Zacatlán de las Manzanas

2020 Around Mexico Dan and Lisa Goy Living in Mexico May 2020

By John Chalmers on the May 2020 Edition

 


This magical city was drawn and designed from the Franciscan Temple dating from the sixteenth century, when analyzed, it is possible to realize that its dimensions meet the so-called golden ratio.

Zacatlán is a region producing apples, with different varieties of them, which are unique in the world and give rise to the wide range of flavors, colors and textures of their traditional ciders.

The Great Apple Fair is the most important social event of this town; starts in the second week of August. In it, pavilions of fruit, industrial, artisanal and gastronomic production are exhibited.

When planning your tours, you must include the Municipal Palace. It is a majestic building that was built between 1876 and 1896, with its facade of neoclassical style and reliefs of gray quarry.

In the “Centenario” monumental watch factory, you can find the Alberto Olvera Hernández Watchmaking Museum, the only one of its kind in Latin America, where you can admire the different models that, throughout their lives, have helped humanity measure time.

Three blocks from the Central Plaza you can experience the typical provincial atmosphere that characterizes the Magical Towns, in the Municipal Market of Revolution. In addition, you can buy handicrafts from the region, which reflect the roots of the history, traditional and cultural, reasons of pride in Zacatlán.

The indigenous and mestizo hands craft dresses, blouses with their embroidery, ribbons, zarapes, woolen coats woven in waist looms, backpacks, huipiles, chitos, earrings and necklaces of beads. They also mold clay and stone utensils, as well as ixtle objects, which is extracted from the maguey.

For your cravings, there are several bakeries that make an exquisite bread that is prepared by hand. Bread stuffed with cheese and cottage cheese deserves special mention.

Zacatlán has the tradition of pyrotechnics, which was born generations ago. Two families did wonderful jobs with gun-powder and were recognized throughout the region. Now, they have passed on their knowledge to their children and grandchildren, and they are the ones in charge of giving light and color to this tradition.
Do not miss this Magic Town as your next destination on your journeys!

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