When traveling you have to be prepared for the unexpected. This day we heard about a portal for Quezalcoatl (The feathered serpent deity that has been worshiped by many different ethno-political groups in Mesoamerican history), and that we had to visit. So after two mini buses we arrived at the town of Amatlan and asked around for "la puerta" de Quezalcoatl. They pointed us in the direction and told us to look for tipis. After a short hike, we found a purple door in the wall and saw some tipis peaking over the wall. We entered and found a tipi village next to a huge cliff wall. There was a large crack and small cave which we were told was 'the portal' and next to it was an ancient amate (similar to banyan) tree. It is said that this portal was a sacred vehicle for Quexalcoatl to travel to other places and dimensions.
As we took in the beauty of the rock face, we met a man who offered us to "make a walk" with he and his girlfriend. We agreed and three hours later were far up in the woods in a sacred cave with pictographs doing a beautiful mediation. Leo was a man of two worlds: he seemed to work a regular life in Mexico City and twice a month would stay in Amatlan working with elders and learning from nature. He brought his sacred drum and we offered chants together in the caves, sharing together a deep connection with the elements surrounding us.
So at the end of the day, "la puerta" seemed to have worked her magic. She transported us to a totally different dimension, one that we could not have expected to experience. A big thanks for our dear new friends Leo and Caro for bringing us into their world and sharing the sacred energy of this place.