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Wine, Strawberries, Lakes and Handcrafts Route

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

This route will depart from Aguascalientes, located in the heart of Mexico. El Jardín del Encino (Encino Garden) is a good place to start getting to know this city, since here is the Templo del Señor del Encino (Temple of Señor del Encino), dating from the late 18th century and dedicated to the Cristo Negro del Encino (Black Christ of Encino). You can also visit the Museo José Guadalupe Posada (José Guadalupe Posada Museum) that exhibits a large collection of his engravings about the Revolution, posters, and an important sample of his famous catrinas. In the Historic Center you will get to know its beautiful Cathedral, the Museo Regional de Historia (Regional Museum of History) and the Templo de la Merced (Temple of La Merced). In the San Marcos neighborhood you will find the area of ​​its famous fair and the bullring. Don't forget to try a wine tasting, as some of the best wines are produced here, also take the time to buy fine embroidery.

Following this itinerary you will arrive at San Juan de Los Lagos, located in the Altos de Jalisco, a place of great religious devotion. After the Basílica de Guadalupe (Basilica of Guadalupe) in Mexico City, this place receives the largest number of pilgrims who come to venerate the Virgen de San Juan (Virgin of San Juan). Therefore, it is not surprising to find such a large amount of religious art to admire, in its impressive cathedral, as well as in the Museo Cihuapilli (Cihuapilli Museum). In its surroundings you will find delicious options to eat and buy handicrafts.

Continuing through the Altos de Jalisco you will discover the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Lagos de Moreno, an ideal place to acquire beautiful crafts and admire natural wonders. You have to visit its impressive Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción) that measures 72 meters (236 ft) high, walk through its interior and admire the Churrigueresque style decoration. Another great place to visit is the Templo del Calvario (Temple of Calvary) located on the Cerro de la Calavera (Skull Hill), and whose construction was inspired by the Vatican. You cannot leave without visiting the Museo de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Religious Art), without trying its famous pacholas, a dish made of ground beef, or without relaxing in the Kikapú Water Park.

Once in the state of Guanajuato, the first stop is in the city of León. In this city, modernity combines itself with history and the shoe industry. On your tour of the Historic Center, be sure to visit the Catedral Basílica (Basilica Cathedral) and especially the enigmatic Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple), whose style is neo-gothic. It has 20 altars and a cellar with catacombs that create a maze of passageways containing almost 2000 crypts. Here you can also fly on a hot air balloon, enjoy a guacamaya (sandwich) and buy the best shoes and leather goods.

In Irapuato you will be more than happy if you love strawberries, as it is known for being the capital city of this delicious fruit. Here you can take the Strawberry Route that takes you to visit the crop fields, listen to the legends, learn the process of making jams and crystallized candy. In the downtown area, you will find the baroque-style, cross-shaped cathedral and its interior is full of history. Try the delicious alfeñiques, typical sweets of the region.

Heading south of Guanajuato is the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Yuriria, full of history and nature. Here, the main star is the old Augustinian convent with the appearance of a castle. Converted into a museum, here you will admire important works of sacred art and learn about its wonderful architecture and the history locked within it. In Yuriria you can also enjoy the outdoors in the lagoon of the same name or Lago Cráter (Crater Lake), ideal for water activities such as kayaking. Thanks to its lacustrine atmosphere, here you can taste frog legs or fish broth with xoconostle, better known as Caldo Michi.

Once you arrive at the state of Michoacán, Cuitzeo offers you the wonderful view of the lake that frames it and which you can travel by boat or kayak. In the downtown area of this beautiful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town), the conventual complex of Santa María Magdalena stands out, built by the Augustinian friars in 1550, which includes a church, the atrium, a cloister and a museum, which you can also visit. Other unmissable spots are the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace), the Templo del Hospital Franciscano (Temple of the Franciscan Hospital) and the Museo de la Estampa (Museum of the Stamp). Here you can find crafts made with reeds born in the lake, such as baskets.

