Song woven in colours

Wonderful legends nest among roads, stones and flowers. Particularly in Nochistlán whose means "place of cactus fruit" or "place of deep red", located in the south of the state of Zacatecas.

Here, you will find walls of ruined rock in what remains of the temple dedicated to the mestizo virgin, Guadalupe; whose altar resists the weather, proud, full of ivy and mold after so many years in the rain.

Imposing rise the pillars of the Aqueduct, whose construction was completed in 1793. Stone on stone, the arcs sustained.

The Pila de Afuera, which once served to supply water to the people, is preserved to delight delightful stories.

In the light of twilight, the women concentrate on reels and needles to color tablecloths, blouses and dresses. Precise hands baste and unravel soft threads. They create mantles as warm as the mother's embrace, valuable crafts worthy of admiration.

Nochistlán is also a land of musicians, folklore and fire in the blood. You can listen to the papaquis, the syrups and the rhythms of the mariachi in the Jardín Morelos, a fresh and wooded place that enjoys hosting popular festivities, when it is filled with joy.

Listen to the voices that rise and resonate, observe the dance and tradition that inhabit its streets, discover Nochistlán, a Magical Town that never sleeps.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Saint Francis Parish Beautiful church built in the seventeenth century.
  • Saint Joseph Temple Built between 1896 and 1914, this temple stands in the same place where the Immaculate Conception Hospital of Indians was.
  • Morelos Garden In this beautiful place you can admire the most important monuments and sculptures of this Magic Town.
  • Municipal Market An ideal place to buy handicrafts, and to taste delicious local dishes.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of Saint Sebastian the "Güerito"
  • It takes place on January 17th – 21st each year. You can admire then many religious ceremonies and processions, as well as the Dance of the Papaquis, which is a pretended combat between Indians and conquistadors.
  • Easter Week
  • As in the rest of the Catholic world, it takes place in March or April. Besides the typical representation of the Passion of Christ, you can enjoy a Cultural Event known as "Francisco Tenamaxtle."
  • Festivity of Saint Francis
  • It takes place on October 4th every year.
  • Autumn Festival
  • It is organized every third Sunday of October. There are dances, rodeos, fireworks, and much more to enjoy!
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Birria Goat meat slowly baked in its own juice and seasoned with chili, which is called "consomé", and served with tortillas.
  • Roast Beef Tacos
  • Gorditas Thick corn tortilla filled with cheese and/ or different stews.
  • Chicken in Valentina style Chicken fried with pork lard, and served with tomato sauce in top of it.
  • Tejuino Local alcoholic beverage made of fermented corn.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • In Aztec language, Nochistlan means "Place of cactus red fruits or cochineal," whereas its official name—"Nochistlan de Mejia"—stands after the brave colonel Jesus Mejia, who defended this town during the French Intervention in 1864.
  • When the conquistadors arrived here, they found uninhabited this village, just because the locals had fled in advance to prepare their defense.
  • In 1825, Nochistlan became a county seat.

Popular Craft

  • Saddlery
  • Embroidery
  • Wooden furniture
  • Leather sandals
  • Pottery

Learn more about life in Nochistlán with our audio guide


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