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Route of Spanish Baroque Architecture

San Miguel de Allende, Atlacomulco, Toluca

This tour begins in Toluca de Lerdo, the highest city in the country and capital city of the Estado de México (State of Mexico). Here you can find a large number of places to visit, such as: Los Portales, with its 120 colonial arches; the Cathedral, which was built in a period of over 200 years; and the Matlazincas Park, where you can enjoy the best views of the city. Before continuing the tour, be sure to try the green chorizo ​​and the traditional sweets from Toluca.

Leaving Toluca, heading northwest, we will arrive at the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Atlacomulco. This viceregal heritage site has treasures of religious heritage that you must visit. One of them is the Santuario del Señor del Huerto (Señor del Huerto Sanctuary), located on Av. Miguel Hidalgo (Miguel Hidalgo Avenue), with its imposing pink quarry stone façade and where altarpieces of great artistic value are sheltered. Also worthy of admiration, are the colorful stained glass windows on the façade of the Cathedral, as well as the "plateresque" design of the façade of the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parish).

To get to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Aculco de Espinoza you will have to go 45 minutes north of Atlacomulco. This place full of history, has unique places for nature lovers, such as: the Ñadó hill and the Concepción and Tixhinú waterfalls. Furthermore, in the downtown area you can visit various traditional ixtle fiber handicraft shops. You have to try the local cheeses, they are a true delight!

The route now takes you to San Miguel de Allende in the neighboring state of Guanajuato. It is located two hours northwest of Aculco and is very popular with photography enthusiasts: it seems like every corner and every facade of Baroque architecture is waiting for you to take your best photo. Walking through the cobbled streets of San Miguel will make you feel like you are inside a history book. To begin with, go to the Plaza Principal (Main Square), from where you can move to visit the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel (San Miguel Arcángel Parish), the Historical Museum and the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez el Nigromante (Ignacio Ramírez el Nigromante Cultural Center). You can also go to the Handicraft Market and buy some pieces of traditional embossed brass or hand-blown glass to take back home.

The tour ends 41 minutes northwest of San Miguel de Allende, in the historic city of Dolores Hidalgo. As you may remember from your history classes, this is the place where priest Miguel Hidalgo made the calling for national independence. Walking through the historic center is a worthwhile experience. Around the central park you will find three of the most representative buildings: the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Dolores (Nuestra Señora de Dolores Parish), where the "Grito" was given in 1810; the Casa de Hidalgo site museum and the Casa de José Alfredo Jiménez museum. If you like the ranchero musical genre, head to the Panteón Municipal (Municipal Pantheon) and pay a personal tribute in front of the resting place of composer José Alfredo Jiménez. The tomb is shaped like a hat and a sarape, and was designed by his son-in-law, Javier Senosiain. Oh, but do not leave Dolores without having tried its traditional exotic sherbets, which you can enjoy in unusual flavors, such as: chicharrón, shrimp and tequila. Enjoy them!

This tour begins in Toluca de Lerdo, the highest city in the country and capital city of the Estado de México (State of Mexico). Here you can find a large number of places to visit, such as: Los Portales, with its 120 colonial arches; the Cathedral, which was built in a period of over 200 years; and the Matlazincas Park, where you can enjoy the best views of the city. Before continuing the tour, be sure to try the green chorizo ​​and the traditional sweets from Toluca.

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Leaving Toluca, heading northwest, we will arrive at the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Atlacomulco. This viceregal heritage site has treasures of religious heritage that you must visit. One of them is the Santuario del Señor del Huerto (Señor del Huerto Sanctuary), located on Av. Miguel Hidalgo (Miguel Hidalgo Avenue), with its imposing pink quarry stone façade and where altarpieces of great artistic value are sheltered. Also worthy of admiration, are the colorful stained glass windows on the façade of the Cathedral, as well as the "plateresque" design of the façade of the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parish).

To get to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Aculco de Espinoza you will have to go 45 minutes north of Atlacomulco. This place full of history, has unique places for nature lovers, such as: the Ñadó hill and the Concepción and Tixhinú waterfalls. Furthermore, in the downtown area you can visit various traditional ixtle fiber handicraft shops. You have to try the local cheeses, they are a true delight!

The route now takes you to San Miguel de Allende in the neighboring state of Guanajuato. It is located two hours northwest of Aculco and is very popular with photography enthusiasts: it seems like every corner and every facade of Baroque architecture is waiting for you to take your best photo. Walking through the cobbled streets of San Miguel will make you feel like you are inside a history book. To begin with, go to the Plaza Principal (Main Square), from where you can move to visit the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel (San Miguel Arcángel Parish), the Historical Museum and the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez el Nigromante (Ignacio Ramírez el Nigromante Cultural Center). You can also go to the Handicraft Market and buy some pieces of traditional embossed brass or hand-blown glass to take back home.

The tour ends 41 minutes northwest of San Miguel de Allende, in the historic city of Dolores Hidalgo. As you may remember from your history classes, this is the place where priest Miguel Hidalgo made the calling for national independence. Walking through the historic center is a worthwhile experience. Around the central park you will find three of the most representative buildings: the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Dolores (Nuestra Señora de Dolores Parish), where the "Grito" was given in 1810; the Casa de Hidalgo site museum and the Casa de José Alfredo Jiménez museum. If you like the ranchero musical genre, head to the Panteón Municipal (Municipal Pantheon) and pay a personal tribute in front of the resting place of composer José Alfredo Jiménez. The tomb is shaped like a hat and a sarape, and was designed by his son-in-law, Javier Senosiain. Oh, but do not leave Dolores without having tried its traditional exotic sherbets, which you can enjoy in unusual flavors, such as: chicharrón, shrimp and tequila. Enjoy them!

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