Not only were we lucky that we were able to find a great organization and wonderful people to stay with, we were also lucky to be able to spend time in such a beautiful place. It is nestled in a valley surrounded by crazy looking rocks.
(view on drive into town)
(view from Ron & Alicia´s rooftop deck)
The town is believed to have mythical powers and is a big draw for new age tourists and ex-pats. It also has a lot of history, as according to myth, it is the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the powerful Aztec god worshipped throughout ancient Mexico. The town also seems to have been a regional center for the area in precolonial times and is classified as a magical pueblo by the Mexican government.
A pyramid, Tepozteco, still remains on top of the mountain just outside of town. The hike to the pyramid was a good one, as it was about an hour straight up natural and manmade stairs at a pretty steep incline. Despite it being a cloudy/rainy day, the view was wonderful the entire hike. Upon arrrival to the top of the mountain, we were greeted by these strange looking creatures, Tejones, who have become very accustomed to people and their food.
(view from pyramid of Tepoztlan)
(there was a ceremony of some sort on top of the pyramid, ending in a chant for Mexico)
(view of the pyramid)
While in Tepoztlan, we also spent a day in Puebla, a large city a couple hours away. Our main purpose of the trip was to pick up a motorcycle for Ron from Alicia´s sister who lives there. We went in a van with Giuseppe, a very nice guy that we were happy to share the day with. While there we ate, had coffee and checked out the downtown. The city is known for its artistic use of tiles, Spanish colonial architecture and its traditional food.
(cathedral displaying artistic tiles)
(3 types of mole)
Ron was excited to get the Honda Rebel, as it will be perfect for use around Tepoz. We also got to meet Alicia´s sister, who offered us an Indio to drink, a surefire way to make us your friends. The trip was good overall, and on the way back, we were more than thankful to be in the van with Giuseppe and the bike, as the torrential downpour would´ve been nasty on its own, but would´ve been downright scary with the standing water on the highways. Besides, we have plenty of opportunity through the rest of rainy season to get wet on the TA.