Travel Tips to Stay Safe and Enjoy an Amazing Visit to the Sacred Valley
Tepoztlán Morelos, the Sacred Valley of Tepoztlán, it brings together a whole set of diverse tourist attractions that are worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime; Tepoztlán has a charm like none. In a relatively small geographical area, you find everything: archaeological zones, churches, delicious provincial Mexican typical villages, delicious food, masterpieces of handicrafts, alternate experiences, healing options, UFO sighting, dimensional gateways, etc.
However, all these treasures aren’t exempt from certain dangers that you must take into account to avoid them and take back home more than just a wound or a hospital experience in Tepoztlán.
- In “Tepoz” rugged hills there are no yellow brick roads to follow as in The Wizard of Oz
I know it. I have traveled more than thirty times to the Tepoztlán magical village since 1997, and every time I visit it, I can’t help it with the temptation over and over again. Those rocky, rugged hills invite to the exploration and conquest by adventurers.
I’ve seen it many times. Visitors take the road to the “Tepozteco” hill to reach the pyramid at the top of it erected in dedication to the god “Ome Tochtli Tepuztécatl” (Two Rabbit Tepuztécatl).
As they go forth following the main path that leads to the temple, they watch at the alternate routes that join the safe, official pathway to reach the top of the “Chalchiutépetl” hill, which is the name in Náhuatl language for the same natural elevation. Some of these visitors, tempted by the adventurous spirit, stray from this path and continue walking and exploring.
It’s typical. Ten minutes later, they lose their sense of direction and don’t know whether to continue or return. Unless they have experience in cross country or mountaineering and carry compasses with them or other instruments of geographical orientation, the hill will have already done its work to stray them.
The “Magno” recommendation, especially for the first-timers, is that you enjoy the beautiful and mystical landscapes that Tepoztlán gives away to their explorers by taking one of the hiking tours guided by connoisseurs that you can find easily at the shops located in the “Calle 5 de Mayo” or the “Calle del Tepozteco.”
These are the two names for the same street. The first segment runs from the entrance of Tepoztlán up to the downtown, and the second name is the assigned one for the latter section, the one which begins in the back left corner of the municipal building of Tepoztlán’s municipality.
By walking accompanied by these local experts, you will even know more secrets about this marvelous Morelos’ state pearl.
- A selfie on the edge of the hills and goodbye! maybe the last one
Congratulations! You reached the top of the hill. The view of “Tepoz” is less than splendid. Some intrepid visitors want to take the one-of-a-kind selfie of the accomplished feat.
You may have already seen it in the news. Some daredevils pretend to go the extra mile. Why not? They aren’t ordinary people. They want and deserve more.
It’s a prohibited pleasure only reserved for the winners. And well… we have a popular saying here in Mexico “¿Qué tanto es tantito?” (How much is a little bit?) so these guys go for the extra centimeter (or the extra inch) and… well, I think you have watched those cartoons when the “coyote” hunts for the “roadrunner” and the coyote ends at the bottom of the canyon…
I’m not looking to scare anyone away. However, except in the surroundings of the Tepozteco hill pyramid where there is a metallic mesh for visitors’ containment, the other high places don’t have any kind of protection, so if you get very close to the edge or you abandon the common roads, well you can now imagine what will the result to the equation be.
In fact, it has happened before. In all these years since 2015, at least once a year someone falls off into the deep ravines, and then the emergency services struggle to do everything possible to get them out. So, I think I shouldn’t tell you at all keep a reasonable distance from the salient edges of the hills.
Oh! one more thing. In the rainy season, the hills look wonderful full of fantastic green flora and waterfalls because of this natural event.
The cobblestones and rocks that make up the path leading up to the pyramid become slippery, so I recommend that you wear suitable hiking or trekking shoes and take extra precautions that aren’t additional.
As my lovely grandmother used to say: Take care, honey! I’ve listened to her every time I go, and as you can see, here I am still posting on my blog.
The Magno recommendation here is that in Tepoztlán, there are hundreds of places to take dreamy selfies without putting at risk your head or get accompanied by experts who can help you a little bit to get great selfies, not risky ones at all.
- The scorpions sting here. They don’t play rock
Ah! funny Magno! But I’m sorry. I have always experienced it. The hills of Tepoztlán and the surrounding open spaces invite thirsty visitors to go several steps beyond, to find those hidden secrets that remain untold.
For example, feeling the touch of the raw lawn on your bare feet is mesmerizing. However, I only inform you about one thing. Tepoztlán and the state of Morelos enjoy warm autumns and winters and hot springs and summers. They are lands where scorpions or “alacranes” another way we call them here in Mexico, live comfortably.
There are approximately sixteen different species of scorpions in the state of Morelos, and to our bad luck, they are all poisonous. And to top it off, there are also toxic spiders.
Do you know what? This isn’t enough. In Morelos’ state lands, the hot season that runs from April to August, the risk is higher.
For the comfort of everybody, the scorpions are friends of evening and night habits, so don’t forget to wear your shoes at night and check your hotel room thoroughly, because these insects that during the day hours, for example, stayed under rocks, they go out for food and satisfy their needs at night.
I think I don’t have to type hundreds of lines to tell you that scorpions usually live in different places within the ecosystem they inhabit, and one of them is under rocks.
So, if you are in “Tepoz” (or wherever in the state of Morelos), you will undoubtedly feel that pleasant, healthy spring heat inviting you for adventure. I sincerely recommend you not to lift rocks from the ground to avoid that a little scorpion comes out to “greet” you.
This way, my Magno followers now you know it. Keep your eyes wide open, put on your shoes, and you’ll drink all the Tepoztlán delicacies without any danger. Like me, who I’ve traveled over thirty times to this magical Mexican village, I’ve toured its captivating places with safety and look at me. I’m still here.
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