Sanctuary of Monarchs

The word Angangueo means "town among the mountains" in the Purépecha language, and the history of the town begins with the discovery of its mineral wealth at the end of the eighteenth century.

Hand in hand with mining, the town grew and became a prosperous place. Spaniards, English, Germans, French and Americans were the owners of the mines until the middle of the twentieth century. However, a strong and sudden change was coming ...

An accident in 1953 finally closed the mines and a page in the town's history.

Angangueo seemed destined to be forgotten, but a small visitor came from far away to recover his splendor.

Near the winter season, the sky announces the arrival of millions of monarch butterflies that have made these mountains their home ...

In the Sierra Chíncua Sanctuary you can appreciate the spectacle of migration. Through the mountains excursions are made on foot or on horseback to see up close and understand the grace of these insects, thousands of them accumulate in the branches of the big pines until they bend, as if it were colorful snow.

Back in the village, go through the vestiges of its mining past that transport you to the depths of the earth. To live it, the San Simón Tunnel, a mining gap 10 meters deep and more than 100 meters long.

At the end of the tunnel is the Temple of the Immaculate Conception, extraordinary construction of pink and gray quarry of the eighteenth century.

After so much excitement, it will be necessary to taste their best dishes: mole, barbecue and, for dessert, preserved in piloncillo.

Accompany the flight of the butterflies from the top of the mountains, breathe the freshness of the mountains, and recover the effort and history of the miners in Angangueo, a Magical Town in Michoacán.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception Built in the eighteenth century in Downtown Angangueo, this temple is one of the most remarkable buildings of this Magic Town.
  • Parker House This museum houses a photographic collection about the splendor time of the local mining activity.
  • Saint Simon Touristic Tunnel Here you can travel through the ancient local mines to recreate the labor conditions of those times, holding even some of the authentic tools used then by the miners.
  • Mirador de la Cruz de Hierro (Iron Cross Viewpoint) An ideal point where you can have the most amazing views of this area.
  • Sierra Chincua Sanctuary This is one of the places where the Monarch Butterfly arrives each winter from USA and Canada. You can get there walking or back horse riding to learn more about this amazing insect.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Monarch Butterfly Festival It takes in February and March. This is the best time to visit the sanctuaries where this butterfly hibernates each year.
  • Festivity of the Holy Cross It takes place on May 3rd each year. That day, the locals made colorful carpets of sawdust to decorate the main avenues.
  • Festivity of the Immaculate Conception It takes place on December 8th each year.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Barbacoa Roasted lamb meat cooked slowly on its own juice, which is served apart as a broth named "consome."
  • Mole sauce Delicious sauce prepared with different kinds of chili, peanuts and, even, chocolate. This unique sauce is served on top of rice and chicken or turkey meat.
  • Handmade sweetened fruits
  • Corundas A kind of tamal with triangular form made of corn dough and wrapped up with corn leaves. They are served with spicy sauce and cream on top of them.
  • Roasted beef head
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The meaning of the Word "Angangueo" is still unknown.
  • In 1792, this Magic Town was founded as a villa, and due to the important mining activity, it became a county head in 1831.
  • Because it was no longer profitable, the mining activity ceased in 1991.

Popular Craft

  • Silversmithing
  • Blacksmith’s trade
  • Knitting
  • Carved wood
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