special treat. The walk back down along this ancient trail and many other mountain trails took about 4 hours through many different kinds of forests and micro climates. Of course, a guide is necessary both so I would not get lost, and because the community controls access to their lands, as they should. ( the wires you see in the cloud photo are not from electric lines, there are none, but instead are part of the fire observation tower structure that we are standing on)

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