the high plateaus of the state of Michoacan, the Tarascan Indians,
a fiercely independent tribe who fought the Aztecs continuously
to gain control, established an autonomous region very similar
to those kingdoms founded by the Tibetans, Vasconians and Spartans.
The Tarascans developed refined forms of art closely related to
the artifacts originating from the 10th century Chinese Sung dynasty.
The similarities were especially obvious in the crafts of pottery,
mortuary paraphernalia and their agricultural works.
Ten years ago, Agustin Salvat located several ancient Trojes (grainaries)
in the Tarascan highlands, disassembled them and loaded them into
trucks for transport to Mazatlan. From there, Salvat shipped the
components by ferry to La Paz, where they were then transported
overland to Loreto.
In order to accurately reassemble the Trojes on a stretch of beach
overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Salvat commissioned three Tarascan
Indians to work with him in Loreto.
Upon arrival, the team began assembly of the grainaries on the
new homeland. This unique architecture does not utilize any nails
whatsoever. The native Tarascans soon terminated the work when
they experienced difficulty with the heat of Loreto's summer months
and returned to their 10,000 foot high village located deep inside
Today, the renovated Trojes are ready to host individuals and
groups with the charm of civilizations gone by. Come and visit
the quaint, historical bed and breakfast, located in the strategic
center of the gray whales, on the beach only 200 yards north of
the La Pinta Hotel.