This route will depart from Aguascalientes, located in the heart of Mexico. El Jardín del Encino (Encino Garden) is a good place to start getting to know this city, since here is the Templo del Señor del Encino (Temple of Señor del Encino), dating from the late 18th century and dedicated to the Cristo Negro del Encino (Black Christ of Encino). You can also visit the Museo José Guadalupe Posada (José Guadalupe Posada Museum) that exhibits a large collection of his engravings about the Revolution, posters, and an important sample of his famous catrinas. In the Historic Center you will get to know its beautiful Cathedral, the Museo Regional de Historia (Regional Museum of History) and the Templo de la Merced (Temple of La Merced). In the San Marcos neighborhood you will find the area of ​​its famous fair and the bullring. Don't forget to try a wine tasting, as some of the best wines are produced here, also take the time to buy fine embroidery.

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Following this itinerary you will arrive at San Juan de Los Lagos, located in the Altos de Jalisco, a place of great religious devotion. After the Basílica de Guadalupe (Basilica of Guadalupe) in Mexico City, this place receives the largest number of pilgrims who come to venerate the Virgen de San Juan (Virgin of San Juan). Therefore, it is not surprising to find such a large amount of religious art to admire, in its impressive cathedral, as well as in the Museo Cihuapilli (Cihuapilli Museum). In its surroundings you will find delicious options to eat and buy handicrafts.

Continuing through the Altos de Jalisco you will discover the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Lagos de Moreno, an ideal place to acquire beautiful crafts and admire natural wonders. You have to visit its impressive Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción) that measures 72 meters (236 ft) high, walk through its interior and admire the Churrigueresque style decoration. Another great place to visit is the Templo del Calvario (Temple of Calvary) located on the Cerro de la Calavera (Skull Hill), and whose construction was inspired by the Vatican. You cannot leave without visiting the Museo de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Religious Art), without trying its famous pacholas, a dish made of ground beef, or without relaxing in the Kikapú Water Park.

Once in the state of Guanajuato, the first stop is in the city of León. In this city, modernity combines itself with history and the shoe industry. On your tour of the Historic Center, be sure to visit the Catedral Basílica (Basilica Cathedral) and especially the enigmatic Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple), whose style is neo-gothic. It has 20 altars and a cellar with catacombs that create a maze of passageways containing almost 2000 crypts. Here you can also fly on a hot air balloon, enjoy a guacamaya (sandwich) and buy the best shoes and leather goods.

In Irapuato you will be more than happy if you love strawberries, as it is known for being the capital city of this delicious fruit. Here you can take the Strawberry Route that takes you to visit the crop fields, listen to the legends, learn the process of making jams and crystallized candy. In the downtown area, you will find the baroque-style, cross-shaped cathedral and its interior is full of history. Try the delicious alfeñiques, typical sweets of the region.

Heading south of Guanajuato is the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Yuriria, full of history and nature. Here, the main star is the old Augustinian convent with the appearance of a castle. Converted into a museum, here you will admire important works of sacred art and learn about its wonderful architecture and the history locked within it. In Yuriria you can also enjoy the outdoors in the lagoon of the same name or Lago Cráter (Crater Lake), ideal for water activities such as kayaking. Thanks to its lacustrine atmosphere, here you can taste frog legs or fish broth with xoconostle, better known as Caldo Michi.

Once you arrive at the state of Michoacán, Cuitzeo offers you the wonderful view of the lake that frames it and which you can travel by boat or kayak. In the downtown area of this beautiful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town), the conventual complex of Santa María Magdalena stands out, built by the Augustinian friars in 1550, which includes a church, the atrium, a cloister and a museum, which you can also visit. Other unmissable spots are the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace), the Templo del Hospital Franciscano (Temple of the Franciscan Hospital) and the Museo de la Estampa (Museum of the Stamp). Here you can find crafts made with reeds born in the lake, such as baskets.

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