Meet the sacred spaces of Valle de Bravo
Xicotepec, “Pueblo Mágico” (Magic Town), is nestled among the northern mountains of the state of Puebla. Xicotepec is named for the Nahuatl word for hill of bumblebees.
Start your day in the Zocalo with its central garden, with a variety of palm trees, shrubs, and flowers. Walk through the portals with numberless arches and stop for a cup of coffee in one of the many restaurants dotting the garden’s pathways.
VISIT THE PARISH OF SAN JUAN BAUTISTA
Built in 1571, the parish is home to hundreds of catacombs which previously housed residents who lived there in the 16th and 17th Centuries.
VISIT THE VENUSTIANO CARRANZA HOUSE-MUSEUM
The Venustiano Carranza House-Museum is where the Mexican President lied after passing away. During the time of the official autopsy – which lasted for three days and nights –Xicotepec was temporarily named the capital of the Mexican Republic.
WALK THROUGH THE XOCHIPILA CEREMONIAL CENTER
In the Xochipila Ceremonial Center, be sure to visit the altar of the god Xochipilli, which made completely of rocks.
If you can, visit on June 24, when the locals celebrate the ancient god with dances and chants performed by sorcerers and magicians. Be amused by the prayers, the candles tangling, the aroma of the incense and the Cempasuchil flowers used for the celebration.
EAT WONDERFUL FOOD AND ENJOY THE AROMA OF A DELICIOUS COFFEE
Make sure to try tinga-stuffed molotes covered with red or green sauce, and shrimp with macha sauce, a local delicacy made from chicala ants. For dessert, eat the locally made sweet bread with a coffee made from beans picked in Xicotepec and an artisanal fruit liquor which can taste to coffee, orange, soursop or passionfruit.
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