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On the threshold of the Sierra Madre Oriental, where the deep and impressive ravines of the north of Puebla are born, is Chignahuapan, founded in 1481 with the name of Tetehuitic; "The hill of the pyramids". In the year of 1527 the population was established in the mountains, with the name Santiago Chiquinahuitle, which means "nine eyes of water".
The traditional architecture of this one, one of the 217 municipalities of Puebla, is shown in houses with firm walls and roofs of wood and tile. In its Main Square highlights the colorful parish and its kiosk, built in Mudejar style.
This locality shares a very special detail with Tlalpujahua, in Michoacán: here millions of Christmas spheres are produced each year. You will find more than 200 factories and workshops, which spread the colors of the spheres and other festive decorations to their facades.
A walk through this Magic Town is, then, an opportunity to meet with color, with contrasts, with joy ... Its main streets are dedicated to the sale of these and other ornaments typical of the holiday season, being the main industry local. Take the opportunity to buy everything you need to decorate your home!
Chignahuapan has a small dichotomy in its temples: in the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception you can visit the largest Virgin, while in the Church of the Honguito there is the smallest Christ; in a tiny petrified natural mushroom. The faithful claim to observe some other religious images on its surface.
A few blocks from downtown, you can visit the Almoloya Lagoon, a quiet place ideal for a walk, rest, have a field day and even try your luck practicing sport fishing.
In the surroundings there are thermal baths and a sulfurous water spring, in addition, the best view of the place you can get from Cerro Colorado, which provides a spectacular view of the valley, highlighting the nearby nature with the vivid colors of the town.
If you need color, beautiful Christmas decorations or just a new destination, Chignahuapan will be there, ready to fill you with joy.
What to Visit?
- Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Under its roof, you can admire the largest religious statue of Latin America.
- Main Square
- Santiago Apostle Parish This temple was built by the Franciscan friars in the nineteenth century.
- Sanctuary of the Little Mushroom This strange name is because in this temple there is a petrified mushroom that was found in 1880, and on its surface you can see some images, among them a Christ –"Our Lord of the Little Mushroom."
- Chignahuapan Lake An ideal place for having a picnic, or camping, fishing, swimming and even rowing a boat.
What to do?
- In Chignahuapan Lake, you can practice fishing, swimming, and even rowing a boat!
- A week before July 25th , the people of this Magic Town celebrate their patron with processions, fireworks and serving food for all the visitors.
- Barbacoa Lamb meat baked slowly in a hole that is covered with cactus leaves, and the juice of the meat is used to prepare a broth called "consome."
- Pork Crackling
- Rabbit in chiltepin style This dish is prepared with a special hot sauce made of chiltepin, which is a chili of this region.
- Mole poblano (Mole sauce from Puebla A sauce made with a huge variety of chillies, peanuts, and even chocolate, which is served on top of turkey or chicken pieces with rice.
- Traditional candies Made of milk, coconut and amaranth.
What to Know?
- In Chignahuapan more than 70 million Christmas balls are produced every year, and most of them are sold in Mexico and abroad.
- In 1874, this settlement was elevated to the level of Village.
- In 1870, the first school of this Magic Town was built above the ruins of an ancient cemetery.
- Christmas balls and other ornaments
- Rustic furniture
- Coats and ponchos
- Yeyo Nomás
- Cast - Spanish
- Jaime Omar García
- Viviana Ramírez
- Cast - English
- Cindy Katz
- Geoffrey Katz
- Author: Carlos Rafael Sánchez Hidalgo Chignahuapan
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