Friday, May 23, 2008

Tepoztlan, Morelos Mexico - see part 2

Our fist big excursion was to a place called Tepoztlan. Perhaps the best way to describe where we went today is from a flyer given to us by the university. The description reads as follows:

Tepoztlan is a town located in the state of Morelos. The name Tepoztlan comes from the Nahuatl word "tepuztli", meaning "copper axe above a hill.” This town was named in 2002 a “Pueblo Mágico” or magic town by the national government, because it is absolutely magical and holds a vast culture and beauty. The 1,300-foot high Tepozteco Mountain is located on the northern side of the town and on the peak you will find the Tepozteco archaeological site, dedicated to Tepoztecalt, the name of the main god of pulque; an alcoholic beverage made from the sap of the agave plant. You will have the opportunity to hike up this mountain and look at breathtaking sceneries. The climbs up is about an hour long, but most certainly worth it (bring comfortable shoes!). Other deities worshipped in the site were the gods of Fertility and Harvest. The site was therefore, considered to be a sacred place and it is visited bye many pilgrims from as far as Chiapas and Guatemala. Another attractive feature is that the town is famous for the exotic ice-cream flavors prepared by the townspeople. These are flavors you have never tasted before, prepared the traditional way and as delicious as can be! You can´t miss the chance to try them and feel out of this world!!

There are 107 photos in the slide show and although some of them are not from Tepoztlan, the vast majority are, which vividly illustrate our experience today.

Dr. Segle

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