The little city of Magdalena de los Opalos is worthy of a visit, while it is a little bit considerably from the town of Puerto Vallarta. In truth, this town of 16,000 inhabitants is of a typical Mexican model, its quite clean up streets make it possible for you to stroll all over the central sq. and the surrounding streets although enjoying the freshness that you cannot locate in Puerto Vallarta. The lots of opal mines encompassing the town have produced it a recognized position of trade for this gem and the take a look at of the mines as well as the look for for opals for leisure have produced it an exciting vacationer destination to spend a working day or two there.
Watch of the center of Magdalena de los Opalos which is a usual Mexican village
Located on the freeway linking Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara, 20 kilometers from Tequila and 80 kilometers from Guadalajara, so it is easy to approach a stopover throughout an tour in the area. It will consider 3h30 or 3h45 by car or truck from Puerto Vallarta, taking into account website traffic.
See of the highway to get to the opal mines of Magdalena from Puerto Vallarta, soon a extra immediate freeway heading via the jungle with assist to get there faster.
Opal Mines, the main attraction of the town
Started at the starting of the 16th century, the current city is structured all-around the church, the chapel and the convent positioned opposite the central square.
If this little city is nice when you are passing by means of, it is not exceptional either, the fascination of this one particular being the go to of the mines and the possibility of seeking for opals there. Many dozen mines are scattered in the area about the town, where by miners search the volcanic soil for hearth opals and noble opals that they can offer to lapidaries and jewelers in the city center.
Mine excursions are organized by unique jewelry shops. I never think there is a tourism union, due to the fact when I went there, no one particular was able to explain to me about any business handling tourism in the locality. You will have to manage by yourself both of those for accommodation and to organize your check out.
The Opalos de México jewellery shop positioned at 115 Calle Independenia (key avenue crossing the town) and the lapidary workshop La Sorpresa at 43 México Road (30 m from the central square) provide you the prospect to stop by opal mines. The take a look at is typically having to pay with the food items incorporated.
To organize your visit, I recommend you to consider a look at the Opalos de México internet site, whose web-site is perfectly completed and will give you plenty of data to know what to hope. Of all the opal outlets and jewelry retailers, Opalos de México would seem to be the reference and especially the one particular that encourages by itself greatest and delivers (in my impression) the most beautiful stones in the metropolis.
Viewing the opal mine and likely down to opal hunt
Throughout our tour to Magdalena, we ended up lucky adequate to meet up with an ex-miner who provided to demonstrate us about an opal mine. So below we are on the way at 10:30 in the morning to a mine (whose name I forgot) north of the town. It will get about fifty percent an hour to get there.
I have not been able to find a map exhibiting the opal mines that encompass the metropolis. To obtain out where they are, you have to satisfy miners or jewelers who can supply you with facts. It is certain that the satellite sights of Google Maps are a fantastic way to track down mines from the sky as can be seen in the adhering to photo, the latter leave an quickly recognizable mark on the floor witnessed from the sky.
Checking out these types of a mine is absolutely well worth a go to, as it is an attention-grabbing experience. On the 1 hand, the mines remaining open pit, it is not important to sneak into a dirty and poorly shored blast gap, 1 can stay on the edge and have a superior overview of how minors operate in the mine.
They perforate the rock with drills and then insert explosives that fracture the rock. The miners then finish crushing the rubble into modest items in search of flashes of light-weight betraying the existence of opals. Though you are not likely to uncover an opal in this way when you pay a visit to, it is typical to discover opal fragments in rubble piled up by miners outside the house their functioning place. This photograph is an illustration of these squander displaying encrustation of opals.
The miners function on the ground with a hammer and gloves for all equipment. The use of device resources risking harming the opals, they are only made use of to evacuate the rubble out of the mine. Our go to was an prospect to satisfy a close friend of Felipe (pictured below) who professional the opal rush in the early 60s and invested his total lifestyle in the mines all-around Magdalena. That day, a Saturday, he was seeking for opals to pass the time. Following all, why view Tv if you can hunt for opals.
The up coming photo demonstrates a pair of somewhat better outfitted miners looking for opals. The cavity where by they perform has been dug with dynamite. They complete breaking the rock with a hammer in search of the presence of opals in them.
Mexican Opals and Fire Opals
The a few types of opals extracted from Mexican mines and made use of in jewellery are the widespread opals, opaque and of variable coloration, the fire opals which are translucent and of color varying from yellow to dim orange and finally the noble opals which have perform of light-weight attribute of the diffraction of mild rays on the microscopic construction of silica constituting the opal.
This mexican opal was extracted for a mine of Magdalena de los Opalos and weighs 22 carats
And listed here is the sort of the jewelry that can be completed with such a distinctive opal gemstone.
Good to know
For accommodation, I recommend the Real Quinta Minas lodge, located at the corner of Calle Allende and calle Francisco Javier Mina #49 (telephone 386 744 0546), it is seriously at ease with the option concerning a double bed , a Queen sizing mattress or a King dimension bed. The rooms are roomy and clean with a toilet and very hot drinking water. The Tv is a flat monitor with cable involved. Rates are really reasonable ranging from 250 pesos for the double mattress to 350 pesos for the king sizing mattress. It is found close to the square where by it is feasible to try to eat both equally lunch and dinner.
For your opal purchases, you will have the option to purchase wholesale opals in tough stones in bottles with water. It’s a rip off, most incorporate boring stones and hydrophane opals which have good light-weight displays when in h2o and are opaque with no gentle exhibit when dry. I suggest you to go to a jewelry retail store to select either your stones or your jewelry with opals, it will be safer.
Other Things to do
- Visit of the central square and the religious websites situated there
- Stop by of the Magdalena distillery licensed to make Tequila, this a single is exterior the town, the most effective detail is to get hold of them to discover out how to get there.
- Visit to the previous Hacienda de San Andrés and La Quemada, the 1st found 25 minutes from the town and the 2nd just 10 minutes.