The Magical Town
Tepoztlán is located 71Km south of Mexico City on the State of Morelos. This beautiful town is also known as “Pueblo Mágico” or Magical Town. Tepoztlán is surrounded by breath taking rocky mountains that stand tall as if they were guarding the town. The most important mountain is the Tepozteco, which has a small pyramid on the top that every sightseer must visit. From the peak you can feel the constant breeze of clean air while enjoying the most fabulous view of the city.
The streets of Tepoztlán are quaint and tranquil, filled with little artisan shops and local restaurants. The main church called Dominico de la Natividad, used to be a convent and has an impressive mural made of seeds representing the ancient Indian culture of the town. Tepoztlán also has fantastic hotels, from simple hostels to the most spectacular resorts and spas; there is something for everyone and every budget.
My favorite part of the city is definitely the “tianguis” or open-air market in the center of the town. I have been to many food markets around the World but the one in Tepoztlán is definitely on my top five. The vast array of fruits and vegetables was only topped by the mountains of dried chiles! I remember stopping by one of the many counters of chile vendors and feeling overwhelmed trying to figure out how much and how many varieties to buy. Luckily, Mr. Félix, the owner of the kiosk, offered to help me and began to explain the different dishes and uses for each of the chiles. Until his wife, seating just a few meters away, started shouting her own instructions contradicting her husband…classic! At the end of the day, she was the one cooking at home so I definitely listened to her instead.
The market in Tepoztlán opens every day, though Sunday is the main day and when you will find the most vendors. Not only you can buy everything from meats, fruits, vegetables, flowers, dried spices, “aguas” or super refreshing water and fruit based drinks and lots of very sour candies, but you can also eat there. Every two tables of produce there is someone cooking real Mexican food using all the different ingredients in the market. How about some Mole verde de pepita (green mole with pumpkin seeds) served either with red meat or chicken? Though perhaps you are in the mood for a blue or white corn tortilla prepared and cooked over a hot stone right in front of you and filled with anything you want from nopales (cactus) to meats and of course really fresh cheese made that morning.
Another landmark in Tepoztlán is Tepoznieves, probably the most important ice cream parlor in the country. As a gelato and ice cream lover, I could not miss going to check it out! Named one of the 25 best Ice Cream parlors in the World by “The Daily Meal,” Tepoznieves began years ago as a small ice cream shop in Tepoztlán and it has grown to one of the most important ice cream franchises in Mexico, offering more than 150 flavors every day! Once you decide which flavors you want, you can enjoy their delicious ice cream while experiencing a flash of most Mexican traditions through the vibrant decoration.
Magnificent views, candid people, great hotels, an out of this world market and fabulous food…what more can you ask for? So if you are planning to visit Mexico, make sure you make a quick stop in Tepoztlán, a truly magical town!