Sunset in Arandas
In February 2019, I took a trip to the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico. I was looking for someplace really off the beaten tourist track. I’ve spent a lot of time in many of the more popular Mexican cities over the last few years, and I’ve always had a great time. But, I needed something new. I was flying into Guadalajara, so I looked for places within a couple of hours bus ride from there.
My first stop was Arandas. There was a really interesting neo-gothic church there, Parroquia de San José Obrero, that I wanted to see. I took a first-class bus from the bus terminal in Guadalajara. I was a little worried that the bus might be full, as there weren’t a lot of departures. Imagine my surprise when I was the only person on the bus! We stopped briefly in Tepatitlan, where we picked up a couple more people, and then on to Arandas.
The bus terminal in Arandas is located on the western edge of town. I walked four or five blocks from there to the Hotel HMS Express, where I planned to stay the night. I asked for a room with a nice view of the church, and got one. However, the view was of the back of the church. I also wanted to be able to shoot a nice shot of the front of the church. I had another hotel in mind for this — the Hotel Paris. It appeared to be several stories tall, and had a rooftop deck.
I walked to the Hotel Paris just before sunset. I was willing to book a room just for the use of the terrace, but they graciously let me use the terrace for free. Atop the terrace was a large replica of the Eiffel Tower, which I was able to climb. This gave me a fantastic view of the city and the church. As the sun set, I realized I was going to be lucky, as there was a ton of color in the sky. The church itself didn’t have many lights on it, but the front was illuminated just enough. I think the resulting photo turned out very well!
I’ll have a future post with some photos from the other side of the church.
Nice shot Peter, I’m in Guadalajara now, heading to Ajijic today.
Thanks — and enjoy your time in Ajijic!
Oh WOW! This photo really sings with beauty, as all of your photos do. Thanks so much for sharing your art.
Boffo! Worth the walk and the work! Got any good bars in that town?
Wow, I have no idea — I was all about photos while I was there, no fun at all! 😉