de Amoles is made up of words from two languages. The Spanish word Pinal
means a forested place,
and in Nahuatl, amolli
is a sweet potato that
is abundant in the area. At 2,400 meters above sea level, three different
types of climates can be found in Pinal de Amoles: humid at the city's
governmental seat, semi-hot and dry in the south and semi-hot and humid in
the north. The average annual temperature is 58° F.
The reach Pinal de Amoles from
Mexico City, take Highway 57 (Mexico-Queretaro). Then at 171 km, at the
turnoff towards San Juan del Rio, take Federal Highway 120 (San Juan del
Rio-Xilitla), From San Juan del Rio,
it is 141 km to the municipal center.
Before the arrival of the
Spanish, Pinal de Amoles was populated by the Chichimecas, and its
surrounding terrority made up the before of the Mexican empire. In 1931, it
became a city, no longer belonging to the District of Jalpan.
Approximately 15 kilometers from city hall, the terrain becomes wooded and
hushed, and a bubbling trout creek with several small cascades meanders
through, making it an ideal spot for camping, fishing or a gentle hike.
In the eighteenth century, when the monk from the Order of the Minor
Barefoot Frias of the Province of Alcala of Mexico set out to assemble and
convert the Sierra Gorda Chichimecas, they built this mission.
Construction of this simple village church was headed by Fray Juan
Guadalupe de Soriano.
This ex-convent, located just 500 meters from the
mission, houses more than 400 volumes of theological works, all written in
Latin. Construction was started in 1786 by Michoacan Franciscans. Arched
walkways and a central fountain adorn the interior. From the road, the
building looks like the mountainside.
Puerta del Cielo,
Passing the 135
kilometer maker on the Cadereyta-Pinal de Amoles highway, one will notice
that his car seems headed headed for the clouds. This mountain pass is the
highway highest elevation.
tiny woods-surrounded town lies some 17 km. north of Pinal de Amoles city
hall. Boasting a warm climate and the clean Escanela river graced by a
35-meter waterfall called "El Salto" or "The Jump", the spot is enjoyed by
Festivities in honor to San Jose,
The most .important local fair is celebrated in the
center of town from March 18th to the 22nd. This religiously influenced
fiesta includes liturgical plays, regional food, fireworks, music and
Regional Cuisine, dried salt
beef is a typical dish in this town, as well as gorditas; round, flat breads
made of ground corn, lard and brown sugar that are ready to be split and
stuffed like and English muffin. A fudge-like milk candy and "pan de pulque",
a bread made with liquor instead of brewer's yeast, are also made here. Hand
loomed cloth with incredible hand-sewn designs, carved wood, leather goods
and clay pots and other kitchen items are made in Pinal de Amoles.
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