Art, History and Heroism

In the state of Tlaxcala, only 15 kilometers from the beautiful Malintzín Volcano, surrounded by countless beautiful haciendas of the 18th and 19th centuries, is Huamantla, a town full of surprises, emotions, tradition and beauty.

The famous Huamantla codex is a tangible proof of the historical importance of the Tlaxcalan people. The most extensive in the world, it narrates the migration of the Otomíes from Chiapan, today in the State of Mexico, until arriving at Huamantla in the year 900.

Huamantla, whose Nahuatl name means "place of trees together" or "place of aligned trees", stands out in national history due to its location as a passage between the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the central highlands.

In 1519, Hernán Cortés passed through this place and in his surroundings had to face, first, with the Otomí group under the command of the Tocpaxochiu warrior and, later, with the fierce Xicohténcatl "El Joven".

However, it was for another famous battle that the city acquired its nickname of "Heroica Huamantla" ... the one that the troops of General Antonio López de Santa Ana engaged against the interventionist army of the United States, on October 9, 1847.

The historical and cultural wealth of Huamantla is reflected in its architecture. The former convent of San Luis Obispo is a perfect example of this. The convent was built shortly before the year 1569. Its tower is carved in stone, its wooden floor and the image of the Black Christ that is venerated here.

The puppets are part of the cultural heritage of the city and the state. This traditional toy finds its origins in Huamantla, with the famous Company of Automata Rosete Aranda of the XIX century. The tradition is still alive: at the National Puppet Museum and, in parallel, the Tlaxcala Puppet Festival, one of the most important forums for artistic expression to enjoy the puppet theater of national and foreign companies.

Maize and maguey are the basis of Tlaxcalteca food: barbecue, mixiotes, chinicuiles and maguey worms. Also from this agave, mead and pulque are produced and consumed a lot. The cured ones are the same, they are pulque mixed with fruits.

For all this and much more, this old Otomí town and beautiful colonial city, since 2007 became one of the Magical Towns of Mexico.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Ex monastery of Saint Louis Its construction was ended in 1585, and this religious complex also contains the Open Chapel of Saint Louis.
  • Temple of Our Lord of Desposo (Marriage) Built at the end of the seventeenth century, this temple features a beautiful baroque façade.
  • Town Hall On its inside walls there is a mural where you can learn the foundation of this Magic Town.
  • Puppets National Museum Divided into eight halls, this museum is located in a eighteenth century mansion to narrate vividly the history of this popular art.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • La Malinche National Park Ideal area to practice bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, or camping; if you prefer, here you can also rent a cabin just to relax.
  • Huamantla Fair It takes place in July and August. There are many cultural and traditional activities such as the so called "The Night When Nobody Sleeps," or the Palenque with the participation of famous national and foreign singers.
  • Rosete Aranda International Festival of Puppets It takes place in October with the participation of both national and international puppet companies that perform functions and conferences about this ancient technique.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Turkey with mole sauce Delicious sauce prepared with different kinds of chili, peanuts and, even, chocolate. This unique sauce is served on top of rice and turkey meat.
  • Crystalized candies
  • Barbacoa Roasted lamb meat cooked slowly on its own juice, and which is served apart as a broth or consommé.
  • Chinicuiles Red worms taken from the same cactus where tequila comes from. Fried, salted and spicy, they taste terrific!
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • This Magic Town was founded in 1822.
  • In Huamantla there are 21 archaeological sites.
  • The "Huamantla Codex" has been labelled as the largest one in the world, and also it is one of the scarce documents rescued and preserved from the Otomi culture.

Popular Craft

  • Macramé garments and fabrics
  • Temporary carpets made with sawdust and flowers
  • Ceramics and pottery
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