Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Santa Clara del Cobre

Santa Clara del Cobre is a colonial town of 13,000 people, most of whom work in Santa Clara's copper trade. Copper has been worked in this area since before the Spanish arrived.

We visited Rafael's shop

Rafael explaining how the copper wares are created. 
This shop is for demonstration purposes only. His production shop is nearby.

Aron, aka free labor, pounding out a sheet of hot copper

Interesting items in the shop

Rafael showing us the color red hot copper turns when it is quenched in cold water.

Rafael began leaning his craft at 5, pumping the bellows for the father and grandfather.
Today two sons and one 12 year old grandson are following in his footsteps.

Long hours of hammering will create a finished surface.

Every thing in town is made from copper

Another great lunch

Kevin found this highly rated gordita place online.

Denise, Bob, Sue and Roy.

There was no exterior sign to let you know there was a great eatery here.

A German couple that were in our campground last night.

Yes, they have been everywhere. 
The map on the rear indicates they are heading to South America.

There were some great pieces in the museum

This award wining pitcher took 3.5 months to create.

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