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Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco

Dolores Hidalgo
and Santuario Atotonilco, Guanajuato – Mexico

Dolores Hidalgo is the birth place of the Mexican revolution, Talavera pottery and crazy ice cream. Atotonilco was the second town in Miguel Hidalgo’s march toward independence.

We drove out the back way from San Miguel near San Miguel Viejo not quite sure how to find Atotonilco. It turns out it’s right off the Dolores Hidalgo highway but made a nice country drive. It was here, in 1810, that Miguel Hidalgo took an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe as the banner of his movement. Atotonilco is another pilgrimage town and because of the church’s amazing paintings on the ceiling, it’s on the World Monuments Watch list, among the 100 most endangered.

Then we were off to Dolores Hidalgo and we were surprised to find not many Talavera shops in the center of town. Many have moved out to the highway where the rent is cheaper. We did find that one nice shop about 5-6 blocks from the plaza. The museum of Independence and the casa of Miguel Hidalgo are not much to see but are close and inexpensive.

Getting hungry time found us at the entrance to the Mercado in front of “Cocina Charly”. Very cheap, very fresh and I don’t think we could have done better. Of course on the way back to the car we had to try some of the strange ice cream flavors on the Plaza … but not the real strange stuff.


Small Chapel near Atotonilco
Small Chapel near Atotonilco

Santuario Atotonilco
Santuario Atotonilco

Dolores Hidalgo plaza
Dolores Hidalgo plaza

Dolores Hidalgo plaza church
Dolores Hidalgo plaza church

Talavera shop
Talavera shop

Cocina Charly
Cocina Charly

Dolores Hidalgo Ice Cream
Dolores Hidalgo Ice Cream

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1 comment to Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco

  • If the rumors of Dolores Hidalgo is true (historic, colonial charm, artisan flare) I will have to make a point to visit there. Good to know most talavera spots are off the highway.

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