We have had enough of the city and was missing the nature, so we decided to drive east and visit two National Parks (NP) “Mexiquillo” (left picture) and “Sierra de Organos” (right picture) for some hiking.
We drove east on the old highway 40, which is known as “El Espinazo del Diablo”. We went for the old highway 40 because of the curves and twistiness.
Going into the mountains after leaving Mazatlan, we were met by cooler weather and greats views. It took us a whole day of riding just to get to Mexiquillo NP east of Durango.
There was no map over the Mexiquillo NP, but we where told, that we could set up our tent near the lake or in the rock garden. There were a few signs and after visiting the lake that was packed with people, we decided to find a nice spot in the rock garden.
The elevation of Mexiqiullo NP is 2500 meter, so we set up camp and cooked dinner before the sun went down.
We had some time to play around with the camera before the sun went down.
We didn’t know how cold is was going to be during the night, but it was not that bad, we only had a little bit of ice on the inside of the tent the next morning. When the sun hit the tent it warmed up, and we were ready to explore the area. First we waked 1½ km to the waterfall, which only had a little bit of water because of the dry season. The rain will start to fall in mid June and continue to do so during July through September. It was much more interesting to explore the tunnel underneath the waterfall (right picture).
It was the Easter Holliday in Mexico, which also is called Holy week. All the kids have two weeks of from school and a lot of people don’t have to work during the Easter Holliday, which means there is a lot of Mexican’s out camping or just having fun. The lack of water in the river made it possible for them to drive down the river – always trying to have fun!
Still without a map but with lunch in our bag packs we started to walk west on a road/trail. The road was straight and several places rocks have been blasted for make the road level. We had know idea where the road would take us.
½-1 hour later we started to meet a lot of other people going the same direction as we were, and other people going back the way we came from. We still get amazed over all the people the Mexican’s can fit on the back of their trucks. Why walk, when there is always room for one more…
We kept walking and suddenly we met several big tunnels
Exploring and playing around in the tunnels. The size and shape of the tunnels and the straight and level road made us think about an old railroad. In the old days Durango was one of Mexico’s most isolated cities. Durango was founded in 1563 because of a nearby iron-ore deposit, along with gold and silver from the Sierra Madre. We think that the road had been an old railroad between Durango and Mazatlan to transport, iron, gold and silver in the old days. We didn’t find any railroad tracks, but in the smaller town El Salto we saw an old steam locomotive. If you have more information about the old railroad, we would love to hear more.
Before we got back we had walked 15 km in total.
Esben enjoying a deserved dessert in the rock garden – Crispy tortilla with nutella and coconut on top
After some nice days in Mexiquillo NP we drove to Sierra de Organos NP east of Durango. Even in the NP you will find statues of saints… or are there to saints in the picture?
To our surprise we got a map over the area, with campgrounds and hiking trails. After spending two days we had hiked all the trails in the park and made some pretty good notes on the map (left picture). Our favorite hike was the one furthest to the west. We came to a fork and didn’t know if we should walk right or left (right picture).
We decided to walk to the right, which made us crawl through a cave…
…and climb up the mountainside
Until we reached the top!
If you take the right fork there is 4 km to the top, but if you walk to the left there is only 1,5 km to the top. It was a great and challenging hike, and we would recommend taking the right fork for a round trip (5,5 km in total), or taking the left fork for a one way trip (1,5 km each way).
We had the best camping spot in the hole NP. A single camping spot just located before campground 1. Here we could enjoy cooking and a good night sleep.
We have collected some of the best pictures from hiking in Sierra de Organos NP
Studying wildlife and wildflowers
Walking through a forest of nopales cacti and Joshua trees in Sierra de Organos NP
Feeling so tiny, so lucky and so happy
We know that being out in the nature makes us happy, but it also give us peace and space to enjoy our travel. Next we want to visit Sierra de Gorda NP, and on our way we will visit Jerez and Zacatecas.