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Santa María del Oro, Durango
Tepoztlan is located at 3 miles of Cuernavaca and you will identify it because it is located right under the Cerro del Tepozteco with its steep walls stretching more than 2,000 feet above the valley.
CLIMB THE CERRO DEL TEPOZTECO
Begin this particular pilgrimage from Tepoztlan’s main street; find a road that will make you reach the top of the hill where you will find a pre-Hispanic palace built between 1150 and 1350 AD in honor of Ometochtli Tepuztecatl, god of pulque (an alcoholic beverage).
Take a break and remember that at the end of the descent you will have to pilgrim again, but this time towards the market in search of food.
Enjoy a mushroom or lentils soup with plantain; also try the huauzontles and smoked meat from Yecapixtla with tortillas made with flowers of the Teompantli tree.
VISIT THE CARLOS PELLICER MUSEUM
Once you are back in the village, head to the Carlos Pellicer Archeological Museum, named after the poet who donated his pre-Hispanic pieces. The museum is located behind the Convent of the Nativity and houses an invaluable collection of objects including the piece of a statue of the ancient god Ometochtli Tepuztecatl, found in a nearby pyramid.
BEA AMAZED BY THE EX CONVENT OF THE NATIVITY
The actual ex convent was built by natives during the 16th Century and belonged to the Dominican order. You will be amazed when seeing at the atrium the original bells, the original crypts used by the monks and the murals with sacred art, dating up to 500 years ago. Dare to see the Cerro del Tepozteco from the lookout and think of your next stop.
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