Ixtlan de Juarez — Day Trip For Trout and then some
On a Sunday (April 13th, 2008) we traveled by bus with travel author Geri Anderson to Ixtlan de Juarez to eat trout. Very close to Ixtlan (and on the way) we passed the village of San Pedro Guelatao where Benito Juarez was born and tended sheep before “fleeing” to Oaxaca, Oaxaca. You can read a nice article about San Pedro Guelatao at —
We walked the last few blocks into the community of Ixtlan de Juarez and viewed the church of Saint Thomas. In the preceding cited blog, you can read the following description of the building —
“Juarez had been baptized in Ixtlan’s parish church, the Templo de Santo Tomas Apostol. Its construction had begun around 1640, and its date of completion 1721 was inscribed on an arch inside the main door” — Rinda Payne.
Both the inside and outside of the building were very impressive. Here are a couple of photos.
From the Front Gate of the church yard, we walked a short distance into the community to visit the tourist center/displays and find a taxi to take us to the trout farm. Near the taxi stand a lot of chickens were getting ready for their “last supper!” See next photo.
We found our taxi, but one must be clear to the driver that you are interested in going to the trout farm and not the memorial to the Zapotec warriors who defeated the invading Aztecs located far above the community high on the mountains. See next two photos.
After some confusion, we communicated to the driver that we wanted to go to the trout farm which meant a short but difficult trip up a steep road. Next photo.
We made it by taxi but had to walk up the last 100 feet or so because the taxi filled with “mas grande” gringos couldn’t pull up the last hill. We used our brief stop just short of the restaurant to look at some animals that were probably for children to enjoy. See next photo.