Dolores Hidalgo

Dolores Parish and Hidalgo Statue

Dolores Hidalgo is a small colonial town of 60,000 inhabitants in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico. The full name of this town is Dolores Hidalgo, Cuna de la Independencia Nacional (Cradle of the National Independence)

Understand

The importance of this town lies in the fact that this was the starting point of the fight for Mexican independence from the Spanish empire in 1810, led by priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The quiet atmosphere in this town makes it really charming and the absence of tourist crowds could make it a highlight in your trip.

Get in

To reach Dolores Hidalgo you should be able to get a bus from Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende or León all of them are around one hour away. Taking a bus from Querétaro is also an option. From Mexico City you need to take a bus to any of the before mentioned cities and then to Dolores. The   bus station is located at Calle Hidalgo 26, just by the Rio Dolores.

Get around

The town is really small, everything is within walking distance.

See

Independence Statue
Casa de Miguel Hidalgo

Do

Every night there's a re-creation of the famous cry for freedom at the main square with light and sound effects.

Buy

Dolores is famous for its Talavera Ceramic (pottery) items such as tiles, vases, pots, etc. Experts say is one of the best places to buy this kind of goods.

Next to the parish, there are several stalls selling small cacti, local liquors such as honey liquor or cacti liquor, and other local crafts. Buying from them will make their day.

Eat

Dolores is famous for its exotic ice cream flavors. Try them at the Main Square, there are two vendors, offering strange flavors such as Mole (chili and chocolate sauce), Beer, Strawberries and Cream, Avocado, etc. Each ice cream or "Nieve" in Spanish is around $15 pesos.

Drink

In Dolores there are clubs and bars that you can go to just ask taxi cab drivers and they would take you anywhere. The most famous are   Gruperrona and Cabina de Cesar.

Sleep

Stay Safe

Dolores is a safe place by Mexican standards. Overall, people are nice and willing to help if you need directions.

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