The best time to take in the town’s cultural traditions is during the Huamantla Fair, to see the amazing “carpets” on the streets, enjoy the delicious fare and experience the adrenaline rush of the huamantladas, or running of the bulls. Wear comfortable shoes for the celebrations.
The name El Fuerte comes from a fort that was built here in the 17th century as protection against Mayo Indian attacks. At that time, the town went by the name of San Juan Bautista de Carapoa and was governed by the viceroy, the Count of Montes Claros. All that's left of the fort today is its history.