WOOHOO CANOPY RIDE AND TEQUILLA!!!!
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September 3rd, 2008 – by: mellemel8
OMG GOING TO HAVE A SHOT OF TEQUILA THEN ZIPPING ON A CANOPY RIDE!!!!
We booked our zip line canopy ride with HUANA COA, the experience begins at La Vinata Los Osuna plantation. Board a 6x6 vehicle for an off-road experience into the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains where a series of 12 platforms with 9 zip lines, a flex-walk bridge and nature trek await you. Visit the Los Osuna tequila distillery and see how tequila is produced and the chance for a taste.
WOOHOO I RECOMMEND TO DO THIS!!!! IT IS SO MUCH FUN. ZIP LINING THRU THE TREES IN HIGH SPEEDS AND RELYING ON YOUR HANDS TO CONTROL THE SPEED. BUG REPELLANT IS A MUST AND UN BLOCK!!!!! I WOULD WEAR PANTS AND LONG SLEEVES.
Adrenaline will be pulsing through your veins after experiencing this canopy adventure! Situated approximately one hour outside of Mazatlan, the sprawling La Vinata Los Osuna plantation, where blue agave is grown and processed into tequila and the starting point of your adventure. Once you step off your motor coach, the adventure begins with an off-road experience in a classic Swiss Army Pinzgauer 6x6 vehicle delivering you from the valley floor into the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range that surround the plantation. On arrival, highly trained staff you will give a thorough briefing of all techniques and safety measures used during the canopy adventure then outfit each guest with the highest quality equipment. A series 12 platforms with 9 ziplines, a flex-walk bridge and nature trek await you. The course provides extraordinary views of the plantation's diverse flora and fauna while soaring above the valley floor. A rappel from the final platform located in an ancient Huanacaxtle tree will bring you safely back to earth among the vast rows of blue agave.
La Vinata Los Osuna tequila tour (HEIRS TO A GRAND TRADITION)
The south of Sinaloa State treasures a rich history in the planting and harvesting of Blue Agave and the production of Mezcal. By years, the lands of the municipality of Mazatlán witnessed the birth of a number of Haciendas �" Vinatas where important amounts of Mezcal were produced (Mezcal is a term from the Nahuatl “Mexcalmetl” that means Agave)
Heirs to a grand history, the Los Osuna Hacienda, Estate, is located a few kilometers away of the charming village La Noria. The journey is very picturesque and allows to appreciate the beauty of our countryside. Before arriving the Hacienda or Vinata LOS OSUNA, the lands bordering the road start to get full with extensive Agave fields. The entrance is quite amazing; a huanacaxtle tree frames and bathes with a pleasant shade this magical-mystical Hacienda that dates from XIX century.
A 130-YEAR-OLD TRADITION
Back in 1864, the first Osuna family arrives from Spain and settles down in a small village named La Noria, a region in which the prevailing economical activities were mining and cattle breeding. During 1800, the first Agave plants were seeded in the town of Concordia and later, some of them were taken to La Noria, starting, thus, the first plantations in that area.
Early in XX century, Don Liberato Osuna y Osuna, son of Sr. Andrés Osuna y Osuna, took the lead of the factory and brought changes in its technology and equipment until the end of 1931 when his son, Daniel Osuna y Osuna, became the new director of the business. During the World War II, the demand of the product rose due to the use of the Agave fiber. In that time, the LOS OSUNA factory became the top producer in the region after buying other factories and distillers of Agave. Today, with a grand history as a legacy, the new generations of LOS OSUNA and Pelayo, decided to re-open the factory that had slept for thirty years and to launch into the market an exquisite beverage which quality places it on top of the best of its class. With a tradition of 130 years, made with 100% Blue Agave and the pride of Sinaloa… LOS OSUNA, a 100% Sinaloense character.
THE LOS OSUNA TEQUILA IS VERY SMOOTH, SMOOTHER THAN PATRON. I ONLY HAD ONE SHOT ANOTHER ONE I WOULD DANCING ON THE TABLE. I ALSO RODE ON A HORSE JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT.
Mazatlán is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa; the surrounding municipio (municipality) for which the city serves as the municipal seat is also called Mazatlán. It is located at [show location on an interactive map] 23°13′N, 106°25′W on the Pacific coast, just across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula.
Mazatlán is a Nahuatl word meaning "place of the deer." The city was founded in the 1820s. By the mid-1800s a large group of immigrants had arrived from Germany. These new citizens developed Mazatlán into a thriving commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. It served as the capital of Sinaloa from 1859 to 1873. They also influenced the music, banda, which is an alteration of Bavarian folk music, and also started the Pacifico Brewery on March 14, 1900.
Mazatlán, with a population of 352,471 (city) and 403,888 (municipality) as of the 2005 census, is the second-largest city in the state (after Culiacán) and Mexico's largest commercial port. It is also a popular tourist destination,with its beaches lined with resort hotels. A car ferry plies its trade across the Gulf of California from Mazatlán to La Paz, Baja California Sur. The municipality has a land area of 3,068.48 km² (1,184.75 sq mi) and includes smaller outlying communities such as Villa Unión, La Noria, El Quelite, El Habal and many other small villages.
