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El Tepozteco

Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico

Sarah Roller

24 Nov 2020
Image Credit: Matt Gush / Shutterstock

About El Tepozteco

El Tepozteco is an ancient Aztec temple hidden deep in the western part of Tepoztlan National Park, Mexico, accessible via a 2.5km forest trek, with a 400m incline.

History of El Tepozteco

El Tepozteco is a hilltop shrine to the Aztec deity Tepoztecatl, god of pulque, made up of two rooms. At its height, it attracted pilgrims and visitors from as far away as modern day Guatemala. The views are spectacular, even on a hazy day, and many consider the hike worthwhile for these alone.

Whilst not the most impressive site in Mexico by a long haul, it is a great stop on a hike through the park. Getting to El Tepozteco can be tricky and involves some hiking, although the scenery is beautiful.

El Tepozteco today

The climb can take up to an hour, although it’s relatively shady. It’s a popular route for hikers at the weekends so be prepared for it to be busy – you’ll be able to buy refreshments from vendors on the way up. Guides will offer their services: it’s not really worth it unless you’re after a very in depth history.

Getting to El Tepozteco

The site is a 2.5km forest trek from the town of Tepoztlán in Morelos. The path is relatively steep: bring water, wear sturdy shoes and consider your fitness level before setting off.

Tepoztlán itself is about 80km south of Mexico City.

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