Know the hidden treasures of Taxhimay Dam
Villa del Carbón, State of México
Nestled in the Sierra Oriental, Xico, also known as The Gate of the American Mountains, was designated as a “Pueblo Mágico” (Magic Town) in 2011, as a recognition to its identity, traditions, rituals and gastronomy, apart of its natural richness and unmatched heritage.
CHECK OUT THE COLORFUL BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN XICO
Start your walking tour through the foggy cobblestone streets among brown colored roofs. Admire the old mansions with colorful facades. Visit the Temple of San Miguel or the Parish of Maria Magdalena and admire the majestic Baroque and Neoclassical structures that date back to the 16th Century. Notice the different styles of the monumental domes and gates that were added to the buildings during the 18th Century.
Take a walk around Independence Park, a place where families and friends gather. Visit the plaza, where the community’s main festivities and civic events are held.
VISIT THE XICO DANCER MUSEUM
The museum has a vast collection of dance costumes from the region. Inside you will find costumes and amazing photographs of the ceremonial dances.
VISIT THE SAINT MARY MAGDALENE DRESS MUSEUM
Located in the Patio de las Palomas, the museum is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. More than 820 of her dresses that she wore during traditional festivities are on display. Ask the museum guides for the oldest dress, dating back to 1898. Local families help fund the museum by donating their dresses to the museum each year.
SURROUND YOURSELF IN COLORS DURING THE MARY MAGDALENE FESTIVITIES
Be admired by the spectacular decoration of the sawdust carpets dyed with colors and forms of the region, serving as road for the procession and spanning more than 10 blocks. Be surprised when seeing this ephemeral artwork slowly fading away with the passing of the pilgrims.
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