Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Take a Twister Trip to Tepoztlan...

Isn't this the most scenic setting you have ever seen for a carnival fairground ride?? Welcome to the Extreme Twister of Tepoztlan!!

This post was supposed to be about my weekend visit to the Mardi Gras Carnival in Tepoztlan, but on this occasion what struck me most was the sheer beauty of the scenery and the setting...


Who can fail to be impressed by the craggy cliffs towering over you, and surrounding you every where you care to look?

There are gorgeous arid, desert-like gardens with the most beautiful of blooms......

And the most beautiful of birds and butterflies. Does anyone know the name of this particular butterfly that I snapped in the garden of the country house where I was staying for the weekend??

The two hour walk into town towards the carnival, with the most inspiring of views, was just an absolute joy from beginning to end...

Yes, I did finally get to the Mardi gras carnival in the end, and you can read a lot more about the celebrations, Chinelos, parades, and elaborate costumes by clicking here...

Tepoztlan is unbelievably only 45 minutes away from the seething metropolis of Mexico City!!

12 comments:

hitch writer said...

lovely pics ! that butterfly pic is really fantastic !

Hey Harriet said...

It's so hard to imagine that scenic location being only 45 mins from the city! Wow! That beautiful butterfly you captured is awesome! I have no idea what it's called and I've never seen one like it before. I love the semi circle shape on it. How wonderful it would be to see two of those butterflies together, facing each other to form a perfect circle! Now there's a challenge for you ;)

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

those scenes look a world away from the city....how nice to have it so close!

No help on the butterfly identification....I was just thinking the other day, wouldn't it be GREAT if you could do a google search to match an IMAGE?! (the technology exists for the police and military.....)

Charmed One! said...

amazing pics :) !!
Guess you had a great time down there :) ...

kristine said...

looks like a lovely sport. and while that crazy ride should be totally incongruous, it is actually a nice contrast with the bright pink - in the photographic sense.

Fly Girl said...

Wow, breathtaking shots.

jess gonacha said...

wow, it doesn't even look real! what a strange juxtaposition. it looks simply beautiful there!

Catherine said...

hey harriet...might need to do a digital flip to get that second butterfly and the perfect circle...still haven't tracked down what the species is...

Catherine said...

Hi hitch,cecile, fly girl, kristine,jess, charmed one, ...thanks for all the comments... tepoztlan is my favourite quick getaway retreat from the big, bad city!!

Lakshmi said...

beautiful picture..and the location looks quite wonderful for a carnival..u must be havg a lot of fun

A Cuban In London said...

That wonderful buterfly shot is probably one of the better snapshots I've seen in a long time. It looks like it's greeting you with its wings wide open.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Catherine said...

Lakshmi...yep mexico is a fun place to live
Cuban...thanks for the compliments on the snap of the butterfly..I was jus lucky to get it...do you know what kind of butterfly it is??