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Atotonilco, Mexico — High Art, Folk Art, Hot Springs, Food!

Atotonilco, Mexico — High Art, Folk Art, Hot Springs, Food!

If you're planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende, be sure to budget a day at the nearby town of Atotonilco. Here are four solid reasons to make the trip (and to take the time to figure out how the heck you pronounce Atotonilco). Bathe at the (not too terribly hot) La Gruta hot springs. Shop (by appointment) at the upscale folk art store Galeria Atotonilco. Have lunch at the Nirvana Restaurant and Retreat. Or splurge and spend the night. Spend a full morning or afternoon at the Santuario de Atotonilco. A World Heritage Site, the Santuario de Atotonilco was built in the 18th century by a Father Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro, who, tradition has it, experienced an apparition of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns and carrying his cross. The Mexican Baroque mural work on the walls and ceilings of the Santurario is mostly by Antonio Martinez de Pocasangre, and took thirty years to execute. The world-class murals have earned the Santuario the nickname "Sistine Chapel...

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