Exploring Mexico: Lagos de Moreno

Anyone looking for a quiet, but charming, taste of Mexican life in an historic setting will enjoy Lagos de Moreno. The town is filled with pazas, gardens, colonial structures and hacienda-like homes. There are nearby lakes, including Lake Sauceda only 15 minutes away, where there is fishing and picnicking and golf is available. It´s also a good place to learn and practice Spanish as there is a large language school in the city.

Lagos de Moreno is a charming provincial Colonial town in northeastern Jalisco filled with flower-filled parks and plazas and Colonial buildings from silver-mining days and a fascinating baroque church.

Founded in 1563, the pre-Hispanic indigenous village occupying the area was called Pechtitan. With the discovery of silver near the city of Zacatecas in 1546, the “silver roads” leading from the mining camps to Mexico City, passing nearby Lagos de Moreno, became strategic routes and La Villa de Santa Maria de los Lagos was founded in 1563. In 1829 the National Congress authorized the name of the city and it became “Lagos de Moreno”.

The town is filled with many small restaurants and bars, particularly surrounding the Zócalo, or main square. There is also the nearby Capuchinos Mall where there are restaurants. A favorite dish of the area is freshly picked strawberries with cream for which the region is known.

In addition to the Capuchinos Mall, there are local markets in which to shop. The area has also become one of the principal dairy production regions in Mexico and many types of dairy products, such as cheeses, “cajeta” and other milk-based candies, and cream are available for purchase.

Set beside the San Juan River in the Los Altos region of the state of Jalisco about an hour south of Aguascalientes and just 35 minutes north of Leon in the neighboring state of Guanajuato. Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, is about 2 1/2 hours northeast.

To Leon – 29 km – 18 mi – 35 min
To Guanajuato – 95 km – 59.3 mi – 1:05 hrs
To Guadalajara – 189 km – 117.43 mi – 2:00 hrs
To Zacatecas – 195 km – 121.05 mi – 2:10 hrs
To San Miguel de Allende – 215 km – 133.59 mi – 2:30 hrs

You can fly to the International Airport in Leon and rent a car or arrange for private transportation. The city is also served by a number of national bus lines such as the First Class Primera Plus as well as Omnibus de Mexico and Flecha Amarilla.

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