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Tlalpujahua

The mining Magic Town of Christmas

Tlalpujahua and Angangueo are the two mining Magic Towns in Michoacan. Both towns share a past of riches and loss, while today they are all about Christmas joy and forests covered by Monarch butterflies.

Tlalpujahua is a small town of miner past, close to its hill, survivor of tragedies and heir of the most beautiful tradition in Christmas. Above, the impressive baroque stamp of the Saint Peter and Pablo Parish contrasts with the sobriety of the Saint Francisco convent, the first religious center of the town, in the low part of the location. In between, a succession of stoned streets, lively gates, sunny squares and flowery facades.

The mining past of Tlalpujahua is evident in the details. Tin shingles show how workers used to be paid in tin from barrels. In the small chapels, the miners asked the virgin for protection. And above all, in the infamous plain where the Carmen Tower remains as the only witness of the calamity that caused thousands of deaths in 1937 and provoked the ending of the mining work in the region.

The Magic Town of Tlalpujahua is known in all of Mexico to produce Christmas tree ornaments or spheres. Each autumn, thousands of people visit the Sphere Fair to acquire Christmas ornaments handmade in the hundreds of local workshops. An excellent date to watch the artists of blown glass and the decoration of spheres.

You cannot depart this place without tasting the exquisite candies, the preservations and the liquor of traditional herbs. Health at each sip!

Our recommendations:

  1. Take the mining Magic Towns route visiting the House-museum of the Lopez Rayon Brothers, the interesting Dos Estrellas Mine, the nearby magic town El Oro in the state of Mexico, and of course Mineral de Angangueo.
  2. Organise an unforgettable weekend combinig your visit to Tlalpujahua with a day trip to Angangeo to stroll the cobbled streets and visit the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries.
  3. Attend the newborn festival FERATUM, in October, a must to all the lovers of horror cinema.
  4. Come near the small temple and pantheon of Puxtla to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a festivity declared as a World Heritage.
  5. Watch the flyers of San Pedro Tarimbaro, a ritual declared Intangible Cultural Heritage. If you can, visit it on June 29 and 30, or in May during the Tlalli festival.

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