Los Chorros are the only “serious” waterfalls along the entire length of the river known both as Rio Caliente (Hot River) and – after it cools down – Rio Salado (Salty River). They are located 23 kilometers west of Guadalajara and reachable via Highway 70, the route to Tala and Ameca.
These beautiful falls are described in the 2011 edition of “Outdoors in Western Mexico, Volume 1.” Figuring it was time for an update, I visited the place recently to see what’s new. The first thing I should mention is that there is now a concrete divider running down the center of most of Highway 70, meaning that people coming from Guadalajara can no longer make a simple left turn to get to Los Chorros. No, you now have to drive an extra three kilometers to the first place you can make a u-turn and then another three kilometers back to the Chorros road.
“The fact that people can’t make that left turn has killed our business,” Hector Cuevas, one of the owners of Los Chorros, told me. As a result, he said the main emphasis of the site has shifted from picnickers and bathers to wedding parties, where the bride and groom can tie the knot outdoors with the majestic falls providing the perfect backdrop for envy-of-the-barrio wedding photos.
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