A good time to be had in Real de Catorce.
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August 11th, 2007 – by: lilplasticgirl
If you're looking for a quiet, yet spectacular town away from hordes of tourists, Real de Catorce is the place. It feels like a setting from a movie (in fact, a few movies were filmed here, including "The Mexican" with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts). The nightlife is practically non-existant, with only one bar staying open to midnight. (Tip: Buy some cheap bottles of liquor and head to the end of Zaragosa Street, near the Cemetery Church, where you can build a bonfire and drink the night away!) The people are friendly here, in their own way, although don't expect any of them to speak English. For $25 or less you can rent horses (with a guide) and visit the impressive ruins of the old "ghost town." After the ghost town, we rode for a couple of more hours to reach the base of the "Holy Mountain." There you pay a man 20 pesos (it's private property) and hike the rest of the way to the top of the sacred Quemado mountain, the sanctuary of the Huichol people. It is there that the Huichol people sit around stone circles and hold their peyote cermonies. The views are absolutely amazing! Be careful though because the air is thin and native Floridians like me have a hard time breathing up there! After watching the sun set, we headed back. With achy thighs, sore backs and a sunburn like no other, we drank Don Pedro until the night said its farewells.
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