Last weekend, with visitor’s in town we decided to take a break from running our Mexico City food tour experiences so we could getaway to Tepoztlán, Morelos for a day trip to this fabulous “Pueblo Mágico” (magical village). Located 80 KM south of Mexico City, Tepoztlán is most famous for the Aztec temple atop Tepozteco Mountain but is also well known as a place of alternative therapy techniques and natural beauty. We stopped at a fonda in Tres Marías for breakfast along the way. Fondas are small, typically family run restaurants where home style cooking is served. Some of the best Mexican food you can eat is served at fondas and this one (pictured below) did not disappoint.
As we approached the town we were blown away by the natural beauty of the valley below, the surrounding hillsides were a blend of steep cliffs and deep green forest. The drive was well under two hours from Mexico City but it felt a world away from the bustle of the capital. By 11:30 AM we had arrived and began exploring the charming town center. There are many luxury spas, as well as walk in massage services, new age services (tarot card readings, etc) and temazcals – traditional dome shaped sweat lodges dating back to the time of the Aztecs. The street is lined with shops and vendors selling everything from the usual tacky tourist collectibles to quality made keepsakes. The path leading to the Tepozteco Mountain trailhead is lined with stands where artisans sell their jewelry as well as precious stones such as jade. This was as far as we went as we had our three-year old with us so opted not to attempt the climb to the ruins.
On the walk back to the opposite end of town where Tepoznieves ice cream is located, we began to take notice of the fantastic street food offerings. We indulged in fresh handmade french fries, quesadillas and gorditas that were all amazing and rivaled what we’ve eaten in Mexico City.
Here is what some of the the street food looked like:
After street food some of us were parched so another stop was made at one of the many lively rooftop terraces where at least one member of our group indulged herself with a bucket sized mojito.
By the time we made it to Tepoznieves for ice cream it was 4:30 PM and time to walk back to the car for the drive home. We covered a lot of ground but still did not get to see all Tepoztlán had to offer, such as the large tiangui (open air market). This enchanting town made an impression on us and we look forward to returning for an overnight stay in the near future to climb to the ruins and try another local specialty: Pulque – fermented sap from the maguey plant. Some of the mystical healing powers of Tepoztlán must have worked on us because we felt rejuvenated and ready to lead more food tours in Mexico City.