Imagine a quiet village in the middle of the mountains where the clean air and blue skies welcome you with a smile every morning. Tlalpujahua, Michoacán, is a unique place with colonial streets filled with life during the day, and which at night turns into mysterious passageways housing hundreds of legends; a place capable of combining the magic of Christmas with the mysticism of the Day of the Dead festivities, as if they had been created by Tim Burton.
Tlalpujahua is one of the eight Magic Town in the state of Michoacan and it could also hold the title of the “world capital of Christmas” because here thousands of Christmas glass blown ornaments are produced throughout the year, which are exported to several countries such as Spain, France and New Zealand, among others.
Along its streets and alleys you will find traces of its mining past and present artisanal tradition as its primary activity. In the corners and shops around the main square it is easy to find clay pots full of delicious crystallized fruits and even crystallized vegetables; delicious fruit preserves, a large variety of artisan liquors, sauces and jams.
Tlalpujahua is also the closest door when you are coming from Mexico City to the sanctuaries of the monarch butterflies which travel from Canada to Michoacan fleeing from the cold winter. From November to March you will be able to admire the sanctuaries upholstered in an orange color due to the presence of these beautiful tenants.
How to get there?
Tlalpujahua is located to the east of Michoacan, bordering the State of Mexico, and the fastest way from Mexico City (approximately two hours) is the two-lane highway that goes from Atlacomulco to Maravatio, Michoacán. If you come from Morelia, the approximate travel time is one hour and forty minutes. By air, there are several important airports offering national and international flights from Mexico City, Toluca and Morelia.