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NOTE: Some dates in the following 3 posts may conflict with each other. I have found this in all my readings about this subject, and when a date becomes more clear, I will edit where appropriate. Thanks………………..

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Chapel or Sanctuary of The Vergin of Candlemas

” Capiela 0 Santuario De La Candelaria “


Tho not dedicated until the first part of the 19th century, this church was erected in 1779, to replace another destoryed by the fire of 1698.

The construction was begun with the donation, by Pedro de Midina y Rivadeneyda, in 1776 of the statue of OUR LADY OF CANDLEMAS..originating in Cataluña, Spain.

The architectural plan is that of a LATIN CROSS. The central dome and main vault were built of coral stone brought from Veracruz, by the builder Juan de Medina.

It is unique, as the interior walls, vaulting, dome, as well as the main alter housing the Virgin of Candelaria are painted in a faux finish, simulating marble and floral decoration.

NOTE: The exterior has been painted 4 different colors in the 5 years I have lived in Tlacotalpan.






The Church of Saint Michael Archangel ….

” La Iglesia De San Miguel Arcangel


This church known locally as.. Little Saint Michael… SAN MIGUELITO…is the oldest church in Tlacotalpan.

The construction began in 1785, on top of the remains of another church destroyed by fire. It’s primary services were to the Indigenous community.

The building , as it stands today, inaugurated in 1800, is a unique example of Tlacotalpan architecture, combining a neoclassical style with a wooden ceiling and a mud tiled roof.

There are also two towers, the highest housing a clock, placed there in 1800, and the smaller one containing a belfry, topped by a semicircular dome.


Casa De La Luz~Vacation Rental~Casa De Huespedes~Tlacotalpan


Welcome to casadelaluz…My home and vacation rental property in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz Mexico. In Spanish: Casa De Huespedes.


This is Bill Pandolf..( billdelaluz ..in my photography work )..A retired American, and your host here at the Casa.

Having lived in Mexico for over 10 years, and over 5 years here in Tlacotalpan, I try to bring together the colors and style of Mexican Gulf Coast living, with the amenities and personal service enjoyed by the seasoned traveler.


Casadelaluz is located in the small port/fishing village of Tlacotalpan, on the banks of the Papaloapan River, 15 kilometers from the Gulf of Mexico. And 80 kilometers south of the Port of Veracruz.  You can read more about the history of this once thriving port and what brings it into the 21 century as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE in another posting on this blog.

You will also find links on this blog to the casadelaluz-mexico website, and photo tours of the Casa and Tlacotalpan in ” flicker ” and “webshots “. Just click on the links and then use your back button to return to this blog page.


Rentals :

Casadelaluz has a fully furnished apartment on the second floor, with a screened patio, overlooking a tropical garden. Including a full kitchen with pots & pans, glassware, plates, and utensils.-A microwave, blender, and a toaster, among other things. The all-tiled bath has a glass block wall to allow in plenty of natural light. The main room has an antique French wardrobe, table and six chairs, two double beds, satellite TV, a ceiling fan, floor fan, and original paintings on the walls. Looking through the three sets of all-glass French doors, you see the patio with wicker chairs, and a marble topped table—the perfect place to sit and observe the many birds in the garden while having a morning cup of coffee, or an afternoon of reading and planning the next days activities.  And if you are up early in the morning, watching the beautiful Tlacotalpan sunrise above the coconut palms swaying in the distance.

The Casa also has a large room, with private bath, two single beds, satellite TV, and a ceiling fan. There is also a set of French doors and floor to ceiling window, looking on to a small screened patio next to the garden. There are two chairs and a table on the patio where you can sit and enjoy your morning coffee, which is provided by the Casa.

The Casa has a second, smaller room with a double bed, no TV, a floor fan and the bathroom is shared with me. This room also has French doors opening onto the screened garden patio, where you will find coffee in the mornings. All three units come with AIR CONDITIONING and they have street access through the garden.


During my five plus years of living here in Tlacotalpan, I have done some research on the history of the town and the surrounding area, and offer a walking / orientation tour of the town. Starting in the Zocalo, pointing out good places to eat, where to hire a boat to view the town from the river, as well as other points of interest such as museums, the opera house, the central market and a well stocked grocery store. And, oh yes, lets not forget the cantina where the famous Tlacotalpaño, Agustin Lara used to drink and regale his friends. I am also happy to arrange ECO tours on horseback, and boating tours of the Mangrove swamps and waterways, where you will see many birds, plants and wild animals. I can also help you plan day trips to the Tuxtlas Mountain towns of Santiago, and San Andres…and on to the Lake town of Catemaco…a lake formed in the creator of an extinct volcano. There is also a day trip to the beach town on Monte Pio.


As fishing is a major occupation here, the seafood from the Gulf and the River is fresh and abundant. Many kinds of fish, blue crab, and shrimp…it doesn’t get much better.


With bicycles and horseback being predominant forms of transportation, you will experience the friendly, outgoing, and always willing to stop and talk, attitudes of the people of the slow paced and beautiful Caribbean style town.

Tlacotalpan and CasaDeLaLuz is the place to come for a family holiday, a couples getaway, and a nature lovers dream come true. A place where artists and writers can come to let their creativity flow.


I am always willing to answer any questions you might have and can be contacted through E-MAIL by going to the casadelaluz website and clicking on the link provided.  Come and visit …    ” LET YOUR STRESS DOWN “.


Mis Gatos in Casa De La Luz /\/\/\ Tlacotalpan, Mexico

Miss “CHI-CHI” … 9 years old, and Sr. “CHAVO” … 7 years old, rode across Mexico from Oaxaca with me, in the back seat of the moving van, some five and a half years ago.

With all the toads/frogs, creepy-crawly bugs and birds everywhere they looked, ( the savannas start just a block and a half away from the casa),  they adapted to this new…HOT & HUMID climate (after cool Oaxaca) right away. Not like me…it took about a year.  I will admit that at first I thought I had made a big mistake. Arriving on July 4TH, the temps were in the high 90°s and the humidity was around 80%. Now it seems like I have always lived here.  And no fungus between my toes !!——yet.

CHI-CHI has had many suitors, but being spayed, will have nothing to do with them and sends them on their way whenever they dare to enter her territory. After all these years, she still only tolerates CHAVO being around !

As for CHAVO, being neutered, he gets out there and has his go at fighting with the interlopers, and holds his own, tho I am sure he doesn’t quite know why!!

Chavo loves one and all, as long as they have time to stop and say hello and give him a good rub. As for CHI-CHI, she would just as soon no one come close and will keep her distance, no matter who it is…even me most of the time.  So independent.

I am sure I have too many pictures of these guys, but if you are a cat person, you understand. Here are a few I am sharing today.


I forgot to mention, they do get bent out of shape when guests are traveling with their dogs..which are always welcome…but they have the jungle garden, and a few high places to perch if need be. And those dogs never stay for more than a few days. Well, except for ANDREW…he was here a couple months. They got used to each other ! I think !!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and please share your thoughts.  ADIOS, Bill