Splashes of red draw your steps through the city of Irapuato in the state of Guanajuato It could not be otherwise as this city is known for its large production of strawberries. Before you even think of eating them in any of their delicious varieties, you should stop at the Rancho La Quina and tour its plantations which today extend over 35 hectares.
Learn about the different types of strawberries grown there. See how the people working there walk through every corridor in the plantation. They carefully select the ripe strawberries with which they will fill the wooden boxes for their distribution and sale. Do not hesitate to pick the strawberry that best suits you, as being that they are grown free from any pesticide you can eat it without any remorse.
One of the traditional desserts, which is deeply rooted in the homes of the city of Irapuato, has always been glazed strawberry. Thus, in 1965, a visionary family opened “La Cristalita”, in the heart of the city, with the aim of commercializing this dessert which is so representative of the region.
Be prepared to enter strawberry Paradise as in La Cristalita you will find everything, from fresh strawberries to jams and confectionery. Of course, the stars of this place are glazed strawberries, to obtain this product, strawberries put aside for this purpose are submerged for a whole day in a lime and water solution, and then, they are soaked in sugar syrup or Brown sugar to sweeten them and preserve them. After having finished this process, the surface of the strawberry is dried and hardens without losing its properties. You will find this product in several varieties, from traditional crystallized sugar to those crystallized with chile or chocolate.
In the afternoon, a short stroll though the city center will reveal the charm of its most important buildings due to their historical and aesthetic value. The Municipal Administration hides within its architecture one of the city’s most impressive murals: the Mural of the Revolutions. In this work you will discover the key moments in Mexico’s history. On Friday night, you will be able to enjoy a light and sound show which takes place on the steps of the building.
End your day with a visit to the Miguel Hidalgo Square, where you will be able to enjoy the Dancing Fountains and watch a water show choreographed to music. Buy a sherbet or a corn esquite and watch the show from one of the benches in this beautiful plaza.
Before your trip:
To visit the strawberry vield in Rancho La Quina and/or a guided tour through the La Cristalita premises, you must first contact the Irapuato Tourism office to Schedule your tour 15 days in advance.
General Office for Economic Development
+52 (462) 660 3601 y +52 (462) 660 3602