Some of the most delightful subalpine scenery in Mexico lies southwest of Laguna de Chapala, on the road to Colima. You’ll miss much of it if you stick to the speedy toll road (Hwy-54), though even that has its exciting moments as it passes the Zona de Montaña: the following places are all reached from the far slower, far more attractive, if bumpier, old road plied by second-class buses.
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The birthplace of José Clemente Orozco, CIUDAD GUZMÁN is a busy little town thoroughly steeped in local culture, with attractive colonnaded streets in the centre. The centre of the main plaza is a bandstand with a replica of Orozco’s Man of Fire mural from Guadalajara. As ever, almost everything of interest is on or around the plaza, where you’ll find banks, phones and places to stay.
Museo de las Culturas de Occidente
The pleasant and well laid-out little town museum, the Museo de las Culturas de Occidente (the occidente in question being the west of Mexico) is really just one room, but there are some lovely clay figures and animals in the collection of local archeology.