Break away from the City
Sometimes it's necessary take a break, relax and forget the routine, so I know of an excellent place to do it outside the city.It's a beautiful place and I really enjoy going there.
The name of this place is Tepoztlán. It is located 71 km south of Mexico City and here you can find a lot of different meals, beautiful landscapes, historical buildings, local souvenirs, and places that give massages or read your aura, etc... it's like a mystical and magical place.
The weather most of the time is very hot, and I have to give you some recommendations if you go.
1. Use sun block
2. Wear comfortable clothes, sunglasses and a hat
3. Drink a lot of water
I give you this recommendation because I ended up with sunstroke.
I'm going to tell you how my trip started. When we got there we were really starving, so we decided to have breakfast and when we go to tepoztlan we usually eat "quesadillas" in the market. In Mexican words we say "desayuno en el puesto de quesadillas".
In Mexico it's very common to eat in the market, but these kinds of markets not only sell food but you can buy clothes, flowers, everything you can imagine.These markets are in the streets or some are established in a big place, and "puesto" it's a very informal place established inside the market, and the "puesto" is where people exhibit their merchandise.
Perhaps not many know what a quesadilla is; it's a typical meal because the main ingredient is corn. With the corn we make tortillas and this is the base of quesadillas.
The basic quesadilla: tortilla with oaxaca cheese. Inside the tortilla you put the cheese and you have to wait until it melts. Then you can choose different ingredients to add to your quesadilla, like mushrooms, chicken, squash blossom, meat, potatoes, etc... and don't forget a delicious sauce.
We love a specific puesto in Tepoztlan, that's because the owner who prepares it, makes a lot of different sauces, for example: pineapple with habanero chilli, green tomato sauce, morita chili sauce, peanut sauce, coriander sauce etc...
A famous quesadilla in Tepoztlan is prepared with grilled grasshoppers and maybe it sounds and looks awful, but it isn't. Taste crunchy, salty and lemon, I really do not know the exact words to describe it but believe me if you want to try something different you have to do it, for me it's very very tasty.
As I told you in my first blog I love eating and I can't keep quiet and not tell you about our nieves (ice cream without milk or cream.) They are made with natural fruit, and served in glasses of different sizes. My favourites are pitaya and mandarin.
Tepoztlan has a lot of tourist sites, but the main attraction is Tepozteco hill. On the top is a prehispanic building, it's a very energetic place, and it's more attractive for the visitors during "Spring Equinox". To be honest I've never climbed it, I'm too lazy to walk a lot and even more in the sun.
Other important places in Teploztlan, are the Ex-convento de la Natividad which is gorgeous and it was constructed between 1555 and 1558. The village centre is a quiet place, and you can find cultural events, expo-craft, etc.The Carlso Pellicer museum is famous here for the archeological pieces that were found in the ex-convento.
On the main street of Tepoztlan every week-end and days off there is a big market, with a lot of people, and so much typical stuff from Mexico, and some are not so typical.
Another touristic stop is the "Paraje Ecoturístico "la Canasta", this place is beside the Atolongo river, it's fantastic to rest or having a camp day.
In my trip we didn't have time to do all that because one day is not enough time to do everything, but if you have the opportunity to stay for more than one day it's an excellent idea and Tepoztlan has beautiful hotels.
Anyway this trip for me was amazing, I hope you have enjoyed it too.