“We must act at once!”
—Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo
Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Dolores
Just after dawn September 16, 1810, Padre Hidalgo delivered his now-famous Grito (Cry for Freedom) from the Parroquia of Dolores (the town’s name was later expanded to Dolores Hidalgo in his honor). He led a rag-tag army of less than 1,000, which would swell to 20,000 by the time they marched through San Miguel and Ceyla to arrive in Guanajuato. Each Saturday night at 9pm, on the steps of the parroquia under much pomp and ceremony (and with a light show), El Grito is recreated for the townsfolk and tourists. Viva México!
Hacienda las Trancas
Hacienda Las Trancas
Trancas, Dolores Hidalgo
Pancho Villa slept here. So did Padre Hidalgo. History doesn’t get any closer than this authentic 16th century working hacienda (complete with caballeros and horses). They offer day tours which emphasize the history of the ranch and area and include lunch, use of the pool and jacuzzi. Luxurious spa treatments are available for quite a reasonable fee and their food is praised far and wide – well worth the drive from San Miguel for the day. The hacidenda is also a very upscale boutique hotel/resort – assorted suites available. Located just outside Dolores Hidalgo. Please visit their website for details.
Talavera abounds in this town – it’s where this famous pottery style originated. And the craft was taught to the locals by off-beat Jesuit priest, Hidalgo (see above and Guanajuato page), who also trained farmers to grow vinyards and make wine. Highly glazed, and fired in kilns at 1,650°F/900°C, Talavera is recognized the world over. A multitude of shops around town and on the highway sell this specialty, including Mora Alfaria, the largest exporter in Mexico.
Exotic Ice Cream
Yum, doesn’t that Camaron Ice Cream (that means “shrimp”) sound good? How about Beer Ice Cream? Avocado? Tequila? Pork Rind? I’m really not kidding! You can also find the normal flavors, like pineapple, papaya, peach, strawberries & cream, real vanilla and many, many more. But try a shrimp cone—your friends back home won’t believe it. Purchase from any of several street vendors around the Plaza/Jardin.