It all started with an invitation to the state of Jalisco to experience the culture from within, live experiences with its beaches, its mountains, its drinks, its gastronomy and of course, best of all, its people.
Within the itinerary that I received a week before the trip, one of the activities that said “Charros de Jalisco” caught my attention, something that I did not know and that seemed the most strange to me, starting with its name. In Colombia the word “Charro or Charra” changes meaning depending on the region where it is said, going through meanings such as Funny, Boring, Fun or something Bad.
On the third day of the trip we would live this experience, upon arriving at the Jalisco Charros Federation in Guadalajara, we got out of the vehicle and were greeted by a Mariachi, or at least that’s what I thought, with his traditional clothing, his boots, his hat and all the ornamentation. which left us very intrigued and later we would understand that he was not a mariachi and what the difference would be with Charro.
We went to the second floor of the building and here, with their particular and very paternal way of speaking, both Chui and Jorge explained to us the history of the Charrería from its military past to its sporting present, explaining to us that they are one of the active lines of the military defense of the country and a global icon of culture for the beauty of their costumes and the work with the horses they do with routines and exhibitions.
After all this illustration we moved on to action, hat on head and rope in hand, we would learn from the best the art of lassoing a bull, cow or any animal that allows it in this way, beginning the practice with a wooden bull that more than Together they allowed us to laugh and enjoy the experience for almost an hour before moving on to the surprise they had for us.
Even with the rope in hand and intrigued by what the surprise was, they took us to the ring and there it was, our surprise, who was breathing very loudly and his noises sounded MUUUUUU!!!. A calf, with its crestfallen gaze but with an energy that only inspired fear in us as inexperienced charros, was waiting for us to be the protagonist of our bonding practice.
And what happens again, with laughter, few of us managed to link it, but what was certain was that the smiles and shouts of celebration would not be lacking in the arena, filling us with a joy that rarely and in few tourist activities that towns or cities offer. take out one as a territory explorer.
At the end of the activity, or so we thought, we went back up to the dining room which also serves as a meeting and celebration place where they had prepared a short but substantial agape for us that of course included a shot of tequila, a guitar and a hoarse voice. Jorge sang to the rhythm of rancheras…-But I’m still the Reeeeey-… or a -Malagueña Salerooooozaaaa-. A moment that ended in some tears of emotion and a lot of celebration for everyone in the group.
I am not the biggest fan of purely tourist activities or, as Alan calls them, “Tourist Traps,” but I am a fan of cultural activities and let me tell you that this has been one of the ones that I have enjoyed the most throughout the trips I have made and It has been one of the few that has managed to fill me with joy when I see how 2 people proud of their roots show me their tradition and culture the way Jorge and Chui did in Charros de Jalisco.
I have told you my experience because I would like everyone to be able to live it and enjoy it and please, if you go, give this pair of Charros a big hug and tell them that from Colombia we send them a very special greeting. Here I leave your profile so you can cheer up and chat. @entre.charros
“A PEOPLE WITHOUT TRADITION IS A PEOPLE WITHOUT A FUTURE” ALBERTO LLERAS CAMARGO