Visit this enchanting Pueblo Mágico, famous for its sacred hilltop pyramid, 16th-century convent, art museums and handicraft markets.
Join pilgrims experiencing the ancient indigenous and spiritual charm of Tepoztlán. This Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) has an attractive historic district set in the shadow of tall cliffs. Discover its architectural treasures, art exhibitions, artisan shops and revered hilltop. Tepoztlán is the supposed birthplace of the Aztec snake deity Quetzalcoatl and is home to a thriving community of Nahuatl people.
Visit Tepoztlán’s major attractions comfortably on foot via a network of pretty cobblestone streets. Spot major landmarks such as the colonial-era Palacio Municipal, which frames the Zócalo (main square). The Tepoztlan Artisanal Market, a collection of tianguis (market stalls), lines the city’s streets. Purchase handmade jewelry, leather goods, masks and textiles. Markets are held daily, although the weekend has the largest concentration of artisans.
Wander amid the arcades, courtyards and halls of the Ex-Convent of Dominico de la Natividad, built by Dominican priests in the 1500s. Murals adorn the convent’s walls and museum exhibits showcase aspects of regional history. Peruse displays of archaeological objects from Mesoamerican civilizations at Carlos Pellicer Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art.
Walk north following a winding path through thick forest to Tepozteco Hill. Pilgrims gather here to pay homage to a flat-topped pyramid dedicated to Tepoztécatl, the Aztec harvest god. Enjoy magnificent views of rambling hills and the El Tepozteco National Park. Allow about 1 hour to get here from the Zócalo.
Satisfy your taste buds at street food stands and restaurants. Try an itacate, a tortilla stuffed with ingredients such as pork crackling and roasted grasshoppers. Shop for dairy goods, fruits, seeds and vegetables at the Organic Farmers Market on Fridays. In Tepoznieves, sample over 130 flavors of water-based ice creams.
Tepoztlán is a 90-minute drive from Mexico City and a popular daytrip destination. Public buses connect the city with Cuernavaca and Mexico City. Come in February and March to witness the flamboyant parades of Tepoztlán Carnival. Between July and September, watch the creation of the Arco de Semillas, a multicolored mural made of seeds.