Our 21 days in Tepoztlan, Mexico went very quickly. Just an hour South of Mexico this magical mystical cobblestoned street village captured our hearts. A town that we only heard of because we were on a house sitting assignment caring for the cutest three Mexican street dogs. A town that was off the typical tourist path but a mecca for Mexican City dwellers who came for the weekend to enjoy its delights. It is also now becoming a place to retire in Mexico, popular with American and Canadian expats.
Editor Update April 2018
- 1 Where is Tepoztlan Mexico
- 2 Our Top 5 Things to do in Tepoztlan
- 3 Hotels in Tepoztlan
- 4 Airbnb
- 5 Best Restaurants in Tepoztlan
Where is Tepoztlan Mexico
Tepoztlan, Morelos is 80km south of Mexico City. The largest town close by for transport links is Cuernavaca.
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Our Top 5 Things to do in Tepoztlan
Day trips from Mexico City to Tepoztlan are popular, especially on the weekend. This is also the busiest time to climb the Tepozteco Pyramid. It is not an easy climb but well worth the time spent as the views from the top over the valley are spectacular. You will need to allow a couple of hours and the best time to start is first thing in the morning. You will see quite a few runners in barefeet passing you as you make the trek. There is a small fee to pay to enter into the area where the Tepozteco Pyramid is located. Watch out for the local coati, they love to snack on your food when you are not watching.
#2 Taste the Local Icecream
Treat yourself to the famous local ice cream some flavours include tequila with lemon, pina colada and the local mamey flavour (a tropical fruit that is native to Mexico and Central America).
#3 Enjoy Brunch at La Sombra del Sabino
Our favourite restaurant/cafe in Tepoztlan is La Sombra del Sabino located at 45 Revolucion, Barrio de San Jose. The cafe also has a bookshop attached to it. Fresh ingredients, great menu and a great atmosphere that can be very busy on Friday when a local organic market takes place. A garden area for children to play in or for adults to relax on the hammocks or enjoy a coffee or a meal at the outside tables. Wifi is free and works well. Each month literary, musical and theatrical events take place. Mexican food is one of our favourite cuisines.
#4 Friday Organic Market
Every Friday there is an Organic Market held in Tepoztlan. There are two locations opposite one another, the main one is in the grounds of the above restaurant La Sombra del Sabino. Opening hours 10.30am to 3.30pm. Produce range from local Mexican street food, artisan breads, fruit and vegetables, wine and crafts.
#5 On the Weekend visit the TepoztlanMarket
Every weekend Tepoztlan comes alive with its weekend market. It is considered to be one of the best folkloric markets in Central Mexico. Here you will find local ceramics, puppets, clothes, icecreams, jewellery and a variety of Mexican Street Food Stalls. Our favourite is, of course, the ice cream stalls but there is also a fish stall that serves the best fried fish, fish tacos and a spicy sauce to go with them. If you have time, treat yourself to the many massages that are available in the local spas.
Hotels in Tepoztlan
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The most popular hotels in Tepoztlan are:
Casa Fernanda Hotel Boutique located at Nino Artillero #20, Barrio de San Jose, Tepoztlan
Mocca Hotels located at Privada Paseo Citlalli 20 BIS Tepoztlan
Hotel Casa del Angel Paseo Citlalli 33 Barrio San Miguel, Tepoztlan Mexico
Casa Isabella Hotel Boutique Camino Real No. 2, Col. Las Mariposas, Santiago Tepetlapa, Tepoztlan,
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Best Restaurants in Tepoztlan
El Ciruelo: Zaragoza 17, Tepoztlan, Mexico
Las Marionas: Av. Revolucion #131 Barrio San Jose | Plaza del Valle Local #1, Tepoztlan 62520, Mexico
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We have travelled throughout Mexico for nearly a year and have written our A Mexico Travel Guide to assist travellers in deciding where to go, what to eat, where to stay and what to see.
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