Mazatlán is served by Gral. Rafael Buelna International Airport.
Until the early 19th century, Mazatlán was a humble collection of huts inhabited by indios whose major occupation was fishing, according to Abel Aubert du Petit-Thouars, a French explorer. In 1829 a Filipino banker named Machado arrived and established commercial relations with vessels coming to Mazatlán from far off places such as Chile, Peru, the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. By 1836 the city had a population of between 4000 and 5000.
The city has seen some turbulent times. During the Mexican-American War (1846-48) the U.S. Army took the city and, in order to avoid the shelling of the city, the Mexican army abandoned it. Almost twenty years later, on the morning of November 13, 1864, a French man-of-war fired on the city twelve times but there were no casualties; Mazatlán then became part of the Mexican Empire under Maximilian (vestiges of French influence may still be found in the architecture of many buildings in Centro Historico).
On June 18, 1868, William H. Bridge, captain of HMS Chanticleer, blockaded the port and threatened to shell the city on June 22. The captain had taken umbrage after local Customs Authorities seized 23 ounces of gold from the paymaster of the ship.
The City of Mazatlán has the dubious distinction of being the second city in the world after Tripoli, Libya, to suffer aerial bombardment (although the local historical display at the plazuela affirms that Mazatlán was the first). During the Mexican revolution of 1910-17 General Venustiano Carranza (later president), intent on taking the city of Mazatlán, ordered a bi-plane to drop a crude bomb of nails and dynamite wrapped in leather on the target of Neveria Hill adjacent to the downtown area of Mazatlán. The crude bomb landed off target on the city streets of Mazatlán, killing two citizens and wounding several others.
During the Gold Rush, fortune hunters from the United States East Coast sailed from New York Harbor and other Atlantic ports to Mexican ports in the Gulf of Mexico. Debarking, the aspiring miners travelled overland for weeks to Mazatlán, where they would embark from the port to arrive in San Francisco in another four to five weeks.
Mazatlán's lighthouse (El Faro) began to shine by mid-1879. The lamp had been handcrafted in Paris, containing a big oil lamp with mirrors and a Fresnel lens to enhance the light. Since the light was static, in the distance it was often mistaken as a star. By 1905 this lamp was converted to a revolving lamp. Today, the 1000 watt bulb can be seen for 30 nautical miles (60 km). Near the lighthouse shore, famous "divers" (called this even by the Spanish speaking inhabitants of Mazatlán) perform daring jumps off high rocks into the Pacific Ocean for tips from onlooking tourists.
Angela Peralta (1845-1883), a Mexican opera diva famed throughout the world, died of yellow fever in Mazatlán shortly after her arrival in the port.
Mazatlán is also the hometown of Pedro Infante, one of the most popular actors and singers of the golden years of the Cinema of Mexico.
Mazatlán was well regarded by film stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, John Huston, and others of their generation as a sportfishing mecca. The hotels along Olas Altas flourished during the 40's, 50's and 60's supporting this vibrant trade.
In the 70's, tourism in Old Mazatlán declined as other, newer venues opened on the expanses of beach to the north of the city. As an example of Mazatlán's tourism expansion, one of the largest timeshare providers in Mexico, Mayan Resorts was founded in 1975 with the inauguration of Paraíso Mazatlán (Mazatlán Paradise). This time also saw the expansion of the Hotel Playa Mazatlán and the construction of many others, a trend that continues to this day.
As the 21st Century begins, the Centro Histórico has been rediscovered by newcomers and locals alike, spurring a renaissance of restoration and entrepreneurial endeavors. Once-fine homes that had fallen into literal ruin have been restored to their former glory and house families and boutique businesses. The city has assisted in upgrading infrastructure, such as better water, sewer and electrical services.
WOO HOO its dinner time……….
Beef and veal tortellacci �" tender pasta filled with combination of beef and veal, enveloped in a zucchini and garlic cream.
Chicken consommé �" flavorful broth with strips of crepe fettuccine, liberally garnished with chives
Cornmeal �" dusted tilapia �" slighty crispy fillet served with a healthy portion of Japanese ratatouille and wasabi aioli
Slow roasted beef shoulder filet �" served with decadent mascarpone masked potatoes and a shiraz reduction
Chocoa-chino trilogy �" a delightful chocolate trio: sweet grand marnier white chocolate mousse, creamy milk chocolate and kahlua cheesecake, and a slice of dense, dark chocolate mud cake.
Steamed sugar-free vanilla and berry custard with fresh berries
AFTER DINNER I DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY......
AFTER DINNER I DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY......
WOO HOO ANOTHER GOOD DAY IN TEQUILA LAND. NEXT IS JET SKIING IN PUERTO VALLARTA.........
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