Pirámide de Tepozteco

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Pirámide de Tepozteco information

admission M$42, Sun free
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Lonely Planet review

The uncontested main sight in town is this 10m-high pyramid, although it’s actually some 400m above the town, perched atop a sheer cliff at the end of a very steep paved path that begins at the end of Avenida Tepozteco. Built in honor of Tepoztécatl, the Aztec god of the harvest, fertility and pulque , the pyramid is more impressive for its location than for its actual size. Be warned that the path is tough, so head off early to beat the heat and wear decent shoes. The 2km walk is not recommended to anyone not physically fit. At the top, depending on haze levels, the serenity and panorama of the valley make the effort worthwhile. Spotting the odd coati (raccoon-like animal) there is also a bonus. A store at the peak sells refreshments, but climbers should bring water with them anyway. Video camera use is M$45. The hike itself is free but to get close to the pyramid you must pay the admission fee.