San Ignacio and Mountain Villages
There are many wonderful day tours that you
can go on in the area. An hour east of the Barras is the historical mining town of San Ignacio, and the other smaller towns of Labor, and San Javier.
Founded by the Jesuits in the 17th century, enjoy
strolling the very clean cobblestone streets of San Ignacio with fine colonial houses adorned with tile. View the impressive
giant Jesus Christ Majestic Monument facing to the village of San Ignacio and the beautiful arched bridge over the river. There are two museums to study the history of the area and in one
of them you will see a wall painted by a Jesuit in 1639. You can also visit work shops where the locals are making brooms
Stop for lunch in "La Casa de Doña Trini" for an excellent typical traditional mexican lunch. Visiting
San Ignasio will make you feel that you have visited the real historic colonial Mexico.
These towns are located at the foothills of the SIERRA MADRE MOUNTAINS.
A wonderful group of petroglyphs called Las Labradas is on a beach
near Las Barras de Piaxtla. The petroglyphs or rock paintings are the voices of ancient testimonies, of hundreds of
years of mythological traditions made by the ancient peoples of the American continent.
The petroglyphs are associated with the supernatural. They were
an important way to communicate with the gods, and were made within a specific context of rituals and ceremonies, in which,
generally, people asked for rain, a good harvest, a good hunting season, etc.
Las Labradas, of Toltec origin, are the oldest artistic expressions
in the north of the country. They were carved with sharp and solid rocks, and it is surprising to see that most of them are
in good condition, in spite of being next to the sea.
Take a picnic lunch and along with studying the petroglyphs, you can surf, fish or just
walk for miles on the empty beaches for the day and be back to La Rosa in time for dinner.