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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Talpa
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful church inside and out. It’s right in the square so lots of activity and people watching. Lots of vendors and shops. There is also a smaller church near by that has more religious meaning to the locals.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

After reading a few reviews on several sites, we decided to include Talpa in our long day trip from Puerto Vallarta with stops in San Sebastian and Mascota. The major tour providers offer day trips to the Mascota/Talpa area but we decided to hire a taxi for our group and pick several places that were more in line with what we were looking for rather than falling subject to places tour guides pre-book which often removes some of the authenticity of the tour you're on (if you've done several tours by bus you'll know what I mean).
What strikes me as add is the lack of reviews for this very important landmark. For Catholics, this basilica is of huge importance. People hike through the Sierra Madres from Puerto Vallarta for 3 days, and upwards of 100,000 people visit the church every year (at the time of this writing there were only 2 reviews!). Our taxi driver has visited Talpa dozens of times and recalled several of those trip where people were lined up to enter the church from the outskirts of town (particularly busy around Christmas). Being the shoulder season, we didn't have long to wait to enter the church. After visiting several other churches in Jalisco, including the basilica in Puerto Vallarta, this church is STRIKINGLY beautiful. The brightness, cleanliness, and sparkle of all the silver was quite a shock. It rivals some of the best basilicas we've visited in Europe and is clearly the most important landmark in the area. Since there is not a lot else to visit in the area, if you are passing through Talpa it is an absolute must.
The nearby architecture of the square and nearby businesses makes it that much more worth the visit. The bakery north of the church is quite tasty and they offer some interesting flavours of ice cream (candies & nuts). There is a candy factory northwest of the basilica that offers bags of candies for about $1 - great idea for gifts. Most of the candies made in the area are made from guava, but there are many other flavours (primarily vanilla, honey, orange, and chocolate).
On its own, the basilica is well worth the visit, and with all the other nearby restaurants and gift stores it makes the visit a no brainer.

Thank theoldalfer
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This church is part of the identity of the locals but the temple is not that kind of work that impress, in general the town is just for religious tourism, there are no architectural attractions of historic relevance inside the town.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here on our way from Puerto Vallarta. Our final destination was Guadalajara. So glad we stopped by. On your way there, make sure you stop by the Mirador. You can eat at the mercado next to the Basilica and buy candy after you eat. Make sure you stop by the church. Plenty of free parking.

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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile
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