MAGICAL TOWNS

MINERAL DE POZOS

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An enigmatic town founded on Chichimeca native land. During the Spanish rule, the town developed a prosperous mining industry that continued through the Porfirio Díaz era.

In 1590, the ‘Santa Brigida’ ore smelting furnaces were built to process precious metals extracted in the area such as gold, silver and mercury. Nowadays, the furnaces are one of the main tourist attractions in town together with the former Santa Elena Hacienda, Los Cinco Señores Mine and El Triángulo Mine.

Thanks to its vigorous and successful mining industry, in 1897, the town was re-named as Porfirio Díaz City. With this new designation and as a direct result, the city enjoyed the arrival of new technological developments such as electricity, train, telegraph and steam-powered mining machinery.

There are two pivotal moments in time that shaped the architectural heritage preserved in Mineral de Pozos: the foundation of the first religious educational institution in 1590 and the Porfirio Díaz era during the 19th century. Representative works of these periods are the Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol Church, built in the 17th century in neoclassical style, Escuela Modelo School designed by Luis Long and Zaragoza Square.

The first Fabricas de Francia department store in Mexico was established on the town’s main street. Vestiges of the store remain to date bearing witness to a once lavish lifestyle fueled by a prosperous mining industry.

The local cuisine offers a vast range of traditional and exotic ingredients like edible ant eggs and larvae, also known as ‘escamoles’ or Mexican Caviar.

Visiting the lavender fields is an experience not to be missed out while in town. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the fields and get to know the products fashioned from this plant!

Horseback riding, hiking and visiting old mines and the City History Museum are some of the various leisure activities to enjoy in Mineral de Pozos.

For information on more leisure activities, events and points of interest for tourists visit the local Tourist Information Booth located at the very entrance to the town.

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Live great stories in Mineral de Pozos

‘Mezcal Mineral Magico’ Tour

The experience

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Excellent tour spanning 2 days, for those interested in an adventure that explores: museums, haciendas, traditional food, mezcal tasting, and an arts & crafts workshop.

In Mineral de Pozos, tour members will be able to enjoy a collage of experiences centered on mezcal culture, in 2015 the region obtained a Protected Designation of Origin becoming one of the few territories in Mexico that can legally produce this ancestral spirit. The town has a wealth of history and traditions that stem from a once thriving mining industry, an economic activity that fostered the consumption of mezcal, this industry started during the Spanish rule and continued until Porfirio Diaz’s regime, also known as Porfiriato.

The town’s history will be unveiled by visiting two interactive museums, our tour members will experience the local traditions firsthand by taking part in activities related with production of mezcal, and a mezcal tasting session consisting of three local brands paired with cheese, chocolate and xoconostle (sour prickly pear). Guests will discover the town’s culture by walking through its colonial streets, savoring regional delicacies such as escamoles (ant eggs) and agave plant worms, and listening to stories of haciendas and age-old mines.

In this tour you will learn everything you need to know about Guanajuato’s award-winning artisanal mezcal.

All of the above surrounded by the mystic aura of this Magic Town!

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Itinerary:

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Day1:

  1. Visit to Mineral de Pozos History Museum.
  2. Tour through a mining hacienda and descent/visit to underground mine.
  3. Enjoying the local cuisine, a meal consisting of regional dishes.
  4. Visit to Mezcalera Cuanax distillery and tasting session of three award-winning mezcals paired with cheese, chocolate and xococnostle prickly pear.
  5. Town’s history: Zaragoza Square
  6. Dinner at a restaurant located on Zaragoza Square

Day 2:

  1. Visit to Escuela Modelo, Artes y Oficios Museum, an art school created under Porfirio Díaz’s presidency.
  2. Arts & Crafts workshop, decorating a mezcal bottle.
  3. Enjoying the local cuisine, a meal consisting of regional dishes.

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Services included:

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  • Tour guidance by a Certified Mezcal Expert
  • Certified Tour Guide
  • Accommodation at a very quiet posada hotel.
  • Roundtrip transportation to every location on tour.
  • Entry fees to museums and haciendas included.

* Wearing comfortable shoes and clothes is recommended, bring a hat and sunscreen.

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RESERVATIONS

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Mezcal Cuanax

Teléfono 461 152 2235

cuanaxrecorridos@gmail.com

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cuanaxmezcal.com.mx

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Hours: First day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., second day 9:30 am to 3 p.m.

Wednesday to Saturday

Cost per person: $3,750.00 MXN

A minimum of 4 people per group is required.

Payment options: debit card, credit card, paypal, mercado pago, bank transfer, Oxxo transfer.

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