Sights in Tepoztlán
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Behind the Dominican church, this archaeology museum has a small but interesting collection of pieces from around the country, donated by Tabascan poet Carlos Pellicer Cámara. The objects on display, a mix of human and animal figures, are lively and vibrant. The stone fragments depicting a pair of rabbits – the symbol for Ometochtli, the leader of the 400 rabbit gods of drunkenness – were discovered at the Tepozteco pyramid site.
The Ex-Convento Domínico de la Natividad and the attached church were built by Dominican priests between 1560 and 1588. The plateresque church facade has Dominican seals interspersed with indigenous symbols, floral designs and various figures. The monastery’s arched entryway is adorned with an elaborate seed mural of pre-Hispanic history and symbolism. Every year, during the first week of September, local artists sow a new mural from 60 varieties of seeds.
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 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 exhausting. Heading off early is recommended to beat the heat, and the 2km walk is not recommended to anyone not physically fit. At the top, depending on haze levels, you may be rewarded with a panorama of the valley. Bring your own water, and good shoes are highly recommended.…