By: Mario Daniel Sánchez Robledo
Surely you have heard of the Tepozteco, in more than one occasion. A place filled with legends, history and adventure. For this reason, we have decided to tell you everything you need to know about this amazing destination.
Prehispanic tradition tells us that Tepoztécatl was a special being; the son of a maid and Ehécatl god (god of wind). In his youth, Tepoztécatl went to the land of Xochicalco to confront and defeat a monster called Xochicálcatl, who devoured men to satisfy its hunger. Over the years, Tepoztécatl disappeared, although it is rumored that he climbed the hill to the town of Tepoztlan to disappear at the top.
The Tepozteco, the hill on which Tepoztécatl disappeared, is a place where you can go hiking on a journey of about two kilometers uphill. The route is very nice, but at times could get a bit difficult. For this reason we suggest you wear comfortable clothes, shoes and make small breaks to avoid exhaustion.
When you get to the top of the Tepozteco, there are three rewards you’ll never forget:
The first is physical, because once you take a breath and appreciate the panoramic view, you will realize that the effort will be worth it.
The second is historical and legendary. The perfect place to appreciate the Tlahuicas pyramid, built to honor the god of pulque Ometochtli-Tepuztécatl. We assure you that you will live a moment that combines legend with reality.
The third is spiritual, because whether or not you believe in energies, we can assure you that if you sit in a corner of the pyramid, close your eyes and breath deeply; You can feel an unmatched peace within yourself. In addition you fill your lungs with pure, fresh air, that your body will thank you for.
Finally, when you come down from the Tepozteco, do not miss the opportunity to walk the streets of the town of Tepoztlan. We recommend you visit their restaurants and food stalls, where you can find typical Mexican dishes ranging from delicious quesadillas to a rich and warm mole de olla.
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