Attractions in Tepoztlan, Mexico: What to do and where to go
Because it is truly a beautiful place, the architecture and the surrounding landscape of this lovely destination attract many visitors from Mexico and from around the world, who are looking to get closer to the mysteries of nature and find themselves. There are a number of spas, ceremonial centers with temascales (ancient steam baths), rituals and experienced shamans.
The cultural variety of this magical site is what gives it its charm and permits different communities to interact, especially those that focus on ecological or spiritual aspects (in particular with Catholic congregations on retreats). There are also those that are attracted to a site, looking for a thrill in sports like rappel, hot air ballooning and parachuting. The young, the old, the tourists and even the locals all look to take advantage of their time, have fun and learn.
Antiguo Convento de la Natividad
This convent was built in the 16th century by Dominican friars to worship the Virgin of Nativity. This massive construction consists of a huge atrium, an open chapel, and a shrine, as well as smaller recesses for special services and a charming convent. Nowadays, it is a cultural center that promotes local folklore, historical heritage, sponsors research, and showcases the work of local artists. It also houses the History Museum of Tepoztlan, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994, and features an invaluable archive of historical documents and records. When you travel to Tepoztlan, don't miss the breathtaking view of the Tepozteco mountain range from the top of the convent as you experience the magic of this incredible environment, perfect for reflection and spiritual contemplation.
Carlos Pellicer Camara Museum
Located behind the Antiguo Convento de la Natividad, this museum safeguards a fine collection of more than 1000 pieces of pre-Columbian art from the Mayan, Zapotec, Olmec and Mexica cultures, donated by the late writer and poet from Tabasco, Carlos Pellicer Camara. It features an incredible sculpture of the god Ometochtli Tepoztecatl, which was found on the outskirts of the Tepozteco.
The Amatlan Museum of Quetzalcoatl
There is tale of a mythical town located east of Tepoztlan, where it is said Ce Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl was born, who, as a young man, moved to the city of Tula and became prince of the Toltecs. The museum of Amatlan is set in what used to be the home of the famous archeologist Carmen Cook Leonard, who dedicated her life to investigating this fascinating legend. You can see original artifacts found in the area, as well as some belonging to other cultures, such as the Zapotec, Olmec, Teotihuacan, and Mayan.
El Tepozteco Archeological Site
A commanding view of the valley of Tepoztlan can be appreciated from the top of the Tepozteco pyramid. It was constructed between 1150 and 1350 by the descendants of the Xochimilca tribe, as a temple to worship the God Tepoztecatl, the lord of pulque. The climb to the top of the hill, which takes about an hour or so on foot, is a popular pastime among tourists and weekend visitors to Tepoztlan, who are looking for a challenge and an invigorating, energetic walk.
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