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Talpa de Allende

Talpa de Allende.

Surrounded by pine covered mountains Talpa de Allende, another silver mining town, founded by the Spanish in 1599, has a population of about 10,500 – including 9 gringos, is an important religious site in Mexico. There are 4 pilgrimages a year to see the Virgin “Rosario of Talpa”, a small statue that is said to have healing powers, On these occasions the town’s population triples.

Pilgrimages

Candlemass (Fiesta de la Candelaria, January 25 – February 2); Feast of Saint Joseph(Fiesta de San José, March 10 – 19); Anniversary of Crowning of the Virgin of Talpa (May 10 – 12); Anniversary of the Renovation of the Virgin of Talpa (September 10) and Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario, October 7)
At over 4,000 feet the climate is wonderful and the town, which is scrupulously clean, has several hotels and restaurants. We were also told that there is a ‘geothermic steam bath house’ in town. Many stores sell the famous Guava Roll and tiny articles, like sombreros and sandals made out of chewing gum. This is not sweet gum, it is derived from the Chitle tree which grows locally. Now you know where the word “Chiclets” come from.

The view of the valley, was taken from Hacienda Jacarandas, which was a beautiful Bed & Breakfast run by long time residents Bill and Guy, now sold and privately owned.
The town is also surrounded by ranches and the main topic of conversation is… you guessed it.. Horses
If your Spanish is good, you will find it easy to rent horses to explore the valley and nearby there are many nice waterfalls to visit.
There is now a Cyber Cafe in town but you’ll find it hard to see a tourist. So a very clean, laid back and quiet town awaits your visit.
One excellent restaurant is the Casa Grande, with a nice view looking down on the town, very good steaks and seafood.

Transport

The bus to Talpa de Allende make a stop at the turn-of to San Sebastian at Estancia, and then continues to Mascota with a brief stop and on to Talpa.

Five ATM Red Line busses leave every day to Mascota and Talpa de Allende from the corner of Calle Lucerna and Calle Havre, red on the MAP in Colonia Versalles, at 6:30AM, 9AM, 2:40PM, 4:45PM and 6:30PM. You can purchase your ticket there when you leave or purchase the tickets one day in advance.

You can also drive there yourself, the new road and bridge make it an easy two and a half to three hour trip.