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Tepoztlan
More places of the surroundings of Mexico City

 

In the state of Morelos, sheltered by the steep rocky crags of the Tepozteco mountain range, Tepoztlán extends across a magnificent valley where its rich history melts with its exuberant subtropical landscape.

Tepoztlán was originated in the 10th Century A.D. when it was inhabited by the tlahuica tribe. A short time later, at the very top of Tepozteco hill, a small altar was built in which several ritual ceremonies were celebrated. Years later, the missionaries who accompanied the first Spanish conquistadors decided to take advantage of the religious traditions of the area to build one of the oldest Christian constructions in the centre of Mexico which still stands today in the town centre and which houses an interesting local museum.

Without a doubt the main attraction of this place is the famous Tepozteco pyramid, which can be reached after a 2 hour hike through winding trails flanked by tropical vegetation and crumbling stone walls that nature and time have moulded to form a mystical environment.

It is precisely this mysticism and the magical properties attributed to the ceremonial centre and the whole area, which attracts a large number of visitors every year, and so, in Tepoztlán, one can find a large number of shops dedicated to the sale of esoteric articles, alternative therapy centres, spas and even new age hotels.

Tepoztláns cultural richness is also made up of diverse religious celebrations, like the Fiesta de los Chinelos, an authentic fusion of indigenous and Christian traditions, which by means of showy costumes, masks and traditional dances, represents one of the most original carnivals in the world.

Tepoztlán is very well communicated with the central area of the country, and its only an hour away from Mexico City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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