By: MP Mexico News Staff
The tourism credentials of Capulalpam de Mendez, located in the southern state of Oaxaca, were given a boost when it became the thirty-fifth community to be added to the list of Mexico’s Magical Towns.
“I hereby recognize and express our pride in the array of great attractions that Capulalpam de Mendez possesses, attractions that range from its majestic Church of St. Matthew and its monuments to the flora that make it an ideal destination for ecotourism,” Mexican Tourism Secretary Rodolfo Elizondo said in announcing the designation.
Launched in 2001 by the Tourism Secretariat, the Magical Towns program has attracted thousands of tourists who in ever larger numbers are discovering the unique charm of the culture, nature, legends, history, important events and daily life of each one of these places.
According to the Tourism Secretariat, “a Magical Town is the reflection of our Mexico, of what it’s made us, of what we are, and we should feel proud. These are its people, towns that throughout time and in the face of modernity have been able to conserve, value and defend their historical-cultural heritage and manifest that in different ways through their tangible and intangible attributes.”
In addition to its natural wealth and its appeal to aficionados of eco-tourism, Capulalpam de Mendez, located in the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca, a heavily-wooded area 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the capital of Oaxaca, stands out for its artistic and cultural wealth, the main highlight being the Dominican Church of St. Matthew, which was built in the 17th century and is best known for its 15 baroque altarpieces.