Jilotepec de Molina Enríquez. The name of this locality comes from the nahuatl xillotepec and can be translated as “place of the tender corn”.
Precisely, this ancestral Otomi tradition is what has made this Municipality famous: from the Xhita parade, which takes place every year during the carnival order to obtain good harvest and in which the xhitas dancers covers their head with the so called greñeros, made with bull bristles and horns by the same animal.
Other characters in this parade are the madama and the viejo recio, that represent the xhitas Parents. This is such a powerful and colorful tradition that has syncretize catholic beliefs. This results in the attractive singularity of Jilotepec.
However, all year long it is possible to enjoy the Historical Center of Jilotepec, located 90 kilometers from Toluca or Mexico City. Come and visit this beautiful spot full of natural landscapes that surrounds the famous Peñas of Dexcani Alto or the Danxho dam.
The central garden of Jilotepec, with its fountain, its obelisk, and its Bicentenial Tree is the perfect place to spend a lovely afternoon while you watch the buildings that surround this wooded plaza.
One of the prominent buildings next to the Central Garden is the San Pedro and San Pablo church, that was built in a Franciscan style in the XVI century, with only one nave, a tower and a beautiful arch in the entrance.
The Baroque wood altarpiece is decorated with gold leaf. In it you can see the work of local artists. The church used to have an attached convent, the cross from it is still in the atrium. Quite close from this religious place, you can see the Municipal Palace and the Central Garden.
Finally, an interesting space in Jilotepec is the Urban Park Las Sequoias. Here you can enjoy the shade of the tallest pines in the world.