The tiny but charming town of Talpa de Allende is in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Jalisco state. It’s normally pretty sunny and sleepy (except for bustling handmade candied fruit factories and a bustling coffee industsry). But the town also draws tens of thousands of visitors during annual pilgrimages to visit the town’s “miracle causing” virgin. We simply passed through Talpa one afternoon, but our brief visit was enough to make us want to return.
The shrine of the Virgin Rosario of Talpa is one of the most venerated religious sites in all of Mexico. Three pilgrimages are conducted every year to the site. The Virgin allegedly has healing powers, and many people visit the statue annually to ask for miracles.