The joyful travellers have put their bags down in the charming pueblo of Tepoztlan one hour south of Mexico City.
We are experiencing daily “Goose Bump Moments” as we wander through this charming community.
life-sized mural made of seeds and grains
Because of it’s natural beauty, cultural riches, and historical relevance, Tepoztlna has been deemed a “Pueblo Magico” by the Mexican Government.
The surrounding mountains are rich with Quartz deposits and many of the 14,000 inhabitants believe that the area holds special healing powers.It is a mecca for “New Agers” that come to bask in the valleys healing energies; maybe they are onto something.
Certainly the blue bird sky, the mountain air and high elevation have a serene and calming effect. The pace is very tranquillo.
The area was first populated by the Aztecs 1,200 years ago and several indigenous traditions still exist today. Nachuatl, the native language of Montezuma, is still taught in the schools.
There is an abundance of veggie options for us at dozens of restaurants in town. But it is the open market in el centro that really brings on those goose bumps. It is like a sprawling health food store where we find: an amazing assortment of organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, grains and nuts, spices and other wonderful delights.
The Aztecs were also aware of the health effects of chia and cacao which is cheap and abundant (see recipe below).
Doug is particularly thrilled with the vendors plying huge sacks of fresh delicious peanuts in the shell -more goosebumps.
But mostly Tepoztlan is the sort of place where each venture into town or into the hills bring on a new and wondrous discovery.
Buses to and from Mexico City’s Taxquena Terminal are plentiful and comfortable.
Johanne’s Mother’s Magic Chia Recipe
This marvelous super food pudding can be eaten as is or combined with your favourite berries.
- 1/3 cup Chia seeds
- 2 cups of Almond Milk
- 2 TBS of agave or maple syrup (to taste)
- splash of natural vanilla extract
Mix well and refrigerate over night. May require occasional stirring.