It’s a magical village. It’s a destination. It’s colorful. It’s quaint. It’s astounding. It’s Tepoztlán. This fresh tourism backwater in the state Morelos may be small in territory, but enormous in attractions that allure and catch visitors from all over the world.
I’ve been visiting this marvelous spot over 30 times in the last 25 years. This pearl of the land, when the spring never ends, has something for sure. I’m still trying to find out those hidden secrets that mesmerize the traveler’s attention.
Perhaps their secrets flying the skies. Maybe the lug vegetation present around every corner. The aromas of its typical market which they are a dreamy meeting of aromas, textures, flavors, experiences, tales, everything.
Some people say that Mexico has a unique charm at some traditional villages that charm explorer’s eyes, which allow tourists to enter into a dimension of alternate experiences where all the senses play a role of dimensional points of perception.
Something is for sure here. While you go forth on those cobblestone streets, several elements will catch your attention. I’m fascinated to continue discovering all those hidden codes that make a visit to this incredible town such a delicious journey.
So, What can a visitor quickly do to start marveling with those art pieces? Well, to be sincere, many things. However, a summary list of some of the must-see places is definitely extensive. Here are five essentials.
1. The “Tepozteco” hill. The charms begin here. By walking the “Avenida del Tepozteco,” you will reach the base of the basaltic cliffs that raise themselves imposingly.
After you go up through the path made of slab rocks among a steep gorge of approximately 500 meters high (1,640.42 feet), there is a shrine to the Aztec god “Ome Tochtli” or “Two Rabbit” at the top of this hill.
It’s an archaeological site area protected by the “INAH” (National Institute of Anthropology and History).
2. Visit the former ” Ex Convento de Tepoztlán.”Religious missioners completed this monumental temple between the years 1555 and 1580. Conveniently located downtown, it’s considered World Heritage Site declared by the “Unesco” in 1994.
This site comprises a religious temple, a museum, and a documentation center. You can complete a visit to this magnificent history’s witness in 3 hours easily.
Located in the walls beside the hallways of this ex-Convent, you will see the original fresco paintings of the 16th century.
3. The Tepoztlán Sundays market. I always recommend it, and I won’t stop doing it. Visiting a typical market in Mexico is stepping a foot into another dimension. A dimension of fresh aromas, vibrant colors, and fantastic textures that seizes your senses on them.
At this market, you can find local fruits and vegetables, the “Itacates,” which they are a kind of corn “gorditas” dressed with cheese and typical tomato sauces.
You’ll also see there the “Mole Tepozteco,” a myriad of stews with meat and vegetables and not forgetting the central jewel of the crown, the “Tepoznieves.”Delicious fruit ice creams and non-dairy ice flavored desserts, which will delight your palates for sure.
4. Get a revitalizing experience at spas and healing centers. From simple spas where you can have a relaxing bath with mineralized waters and “Temazcales” to hotels with therapeutic massages to detoxify your body and soul, Tepoztlán is a premier spot for those healthy options.
Aura reading, meditation centers, massage spas, Asian healing techniques. Everything is here.
Let’s not forget the “Temazcal” is the star of the healing treatments here.
This type of Mexican traditional and ancient sauna is a real ritual to detoxify yourself and have an encounter with yourself assisted by medicine herbs and water steam enclosed in an igloo-like module that creates a healing and revitalizing micro-climate.
5. The challenge to the “Tepozteco.” The main festivity of this magical and charming Morelos’ state village.
This celebration commemorates the acceptance and conversion to the catholic religion by the king “Tepuztécatl” in the 16th century. As soon as the lords of the nearby villages like “Oaxtepec,” “Yautepec,” “Cuauhnahuac” (Now Cuernavaca city) and “Tlayacapan” knew about this happening, they “challenged” Tepoztlán’s king.
The also know as the “Altepeilhuitl” (The Village Party) takes place every year on the 7th and 8th day of September.
Is this enough? Not at all. Tepoztlán is a vortex of permanent sensations and of amazing experiences that engrave any traveler’s soul. Thanks a lot to follow me on Magno’s social media and here at francomagnomexico.com