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Goat Farm Tour in Mezcala

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Visiting this organic goat farm in Mezcala is actually the perfect way to spend a leisurely weekend.

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Galo de Allende goat farm in Mezcala offers a weekly tour that will have you feeding and milking goats and also trying out some of the farm’s signature organic products.

Tours take place most weekends on Saturday or Sunday and leave at 10:30 a.m. from the bus stop in front of the Walmart. The van will take you 40 minutes east, close to the town of Mezcala, and will bring you back between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

After arriving at the farm, the morning starts out with coffee, fruit, and Greek goat yogurt and concludes in the afternoon with cheese, bread and wine.

The tours are by reservation only and cost $550 pesos per person. You can now book directly online through Air B&B. Or contact owners Laura and Juan Diego through email, phone or their Facebook page to make a reservation.

Galo de Allende sells its products every Tuesday at the organic market at La Huerta from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as well as in select locations such as Pancho’s Deli Market and Superlake.

Last updated October 30, 2019

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The van meets you at this bus stop in front of the Walmart.

The van meets you at this bus stop in front of the Walmart.

The Galo de Allende farm is located on the side of this mountain east of the town of Mezcala. The terrain is hilly, so bring your walking shoes and anything else you might require.

The Galo de Allende farm is located on the side of this mountain east of the town of Mezcala. The terrain is hilly, so bring your walking shoes and anything else you might require.

When you get there, you'll be treated to fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and coffee.

When you get there, you'll be treated to fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and coffee.

Fresh fruit to go with...

There's fresh fruit to go with...

Galo de Allende's organic Greek yogurt.

...Galo de Allende's organic Greek yogurt....

While owner Laura Medina Gómez tells you about the history of the farm in this indigenous community of Mezcala and all about the goats.

...while owner Laura Medina Gómez tells you all about the goats, as well as the story of the farm in this indigenous community of Mezcala.

At the end of the tour, you'll be served wine and multiple kinds of goat cheese made from the goats you just visited.

At the end of the tour, you'll be served wine and multiple kinds of goat cheese made from the goats you just visited.

These cheeses were tempting enough to turn one vegan at the table temporarily vegetarian.

These cheeses were tempting enough to turn one vegan at the table temporarily vegetarian.

Then you'll get your chance to meet the goats.

Then you'll get your chance to meet the goats.

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Who are very cute.

Who are very cute.

Super. Duper. Cute.

Super. Duper. Cute.

It must be those rectangular pupils.

It must be those rectangular pupils.

You'll be able to feed them. They love ciruela (plum) leaves, which gives their milk and byproducts a smooth, bitter-free taste.

You'll have a chance to feed them. They love ciruela (plum) leaves, which gives their milk and byproducts a smooth, bitter-free taste.

They will eat. And eat and eat. And they'll eat or at least nibble on anything. Watch your clothes and belongings (and if you're a guy with a long beard, watch that, too).

They will eat. And eat and eat. And they can eat or at least nibble on anything. Watch your clothes and belongings (and if you're a guy with a long beard, watch that, too).

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Laura answers questions that visitors have about the goats

Laura answers questions that visitors have about the goats.

If you're up for the challenge, you can practice how to milk a goat.

If you're up for the challenge, you can practice how to milk a goat.

Owner Juan Diego Allera Malo will show you the right technique to squeeze the goat's udder.

Owner Juan Diego Allera Malo will show you the right technique to squeeze the goat's udder.

Owners Laura Medina Gómez and Juan Diego Allera Malo hold one of their baby goats (about 3-4 weeks) on their farm, Galo de Allende, in Mezcala, Jalisco.

Owners Laura Medina Gómez and Juan Diego Allera Malo hold one of their baby goats (about 3-4 weeks) on their goat farm in Mezcala, Jalisco.

The view looking east from the southwest corner of the property.

The view looking east from the southwest corner of the property.

After feeding the goats, you'll take them on their afternoon walk.

After feeding the goats, you'll take them on their afternoon walk.

It's important to stay together with the goats so they don't get split into multiple groups.

It's important to stay together with the goats so they don't get split into multiple groups.

This is where the terrain gets a little hilly. Instead of going on this part of the tour, you are welcome to stay with the other goats in the feeding area.

This is where the terrain gets a little hilly. Instead of going on this part of the tour, you are welcome to stay with the other goats in the feeding area.

More goats. Eating.

More goats. Eating.

After a very short climb, you'll accompany the goats to the top of the farm.

After a very short climb, you'll accompany the goats to the top of the farm.

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Where they'll resume eating.

Where they'll resume eating.

And posing for your camera.

And posing for your camera.

The panoramic view from the farm which overlooks Mezcala and Lake Chapala.

The panoramic view from the farm which overlooks Mezcala and Lake Chapala.

While Juan Diego and Laura tell you a little about the history of Mezcala....

While Juan Diego and Laura tell you a little about the history of Mezcala....

...Including the story about how the indigenous people barricaded themselves on this island during the War of Independence in the early 19th century.

...Including the story about how the indigenous people barricaded themselves on Mezcala Island during the War of Independence in the early 19th century.

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Though the goats will never stop vying for your attention.

Though the goats will never stop vying for your attention.

On a clear day, the view from the top of the farm lets you see all the way to the next state, Michoacán.

On a clear day, the view from the top of the farm lets you see all the way to the next state, Michoacán.

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Ismael's Molcajete

Ismael’s Molcajete

Ismael Sánchez displays his well-worn molcajete in the kitchen of his Ajijic home.

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