Lagos de Moreno

Splendorous Calm

According to studies carried out, many different indigenous groups inhabited this area; mainly: zacatecos, cazcanes, tecuexes and guachichiles. The "guamares" belonged to the latter; also called "white chichimecas".

When the Spaniards reached the center of the country, they met with fierce resistance from the Chichimeca groups, which made it difficult for many years to establish populations in the region. Eventually, Viceroy D. Luis Velasco implemented several strategies for the pacification of lands, such as the construction of forts and the relocation of Tlaxcala families to inhabit areas that would function as a refuge from hostilities.

D. Hernando de Martel, by order of the Royal Audience of New Galicia, officially founded the "Villa de Santa Maria de los Lagos" on March 31, 1563, with 73 Spanish families.

At the moment, it is a Magical Town whose Historical Center and the Bridge of the Lagos (constructed in 1860) appear in the list of World Patrimony of the UNESCO. The second part of his name is in honor of the insurgent Pedro Moreno, based on a decree of 1829.

With a Baroque facade, considered one of the most beautiful in America, the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, from 1741, is a must, as well as the temples of San José and Calvario, which emulates the Basilica of San Pedro, from Rome; but on a smaller scale.

The Sacred Art Museum is housed in a building under the shelter of the INAH, its collection is just under thirty works of art from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, among which you will find objects of worship, textiles and works of plastic arts.

The Rosas Moreno Theater is praised as one of the most beautiful buildings in Lagos de Moreno, a title that is not easy to obtain. Its construction lasted 40 years and its details in wood create contrast with the red accents distributed throughout the interior.

In the vicinity of the town you will find Hacienda Sepulveda, a wonderful spa, the Carey resort and the Comanja mountain range, which, with its beautiful wooded landscapes, is ideal for a picnic or the practice of extreme sports such as mountaineering, mountaineering and mountain biking.

Come to Lagos de Moreno in search of its radiance, find it in the brave effort of its people to recover its old shine and stay for its blue skies, imposing buildings and the lightness of the wind... details that form a dreamlike image.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Our Lady of the Asuncion Parish Its construction started in 1741, and it was finished until 1798. This is the largest church of this town.
  • Rinconada de Capuchinas A beautiful square surrounded by mansions and buildings that will take you straight to the Colonial times.
  • Town Hall On the walls of the staircase there is a mural where you can learn the history of this village.
  • Rosary Temple An eighteenth century church built by the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Rosary.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Patronal Festivity It takes place on August 6th, and it finishes two weeks later. Because of its success, this religious festivity became a regional fair with dances, parades, bullfighting, rodeos, amusement rides, and even, a queen is elected!
  • Foundation Day It takes place on March 31st, precisely when this beautiful Magic Town was founded, and this festivity includes exhibitions and different cultural events.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Birria tatemada (Fried birria) Goat, pork, chicken meat or beef baked in its own juice, which is called "consomé", but in this local dish the meat is fried before being served with tortillas.
  • Mole de olla Beef in a spicy broth that includes many different vegetables.
  • Tamales Any kind, but you have to try specially those made of cob milk!
  • Condensed candy of quince
  • Canned fruits or in syrup presentation
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Lagos de Moreno was founded on March 31st, 1563, under the name of "Village of Our Lady of the Lakes."
  • This village became officially a town on March 27th, 1824.
  • On April 9th, 1829, the State Congress decided to change its name for the current one –Lagos de Moreno—honoring thus the illustrious insurgent leader, don Pedro Moreno who bravely fought against the Spanish Crown during the Independence War.
  • This town was a temporary capital of the state of Jalisco just for one month –on December, 1831.
  • On August 1st, 2010, this Magic Town was also recognized as a Cultural Heritage of Mankind by the UNESCO.

Popular Craft

  • Wooden furniture
  • Goods and handicrafts of woven rod
  • Wool clothing
  • Saddlery
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