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Tepotzotlán – A village with a viceregal charm

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From sunrise to sunset, this beautiful “Magical Town” will captivate you with its charms and manifold shapes. You can enjoy the rays of sunshine that highlight the vibrant colors of the handicrafts market, where you can walk by its multicolored stands, stroll through its green parks or its ancient aqueduct, and discover the old stories while listening to the traditional music that comes from its town. In the evening, both the majestic National Museum of the Viceroyalty and the Temple of San Francisco Javier – a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its beauty – glow, featuring their complex decorative details that make them a masterpiece of baroque art.

Come to live a unique experience in one of Mexico’s Pueblos mágicos; visit Tepotzotlán.


Walk through the quiet streets of Tepotzotlán and discover the wonderful architectural treasures that this picturesque village has for you. Get to the central garden and have a delicious lemon ice cream or a roasted chili corn. In the afternoon, enjoy the street artists’ shows performing in the kiosk. Immortalize the moment by taking the official photo with the traditional Adelita or revolutionary costume with mustaches and bandoliers. In the evening, go back to the kiosk to take the legends tour through the village.


Visit the Handicrafts Square and enjoy a shopping afternoon. Take home a sculpture of ocotal or wood while you admire the embossing work and the beautiful embroideries that the Otomi women make. Eat some delicious mushrooms or pumpkin flower quesadillas and have a jarrito with tequila, pineapple and piquin pepper.

The Viceroyalty Museum occupies what was once the Jesuit College. Today it houses the most important collection of works of art from the 17th and 18th centuries.


Your walk continues to the great Plaza Hidalgo where you can stop in front of the huge carved stone cross of the Church of San Francisco Javier; look how its façade stretches to touch the sky. Look at the beautiful decoration of flowers and leaves extending to the interior. Let its twelve altarpieces tell you what Mexico was like 300 years ago.


Explore the corners of this majestic space and visit its 21 rooms. The flowers, leaves, angels and cherubim captured in paintings, sculptures, and engravings in stone will make you feel in heaven. Walk through the different levels of the old school. Visit the exhibition of the crowned nuns and get emotional with the sweet faces that art immortalized centuries ago. Walk through the gardens and give yourself time for relaxation and meditation as the Jesuit teachers did.

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  1. Bablofil July 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks, great article.

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