Sayula, Jalisco

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Sayula
Municipality and city
Coat of arms of Sayula
Coat of arms
Sayula is located in Mexico
Sayula
Sayula
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 19°52′N 103°37′W / 19.867°N 103.617°W / 19.867; -103.617Coordinates: 19°52′N 103°37′W / 19.867°N 103.617°W / 19.867; -103.617
Country  Mexico
State Jalisco
Area
 • Total 294.76 km2 (113.81 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 55,000

Sayula is a town and municipality in the Mexican state of Jalisco, approximately 100 kilometers south of Guadalajara. It is surrounded by smaller towns, such as Usmajac, San Andres, El Reparo, and Amacueca.

Sayula is the birthplace of influential Mexican novelist and short story writer Juan Rulfo. According to the official page of Juan Rulfo, he was born in Apulco, Jalisco, which is close to San Gabriel, Jalisco, and his birth was registered in Sayula, Jalisco. (1917: Nacimiento de Juan Rulfo, el 16 de mayo. Él sostuvo haber venido al mundo en Apulco, localidad cercana a San Gabriel, Jalisco. Es registrado en la ciudad de Sayula, Jalisco.)

Sayula is a traditional Mexican town. Its population is approximately 45,755 . It has a "plaza" that holds many festivities. During the holidays, some of its downtown streets are closed to hold a great market (mercado) full of various merchandise to sell and buy. Sayula's downtown church is one that excites the admiration of visitors.

Sayula is also known for its exquisite cajeta (thick syrup). It is one of its many attributes, among many others such as, a gorgeous cathedral and chapels. Sayula holds many festivities such as the well known Carnaval (carnival) where we can witness some exotic traditions of dances and customs.

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