La Carrera Panamericana, and we in the middle

Queretaro, Mineral Wells, Dolores Hidalgo

La Carrera Panamericana is probably the toughest rally in the world speed, which is about 3500 km leads in seven days by three out of four climate zones in Mexico.

In upgraded racing vintage cars race around 100 Teams of Huatulco in the tropical south, About Oaxaca, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Guadalajara, Zacatecas to the north to the border town of Nuevo Laredo.

Thus, the La Carrera Panamericana this year again the highest demands on man and machine!

The legendary race will for the first time 1950 the opening of the Mexican portion of the Panamericana instead.

Anyone traveling on the Panamericana, this spectacle must not simply be missed.

And so we are interested in the race and the Magnificent Men (and women) in Their Flying Machines.

From San Miguel de Allende, the nearest point is this year's route in ca. 65 Querétaro km away.

First, however, some festivals are in Calendar.

The history of the Mexican struggle for independence admit San Miguel de Allende a prominent place, and so the Independence Day here has a special historical significance.

Already on the eve is celebrated on Jardin with fireworks and the famous El Grito, with which the priest Miguel Hidalgo ago 199 Years proclaimed the independence struggle against the Spaniards on the steps of his church in Dolores.

Priest Miguel Hidalgo marched back then with his entourage at the nearby Dolores to the monastery and then on to San Miguel Atotonilco, to unite here with Ignacio Allende and his people.

The arrival of the independence fighters is adjusted annually by a traditional march with cavalry and infantry in historical costumes.

No less spectacular are the commemorations in honor of San Miguel Arcángel (Archangel Michael) am 29. September, the patron of the city.

On the following Saturday morning by 4 clock is (!) fired a gigantic and deafening fireworks from both sides of the Jardin.

From the Parroquia shoot fireworks in the middle of the crowd, strong smell of gunpowder is in the smoke-filled air, It is indescribably loud, imposing, unprecedented and the endless Ballerei acts peculiarly beautiful.

Sixty minutes takes this smashing spectacle. A suggestion for the next city festival - the morning by 4 clock in Germany.

At 6 clock we fall into bed – the Spanish course at 9 clock fails.

For this we go for afternoon colorful parade, represent the various indigenous tribes around the lovingly decorated with dancers in traditional presentation.

Many of the dancers fall into a trance while formally, which is not surprising in the long effort and the temperatures.

The La Carrera Panamericana has begun and we're going to Queretaro, a big city with outstanding historical significance and since 1996 World Heritage Site.

The colonial city center is well maintained and is a relatively safe. Many German companies have settled in Querétaro.

We visit the main attractions of Querétaro, including impressive churches, pretty places and the almost 1300 m long aqueduct of Querétaro, the since the water-scarce city 1738 supplied with water.

Die La Casa de la Marquesa – once noble city palace a respectable family - is today a stylish hotel, that you should view from the inside is absolutely.

Gasoline is in the air! It is 17:00 Clock, the official arrival of the La Carrera Panamericana at the Templo San Francisco.

Arco de Lledgada called the red inflatable gate, which is passed through as the destination of today's stage.

Our top position directly at the crowd barriers promises the best view of the near finish line.

That a small group of organizers and thinking also arises directly on the other side of the grid in our field of vision.

So that nothing will with photos – it sucks! Course change!

Along the road are everywhere spectators and a good place is impossible to find.

We are just at the end of the shut-off, as an Official squeezed past us through the crowd towards the street.

The drive out before the grid! Before we know it, we arrive in his slipstream in the restricted area at the destination.

Finally more space, better view and in the middle!

Right next to us are organizers, on the other hand television, right and left of the road, the safety gate, behind the audience.

One sees us, but you do not send us away. What they think well, who we are? A DSLR seems to make even more impressive here.

The special stages were outside the city and the vehicles come in succession by the target maybe 15 meters away.

Hostesses on each side of the road give drivers and passengers a pretty medal for the day reached goal.

Between the end of the fence and the night space of the vehicles is an increasingly close people alley forms, The teams will be welcomed like heroes and the honking vehicles will – representative of the unattainable shoulder of the crew – knocked on the roof or fender.

Also southern Germany has sent its heroes and so we meet in the middle of Mexico not only the ubiquitous VW Beetle, but also Porsche and Mercedes from Stuttgart, Balingen and Starnberg.

More and more viewers are pushing in the restricted area to the front, so we prefer to go to the already parked cars, to make a few more pictures.

Many vehicles were abandoned by the team already, still delight their fans while dedicated teams with autographs and chat with interested viewers.

Here we also meet Alexandra and Thomas in her black Mercedes 280 SE with starting number 382, whose website we had already discovered and tracked the blog.

After a nice conversation we still look the other vehicles and make us quickly to the already darkening home.

A day trip will take us to the town of Dolores Hidalgo and the former church of Father Miguel Hidalgo, of here with the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) in year 1810 proclaimed the independence struggle against the Spaniards on the steps of his church.

We will visit the Museo de la Independencia Nacional, which images, Issuing documents and other objects of the struggle for independence.

Our return route takes us past the monastery Atotonilco (see photo gallery Atotonilco), from which Hidalgo then the church banner with the image of the Guadalupe's Virgin (Virgin of Guadalupe) brought, before he moved to San Miguel.

Another tour takes us to the mining village 60 km from Mineral de Pozos, of up to 80.000 Residents and over 300 active mines once one of the four major cities in the state of Guanajuato.

Until the 1950s Pozos degenerated into a ghost town with only 200 Residents.

After Pozos was declared a National Monument, began a small upturn, so that the place now reportedly back on 2000 Residents counts.

The visit of Pozos is like stepping back into the century before last, which begins at the town entrance.

Here the Honeymooners exchanged the smooth asphalt ribbon of the modern era in the rough cobblestone streets of the colonial past.

The bright buildings underline the tristesse of an abandoned village.

What a contrast to the colorful facades and the colorful life in Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende und Dolores Hidalgo, which Pozos was once mentioned in one breath.

2000 Residents should have the place! Where are the only? Bring color?

On the first of November Mexico celebrates the famous los Día de Muertos (day of the Dead). Two pictures of the preparations are in the gallery this report (s.u.).

More pictures and info from the Dia de los Muertos follow in the next report.


“There will be cars, which are drawn from any animal
and therefore drive with incredible violence.”
(Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519)