Quiroga was once an important commercial center in the 19th century. It has become the capital of the purepechas Indian people. Known today as the center for Indian arts and crafts , people come from all around to purchase and resell the colorful works of straw and wood. The ambient energy is full of a historic and modern feeling. Walking the streets you will see the Indians still dressed in their ancient native clothing. Today, the main product of Quiroga seems to be carnitas, various cuts of meat, eaten like fajitas.
Hotel Tarasco offers everything a traveler needs:
Rooms: 70 rooms including color TV with remote and telephone.
Garage: Safe indoor garage available 24 hours a day.
Breakfast Kiosk: Order from a variety of breakfast meals, drink a glass of fresh squeezed juice, order the traditional Nescafé coffee or a delicious cappuccino.
Lounge: Sit in the colorful and comfortable inside lounge, on the first floor at the foot of the steps.
Friendly Staff: With their bright smiles, they will cater to your every need. Just ask!
Shopping: Visit the owner's local arts & crafts stre in town or online: Artesanias El Tio Chente
Vasco de Quiroga Ote. #49
Col. Centro C.P. 58420
Quiroga, Michoacan, Mexico
Tel: (454) 354-0533
The municipality of Quiroga has had a flourishing economy that has been reflected in the existence of different industries such as bottling soft drinks in the first half of the twentieth century. Overall, farming has been a major activity for the people of this municipality who cultivated maize, wheat, beans, and alfalfa. The raising of cattle in the municipality has been undermined as a result of the lack of a center for collection and a method of distribution. Some industries in the municipality include footwear, industrial blacksmithing and souvenir making. The municipality of Quiroga has one of the largest markets and offers some of the most important crafts of Michoacan. Marketing and crafts are considered to be some of the main sources of income because they attract tourism.
Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre
The first week end in July is Quiroga's biggest festival, la Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre. The “Festival of the Precious Blood of Christ” is celebrated on July 6. This is usually a religious procession dating to the 16th century.
Most of the week, the town is closed to traffic. Do not attempt to pass through to the Morelia highway until Tuesday. This event attracts a lot of people, including Quirogenses who live en el otro lado, who come back every year just for this.
If you want to go, take the bus. If you drive, grab the first parking space that you see on your way into town, don't even try to get close. Park out by the prepa, it's not that far of a walk.
Lots of food, fun, castillos and cohetes, it's a noisy event to be sure. There are peregrinations and other devotionals as well. This fiesta happens the first weekend of July, so almost always corresponds with our 4th of July festivals. Don't miss the fireworks.
Tortas de Pollo Deliciosas
Quiroga’s carnitas are succulent and tasty, well worth the drive. But, those who don't eat red
meat might want to know about a little take out shop nearby that sells andwiches made with hot-off-the-rotisserie chicken. It's called Chahuipa. With your back to the plaza, it's located across the street and a little to the right. Buy a sandwich for 15 pesos, find a table behind the carnita sellers, and buy a beverage from one of the vendors. Enjoy the torta.
Quiroga is a municipality that started before the colonial era. Quiroga was an indispensable road from Tarazco’s capital “Tzintzuntzan” to the ceremonial center “Zacapu”. Zacapu was known as “Cocupao” which means “Lugar de recepción” ("Place of reception"). This municipality was not widely known in the prehispanic era.
When the Order of the Franciscans arrived at Quiroga, they gave it the name San Diego Cocupao, by San Diego Alcala, a name that so far leads the parish. After the arrival of the Spaniards, it began to grow in population leading to the city of today. Quiroga was established as a town, by territorial law, on December 10, 1831. By decree of the State Congress on September 6, 1852, it was called Villa de Quiroga, to honor the memory of bishop of Michoacan, Don Vasco de Quiroga.
Thursday is Market Day in Quiroga!