Sunday, May 11, 2014

Air Conditioning Mexico-Style and Mountain Breezes

Our Mexican adventure continues...
 Tequila tasting
Few places ventured in Puerto Vallarta and the environs are air conditioned. The big resort hotels are cooled, but our condo and most of the stores, restaurants and tourist attractions are not.

Signs indicate some places have the ability to air condition their premises, but it is not hot enough to warrant turning the air on - yet. That will have to wait until the really hot months of July, August and September.

Hot is relative. As far as hub and I are concerned, it is beastly hot now. We stumble home from wandering the city, peel our clothes off and shuffle to the shower. We would jump in the shower, but are too exhausted and hot. Temperatures reach the high 80s, but the sun is intense.

A friendly warning: Do not venture down here during the really, really hot months of August and September!

A tour into the surrounding mountains brought welcome relief. Not only was our bus air conditioned, the air was actually turned on and working. Exiting the bus a couple of thousand feet above sea level, mountain breezes offered a stark contrast to the intense coastal heat.

It did not matter what we did all day. We were cool and comfortable.

For the record, we visited a tequila factory and tasted four or five different flavored tequilas, a coffee plantation and drank fresh roasted Mexican coffee, an abandoned hacienda (plantation) where workers from the 16th through the 19th centuries turned quarried stone into silver, and an old Spanish mining town - San Sebastián - at one time population 20,000, population today 600.
Coffee beans
A Mexican criollos (Mexican born of pure Spanish blood) proud of her Spanish heritage gave us a tour of her family home, pointing out pictures of her ancestors, wealthy from mining silver in the nearby mountains, all members of three wealthy Spanish families that ruled the mining town for generations. Families intermarried for generations, supposedly preserving their pure Spanish blood. Her mother, for instance, was also her aunt, cousin and niece - definitely confusing. Even would have trouble drawing a family tree.
Town of San Sebastián
We savored a traditional Mexican buffet lunch sitting on the cool, covered patio of a restaurant, using a large mug to fill our coffee cups from a huge vat of fresh steaming coffee.

And then we returned to the hot coastal plain of Puerto Vallarta.

Back to centuries old, old-fashioned cooling methods of ceiling fans, open doors and windows (no screens), cold drinks and cool clothing.
Sangria is a perfect cold drink on a hot day.


  1. Having grown up before air conditioning in Virginia and Oklahoma, my tolerance for heat is now nil. I'm impressed by your fortitude.
    I'd last there about 7 minutes.

  2. I don't do well in the heat, either. I love that last shot, it is cooling, just to look at it. I'm enjoying your Mexican vacation. :-)

  3. Sounds like loads of fun, and I'd think the tequila and the sangria would take the edge off the heat!

  4. So, did you see the love boat?

  5. Being in a tropical place could be really frustrating in terms of the heat, especially for people who are used to the cold climate. Anyway, it looks like you guys had a great time despite the heat, which is very nice. Thanks for sharing this escapade with us, Meryl.

    Tommy Hopkins @ Accutemp Cooling and Heating