El Tuito was founded in the 16th Century at about the same time as the mining towns and Talpa de Allende. However there are no mines or Virgins (at least the religious kind) in El Tuito.
What it does have is grazing land and water and it was on a major Spanish road that ran from Barra de Navidad to EL Cuale and Mascota, The Camino Real. The famous Manila ship that came once a year from the Philippines would unload some of its cargo at Barra before continuing on to Acapulco. El Tuito could supply fresh pack animals, food and water to the travellers on their way to the mines.
The remains of an old Hacienda can be seen on the right of the old road leading to town from Route 200. I’ve also heard that there are the ruins of the old sugar mill that existed here many years ago. If anyone finds it, please let me know.
The Plaza and it’s ‘kiosk’ the centre of the town in Mexico.
El Tuito is a good place to get your Raicilla supplies. There is a store on the old road into town, but what it sells as Raicilla I have grave doubts about. To get the good stuff “La Punta” just wander around the plaza and ask at some of the stores, they will direct you to the houses that have it for sale, ask for El Perico, he used to live across from the church, last price I paid was 150 pesos for a liter.
The Church’s altar is a huge rock, which the church was built around.
There’s a lot of construction these days, With new roads from route 200 into town and beyond to the rest of the Cabo Corrientes Municipality.
They have also re-paved all the roads around the square.
No tourist shopping here, local stores are like the Hardware Store, which sells saddles and horseshoes.
Some pretty decent restaurants close to the plaza for the tourists, who are starting to come here with Vallarta Adventures and Superior Tours. Plus our old friend Machis, with Machis BBQ on the SW corner of the square, but he doesn’t open till around 2pm.
Visitors should visit the cultural center in the City Hall building on the north side of the plaza. Lots of historical information including photos and old maps. Don’t miss the wonderful mural around the stairs to the second floor.
This is also where roads to Mayto Beach and the fishing village Tehuamixtle start. There used to be a daily bus service, but, alas the bus died. Maybe somewhere in the future ?
There’s a strange festival on September 17th, called La Mojiganga, which involves a young bull, people throwing flour at each other and guys in drag dancing with other local men. Afterwards at night a big fireworks display.
See photos below.
By bus: From the corner of Carranza and Aguacate on the south side, fare is 30 pesos and takes about 50min. MAP.
The church is not at the plaza but just half a block away.