Autlan, Jalisco 2

More of The Scout’s photos from Mexico. The Scout wants you to know that most of these photos were not printed as dark as he would have liked them. So if you laptop users tilt your screen back a little, you’ll get a better idea of what he was after.

curtain blowing

Imagine you’ve never been to California, and someone offers you a free trip. You buy a guide book and read all about San Francisco. You arrive in California and learn that you will be spending all your time in Bakersfield.

autlan brick wall & tree

That’s what the trip to Mexico was like for me. They said to The Scout, ‘We want you to go to Guadalajara.’ But they wanted chiles and agave, so that meant Autlan de Navarro. A nice enough town, and the birthplace of Carlos Santana.  But the guide book had engendered a hunger for the Orozco murals in Guadalajara. Orozco murals. Orozco murals.
Autlan red chile cu

As my brother has rightly pointed out, the camera always lies. Jalapenos are green–they turn red when they are off the plant and past their prime. I found this red chile on the ground and The Scout used it as a prop. When you see the commercial, you will see weathered hands picking red chiles. And you will laugh, because now you know that doesn’t happen in real life.

Autlan Casta Negra

This is the Casta Negra distillery (destiladora) in El Mentidero (just outside of Autlan on the road to El Grullo). We found this the old fashioned way–driving around and looking. Whatta find! El Grullo is the sister city of Kent, Washington.

Autlan Casta Negra barrels

The reposado at rest.

Now for some of my snaps:

Autlan scout destiladora

The Scout at work.

Autlan pinas

Agave waiting to be roasted.

Autlan destiladora horno

The roasting oven.

Autlan cut agave

We got to taste the roasted agave–a sweet, carmel-like coating covers the stringy, pulpy stuff. You scrape it off with your teeth.

Autlan destiladora plastic bottles

While we there, a guy and his family came in. Instead of buying one of the already-filled glass bottles, they filled up four plastic containers for the guy. Must be less expensive.

Autlan bottles of Casta Negra

Very affordable at only 70 pesos ($7 bucks) per bottle. Not available in the US–yet. They’re working on it.

Autlan seats

Outside the destiladora. Two puppies were licking my ankles when I took this. Ah, how I suffer for art.

Autlan - man in El Mentidero

Sunday afternoon in El Mentidero.

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7 Responses to “Autlan, Jalisco 2”

  1. Miss Havisham Says:

    You lucky duck! I love this photostudy. A whole story in there.

  2. Jill Davis Doughtie Says:

    “Two puppies were licking my ankles when I took this. Ah, how I suffer for art.” I love it.

  3. Suebob Says:

    Beautiful. Was the stuff in the bottles aguaguardiente, the first distillation? Because that stuff will kick your butt…I should know. I drank one shot and spent $280 on weavings I didn’t need.

  4. howey Says:

    You should work for the Autlan, Jalisco tourism board, your posts on your trip have me green with envy and ready to pack my bags.

  5. daniel Says:

    hey boys you should take more pics about our town because it’s beautiful… and you should think more about what you show at this place ‘cuz there are some people that say &%$/&)=))=? about it.
    So i just wanna see more interesting things let me update pics in few months, you know what i’m talking about.

    If you wanna know who am i just send me a msn my mail is: porque_147@hotmail.com

    aaaa i forget it ….. I LIVE IN EL MENTIDERO (y para los que no saben ingles soy de ahi.)

  6. Sulio Zavâlza Says:

    Hi friends 🙂
    Thank you for the good and beatiful sightseeing at Autlan de la Grana Jalisco.
    As far as i am concerned i am consider a good Mexican and proud about that.
    Good interview.

  7. Justo Castellon Says:

    Guys, I really recognize your good will and the logic going beyond the big cities in Mexico, Autlan is my born town and I’m proud of that, here is where you really can taste the flavor of Mexico, where the real antique life is felt and where the ancent ways to do things are still alive.

    Thank you for posting this in the way you found it (clear and transparent) with no distortions.
    I still do not know most of the beautiful places in Mexico but is something we (my family and me) like a lot, going to new places and know new things and people.
    Thank you again for your blog and congratulations!!!

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