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The name Mazamitla has been interpreted in different ways: "place where deer are hunted with arrows"; "place of hunters bowers of deer, and" place where arrows are made to hunt deer. "All derive from the etymological meaning of" Mazamitlán ", which is composed of the words Mazatl (deer), Mitl (arrow) and Tlan (place) The third interpretation is recorded the official shield.
The Purépechas conquered the region and were forced to leave during the Guerra del Salitre, however, they did not completely withdraw from the Sierra de Mazamitla, where sporadic communities were established and fortified against the peoples of the south.
Testimony of the Tarascan origin of Mazamitla are the names of their neighborhoods, which to date, retain the meanings derived from this indigenous group, such as: jániro (pretty maiden); citúnero (bird that sings), cóporo (cross of four roads); and cucuchira (peach-plated), among others.
In February 1537, by Royal Decree of Carlos V to Don Antonio de Mendoza, first viceroy of New Spain, was given the official foundation of San Cristobal Mazamitla, which grants the possession of land and water to the natives of this zone.
It is located 122 kilometers from Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, and is one of the most attractive places in the Sierra del Tigre. It is said that the priest Miguel Hidalgo officiated mass in the community of Palos Gordos, where the oak trunk that served as an altar is still preserved.
The Municipal Park "La Zanja" is a peaceful wooded space with areas for eating and children's games. In that line, there is also the Parque Jardín Encantado, with its curious wooden bridges and El Salto waterfall, a special place to find relaxation.
Its canned fruits, wines and sweets are known throughout the region, as well as its cheeses: Cotija, adobera and seco. With this you can accompany your field days!
On a pyramidal base, in the Main Square, is the Parish of San Cristóbal, patron of the town. Built in the 20th century, it has particular oriental influences, giving it an outstanding style.
In search of spectacular views, Cerro del Tigre has a natural viewpoint at 2,800 meters above sea level, which can be reached on foot, on horseback or by ATV. There, you will see part of the state of Michoacán, some towns and the Lake of Chapala, without a doubt, a landscape that wakes up every morning ready to surprise you with its magnitude and beauty.
What to Visit?
- El Salto Waterfall Beautiful cascade where, besides the view, you can horseback ride to explore the area.
- La Zanja Municipal Park An ideal spot for a picnic since it has special areas for this purpose and a playground.
- Saint Christopher Parish It was built around 1950 and it features an obvious oriental influence.
What to do?
- Tierra Aventura Ecological Park Where you can practice all kind of extreme sports.
- Bullfighting Festivities From February 14th until 24th, there are also serenades, parades of horsemen and cowboys, and many other folkloric activities.
- Foundation Festivities From March 27th until 30th, there are plenty sport and cultural events to commemorate the foundation of this Magic Town.
- Barbacoa Roasted lamb meat served with its juice or broth, which is called "consome."
- Buñuelos A delicious candy made with dough fried in oil and served with syrup.
- Bote A peculiar broth cooked with vegetables, beef or chicken, and pulque, which is an alcoholic beverage made with the same nectar of the cactus from which the tequila comes from.
- Steamed tacos
What to Know?
- Because of its wooded landscapes, this Magic Town is also known as "the Alps of Jalisco."
- In Aztec language, the name Mazamitla means "place where deer are hunted with arrows."
- This town was founded in 1537 by indigenous immigrants from the adjacent state of Michoacan.
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