Just Passing Through – Talpa de Allende, Jalisco, Mexico


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 church in Talpa de Allende is home to one of the most venerated virgins in all of Mexico. Apparently it's also home to a fake pony photo prop.

The church in Talpa de Allende is home to one of the most venerated virgins in all of Mexico. It's also home to a fake pony photo prop too.

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.

The Virgin Rosario of Talpa. She may be responsible for miricles, but she sure is tiny.

The Virgin Rosario of Talpa. She may be responsible for miricles but she sure is tiny.

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