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Its name comes from the Nahuatl words "Tlatlahui" which means "color" and "Tépetl" which means "hill", therefore, it is understood as "on the red or reddened hill".
It was inhabited by Olmec groups at the beginning of the 16th century, later the Toltecs settled and during the expansion of the Aztec empire, Chichimecas. Towards 1524 the Spaniards submitted to the dominion to the regime of commissions, being Jacinto Portillo the first one in charge.
It is located in the northeastern area of the state of Puebla, three hours from the Mexican capital and the outstanding height of three thousand meters above sea level. For this reason, it is common to see how the whole village covers itself with fog at certain times of the day, creating a very special atmosphere.
Because of its privileged geography, it is a paradise for those who enjoy ecotourism and adventure. You can walk through paths surrounded by greenery and reach the dam of Solitude, cross carpets of green ferns to the Puxtla waterfall and its renowned Poza Azul, fly on zip lines or enter the Cueva del Tigre.
In the center you will find the oldest ex-convent of its kind in all Latin America, that of Santa María de la Asunción; jewel of more than 500 years with a tile roof of 4 waters, containing 32 arches of pink quarry. To one side was finished, in 1963, the Church of the Assumption, adorned with a coffered ceiling of floral motifs.
Since pre-Hispanic times, the Plaza de Armas has been the seat of the traditional tianguis, where you can buy all kinds of typical products of the region. There you can also see the imposing Cerro Cabezón.
Of course, you can visit this hill, observe the magnificent postcard in all directions, listen to the many legends it contains and then descend to rappel, closing your route with a dose of adrenaline.
His patronal feast is on August 15. It is celebrated with the Fair of the Tuberosa Flower, and the days pass between dances and rituals, alternating with peaceful and reflective silence.
Drink an herbal liqueur in its Main Plaza and imagine a carefree life here, in Tlatlauquitepec, one of the Magical Towns of Puebla.
What to Visit?
- Main Square It features a beautiful colonial style in the surrounding buildings, and also in its fountain, which was filled with sangria when inaugurated to share this drink with the locals.
- Cabezon Hill Located just 15 kilometers away, here you can practice many extreme outdoors activities, such as hiking, cave-exploring, rappel, climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking.
- Parish of Our Lady of Asuncion Built in 1531, this religious building was originally a Franciscan monastery. Today, this is one of the best well-preserved buildings of its kind in the whole world.
- Sanctuary of Our Lord of Huaxtla Its construction began in 1822, and today this is an important religious center visited by many pilgrims from the whole state of Puebla.
What to do?
- Patronal Festivities of Our Lady of Asuncion Celebrated from July 30th to August 15th each year, these festivities include a fair, cultural and religious events, and also the locals create rugs with religious motifs using natural materials.
- Cerro Rojo Festival It takes place during the Holy Week, in March or April. Then, there are dances, gastronomic contests, and public games such as the Hopscotch or the greasy pole.
- National Holidays They take place on September 8th – 17th each year, when there are horse parades, gastronomic contests, sport and cultural events, as well as the traditional military parade that it celebrated in whole Mexico to commemorate the beginning of the Independence War.
- Mole sauce Delicious sauce prepared with different kinds of chili, peanuts and, even, chocolate. This unique sauce is served on top of rice and chicken or turkey meat.
- Tlayoyos Thick corn tortillas stuffed with different ingredients, but the ones with fava beans, potatoes or beans are especially delicious.
- Pipian A kind of mole sauce but its main ingredient is pumpkin seeds.
- Tamales Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with corn leaves or banana leaves to be steamed. Don´t read it, just try it!
- Canned or sweetened fruits
What to Know?
- The word Tlatlauquitepec means "In the Red’s village" because Red means here the god of fire, Huehueteotl, who was especially venerated in the pre-Hispanic village of Tlatlauqui.
- Another meaning of this word is "Hill that colors."
- Ceramics and pottery
- Carved wood
- Wool weaves
- Palm hats, baskets and handicrafts
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