Chignahuapan is a Magical Town and municipality in the state of Puebla. The name Chignahuapan comes from the nahuatl words “chicnahui”, which means nine; “atl”, which means water and the suffix “pan”, which means “on”. Altogether, the word means “On the nine waters”.
Chignahuapan Tourist Attractions
The pueblan sculptor Jose Luis Silva carved the 12-meter image of the Immaculate Conception for the Basilica between 1960 and 1967. The sculpture, made of cedar wood, is considered the tallest indoor sculpture in Latin America.
Also known as Almoloya Lagoon, it is formed by nine water sources. It is the ideal place for having fun and enjoying the beautiful landscape, whether you enjoy a boat ride, fishing, hiking or cycling.
Mudejar style attraction that starts its construction in the beginning of 1871, finishing it in November of the same year. The reason of its construction was creating a right space for presentations and auditions of the “Philharmonic Body”. It has a lifted platform with no walls. Its cover is supported by columns or pillars and its 8 headlights. This was the ideal place for hosting shows for general audiences.
The neo mudejar art is an artistic and architectural movement that started by the end of the XIX century in Madrid, Spain.
Salto de Quetzalapan
In May 1930, through the settlement of the Cooperativa de Luz de Chignahuapan, formed by the locals and headed by Mr. Nemorio Rivera, the currents and waterfall begin to be used, along with the installed turbines, to generate electric energy for the town of Chignahuapan. There are still some vestiges of the machines, but with the arrival of the Federal Commission of Electricity to the cooperative it was impossible to compete and continue with the already unaffordable operative expenses.
Nowadays, this cooperative works as an ecotourist center ideal to enjoy the direct contact with nature, extreme activities like rappelling, zip line, hanging bridge and camping in the company of family and friends. It offers other services such as interpretative trails, cafeteria, grilling area and restrooms, souvenir shop, river area, lookouts and the most important thing: its waterfalls of over 200 meters tall and the main fall called “Salto de Quetzalapan”, paying homage to Quetzalcoatl.
Parish of Santiago Apostol
Built by the Franciscans, it dates back to the XIX century. Outstands its amazing ornamented façade made by a native artist and that represents an excellent sample of the indigenous or “tetitqui” baroque style that characterizes by the profusion of images and decoration with phytomorphic motives. With a succession of strangely proportioned images, expressions that almost become ridiculous, keeping abundance horns and an authentic fruit garden and green leaves decorating columns, the effect is truly amazing. The cover is presided by the image of Apostle Santiago on a horse.
The tiny mushroom was found by a farmer in 1880, and as it was considered a miracle, the sanctuary was lifted. It was first called Church of the Señor de la Salud but at the end the discovery won the name.