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Tula

The home of the cuera

"From the east the white glows
to appear they begin; the glen
sighs vaguely, the willow cries,
the fresh shore of the stream fits
and the gentle lark lifts up to heaven
a prelude to the anthem of the aurora."

Hymn of the Forests, by Manuel José Othón, whose poetry was inspired precisely by the oldest of the Tamaulipas peoples: Tula, Magical Town where the forests and the desert do not know their limits to twin east and central Mexico.

It was founded in the seventeenth century by Fray Bautista de Mollinedo to take advantage of abundance in the ixtle area, a very resistant textile fiber. However, it was its strategic location that would actually detonate its development, since Tula is halfway between the commercial corridor between Tampico and San Luis Potosí: east and central Mexico.

As the only vestige of the presence of pre-Columbian cultures in this region we have the archaeological zone of Tammapul. In this site, of huasteco origin, a single pyramid has been discovered: Cuizillo, unique in its type.

To get a general overview of Tula, with its thirteen neighborhoods and its historic buildings, it is well worth the effort to climb to the top of Cerro de la Cruz. Curiously, all the hills surrounding Tula have a cross on the top: "so that the devil does not enter," the tultecos assure themselves.

But it is also convenient to get to know the most emblematic sites, notably the Port of the Quintas de la Alameda, the Minerva Building that today is the House of Culture, the Porfirian kiosk of the main square. Without forgetting its beautiful temples, like the one of the Rosary and the one of San Antonio de Padua, patron of Tula, and whose celebration celebrates the 13 of June with a lively popular verbena.

In the time of Don Porfirio, as part of an effort to promote culture, the first gatherings were organized in Tula, where literature was read, music was listened to and local delicacies were eaten.

The same ones that to the date will delight you: atole and cornbread, tulip enchiladas and ground pumpkin seed pipián. And, to leave a sweet taste in your mouth, nothing like the snows of fruits and cactus like garambullo, mesquite, tuna, biznaga and pitahaya.

Being so close to Heaven, it would be unforgivable not to reach it: the cactus and the desert plains are left behind very soon to arrive, suddenly, to a mountain landscape dominated by oak forests. In the vicinity of the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve you can also admire the beautiful Laguna de Tula.

Welcome to the oldest of the towns of Tamaulipas: Tula, Magical Town where the forests and the desert do not know their limits to twin to the east and the center of Mexico.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Main Square A beautiful place full of trees, benches and a central bandstand from the Porfirian era (1880 – 1910.)
  • Church of Saint Anthony of Padua Built in the late eighteenth century, it features a clock considered a symbol of this Magic Town.
  • Town Hall
  • Chapel of Our lady of Rosary Built in 1905 in the Jicote neighborhood, this temple houses the oldest Crucifix in the state of Tamaulipas.
  • Cultural Center Built in the late nineteenth century under a gothic-like style, this building is mainly known as Minerva House.
  • De la Cruz Hill Ideal spot to get the best views of this Magic Town, and also to watch the surrounding mountains.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Saint Isidore the Laborer This festivity takes place on May 15th – 16th each year, and it includes traditional music and dances.
  • Saint Anthony of Padua Celebrated on June 12th – 13th each year, these festivities consist of a joyful popular verbena.
  • Foundation Festivities They take place on July 15th – 22nd every year.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Pipian A kind of mole sauce but its main ingredient is pumpkin seeds.
  • Gorditas Thick corn tortilla stuffed with cheese, beans, pork rinds and many other different stews.
  • Tamales Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with corn leaves to be steamed. Don´t read it, just try it!
  • Tula Enchiladas Tortillas fried in oil and hot sauce stuffed with potato, and served with spicy pork sausage, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, and cheese on top of them.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Founded on July 22nd, 1617, it happens to be one of the oldest colonial settlements in the state of Tamaulipas.
  • It is said that in Tula was created the famous folk costume of the state of Tamaulipas, known as cuera.
  • On October 17th, 1835, this village was finally received the official title of town.

Popular Craft

  • Basket making
  • Pottery
  • Saddlery
  • Embroideries
  • Tannery and leather garments and products
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