Have you ever wondered where some streets end up as you explore the town? If you have, I have an urban walk for you, slightly over a mile long, that will take you through timeless cobble-stoned roads in Gringo Gulch, one of the original foreign settlements in town, passing by the formerly fabulous home of Elizabeth Taylor (presently becoming even more fabulous under the hands of new owner, Janice Chatterton), not to mention many other beautiful corners that will make you quickly forget you are in the heart of a tourist destination. And before you know it, BAM! the pretty roads, the lovely Mexican architecture, the quaint little village that travel service providers in town seem intent on imposing upon you is left behind. Surprise! You are now in El Caloso, a working class neighborhood.
And why would you want to go there? Why not! It doesn’t hurt to see the many different faces of our city, not to mention the healthy reminder that there is life beyond the happening tourist strip. And let’s not forget that, in the heart of El Caloso, a brand new top-notch development, Rivera Rio Cuale, is being presently built. So sooner or later you will be invited to fabulous dinner parties in this brand-new spot, so you might as well know now how to walk there. On the way back, discover the edge of the Rio Cuale, on Colonia Emiliano Zapata side, where life is still quite simple, quite humble, and again, not at all related to the tourism life you are probably exposed to, if you do not live here year around.
The whole walk is less than 1.2 miles long, and I took a bunch of photographs along the way, just to give you an idea of what to expect. The photos below are captioned, but you must let the entire page load before you click on any of them. If you click on one and the lightbox efect doesn’t work, just reload the page and wait for it to load again. Have fun!