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Town that arose with the settlement of the Pame culture, later evangelized by the Franciscan friars, who in the area built several missions, called World Heritage by UNESCO. Jalpan in Nahuatl means "place on sand" and Serra completes his name, in honor of Fray Junípero Serra, a tireless builder; This is a place where biodiversity and baroque New Mexico mix uniquely.
The Mission of Mr. Santiago is the oldest in the region. It was built between 1751 and 1758 by Fray Junípero Serra. On its facade stand the sculptures of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, the Franciscan shields, the images of San Pedro and San Pablo, their warm colors.
The post office, near the Central Plaza, was once part of the adjacent Church of Santiago Apóstol and during the War of Reform was the Prison of Mariano Escobedo.
In the Casa de las Artesanía you will find a variety of articles of different materials, among which stand out palm and pine beard. Embroidery, ceramics and saddlery are also common in Jalpan. Also look for the sale of delicious fruit preserves, honey and aromatic coffee.
A building of the XVI century houses the Historical Museum of the Sierra Gorda, where through photographs, diagrams and archaeological pieces you can learn about the history and natural wealth of the region.
En route to the Jalpan Dam is the World Aquatic Recreation Park, a site inhabited by several species of migratory birds and ideal space for a boat ride, a walk with the sounds of nature as companions, or practice sport fishing.
The land of Jalpan will make you feel and live the cultural miscegenation that has characterized this Magical Town for hundreds of years, listen to its call and discover your nights overwhelmed by their mantles of stars ...
What to Visit?
- Mission of Santiago Apostle Built between 1751 and 1758, this is the oldest mission in the region that Father Serra supervised by himself.
- Sierra Gorda Museum of History It holds a collection of artistic pieces that altogether represent the vast legacy of the Sierra Gorda culture in the History of the state of Queretaro.
- Jalpan Dam Here you can practice different aquatic sports, such as fishing and rowing, or you can take a boat riding to enjoy the views.
What to do?
- Festivity of Santo Niño de Jalpan It takes place on January the 6th each year, when around six thousand pilgrims visit the miraculous image of Santo Niño (Jesus Boy) of Jalpan.)
- Sierra Regional Feast It takes place on April 21st each year. It consists on artistic, cultural and sport activities, among them, the annual tournament of sport fishing.
- Santiago Apostle Day Celebrated on July 25th each year, in this special day many children receive their First Holy Communion. Also, there are serenades and fireworks.
- Gorditas Thick corn tortilla stuffed with cheese, beans or other different of stews.
- Pulque Bread As its own name indicates, this bread is baked with pulque, which is an alcoholic beverage produced with the same nectar of the cactus that tequila comes from, but it is not yet distilled.
- Atole Hot beverage based on milk, sugar, corn flour, and any added flavor that you can think on –coconut, walnut, chocolate, vanilla, you name it!
- Enchiladas Serranas This delicious dish consists of tortillas fried in hot sauce stuffed with chicken meat or vegetables, and served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, cheese on top of them.
- Acamayas These shrimp-like crustaceous are cooked in many different ways.
What to Know?
- In 1744, Jalpan was founded as a Franciscan Mission.
- In 1904, the governor of Queretaro, Francisco Gonzalez de Cosio, upgraded Jalpan to the level of town.
- In 2003, the Franciscan missions of the Sierra Gorda were recognized as Cultural Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO.
- Handicrafts and goods made with rabbit fur
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