Road to Uruapan

Uruapan is a city about 30 miles southwest of here. We hadn’t been there, not downtown at least, in maybe two years due to the Kung Flu hysteria. We rectified that error Saturday.

Heading out in the Honda before noon, we barreled down the autopista, not something I enjoy doing. Decades ago, Mexico’s toll roads were almost universally four lanes, which is how the Goddess wishes it. But some years ago, economic geniuses decided to make new ones with two lanes. Of course, it was a fiscal decision.

The problem is that Mexicans, who drive like lunatics anyway, continued driving on two-lane autopistas as if they were still four lanes. The shoulders now serve as the missing two lanes, or sometimes straddling the center line adds a lane. Around a curve. This makes for interesting drives. Nobody has slowed down.

The autopista between my mountaintop town and Uruapan is one of the newer two-laners, and driving on it is a white-knuckle proposition. We drove down on the autopista, but we returned on the old route that was used before that autopista was constructed.

The advantages of the old route is that it’s free, and it’s a beautiful ride. Autopistas are toll roads, and they can be quite pricy. The main disadvantage of the old route is that you can get caught behind a slow semi for miles because the route is very curvy.

The photo above is the return, and it was taken through the windshield because it was raining.

It’s a beautiful drive that runs from our high town down, down, down to a noticeably different world that is tropical. Banana trees and avocado orchards are plentiful. And so are narcos, unfortunately.

Our destination was two-pronged. The national park that sits in the middle of town, and a hotel restaurant that rests on the edge of that park. I call it the jungle park, because that’s what it looks like. You could be in Ecuador. The hotel is La Mansion del Cupatitzio.

A good-looking babe who sleeps with me strikes a pose in the park.


About 20 years ago, a then-friend here in my mountaintop town recommended the restaurant in the hotel, specifically the avocado cocktail.


I say “then-friend” because a couple of years ago, when she discovered I was a Trump fan, she cut ties via an expletive-filled email. Twenty years up in smoke.

We’ve been going to the park and the restaurant for years, and we always get the avocado cocktail combined with some additional vittles. After the park, and after lunch, we hopped into the Honda again and headed home in the rain.

It was good to leave Uruapan because, with some notable exceptions like the jungle park, it’s mostly a butt-ugly city.

First time I’ve ever seen ziplining in the park. Must be new.

14 thoughts on “Road to Uruapan

  1. Is this the price to rent the entire hotel or just 1 room for three nights?

    Pague 2 Hospédese 3
    Disfrute con la comodidad y el lujo de nuestras instalaciones. Incluye:
    Tres noches de hospedaje en habitación standard doble.
    Cocktail de bienvenida (bebidas nacionales)
    Dos entradas al Parque Nacional “Lic. Eduardo Ruiz”.


    1. John: Those are pesos, of course, not dollars. That’s about $173 U.S. right now. Come on down. It’s a very nice hotel. We’ve never stayed there, just enjoyed the restaurant.


      1. Oh, that makes a big difference. That’s a great deal. I saw the dollar sign, so I assumed it was in dollars. I may, after this new version of the “kong flu” passes. 😃


        1. John: Yes, we use the same $ here with pesos as is used with dollars. It can be confusing at times. And it’s the Kung Flu, not the Kong Flu. You’re thinking of the big ape.


          1. The $ sign was first used in México for the peso español before the U.S. dollar existed. Peso coins were minted at La Casa de Moneda México long before the U.S. colonies even existed and were used as currency in the colonies before the U.S. dollar came into existence.


              1. No surprise. Gringos, as always, think they have the final word on everything, but facts are facts. The sign was used long before you ever had a country, let alone a currency. It is amazing how many willfully ignorant people exist in the most advanced country in the world. Well, maybe economically and technologically advanced but far, far from culturally.


  2. I have some wonderful memories of visits to Uruapan many years ago on our way to and from Playa Azul or Zihuatanejo. I don’t recall the town being “butt ugly” but we’re speaking of nearly 50 years ago. Things can change tremendously in that amount of time. In those days there were no cartels like today. A lot of mota was grown but there was little to no violence. The government (PRI) had total control over the drug trade. Now it is the other way around.


    1. Antonio: Narcos are a big presence now in Uruapan which probably explains why the government does not appear to be doing much to maintain the city. There is a main drag that runs just above El Centro from one end of town to the other, entering and departing the city. It’s a freaking disaster, full of deep potholes. But it’s more than that, of course. My wife and I briefly entertained the idea of buying a small house there about 10 years ago. We drove there with the specific intention of checking out neighborhoods. We couldn’t find anything, with one exception, that was even half decent. It’s a shame.


  3. I’m so sorry, don Felipe, of course it was the Apaches. But was it for the Apache ruble or the Apache yen? I can’t seem to find the answer on Google.


    1. Antonio: To address your earlier remark, yes, Gringos think they rule the world, and they did for quite a few decades. Many Gringos think they still do. But the fact is that China now rules the world. World rulers come and go, having their time in the sun. Mexico might be the world ruler one day for a spell, but I rather doubt it. Too many fiestas, too much corruption. Sad.


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