Chignahuapan is the second most visited magical town in Puebla for these reasons
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Published by Erika Rodríguez on February 5, 2023
The Ministry of Tourism in Puebla has recently released a report on the most visited Magic Towns in the state, and Chignahuapan has come in second place. The figures showed that during 2022, a total of 506,722 visitors, both national and foreign, visited this Magic Town to experience its festivities and natural wonders. The report also indicated that there was an economic income of over 385 million pesos, with a range of hotels that can accommodate more than 6,000 people per night.
So what exactly is it that makes Chignahuapan so popular among tourists? Let’s take a closer look at the tourist attractions that have made this town the second most visited magical town in Puebla.
One of the reasons for Chignahuapan’s popularity is the mysticism behind its name. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the name Chignahuapan in Nahuatl means “In the nine waters” or “where water abounds”. The region has a rich pre-historic history, having been inhabited by Totonac peoples in the 7th century AD until the 10th century. During this period, there was a coexistence between Nahua, Otomi and Tepehua peoples. The town of Santiago Chiquinahuitle was founded in 1527 and became a center for indoctrination and conversion when missionaries arrived.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the specific tourist attractions that make Chignahuapan so special. For starters, there’s the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which is famous for its monumental 12-meter-high Virgin, considered to be the largest indoor religious sculpture in Latin America. For those interested in natural therapies, there are thermal waters with mud treatments, jacuzzis, and temazcal that are believed to have healing properties. The Laguna de Chignahuapan is a mythical lagoon that is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Chignahuapan. This is the perfect place to relax, go for a walk or even try your hand at fishing.
For the adventurous, there is the Salto de Quetzalapan, an ecotourism park with a 200-meter high waterfall. The Sphere workshop is another must-see, with the people of this town having been making hand-painted blown glass spheres for decades. There are more than 200 workshops you can visit and learn about. If you’re a lover of pulque, a visit to the Hacienda Amoltepec is a must. This 19th-century hacienda will give you a chance to learn about the history, production, and distillation of the drink of the gods.
Other attractions in Chignahuapan include the Santiago Apóstol Parish, a 19th-century Franciscan temple that is the best example of the baroque style that the indigenous people made their own, hiding their gods among the Christian images. The Mudéjar kiosk, built in 1871, is another fascinating landmark located in the Plaza de la Constitución. If you’re interested in nature and animals, the Museum-Aquarium Casa del Axolote is a must-visit. This museum was opened to protect and reproduce this endangered species. Finally, the Sanctuary of the Little Honguito, named after a petrified mushroom with the figure of Christ, is a place of religious significance that is only visible with magnifying glasses.
Last but not least, Chignahuapan is known for its delicious cuisine, with dishes like barbecue, lamb broth, tlacoyos, fig horns, fruit wines, and spirits. The town also celebrates the feast of the Patron Saint Santiago Apóstol
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