Every urban area needs at least a passing nod to nature, but Guadalajara nods in a big way with its Bosque de los Colomos, a woodland park covering over 225 acres.
The park is a perfect place for city dwellers to get away from concrete, glass and steel, and to enjoy a forest with its cooling shade.
Not too far from the park entrance, visitors can stroll through the Mexican Garden, featuring several varieties of indigenous cacti, some of which bloom profusely in July.
In another area of the park is the Japanese Garden, a popular spot for young women to come for their quinceañara photos. Several pools teem with koi, and if you don’t make sudden movements, you can watch heaps of turtles sunning themselves on stones.
Joggers pound up and down the wide footpaths, which are clearly marked for specific distances, and horses are available for hire for those who’d like to see nature from a higher elevation.
The pigeons and squirrels are fearless, and boldly approach human visitors, begging for handouts.
Bosque de los Colomos is open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no admission charge, and sparkling clean restrooms are freely available for your comfort.
eighth day of July—
a plum the size of the sun
ripens too slowly
Text and photo © 2016 by Mark M. Redfearn, all rights reserved