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Tacámbaro

The Muse of Tierra Caliente

This Magical Town, located in the central region of Michoacán, has two well-marked ecosystems; a curious situation resulting from its particular geography. The atmosphere of its main square has been called "one of the best in the world", because it is surrounded by a peaceful wooded area.

Its name comes from the purépecha word "tacamba", which is a species of izote palm, for which it is accepted that the meaning is "place of palm trees".

Founded around 1535, the town has been the capital of the state twice, the first in 1865 and the other in 1915. It is also considered a Heroic City, because on April 11, 1865, forces under General Nicolás de Régules defeated Belgians soldiers who had arrived as reinforcement for the French army.

Near the main square lived Mariquita. She was the muse to whom Marco A. Jiménez composed the song "Adiós Mariquita Linda". Tacámbaro was also home to the writer José Rubén Romero, author of the popular book "La vida inútil de Pito Pérez". If what they say is true and it is inevitable to read it in one sitting, what better way than in the open air in this beautiful town?

Among its buildings of obligatory visit we can mention the Amalia Solórzano Cultural Center, a space dedicated to art; and the Casa del Artesano, where you can buy beautiful memories, including typical crafts made with "huinumu", a pine leaf with which baskets, vases and tortilleros are designed, to name a few.

The surroundings offer attractive landscapes, which also have very peculiar stories. La Alberca is a small lake of green tones, which you will find inside the crater of an inactive volcano; the "Cerro Hueco" Ecological Recreation Park offers the best views of the Tierra Caliente region, as well as a unique opportunity to practice sport and try the delicious carnitas, a typical dish of the local gastronomy.

With its incredible panoramas and seductive provincial decoration, Tacámbaro is a wonderful idea to have a good time, looking out to Michoacán from the balconý of Tierra Caliente.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Saint Jerome Cathedral Built in the sixteenth century by the Augustinian monks, the former cloisters house the current Town Hall.
  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Its interior holds the so called "Refugee Virgins," who are the patronesses of Poland, Cuba, Lithuania and Hungary.
  • House of the Handicrafts Ideal place to acquire a souvenir.
  • Magdalena Lake Beautiful pond where you can swim, fish or even practice zip-lining or horseback riding around the lake.
  • Cerro Hueco Ecological Park
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Anniversary of the Heroic Battle of Tacambaro It takes place on April 11th each year to commemorate the victory of the Mexican Army against the French Intervention in 1865.
  • Son de las Laderas This music festival takes place in April, when many concerts and recitals are performed to keep alive the traditional music of this region.
  • Cerro Hueco Ecological Park You can enjoy majestic landscapes from the viewpoint located in here.
  • Magdalena Lake Where you can practice aquatic sports and outdoors activities.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Tacos Steamed tacos filled with different stews and meats.
  • 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.
  • Uchepos Another kind of tamal, but this one is sweet and very soft since it is made with baby corns.
  • Guarapo Sugar cane juice.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The Word Tacambaro comes from the Chichimeca language, and it means "Place with Palm Trees."
  • In 1828, Tacambaro was upgraded to the level of Villa; whereas on December 10th, 1831, it was finally established as County Seat.
  • At the end of 1919, this Magic Town was declared the provisional capital of the state of Michoacan.

Popular Craft

  • Feather works
  • Carved wood
  • Embroideries
  • Jewelry
  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Saddlery
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