1. From Mexico City: Tepoztlán & Tlayacapan Magical Towns Tour
Escape the hustle and bustle of Mexico City for a tour through the state of Morelos. In Tepoztlán and Tlayacapan, learn how the local people keep traditions alive with festivals, dances, and preserving sacred sites like the Old Convent of San Juan Bautista and the archeological zone in Tepozteco. Get driven to Tlayacapan and see the majestic landscape between mountains. Hear the tale of the legendary Chinelo dancer that’s especially celebrated here. Discover why the town is believed to be the birthplace of Chinelo costumes and music, now a tradition across the state. Enter the Old Convent of San Juan Bautista, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that protrudes from the streets. Inside, find an open chapel, a pilgrims portal, the Profundis room full of sacred murals, the cloister with Gothic vaults, and the sacristy which exhibits mummies of four children. Grab a snack here if you like before going to see some locally-made crafts such as clay pots and ornaments. Move on to Tepoztlán, another magical town that holds many festivals and celebrations throughout the year. See the streets come alive with music and colors that will truly make you feel the spirit of Chinelos. Before heading back to Mexico City, find the Tepozteco hill and archeological zone which is said to have an aura that’s almost purifying. Take a walking tour of the town to find a variety of natural landscapes, the best of which is from the top of the small temple dedicated to the god Tepoztecatl.