San Marcos, Sinaloa, Mexico.
By Nadia Verde
It was 2009 when people prepared to leave and abandon their homes, and not only that, but also the land where generations and generations grew up, where everyone had a life they did not want to give up, but they had to do it.
All because of the construction of the “Picachos”, a dam that the government had made very close to these lands.
A village more than 200 years old, which had to be left behind, since much of the year everything is flooded because of the dam and the rains, the water covers sidewalks, stairs, and invades the houses.
Well, it says the short film of the Mazatleca Betzabé García, it is as if it were “Venice, Sinaloa”, the short can be found on YouTube with that name.
The government built them just under 10 minutes “the new San Marcos”, where most of the families settled.
Only about 1 hour from Mazatlan is this ghost town, which had wanted to go for a long time but had not had the opportunity.
Everything was presented to me thanks to a gotcha tournament held in Mazatlan year after year, this time it was in San Marcos, I said, this is my opportunity to get to know and explore it.
10 years after what happened to reach this town feels with a vibe of nostalgia and magic. To walk through its streets is to appreciate how nature and time have done their work, gaining ground, ending all that was once a community, until only ruins remain.
Almost a total of 400 drovers came to the town in search of adventure, and that more exciting than playing between abandoned houses, a real ghost place that lent itself to be able to stage the theme that had played this year “Pandemia”, the rules consisted of exploring and look for the cure for a deadly virus, it was the perfect climate and ambiance, worthy of a walking dead scene. Two teams were formed, the red and the yellow that would go against.
All very involved in their role came dressed as military, believing that they were in a real war, the tournament lasted several hours, the houses were full of colors, because of the paintballs, only the sound of the markers was heard, true gusts.
Hiding between the houses, undergrowth, even in a church in ruins, was the perfect setting to experience this experience.
People who still live in this town or near it were fascinated by admiring this show, some children were part of it, and they interacted with the players firing paintballs and watching the tournament unfold.
It was very exciting and at the same time sad to think about everything that happened with this town as some families refused to leave old San Marcos and even with everything that happens in it, they still live in their houses as if nothing happened.
The event came to an end at nightfall, and the short time that San Marcos took life went with nightfall, the place returned to what it was before the gotcha event, its streets were silenced again, and it became a zone of darkness, of darkness, as if nothing had happened.
The old community had died again.
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