Amealco de Bonfil is a municipality belonging to the state of Queretaro located at the southern end of the entity; This place is a safeguard of the indigenous identity Otomi who is now awarded the appointment of Magical People.
Enrique de la Madrid who is the secretary of Tourism was in charge of announcing that Amealco de Bonfil is added to the list of the 111 existing magical villages, adding now 121 which are located throughout our country. The Secretary noted that this program strengthens and promotes the local economy, as well as preserving its identity and traditions.
I knew Amealco, so the appointment by the Secretary of tourism filled me with joy because this town is a beautiful place that enjoys an incredible vegetation which you can appreciate all the way. It takes Me an hour to arrive and this time I’ll talk about this now named Magical Town which I’m sure will come out with a smile and desire to return soon.
In Amealco You will find delicious food, a cozy atmosphere, but especially warm and friendly people who always have a smile for their visitors. My tour begins in the main square where they can locate the tourist information post. They Will provide a map where they will tell you the attractions of the region. Amealco has parks like Cerro del Gallo where you can take a walk in the open air; The waterfalls of La Concepción are also an option to get out of the rut and look for a camping area to spend the night surrounded by forest away from the noise of the city.
Continuous at the Doll Museum located in one of the corners of the main square; In this place you will find a collection with more than 500 pieces of dolls made by artisans; It is amazing to enter and see the variety with which they count; Its colors, changing rooms, ornaments and sizes make this museum a colorful place.
Finishing the tour attached to the museum, there is a handicrafts shop where you can find all kinds of details elaborated by artisans from the region. There Are Typical costumes, woven keyrings, embroidered tablecloths and clay handicrafts. Remind Me that next November 16th begins the Festival of handmade dolls so we have a date to return.
I take a little walk in the main square where I enjoy a traditional snow while I admire the architecture. The Parish of Santa Maria is located in the same square and dates from the early TWENTIETH century. On The 8th of December is celebrated its feast dedicated to The Immaculate Conception: A beautiful construction with details of Pink quarry which is a delight to observe; Located on the side of the parish is the municipal palace and around the plaza its portals where you can find restaurants, bars, local businesses, Pulquerías and the handicrafts passage.
Indigenous Paradises: Socially Responsible Indigenous Tourism
We Know that, after the effects of mass tourism, it inevitably led to a deterioration of the environment of the communities that have material or immaterial resources; This fact motivated scholars to pronounce themselves through academic critiques of the mass model. It Is In this context that have emerged in our country programs such as “Magical Towns of Mexico” and until not long ago the brand “Indígenas”que Paradises favor the incorporation of the community and a natural and built environmental care. So to begin I raise the following:
“Indigenous Paradises” groups the sites with high cultural, natural and historical value under the shelter of Communities with an organization scheme based on uses and customs and that seek to transmit their ancestral heritage and knowledge.
“Indigenous Paradises” includes extensive cross-coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, the Mexican Tourist Promotion Council, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, with which They link and potencializan sustainable initiatives.
This Stamp has as distinctive the promotion of ecotourism activities, adventure tourism and rural tourism, that is to say, all the activities are carried out within the framework of the alternative tourism. They Are activities that foster the attitude and commitment in solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Mexico, while emphasizing the importance of the conservation of the environment and the cultural resources of these communities.
The National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) supports, through resources and training, the growth of local capacities of indigenous communities, but also reinforces other important issues such as administration, promotion and Social responsibility.
The brand to be formed by indigenous entrepreneurs committed to their sites and representatives of the brand, see in this way to revalorize and strengthen their natural and cultural heritage, so that the brand can transcend beyond the government proposal because Those who hold it are and will always be organized indigenous communities and peoples.
The tourist companies that make up the brand, must have the implementation of the Official Mexican STANDARD NOM-133-SEMARNAT-2015, which establishes the regulation of facilities and/or activities to be friendly with the environment. These companies have legal characteristics of established company, in the same way they are asked to have the Distinctive M and with at least one of the following certificates/badges: Clean Point, NMX 133, registration before AMTAVE, ATTA and/or Rainforest Alliance.
Currently the brand has 105 sites located in 15 States of the Republic (Baja California, Campeche, Chiapas, Mexico City, State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz and Yucatán) which can be consulted through the page ParaisosIndigenas.mx, or in editions like the Special Guide of Indigenous Paradises distributed through the magazine Unknown Mexico.
To finish It is good to know that the Organizing Committee of the FITUR edition 2018 and the Magazine Aire Libre distinguished Indigenous Paradises as the “Best Active tourism Product” in international category since the beginning of this year, but the Prize was delivered Officially last May 29th. The aim of the competition is to promote the development and commercialization of the tourism industry and to project the highest quality tourist products.
So you know, if you are one of those who enjoys knowing a territory and its culture in a respectful way, venture to know Mexico with excellent hosts: Its Native peoples!