Day of the Dead fell on the weekend this year, so some friends and I went to Chignahuapan to see the yearly show/play that they put on. We also spent some time in Piedras Encimadas, a park about 45 minutes away. It was freezing cold, foggy, and drizzling the whole time, but I’d still recommend going!

Chignahuapan and Zacatlán are both famous for their "pan de queso," or sweetbread stuffed with cheese. It sounds strange, but it's delicious! My friend Adriana took this picture of these cheese-filled alligators.

Chignahuapan and Zacatlán are both famous for their “pan de queso,” or sweetbread stuffed with cheese. It sounds strange, but it’s delicious! My friend Adriana took this picture of these cheese-filled alligators.

Ofrenda Chignahuapan

An enormous ofrenda, or Day of the Dead altar, inside a church in Chignahuapan.

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Chignahuapan is known for its handmade "esferas," or glass Christmas decorations. They were included in this altar.

Chignahuapan is known for its handmade “esferas,” or glass Christmas decorations. They were included in this altar.

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Piedras Encimadas is a little ways outside Zacatlán. It’s a huge park with strange stone formations (hence the name). Unfortunately we couldn’t see the formations very well due to all the fog!

 

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We took a tour on a horse-drawn cart. We originally wanted to walk, but the path was so slippery with mud that we were falling down all over the place!

Chignahuapan Show

After Piedras Encimadas, we went back to Chignahuapan to see the show. It takes place on a platform in the middle of the town’s lake!