Las Huertas

The first stop on yesterday's day trip was Las Huertas, a small ranch community that belongs to Nochistlan, Zacatecas.  Many, many years ago,  Las Huertas was full of orchards of every fruit and nut tree imaginable.  But due to many of the men, and ultimately entire families, migrating to the United States, the orchards disappeared.  There are still many houses and families that reside in Las Huertas.

Las Huertas is a 25 minute drive from Yahualica. 

This is a picture of the wall around the church and the entrance gate.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by a kind gentleman, Secundino Quezada, who acted as our tour guide. Our pleasant experience wouldn't have been the same without him.

The church's name is El Templo del Señor de la Misericordia.  It was one of the first churches built by the Franciscanos over 450 years ago.

I loved the inside of this church.  It wasn't overly ornate and felt so warm and inviting.  Many of the churches that I have seen in Mexico have marble floors, but this floor was made entirely of wood. (Click on all of the pictures for a closer look.)

This shrine/altar to La Virgen de Guadalupe is located outside in the church's courtyard.

The church's courtyard has about 12 orange trees.  The scent of oranges made me feel as if I was still in my hometown of Redlands, California.  A truly wonderful feeling that I can't describe.  (Sigh!)


All of the trees were full of sweet oranges.  So of course my hubby and brother-in-law wanted to pick some oranges.  We were informed that the oranges are sold for a peso each to benefit the church.  Hubby picked 2 large bags and paid 50 pesos.  The kiddies enjoyed catching the oranges and got a kick out of seeing grown men playing in the trees. 

Don Secundino informed us that we could find an ojo de agua a very short distance from the church.  An ojo de agua is like a natural spring of water.  I expected to find a large well of sorts, but all we found was a medium sized hole in the ground full of crystal clear water.  And next to the ojo de agua was what my hubby and brother-in-law called El Periodico (The Newspaper).  This is where all of the women used to gather to do laundry (by hand) and catch up on the lastest gossip news.  Next time we visit, I'm bringing my laundry.  There are enough lavaderos (wash sinks) for everyone to pitch in.

We were all having a good time joking about the lavaderos when we noticed that the entire area was surrounded by these little reddish green plants.  My father-in-law yelled that it was "Caquiste!"   We already had a run in with poison ivy a few years ago so we made our exit post-haste.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more on our day trip.

With Love,
Leslie Limon


  1. Sounds like so much fun, cant wait to hear more!

  2. it's beautiful! 25 min. which way? towards Leon, or GDL? What a fun place to visit. Please post more!

  3. REFRIED: Its towards Aguascalientes, but you take a shortcut through another ranchito called "Nangue".

  4. What fun! Great Post Leslie. Thank you.

  5. Leslie,
    Actually, many of the old churches had wooden floors that were eventually replaced out of necessity because they caught fire from candles or incense and burned. The famous church at Dolores Hidalgo where the fight for independence started still has a wooden floor and so does the famous church of San Juan de los Lagos.

  6. That flooring is so pretty and I love the washing area. How fun to do your laundry while chatting it up with all the ladies.

  7. Daniel GutierrezMay 10, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    That's my home rancho I can give you A bigger tour next time you go, since my dad owns a home across the rancho that has been in the family for over 200 years...and by the way Secundino is my aunts husband Haha