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January 14 - February 14
Next to Papaloapan River is Tlacotalpan, a village that seems to be trapped in time, its houses are like little museums, both for the memories as for the furniture they keep inside. It is also known as “The Pearl of Papaloapan” and was founded in the 16th Century by Spaniards.
Few people know that the architecture of this village was designed to prevent fires and keep population as safe as possible from rain and heat. In fact, its Main Square was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity in 1998.
There are many sites to visit when you are in this municipality, such as:
Parque Ignacio Zaragoza: it is an English type park, with benches and a kiosk of the XIX Century that gives Tlacotalpan an air of coastal town.
Parroquia de San Cristóbal: (San Cristobal Parrish) It was one of the last works of the Colonial Era. Inside there is a really old canvas of Virgin Guadalupe that belonged to a house of friars.
Templo de la Virgen de la Candelaria: (Temple of Virgin of Candelaria) It was built because of a donation of an image of Our Lady of Candelaria more than 200 years ago.
Plaza Doña Martha: (Doña Martha Square) one block away from Parque Hidalgo and behind the museum is this famous square, known for being meeting point of jarana players and dancers every year, during Jaraneros de Tlacotalpan Summit.
Tlacotalpan is one of the best places to enjoy Veracruz-style cuisine. Dishes like shrimp, crab pasties, “tumbada” rice, bass fish stuffed with seafood, “tapado de jolote”, roe pancakes, tamale casserole and fish broth are only some of the many culinary delights that you will enjoy.
If you are bored from the city and want to spend a few days with your family away from traffic and noise, go to Tlacotalpan and enjoy its great food surrounded by its magic