El Rinconcito Hotel
Fray Diego de Chávez y Alvarado was a man of great initiative and in the 16th century he built this artificial lagoon, with the purpose of regulating and taking advantage of the waters of the Lerma River, this being the first major hydraulic work in America during the colonial period . Currently, it has a water mirror of 80 square kilometers and is an ecosystem that serves as a temporary refuge for migratory birds and the habitat of several species of aquatic fauna at risk of extinction.... more
The Jewel Crater
The Lago-Crater Ecological Park La Joya is a protected area of ââ1,479 hectares, located in the Valley of Santiago, in the central part of the state of Guanajuato, touching the town of Yuriria on the southeast side. Yuriria means "Place of the lake of blood" in Purépecha language, because until a few decades ago, this lake-crater was dyed red by the large amounts of sulfur that entered its waters as a result of volcanic activity and seismic movements. The lake is used for canoei... more
Former San Agustin Convent
The construction of this 16th century convent - fortress that was inaugurated on the day of Corpus Christi in 1559, was personally supervised by Fray Diego de Chávez y Alvarado, nephew of the famous conqueror Pedro de Alvarado, according to the design of the architect Pedro del Toro. The excellently preserved monastery was fortified by the Augustinians to defend themselves from the continuous incursions of the Chichimecas. It has an elegant Renaissance portal and the temple stands out for... more
In 1814, the priest José Antonio Torres set fire to the religious group when he learned that the future emperor of Mexico, Agustín de Iturbide, had taken refuge inside the church. The fire destroyed the valuable red cedar altarpieces that were preserved in the temple. In the spaces of the old convent there is a historical and religious museum that exhibits pre-Columbian and colonial pieces, as well as religious paintings and sculptures from the 17th and 18th centuries.