Mascota was established around 1592, this verdant valley at 4,000ft is rich in agricultural products such as wheat, rice and corn.
The name is derived from a Nahuatl word “Mazacolta” meaning “Place of Deer and Snakes” and does not refer to ‘pets’.
Mascota is an agricultural town, so don’t be surprised to meet a bunch of cows wandering down the street.
Mascota, together with Talpa is also the land of the horse. People from all over Mexico and beyond come here to buy horses. Many also bring their horses here to be trained. The number one topic, regardless of a person’s occupation, are the fine horses of this region.
The new archaeological museum, set up by Joseph Mountjoy and sponsored by National Geographic, is worth a visit. He has been studying the extensive petroglyphs found in the area and the recent uncovering of pottery shards, by a farmer in one of his fields.
There are two very nice hotels in Mascota, Mesón del Refugio and Mesón de Santa Elena, they are very close to the plaza and they have the architecture and quality of the Pabellón in San Sebastián. There is a good restaurant called Navidad and the very interesting Rodríguez Peña museum.
Three ATM Red Line busses leave every day to Talpa de Allende from the corner of Calle Lucerna and Calle Havre, red on the MAP in Colonia Versalles, at 9AM, 2:30PM and 6:00PM. You can purchase your ticket there, 140 pesos.
You can also drive there yourself, the new road and bridge make it an easy two, to two and a half, hour trip.