village of CUETZALÁN
Driving north on the sinuous road 129, you’ll go through hills
, woods and splendid valleys covered with fruits, pepper, corn,
beans and coffee plantations. The view is fantastic if the weather
You shouldn’t leave this state without visiting the village
of Cuetzalán, 174 km (108 miles) north from Puebla.
It is a "pueblo
mágico", famous for its traditional market on
Sundays. It is a market with Mestiza, Nahua and Totonaca traditions.
Go there absolutely on Sundays, to see the traditional market attended
by the indigenous in their traditional clothes. The market is held
over the whole downtown from 7AM to 6PM. You will find every kind
of goods : flowers, vegetables, meat, kitchenware, craft and nice
traditional embroidered shirts and dresses. Taste the drink : Maracuya;
you will love it !
The visitor center (open 9AM-4PM) is very welcoming: it gives you
maps and good information,
(233) 331 00 15.
By the side of the visitor center, you can visit the small museum
(free) with mainly traditional clothes; it is open from 9AM to 6PM.
comfortable shoes because the village is characterized by sloping
cobbled streets. Take a taxi to go from the Bus Terminal to your
hotel (mxn$40) to avoid walking up with your luggage and walking
down to start the visit of the village
can visit the Parish of San Francisco de Asis and the sanctuary
of Guadalupe as well as the municipal Palace, of Russian neoclassic
style. In the area, you can go to Masatepec, San Andrès Tzicuilan
and the archaeological site Yohualichán (8 km or 5 miles
from Cuetzalán). Take a pesero (mxn$10) from the
street of the museum, at the entrance of the village to go to this
free site, of little interest, open 10AM-5PM, daily, $31.
Saturday at 6PM, the Voladores Totonacas make their show on the
Church plaza, then at 9PM at the restaurant Los Jarritos.
to get there ? From the Capu in Puebla (Central de Autobuses
de Puebla), blvd Norte # 4222,
(222) 249 72 11 :
The price is $150.
villages or small cities
If you have time and like the “mountain villages” atmosphere,
take the road 119 to go to Xicolapa and Chignahuapan, villages 110km
(68 miles) north from Puebla.
There is also an interesting handcrafted market in the south east
of the State, on Saturdays, in Tehuacán (120 km or 74 miles
If you travel by bus, it will be difficult to void
downtown Mexico City to go to the
northern part of Mexico. But, if you travel by
car, go through Tlaxcala,
Capital of the smallest state, Cacaxtla and Texcoco before heading
of Unesco about Cuetzalán
of UNESCO website : Cuetzalán and its Historical, Cultural
and natural surroundings. Inscription on the Tentative List in September
2006 (A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which
each State Party intends to consider for nomination during the following
"Cuetzalán cannot be conceived without the forceful
presence of the indigenous communities integrating the municipality
and inhabiting the entire region. The site is a reflection of the
color, the dances, the rites and religious commemorations practiced
by its ancestral settlers.
The testimony of its architectonic expression is unique in the Poblana
mountain range. Its urban fabric is elevated in a winding formal
concert of eaves and stone with strange closings as singular is
the character shaped in the hierarchy and the showing of its lines
of vision caused by its original and majestic.
The parish of San Francisco and the Sanctuary of Guadalupe, exceptional
in proportions and styles, cause an impressive resistance of the
syncretism of master builders and craftsmen, of rain, fog and sun.
In that context, an opened space of enormous proportions is conserved,
which allows the lodging as much in three uses different from settlers
as visitors: First "Religious Ceremonial" of the vestibule
of the parish, place where the Huipil celebration and the rite of
the rockets take place. In ascending sense what follows is the "Plaza
de Armas" in front of Municipal Palace, of just usufruct by
the settlers of the indigenous communities. And the steps where
the tianguis is made, every Sunday event of rooted embellish tradition
polychrome that is to national and foreign visitors.
This ensemble provides to the city with a great urban space that
is not repeated in any other mountain population. These are elements
that drew up consolidating, in cross-sectional sense to the natural
topographic runners by whom the urban fabric of the population was
As an extension of the urban plan the natural habitat presents/displays
the effect of the changes of altitude with its manifestations and
own ecosystems of the semitropical creeks. Also in their immediate
surroundings are slopes of system Cuetzalán the Grotto, formed
by underground water-bearing current millenarians.
In that atmosphere, where the pre-Hispanic culture
merges with the green one, in a look of forests, habitual sounds
and diverse forms of life rise Yohualichan, explaining the first
presence of a human nucleus in the municipality." (End of the
extract). Entrance of Yohualichán, $35, 10AM-5PM, daily.
Looks like El Tajin.
Map of the state :
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