Rancho Pint - The Mexico Page

Text and Photos ©2015 by J. Pint

Related articles:

Photo Gallery

Geopark Press Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico
University of Guadalajara (UDG) geographers outline the outstanding geological features of Bosque La Primavera at a press conference proposing the forest as a candidate for membership in Unesco's Global Geoparks Network.

UDG researchers crossing Rio Caliente

 Geographers Lucia González, Luis Valdivia and Hildelgardo Gómez gingerly crossing Río Caliente to investigate one of the river's numerous boiling hot sources.

Geographer Luis Valdivia with Fossil Fumaroles in Mexico

 UDG researcher Luis Valdivia photographs fossil fumaroles in a remote corner of the Primavera Forest. These are the tips of long cylinders formed ages ago by gas bubbles rising through volcanic ash.

Tamul Waterfall, San Luis Potosí

The Tamul Cascade, 105 meters high, located in La Huasteca of San Luis Potosí, now a candidate for becoming a Unesco Geopark.

Sculpted rocks along the XXX River

Members of Guadalajara’s Colli outdoor adventure club row their panga up the Tampaon River between sculpted walls of white limestone, deep inside La Huasteca of San Luis Potosí.

Micos waterfalls, San Luis Potosí

Micos, on El Salto River in San Luis Potosí, has countless small waterfalls and natural Jacuzzis.


Caves beneath the dunes? Check out our Saudicaves page:







Guadalajara's Primavera Forest proposed as candidate

Giant Pumice Horizon, Pinar de la VentaIn a press conference held on June 5, 2015, members of the University of Guadalajara's Center for Social Sciences and Humanities (CUCSH) proposed that Bosque la Primavera, an extensive flora and fauna reserve lying directly west of the city, be transformed into a Geopark and a candidate for membership in Unesco's highly esteemed Global Geoparks Network (GGN). Pointing out that housing developments on the forest's perimeter are continually encroaching on the Protected Area, UDG investigators Luis Valdivia, Hildelgardo Gómez and Lucia González stated that membership in the GGN would provide the “armor plating” that the forest needs to survive in the future and that ejido and private landowners within the forest boundary are enthusiastic about the idea.

Geoparks are typically nature reserves with outstanding geological features which ordinary people can easily learn to appreciate. At the moment, Unesco has registered 111 such parks around the world, mostly in Europe and Asia and they focus on phenomena like granite towers, lava domes, glacier landforms, dinosaur trackways, sandstone pillars and places where the earth's mantle has been pushed right up to the surface.

At the moment, there are only four Geoparks in the Americas, two in Canada, one in Brazil and another in Uruguay—but that may soon change. On May 28 to 29 of 2015, a workshop was held at the Institute of Geography in Mexico City, entitled, “Geoparks and Heritage; promoting geoheritage in Latin America.” A Unesco team of experts outlined Geopark requirements to representatives of Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, who, in turn, presented Geopark projects already underway in their respective countries.

Present at the workshop was UNAM researcher José Luis Palacio, a long-time promoter of Geoparks in Mexico. “This was truly an event of singular relevance,” he commented. “We were able to meet with the world's greatest experts in this field. Then, after all the presentations and meetings, the Unesco team went off to visit six of the proposed Geoparks, including two here in Mexico: the mountainous region of La Mixteca near Oaxaca and the extraordinary landforms of La Huasteca of San Luis Potosí.”

In addition to these two sites, there is a third candidate for Geopark status in Mexico: the mining district of Hidalgo. Says Palacio: “All three of these potential Geoparks will be evaluated in 2016 by two Unesco experts, who will determine whether they meet the strict requirements of the Global Network.” The final decision of the evaluators will be announced in September of 2016 at the 7th International Conference on Global Geoparks, which will meet in Great Britain.

Lucia González investigating the boiling hot Black River
UDG researcher Lucía González investigating the extremely hot Black River, which flows into Río Caliente, one of the outstanding features of Bosque La Primavera.

The Primavera Forest's suitability for Geopark status was proposed in a presentation at the 2011 Third Global Geotourism Conference in Muscat, Oman by Guadalajara Reporter columnist John Pint. Although this forest is not among the Mexican sites now under consideration for GGN membership, it has, according to Pint, “all the characteristics that Unesco looks for in candidates for Geopark status. The Primavera Caldera is a Protected Area and the site of one of the world's greatest explosions 95,000 years ago, which ejected 40 cubic kilometers of volcanic rubble (jal) into the air, creating the area now known as Jalisco. Fortunately, the story of this explosion and the lake which occupied the area for up to 20,000 years, can be read in the canyon walls of the Bosque, offering visitors to La Primavera a dramatic lesson in geology as well as a chance to stroll through a gorgeous forest and enjoy a delicious soak in the world-famous Río Caliente.”


These and other characteristics of Bosque La Primavera are now being documented by the CUCSH team proposing that the forest be transformed into a Geopark. UDG geographer Luis Valdivia says that the team is presently registering obsidian deposits and workshops, archaeological ruins, fumaroles, hot and cold bathing pools and bizarrely-shaped Tala Tuff rock formations. “The Bosque,” he says, “is a natural for Geopark status.”

Copyright 2015 - www.RanchoPint.com - All Rights Reserved