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TRADITIONS AND LIVING CULTURE IN A BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE

The word "Amealco" comes from Nahuatl and means "In the Springs". As for "Bonfil," it was added to the town's name as a tribute to Alfredo Vladimir Bonfil, a peasant leader who later became the Minister of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock.

During pre-Hispanic times, this territory was mostly forested and inhabited by Otomi people, who still reside there and have managed to preserve their customs and ancestral traditions. You can still see them wearing their traditional costumes, and their craftsmanship has endured through time.

It is a true pleasure to walk along the cobbled streets and admire the old houses with beautiful pink quarry details, lovely arches, clay roofs, and colorful flowers that create a provincial and tranquil atmosphere.

The surrounding areas offer stunning countryside landscapes, lagoons, and pine and oak forests.

As a curious fact, Amealco is home to the first themed hotel of the Mexican Revolution.

This town is located 65 km (one hour) south of Querétaro City, 161 km (2 hours 45 minutes) from Toluca, and 174 km (2 hours 40 minutes) from Mexico City (CDMX).  

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What to See in Amealco de Bonfil

Tourist Attractions of Amealco de Bonfil

Casa de las Artesanías Doni (Crafts House)

With the great variety of crafts produced in the region, you must visit Casa de las Artesanías Doni, which includes the indigenous craft market where the work of over 10 groups of artisans is exhibited.

Plaza Principal (Main Plaza)

Facing the artisan centers, you can stroll through the main square, the largest in the entire state of Querétaro. Rest on one of its benches and admire the surrounding archways.

An outstanding feature is the arches of an old house from the mid-19th century, where Don Leopoldo Ruiz y Flores, who became the Archbishop of Michoacán, was born.

Palacio Municipal (City Hall)

Another notable site is the Municipal Palace, a building dating back to the 18th century, which was formerly a residential house that has been modified, but it still retains its original façade, ground floor, and portico.

Parroquia de Santa María Amealco (Parish)

This fabulous building combines elements from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, with a neoclassical style. It houses a large bell called "La Consagrada," which only rings on Sundays and major festivities. Legend has it that it was once used to disperse clouds that threatened the population with great storms.

Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture)

Also located in front of the Main Square, Casa de la Cultura is a beautiful 19th-century construction. Next to it, there's a house currently occupied by various businesses, where the original wooden mezzanine (tapanco) and tejamanil have been preserved.

Capilla de Chalma (Chapel)

Located in the southeast of the town, this chapel is colloquially known as "Chalmita." It is a 19th-century building with adobe walls and clay tiles.

Religious Buildings

If you are interested in architecture, there are other religious constructions in the area worth visiting, such as the temples of San Miguel Tlaxcaltepec, Santiago Mexquititlán, San Bartolomé del Pino, San Miguel del Thí, San Juan de Guedó, San Pedro Tenango, San José Ithó, San Ildefonso Tultepec, San Pablo y La Torre, all built in the 16th century.

Natural Attractions

Just 10 km from the town center lies Laguna de Servín, a beautiful place to enjoy nature amidst a wooded landscape.

Here, you can find a majestic church with a unique circular architecture. At the entrance, there is a quarry arch and two large angels guarding the temple. Inside, the main altar featuring the Virgin of Guadalupe stands out.

Other natural attractions include the Batán Dam, Cerro de los Gallos, and La Palizada.

What to Do in Amealco de Bonfil

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UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES IN AMEALCO DE BONFIL

Experience Nature

Amealco's temperate climate, combined with its forests, mountainous terrain, and lagoons, makes it an ideal place for camping, mountain biking, rappelling, and birdwatching.

For mountain biking enthusiasts, there's a great spot next to the fairgrounds.

Laguna de Servín is an ideal place for camping and sports fishing.

If you want to immerse yourself in nature, you can go hiking in Cerro de los Gallos.

Experience Beautiful Cabins

Just 15 minutes from Amealco, you'll find pleasant cabins where you can experience temazcal baths and enjoy pre-Hispanic rituals.

 

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