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The Sayula lagoon: Jalisco’s desert



We sometimes think that certain things are associated with certain places or environments. For example, snow is found in Alaska, Canada and the USA, crystal clear waters and beaches in the Mayan Riviera, and the desert in Las Vegas.

But if you take a moment to simply look around and explore your immediate surroundings, you might discover some incredible and unexpected places. It might not be a beach, or a snowy retreat, but I’m sure you’ll find something.

The dry Sayula lagoon in Jalisco, Mexico, is one of those places for me, and it’s located only a few kilometres outside of Jalisco’s capital and my home town Guadalajara, along the Guadalajara-Colima Highway. You’ll notice it when you come across a great expanse of dry land (during the rainy season it will look more like a water mirror) and depending upon where you stand, and the angle from which you’re looking across this dry lagoon, it can transport you to any desert on earth.

A few films and photographic ad campaigns have been shot at the Sayula lagoon, including a Louis Vuitton catalogue and a post apocalyptic short film with a plot revolving around a scenario where there’s no more water left in the world.

We were here with a film crew recently and had a great time shooting the film clip for the thrash punk’n’roll band Acidez ( Thanks to the lagoon’s unique environment, the film clip transports viewers to a desert of their choice.

To get there, take the toll road out of Guadalajara (the Guadalajara-Colima highway), which cuts through the lagoon. Take the detour from this highway that takes you onto the ‘libre’, or free highway, There’s a barbed wire fence all along the highway,  however at one point you’ll see an unfenced section and a dirt road that takes you into the lagoon. Driving along this dirt road, you’ll notice that the lagoon’s also a popular destination for flying kites, kite skating, or whatever else takes your fancy.


Desierto cerca… 

Uno pudiera suponer que hay lugares que se encuentran solamente donde los han hecho famosos: nieve – Alaska, canada, estados unidos, playa azul cristalino – Riviera maya, desierto – Las Vegas.

Sin embargo es cosa simplemente de mirar y explorar nuestros alrededores y descubrir que existen lugares excelentes a nuestro alrededor (habrá casos en que no encontremos nieve cerca de nosotros o una playa, pero habrá otras cosas )

La laguna seca de Sayula es uno de esos lugares, ubicado a unos kilómetros a las afueras de Guadalajara, por la carretera a Colima se encuentra una extensión de tierra seca (en temporadas de lluvia un espejo de agua) que con el encuadre y ángulo adecuado nos puede transportar a un desierto.

Este lugar ha sido sede de diferentes rodajes y sesiones de foto, entre ellos está un catálogo de Louis Vuitton, o un cortometraje post apocalíptico donde ya no existía agua.

Tuvimos una buena experiencia nosotros, estuvimos de rodaje en la laguna seca en días anteriores, para el videoclip de la banda Acidez, de thrash, punk and roll ( y gracias a las características de dicho lugar, el videoclip logra transportar a los espectadores al desierto que ellos quieran imaginarse.

El lugar a pesar de tener una cerca de alambre de puas en su extención sobre la carretera de cuota Guadalajara – Colima, existe una desviación hacia la carretera libre Guadalajara – Colima en la cual no existe cerca alguna y uno puede accesar sin problemas.

El lugar es excelente para practicar kite skating, volar papalotes,  sesiones de fotos y video o lo que tu creatividad proponga.

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