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Amecameca

Estado de México

At the feet of two giants, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, Amecameca de Juárez is a historical corner that allows access to breathtaking landscapes complemented by its coniferous forests.

The word Amecameca, originally “Amaquemecan”, comes from Nahuatl and is formed with words “amatl”, which is translated as amate paper; “queme”, meaning to point, and “can”, which indicates a place. So it’s usually translated as “Place that the papers point to”. There are also versions that assure that this name could refer to an ancient local custom of dressing religious figures with amate paper dresses.

57 kilometers from Mexico City, Amecameca was one of the first places where evangelizers settled. Thus, the Asunción church began building in 1547. However, the most famous Amecameca’s neighbor was the great poetess Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, who lived five years of her childhood in the Hacienda Panoaya.

The main garden, decorated with Porfirian lion sculptures, is the town’s nerve center. In its southwest corner there’s an old 1781 arch—it was the town's gateway for those who came along the road from Cuautla and Ozumba. To the east is the market, where you have to go to try the local specialties and typical candies.

Finally, you get the best views from the Sanctuary of the Lord of Sacromonte, situated on a hill that stands close to Amecameca center.
At the feet of two giants, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, Amecameca de Juárez is a historical corner that allows access to breathtaking landscapes complemented by its coniferous forests.

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The word Amecameca, originally “Amaquemecan”, comes from Nahuatl and is formed with words “amatl”, which is translated as amate paper; “queme”, meaning to point, and “can”, which indicates a place. So it’s usually translated as “Place that the papers point to”. There are also versions that assure that this name could refer to an ancient local custom of dressing religious figures with amate paper dresses.

57 kilometers from Mexico City, Amecameca was one of the first places where evangelizers settled. Thus, the Asunción church began building in 1547. However, the most famous Amecameca’s neighbor was the great poetess Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, who lived five years of her childhood in the Hacienda Panoaya.

The main garden, decorated with Porfirian lion sculptures, is the town’s nerve center. In its southwest corner there’s an old 1781 arch—it was the town's gateway for those who came along the road from Cuautla and Ozumba. To the east is the market, where you have to go to try the local specialties and typical candies.

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