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Zacatlán de las Manzanas

Check out an automaton show. Take a horseback ride in the valleys. Enjoy apple beverages and pastries. Fall in love with the view of the sierra from the lookout.

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What Makes It Magical

With its ever present mist, Zacatlán is situated on the edge of the gorgeous Barranca de los Jilgueros. It’s a town where bread is baked fresh every day, monumental clocks are made, and they harvest the fruits of the land. Apples are what most abound. You’ll find them dehydrated and turned into liqueurs and jams. They give thanks for the apples every year during the Feria de la Manzana (Apple Fair) with dances and parades with floats.

Why You Should Go

The Monumental Clocks

  • Zacatlán is home to a giant clock factory called Centenario that was founded in 1918.
  • Their clocks are found on churches, towers, and in squares not just in Mexico but also abroad.
  • Today, the installations also include the Museo de Relojes y Autómatas Alberto Olvera Hernández.
  • Learn about the history of how mankind measures time at this museum.
  • The Plaza de Armas is outfitted with an enormous Centenario clock, made from flowers and featuring two clock faces.

At the Very Least

Check out the weekend automaton show on the balconies of the clock museum.

Don’t Miss

  1. Stepping into any bakery to try the famous bread filled with ranchero cheese.
  2. Watching the afternoon go by from the outdoor tables of Café Dos Aromas.
  3. Visiting Rancho El Mayab to stroll among the apple trees and learn all about them.

Photo:Marcos Ferro

Marcos Ferro

Marcos Ferro

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