Chignahuapan Puebla Magical Town | Where to Go & What to Do

Chignahuapan Puebla
Magical Town

Where to Go & What to Do

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Chignahuapan is located at the entrance to the Sierra Madre Oriental, where the deep and spectacular canyons of the northern part of the state begin.

The traditional architecture of Chignahuapan is shown in large houses with strong walls and wooden and tile roofs. In its main square stands out the colorful parish church and its Mudejar style kiosk.

Tens of millions of Christmas balls are produced here every year. More than 200 factories and workshops feed this town, which spreads the colorful spheres and other festive decorations to its facades. A stroll through this Magical Town is an encounter with color, contrasts and joy.

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Chignahuapan Puebla Magical Town | Where to Go & What to Do

Chignahuapan is a picturesque microcosm where it is possible to come into contact with both splendid religious architecture and natural wealth.

The municipality is famous for the elaboration of spheres, since there are more than 200 workshops dedicated to this activity.

The best view of this Magical Town is obtained from the Cerro Colorado, where you can admire the valley and the colorful houses with tile roofs.

It joined the Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Town) program in 2012.

🏙 Activities in Chignahuapan Puebla

Top 10 Attractions

  1. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
  2. Temple of Santiago Apostle
  3. Mudejar Kiosk 
  4. Capulina Statue
  5. Spheres Workshops
  6. Chignahuapan Lagoon
  7. Waterfalls Salto de Quetzalapan
  8. Tuliman Waterfalls
  9. Chignahuapan Hot Springs
  10. Amoltepec Hacienda

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

In Chignahuapan you can enjoy activities throughout the year. 

Ecotourism in the spectacular waterfalls of Quetzalapan and Tuliman.

Relaxation in its thermal baths. Architecture in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and in the Temple of Santiago Apostle. And purchase of Christmas ornaments.

Also 30 minutes away is the Magical Town of Zacatlán de las Manzanas.

Throughout the year there is something to do and see in Chignahuapan. However, the most popular time of the year is during the Christmas season when a huge Christmas tree is placed in the central plaza and the town is decorated with lights and Christmas balls from dozens of workshops at the National Tree and Ball Fair.

In autumn a great celebration of the Day of the Dead is held in the lagoon of Chignahuapan called the Festival of Light and Life.

By car from Mexico City: The fastest route is to take the Mexico-Piramides 132D highway towards Tuxpan Veracruz, your exit will be the one marked Nuevo Necaxa, take the exit marked Zacatlan Chignahuapan and enter highway 119D that will take you to your destination. (Trip: 2hrs 30min - Cost: 168 pesos at toll booths.

By bus: 

  • From Mexico City in TAPO terminal you can take a direct bus to Zacatlán de las Manzanas (Cost: $260 pesos) and then take a bus or combi to Chignahuapan. (Cost: $30 pesos)
  • From CAPU in Puebla City take a bus directly to Chignahuapan (Cost: $190 pesos) or to Zacatlan and arriving at Zacatlan take a bus to Chignahuapan (Cost: $190 pesos).a bus or combi to Chignahuapan. (Approximate Cost: $30 pesos)
  • May 3: Festivity of the Santuario del Honguito.

  • July: Cerrito del Calvario Festival

  • July 24: Procession of horses from the Santuario del Honguito to the Parish of Santiago Apóstol.

  • July 25: Religious and secular festivities in honor of the Lord Santiago, also the beginning of the Regional Fair.

  • October 29 and until November 2: Festival of Light and Life. Pre-Hispanic show in the lagoon of Chignahuapan.

  • November - December: National Christmas Tree and Sphere Fair.

  • December 8: Homage to the Immaculate Conception
  • Temple of Santiago Apostle
  • Mudejar Kiosk
  • Mural at the Municipal Palace
  • Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
  • Santuario del Honguito
  • Almoloya Lagoon in Chignahuapan
  • Quetzalapan Waterfall Ecotourism Park - Web Site
  • Tuliman Waterfalls - Facebook
  • Hot Springs of Chignahuapan - Web Site
  • La Cueva del Ajolote – Facebook
  • National Museum of the Ajolote - Web Site
  • Temple of Santiago Apostle
  • Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
  • Santuario del Honguito
  • Chignahuapan Hot Springs. A hotel and spa, with mud treatments, jacuzzis, temascal and thermal water pools that are attributed with curative gifts. - Web Site
  • Amoltepec Hacienda A 19th century pulque hacienda where you will learn about the Pulque process. Web Site

Cabins near Chignahuapan

Where is Chignahuapan Puebla located?

Distance from Chignahuapan to Other Cities

Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Tlaxcala City
82 Km | 51 Mi
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Pachuca Hidalgo
115 Km | 71 Mi
1 Hora 35 Minutos
Puebla City
118 Km | 73 Mi
2 horas 5 Minutos
Poza Rica Veracruz
157 km | 98 Mi
2 Horas 35 Minutos
Mexico City
186 km | 116 Mi
2 Horas 35 Minutos

From Chignahuapan to other Magical Towns

Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Zacatlán Puebla
15 km | 9 Mi
30 Minutos
Tlaxco Tlaxcala
43 km | 27 Mi
40 minutos
Tetela Puebla
50 km | 31 Mi
1 Hora 10 Minutos
Huauchinango Puebla
53 km | 33 Mi
55 Minutes
Xicotepec Puebla
74 km | 46 Mi
1 Hour 15 Minutes

Official Tourism Site

Marvel at the splendor of its elegant colonial buildings, streets and flavors that live up to its nickname "City Of the Angels".

A legend is responsible for this beautiful city being known as Puebla de los Angeles.