Dolores Hidalgo C.I.N.
This “Pueblo Magico” is nothing less than the home of Mexican Independence, it was the place where the priest Don Miguel Hidalgo called out the independence movement “Grito de Dolores” on September 16th, 1810, so its value and relevance is a source of pride for the nation and the state of Guanajuato.
Because it is a magical town, Dolores has a particular charm, its artisans work the pottery the old fashioned way, with a smile on their mouths they elaborate precious ceramic pieces, molded around and painted by hand and that is one of the main economic activities of the city. Its pottery culture is so famous that the pottery from Dolores is exported to many countries in America and around the world.
Curious Fact, Dolores is well known for having the tastiest and most exotic ice cream flavors in the state. Just to mention some of the flavors to whet your appetite: pork rind, beer, mole and avocado. So, do you dare to try them?
One of the “Pueblos Mágicos” (Magic Towns) of Guanajuato, this is the one that entered the list more recently and is known for its gastronomy, as well as for having beautiful parishes to visit, two archaeological zones, vineyards, the School of Arts, formerly a railroad station. If you visit Comonfort make room in your suitcase for a molcajete (Mexican kitchen tool) because here they work on the stone in a masterful way and we all know that a rich sauce has to be made in a molcajete.
Mineral de Pozos en San Luis de la Paz
A village like no other. First, because it is desert, a magical place, and they even call it the Ghost Town, but not because it is empty, but because it is full of legends and stories that make it a mystical and exciting destination.
It has many tourist attractions, but let’s start with the Jesuit Ovens, which you have probably already seen in a photo, and which are monumental and already known worldwide. In Pozos, you can tour mines, buy handicrafts, eat pre-Hispanic cuisine, go for a cross-country bike ride and if you are lucky enough to coincide with a film or art festival, the atmosphere is extremely bohemian.
Don’t leave Pozos without drinking a glass of “colonche“, the typical red fruit ferment, as well as eating a “taquito de escamoles” one of the local specialties.
Jalpa de Canovas en Purisima del Rincon
This “Pueblo Mágico” has a reputation for being a fertile land and a great producer of grains. It is well known also for the beautiful church of the Lord of Mercy made of red bricks, an aqueduct and the hulls of enormous “haciendas”(homesteads on agricultural land and colonial vibes).
In Jalpa events are held for the whole family, such as the already known Nut and Quince Paste Local Fair, for being a producer of grapes, quince paste as well as other fruits. Therefore, from this destination we anticipate that you will leave with some bottles of liquor and delicious pastes to take home.
In Jalpa you will find dams, gardens, parks, plazas, sanctuaries and countless churches that are truly photography-worthy.
This Magical Town has a religious past that shows in the present, well-drawn and clean style. The “haciendas” and the churches are what this is all about, and there are some that have been well-preserved over time in a way that makes it seem like a trip back in time. This city is a very important spiritual destination, since they have long been centers of evangelization for numerous religious orders since the Vice regal period. One thing we can say about Salvatierra is that, it is consider a Green City; that is to say, it has a particularly abundant vegetation and natural richness that allows the development of handicrafts as it happens in a great part of the State.
On your trip, you have to try the traditional eggnog and if you want to offer the perfect gift to someone, there are tablecloths and embroidered napkins that deserve to be touched and admire. Among the interesting options to visit you will find churches, the Sabinal Eco-Park, Plaza de Armas and The Convent of San Francisco.
The name of this Magical Town comes from Lake Yuririapúndaro or Lake of Blood. Its wealth and tourist attraction is mainly the amount of churches, parishes and convents in the city and the architecture and covers of the constructions are super colorful. Once again you will need to free up the space on your camera, so you don’t miss out anything.
As for the outdoor activities, it is a destination where you can go horseback riding, motorcycling, even by boat on the lake and fishing. To eat, look for some nice carnitas tacos (fried pork meat tacos), barbecue, mole and ash tamales, you won’t regret it.
For shopping at the handicraft markets be ready to take with you some shoes, rebozos, cross-stitch embroidery and hand carved leatherwork.
You can’t leave Yuriria without visiting La Joya Crater Park, an ecological park with more than 15 volcanic craters.