The State of Morelos is said to be the “granary
for storing sugar” of Mexico
constructed a sugar cane plant and had black slaves come to farm
it. Four centuries later, the rebellion broke out with the war cry
Land and liberty». The memory of the agrarian revolution of
, for which he
dedicated his life, remained etched in his home province. In every
village, his portrait is now legendary : long whiskers, charro costume
and huge sombrero with a deep and sad look. This is one of the smallest
states in Mexico
with 4950 km2 and more than one
million of inhabitants.
If the capital of this state has little interest, the state itself
comprises some beautiful sites. 22 km north from Cuernavaca,
you reach Tepoztlán with a new road (take the bus from the
central market of Cuernavaca).
Nested in a corrie of volcanic high mountains, the scenic village
of 32 000 inhabitants is famous for the fairs and dances : the carnival
in February, the diverse celebrations during the Holy week, Fiesta
de San Pedro late June, Mary-Magdalene’s Day on July, and
the Fiesta del Tepozteco, celebrated on September 8
on the hill (cerro) of Tepozteco. It doesn’t remain
a lot from the empire of Moctezuma. In 1560, Dominican brothers
evicted from his temple the god and pulque and drunkenness and took
the stones to build the Convento de Nuestra Señora de
la Natividad converted in museum on the edge of the central
place of Tepoztlán. The church and this old monastery are
the only vestiges showing the intrusion of the outside world. You
could walk one hour to reach the vestiges of an Aztec pyramid, Tepozteco
(open daily 10AM-5PM, $41) with a beautiful panorama
on the mountain range of the National Park of Tepozteco. You could
also stop at the daily market of Tepoztlán especially on
Wednesday and Sunday.
Bus shuttles every 15 mn from Cuernavaca
(Terminal Estrella Roja) and around ten departures a day to Mexico
(Sur) with Pullman de Morelos or Cristóbal Colón.
Tepoztlán is part of the "magic
village" since 2010.
Website of the village :
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