The atmosphere of ancestral Mexico is recreated in a 17th century hacienda, located on the Silver Route that connected New Galicia with Zacatecas.
Walls filled with history and romance, lovely gardens, fountains and stone paths lead you to an oasis of peace and tranquility that is combined with the attention and service exclusive to a First Class Resort.
The earliest record that exists about this Hacienda relates the visit of the wandering image of Zapopan (The Virg in of the Expectation). This visit to the old chapel of the Hacienda took place in 1735.
Towards the end of the 18th century, thanks to its proximity to the silver route, the obligatory road for coaches heading for the Hacienda de Copala, Hacienda la Magdalena was converted into an abode and refuge for the desperados who attacked these coaches
In 1854, having been previously the property of the nuns of Santa Maria de Gracia, the was purchased by Sr. Esandón who, together with Don Manuel de Osazagarre, turned part of the property into a spinning and weaving mill for cotton fabrics known as the "Escoba." It was the first to manufacture this fiber in Western Mexico.
In 1876 the farming lands were sold to Don Ramón Chavez, an enterprising gentleman who came from the North of Jalisco with his family. The property has remained in the family for the following seven generations.
At the present time, Dr. Roberto G. Chávez Ruíz Velasco, has converted a part of the old buildings into a resort hotel including various areas for events. Thereby the Hacienda has once again discovered a new function and sustainable reasons for demonstrating our culture and traditions by injecting the purest Mexican flavor into every corner of the Hacienda.
A DAY IN HACIENDA LA MAGDALENA
If you arise at 7:30 am: You may stroll through the gardens, observing the sunrise, helping to feed the ducks and the peacock "Mateo" and his distinguished wife, Godeleva. You may hear their squawking day or night, so don't be frightened. They are simply greeting you.
From 8 to 8:30 am:
Your sense of sound will be delighted with the song of the birds, doves and swallows, depending on the season. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10. You may enjoy the cuisine of the hacienda either in the formal dining room if it's chilly, or in the open air corridor if you prefer sunshine.
While you are being served you may enjoy the canaries, harlequins and Australian parrots – above all Siegfried, the happy and talkative coastal parrot. Surely you have already become acquainted with the doves that begin their cooing very early. You will enjoy the sounds of the angel water fountain from the front patio. If you prefer music, you may request at the reception your favorites from our large collection of CDs.
Next to Siegfried you will find an ecological calendar of the zone and a lunar calendar to help you observe the nighttime waxing and waning.
Around noon you may obtain from the bar your "welcome drink", an aperitif, a beer or the cocktail of your choice. Lunch is served from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.
Before lunch you may already gone horseback riding, by previous reservation so that the horses will be ready. Or, if you prefer doing this yourself, you will be provided with a bit and a charro saddle. Once mounted you can freely ride the 20 hectares of the property or outside of it, being very cautious on the highway. Or, you may have requested a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.
You may spend the afternoon in the Moorish style swimming pool, or near one of the sunbrellas, resting or sunning in the gardens with a cocktail or an iced tea from our juice bar. You can also read one of the books from our specialized library.
Perhaps you would like to become better acquainted with the surroundings of the Hacienda by visiting Hacienda Santa Lucia in the nearby town of the same name, five minutes from Magdalena. The town of Nextipac is where they celebrate the fiesta of Santo Santiago in August with a magnificent portrayal of the battle between the Moors and the Christians.
If you have sufficient time and are not familiar with the Canyon of the Santiago River, if may be reached by the road to Colotlán and is well worth a visit. The highway to Nogales will lead you to the protected forests of La Primavera with their hot river.
In addition, Zapopan and Guadalajara, with their museums, the San Juan de Dios Market and the Cabañas Institute are important destinations. Cabañas boasts the famous murals of Clemente Orozco and outside is the Esplanade of Magicians with the marvelous sculptures of Alejandro Colunga. Be sure to bring your cameras!
The nearby town of San Pedro Tlaquepaque with its mariachi musicians and central "Parian", as well as its marvelous shops of art and handicrafts, or Tonalá, the cradle of Mexican ceramics with its Sunday and Thursday markets and incredible bargains are both not-to-be-missed destinations.
Returning to the Hacienda, your refuge from city noise and traffic, you may continue to enjoy this ecological sanctuary filled with flora and fauna. There are also ponds with colored fish and an astounding variety of birds and plants, including medicinal and culinary varieties of up to 50 species. The ancient willow trees have been in existence for centuries.
Take the opportunity to lie down in the middle of the garden on a straw "petate", gaze at nature from ground level, then raise your head up to see the tops of the trees and the immense blue sky.
At night you may look forward to an exquisite supper romantically served in the in the formal dining room with delicious food, fresh flowers, soft music and romantic candles.
At the end of the day you may expect a spacious room with a Jacuzzi tub and soft cotton embroidered sheets on a soft bed with feather pillows.
Spoil yourself, experiencing nature and giving thanks for having gifted yourself with this opportunity! This is your home.
Casually elegant, not forgetting to bring your bathing suit for use in our Moorish pool, as well as comfortable clothing for horseback riding or walking through our beautiful gardens.
The climate surrounding the Hacienda is warm with cool nights. During the months of December through February it is recommended that you bring warmer clothing since the temperatures in this zone can drop considerably.