State of Puebla
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 2:16 PM Last Post By: ncst
Nov 7, 2012 1:07 PM
State of PueblaWe travel/live in Mexico . At the present moment we made longer stop in Oaxaca .
We fell in love with land part of the state , but slowly, like always we want to move on .
Winter is here, and we plan Atlantic this year , but again we will have some problem,
with finding more stationary place next year in the summer .
My question is about state of Puebla and tiny Tlaxcala state , and summer time over there .
Does it rain really , really a lot over there during summer months ?
Is laguna de Atlangatepec so beautiful , like Mexican tourist sites present it ?
Are any camping close by to the lagoon, which would be proper for longer time stay
( we travel in RV , it is small, but anyway the roads are concern as well) .
If camping, what the distance to some food/market/store
What are summer temperatures, yes I know statistics from Internet, but I would like to know
how is the feel of it , more and less comfortable or not ?
Is the area green or rather desert type ?
I am asking this last part, because , when the last sprig time we were driving from Veracruz/ Puebla to Oaxaca,
we drove through areas , extremely hot and dry, and we do not want anything like this . .
Now I am reading more about the state as the whole and I am having second
Can please someone express some opinion ?
Any another places with not big heat and rain , close by to the lake or river in Puebla or not very far from ?
We are very much for nature, hiking, quite places, lot of space without cars (we have 2 dogs) , green areas, WATER , (luck of it bothers us in Oaxaca) , rough some is O.K with us , however we eat , so shop for food .
Insiders views very appreciated
Nov 7, 2012 1:44 PM
1We are very much for nature, hiking,...(we have 2 dogs) , green areas....
You will have a problem if you use national parks, the most obvious green areas in Mexico. Hikers are discouraged, if not barred, from bringing their pets due to the ill effects they have on the native flora and fauna. However, I did see a mountaineer on La Malinche once with his two german shepherds, but they were on short leashes.
I don't understand some of your other questions: for example, you ask about places that are green, but then wonder if it will rain too much; you can't have one without the other.
PS: I was in Tlaxcala for a few days again this summer. The temp was low 20s C daytime high/mid teens C night time low; torrential rain in late afternoon, lasting a couple of hours.
Nov 7, 2012 7:08 PM
2Eva--I haven't been to Lake Atlangatepec in Tlaxcala state. It's possble no one else here has been there either. As you know, Mexico has many, many interesting and attractive places away from the tourist trail.
According to net sources, Atlangatepec has an elevation of about 8,100 feet/2,450 meters. I doubt that there is any place in Mexico (or the entire world) that ever becomes oppressively hot up that high.
Photos of Atlangatepec suggest that is surroundings may be relatively dry, at least during the winter/spring months. Much of the Puebla/Tlaxcala region is very green during the summer. There, as elsewhere in Mexico, proximity to oceans, in combination with rain shadows created by local mountain ranges, determine how green or brown particular landscapes are.
One thing that I like about Puebla state's Sierra Norte is that it is very green, very Indigenous, and quite scenic. I don't know of any high altitude lakes there, however, and the zone's river side canyon bottom towns, such as Zapotitlan de Mendez, are hot during the summer.
So, consider summering in a place where the Pueblan/Tlaxcalan plains adjoin the Sierra Norte in spectacular fashion, the Chignahuapan/Zacatlan region. There are some campgrounds in that area that host Mexican families who venture there on weekends from Puebla and Mexico City. Attractions include apple orchards, (very cold), waterfalls surrounded by tropical vegetation, canyon rim views, a relaxing hot spring, and a small lake. The hot spring and the lake are both located near Chignahuapan.
Nov 8, 2012 2:16 PM
3I've been to the Presa Atlangatepec two years ago when I was living in nearby Apizaco. The state of Tlaxcala never gets very hot, because of the altitude. The area is not a desert either, it is kind of flat, agricultural land. The mountains and forest start behind nearby Tlaxco, the northernmost city in Tlaxcala. The lake is far from touristy. On the eastern side there is a tiny military airbase with an airstrip. From there we walked over to the western side, walked through a small village with some shops where you could buy food.
I remember on the western side there are some restaurants on the lakeside you could ask them if you could stay nearby there with your rv. In the weekend some folks from Tlaxcala might go there to eat fish but I can't imagine lots of people going there. So the nearest town is Tlaxco, some 15 minutes away, a nice small town with laberintos (water erosion has created a laberinth). Behind the lake you will see the Peñon del Rosario, one of the highest mountains in Tlaxcala, it is a nice hike up there. Besides that, there isn't much to do around the lake, it is really tranquil but I can't really imagine camping there for weeks. Indeed, you will find more campsites around Chignahuapan, on the way to the hot springs.
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