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Exploration of New Spanish Cities Route

Lagos de Moreno, Morelia, Aguascalientes, Irapuato, León, San Juan de los Lagos

On this tour you will visit four states of the country. It begins in Michoacán, Morelia, a charming colonial city. As you walk through its streets you can enjoy the greatness and opulence of the viceregal architecture. Some of the most popular sites in the Historic Center are the Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), the Cathedral and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). Come to the Mercado de Dulces y Artesanías (Sweets and Handcrafts Market) and try the crystallized fruit, the chongos zamoranos and the fruit rolls, you will love them!

The next stop of the tour is Moroleón, Guanajuato. This city is famous for its textile and clothing industry. In Los Portales, around the Jardín Central (Main Garden), you can buy high-quality clothes that are produced locally, as well as traditional pumpkin and sweet potato sweets.

One hour and twenty minutes north of Moroleón you will find the city of Irapuato. This place has a great importance due to its agriculture, especially the cultivation of strawberries. Its colonial heritage is remarkable, so we recommend you to walk through the Historic Center and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by architectural treasures, such as the Fuente de los Delfines (Fountain of the Dolphins), the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and the Plaza de los Fundadores (Fundadores Square).

León is distinguished by its production of high quality leather goods, which you can buy at a very good price at the different boutiques and shopping malls of the area, do not let this opportunity go to waste! To get to León you only have to go one hour northwest of Irapuato. Once there, we recommend you to visit the Historic Center and discover the many religious and civil buildings dating from the colonial era, in particular the neo-Gothic Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús.

After doing your shopping in León, it's time to visit the neighboring state of Jalisco. Forty-five minutes away you will find the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Lagos de Moreno. Its Historic Center is listed as a World Heritage Site, so we highly recommend visiting it and discovering its beautiful buildings, in particular the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción) and the Museo de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Religious Art). The Templo del Calvario (Temple of Calvary) is one of our favorites for two reasons: the first, its facade was inspired in the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome -pretty impressive-; and the second, being located at the top of Cerro de la Calavera (Calavera Hill), it gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the city, it is spectacular!

San Juan de los Lagos is located just 45 minutes away. This beautiful place is of great importance, since the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos (Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos) is a pilgrimage site. In addition to the Cathedral, we recommend you to visit the Museo Cihuapilli (Cihuapilli Museum), the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and the Mercado de Artesanías (Craft Market). Don't leave San Juan without trying its delicious tamales and alfajores.

The last stop on the tour is in the city of Aguascalientes, located one hour and twenty minutes north of San Juan de los Lagos. This place is home to the Feria de San Marcos (San Marcos Fair) and its traditional livestock exhibitions. The historic center is a must see: start your walk at the Jardín de San Marcos (San Marcos Garden) and continue towards the Cathedral and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). During your tour, stop to try the traditional dishes of Aguascalientes, such as the pozole de lengua and the flautas rellenas (stuffed tacos).
On this tour you will visit four states of the country. It begins in Michoacán, Morelia, a charming colonial city. As you walk through its streets you can enjoy the greatness and opulence of the viceregal architecture. Some of the most popular sites in the Historic Center are the Plaza de Armas (Arms Square), the Cathedral and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). Come to the Mercado de Dulces y Artesanías (Sweets and Handcrafts Market) and try the crystallized fruit, the chongos zamoranos and the fruit rolls, you will love them!

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The next stop of the tour is Moroleón, Guanajuato. This city is famous for its textile and clothing industry. In Los Portales, around the Jardín Central (Main Garden), you can buy high-quality clothes that are produced locally, as well as traditional pumpkin and sweet potato sweets.

One hour and twenty minutes north of Moroleón you will find the city of Irapuato. This place has a great importance due to its agriculture, especially the cultivation of strawberries. Its colonial heritage is remarkable, so we recommend you to walk through the Historic Center and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by architectural treasures, such as the Fuente de los Delfines (Fountain of the Dolphins), the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and the Plaza de los Fundadores (Fundadores Square).

León is distinguished by its production of high quality leather goods, which you can buy at a very good price at the different boutiques and shopping malls of the area, do not let this opportunity go to waste! To get to León you only have to go one hour northwest of Irapuato. Once there, we recommend you to visit the Historic Center and discover the many religious and civil buildings dating from the colonial era, in particular the neo-Gothic Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús.

After doing your shopping in León, it's time to visit the neighboring state of Jalisco. Forty-five minutes away you will find the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Lagos de Moreno. Its Historic Center is listed as a World Heritage Site, so we highly recommend visiting it and discovering its beautiful buildings, in particular the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción) and the Museo de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Religious Art). The Templo del Calvario (Temple of Calvary) is one of our favorites for two reasons: the first, its facade was inspired in the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome -pretty impressive-; and the second, being located at the top of Cerro de la Calavera (Calavera Hill), it gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the city, it is spectacular!

San Juan de los Lagos is located just 45 minutes away. This beautiful place is of great importance, since the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos (Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos) is a pilgrimage site. In addition to the Cathedral, we recommend you to visit the Museo Cihuapilli (Cihuapilli Museum), the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) and the Mercado de Artesanías (Craft Market). Don't leave San Juan without trying its delicious tamales and alfajores.

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