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Santa Rosa de Lima Church in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® Melchor Muzquiz, a beautiful and traditional mining city located 130 km north of Monclova in the State of Coahuila, Mexico; is surrounded by spectacular mountain landscapes.

The Kikapu Indians are important in the history of Muzquiz. They settled in Coahuila in 1850 as border guardians in exchange for the land where they now live near Muzquiz, in a place known as "Nacimiento". They make leather items, beadwork, and laminated metal products.

Important dates:

  • 1674: Father Juan Larios founded the first mission of the east valley with the name Santa Rosa de Santa Maria.
  • 1735: Originally built because of the native Indian's savagery, the royal prison Santa Rosa Maria del Sacramento was founded.
  • 1850: Established as Villa de Muzquiz, in memory of the acting president of the Republic and native of this area, General Melchor Muzqui.
  • 1925: Risen to the category of city with its current name.
  • 2005: A prosperous population whose municipality seat, located 35 km (22 miles) to the west of Sabinas, bases its economy on mining (coal), livestock, and agriculture (corn, beans, barley, and oats). Its natural, historical, and cultural richness is notorious in places such as La Cascada, Las Grutas, Campestre Park, its historic buildings, cuisine, (machacado or dried beef, fine cuts of beef, and Northern style chorizo sausage), and its original arts and crafts.

Among Melchor Muzquiz main attractions are:

  • La Cascada Park in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® La Cascada Park This is a natural place that is mostly visited during the hot season. The constantly flowing waters that flow into its equipped areas arrive from an outlet of the San Juan mine. La Cascada Park in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ®
  • Monumento Ecologico
  • Monumento a la Patria
  • Parque Los Ojitos
  • Parque Los Sabinitos
  • Santa Rosa de Lima Church Beautiful stone building whose construction began in 1939 and was dedicated in 1965. The magnitude of this architectural work, cataloged as one of the most notable in the state, is increased by the fact that its construction was funded from the sale of tamales and alms.
  • Muzquiz Historical Museum This building, which was once a school in l905 and considered a historical patrimony, is now a cultural center. In different halls, it exhibits paleontology and archeology collections, as well as objects allusive to the municipality's history. The Historical Archives Annex protects the region's documents. Muzquiz Historical Museum in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ®
  • Main Plaza The best place to taste raspas (snow cones) and nieve de garrafa (ice cream) is this traditional spot with lush junipers and firs. A gazebo and the Municipal Library are located within the plaza as well as some benches preserved from the beginning of the twentieth century. Main Plaza in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ®
  • Melchor Muzquiz Monument in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® Carmen's Woods In the northwestern part of the state, on Highway 54 (Muzquiz-Boquillas del Carmen), at kilometer 170, there is an entrance to the Flora and Fauna Protection Area (see state map). The area, with 208,381 hectares (514,920 acres), is a vast series of mountainous and humid islands in the desert with an altitude of up to 2,720 m ASL (8924 ft ASL). The topography permits the proliferation of a large diversity of vegetation such as white oaks, pines, and firs. The mountainous region, formed by impressive canyons and mountain ranges is the ideal place to hike or mountain climb. The importance of this area also lies in the various endemic fauna that inhabits the region: species such as moles, white-tailed deer, squirrels, snakes, porcupines, butterflies, beavers, black bears, golden eagles, and hawks. Before arriving at the entrance of Carmen's Woods, a dirt path guides you to a very long tunnel, which is 870 meters (2,854 ft) long and 12 meters (39 ft) wide that traverses through the mountain without any markings to guide you. Known as La Encantada, it was built by the Fluorita de Mexico mining company to save 140 kilometers (87 miles) off their trips. Carmen's Woods in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ®
  • Boquillas del Carmen This area offers housing, basic services, and an all around experience visiting and admiring a natural wonder. Located in the area of the Bravo River at the border with Texas, its whimsical rock formations, spectacular valleys, and high rock walls are the ideal place to kayak. For the unexplored parts of the area, we recommend you consult expert guides. Boquillas del Carmen in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ®

The traditional Feria de Muzquiz is celebrated in August with industrial, commercial, crafts, and cattle exhibits.





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