San Cristobal Zapotitlan

San Cristóbal Zapotitlán


Founded in the year 1586, located on the shores of Lake Chapala and only 20 minutes away from downtown Jocotepec, you will find a small town called San Cristóbal Zapotitlán. With 1532 meters above sea level and 2119 inhabitants, it is located in the Municipality of Jocotepec (in the State of Jalisco). The predominant climate is semi-dry and semi-warm, with an average annual temperature of 20 ° C, an average maximum of 26 ° C and a minimum average of 13 ° C. Its zip code is 45840 and telephone code is 387.

There isn’t much historic background on this town, but being one of the eldest towns of the municipality, it is recorded that in the year of 1564, there was a small church under construction. A very humble church elaborated with rods and straw roofs.

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This town, like several other towns, was founded by indigenous Cocas, who were dedicated to fishing, hunting and farming. Like other villages living by the lake’s shore, they did not see the lake as a limitation to their community, on the contrary, they saw it as a mean of communication and a way of translating from one side of the lake to the other, as well as a mean of exchanging products amongst villages.

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San Cristóbal Zapotitlán is also known for having many crafty artisans who sell their unique handmade crafts along the lakeside areas. Some you may find at our traditional Wednesday or Friday markets here. A lot of their handicrafts are made out of picturesque corn leaves, ostrich eggs and ostrich feathers. And of course the well-known corn leaf dolls that are made by the women of San Cristobal Zapotitlán

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In addition to the economic activities already mentioned, San Cristóbal Zapotitlán is also known as the birthplace of some popular musical bands of the 19th century. To this day, these bands still continue. 

The village’s 9-day fiestas are celebrated from December 21 to December 30.

Some of the attractions of the municipality of Jocotepec are the parish of Señor del Monte dating from the nineteenth century, the hull of the former hacienda Huejotitán dating from the nineteenth century and the spots of Lake Chapala where you can practice fishing or take a boat ride.

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