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Haciendas Pulqueras

Zempoala

Zempoala was an enclave dedicated to pulque production. Around a dozen pulque haciendas still remember the past when big quantities of this drink, obtained by fermenting aguamiel (agave syrup), were sent to Mexico City.

The Hacienda San Antonio Tochatlaco was one of the largest of its time and is currently open to the public. There you can observe “tlaquichero”’s work, in charge of extracting agave syrup and go down the different buildings that form the place. The construction still preserves the tinacal, peons rooms, tlaquicheros houses and those of the administrative and trust employees, as well as the chapel.

Hacienda Los Olivos, for its part, belonged to the Enciso family, owner of Casa Grande in Zempoala historic center. You can visit both. Two other spectacular haciendas are Tepa El Chico and San José Tetecuitla.

In their heyday, haciendas sent to Mexico City thousands of liters of pulque. That’s why haciendas owners promoted the creation of a rail line to transport the drink more efficiently and economically.

With this means of transport, which moved less, the drink was prevented from spoiling prematurely (due to the acceleration of fermentation) and it arrived at its destination faster and in better conditions, promoting Zempoala’s development. Although the train tracks no longer exist, you can still visit the Ánimas picturesque railway station, which still stands.
Zempoala was an enclave dedicated to pulque production. Around a dozen pulque haciendas still remember the past when big quantities of this drink, obtained by fermenting aguamiel (agave syrup), were sent to Mexico City.

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The Hacienda San Antonio Tochatlaco was one of the largest of its time and is currently open to the public. There you can observe “tlaquichero”’s work, in charge of extracting agave syrup and go down the different buildings that form the place. The construction still preserves the tinacal, peons rooms, tlaquicheros houses and those of the administrative and trust employees, as well as the chapel.

Hacienda Los Olivos, for its part, belonged to the Enciso family, owner of Casa Grande in Zempoala historic center. You can visit both. Two other spectacular haciendas are Tepa El Chico and San José Tetecuitla.

In their heyday, haciendas sent to Mexico City thousands of liters of pulque. That’s why haciendas owners promoted the creation of a rail line to transport the drink more efficiently and economically.

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