Cosas Mágicas: A Guide to Tepoztlán, Mexico

What makes a destination truly magical? It is a combination of many things: natural beauty, culture, history, climate, locals, and that feeling that you just can’t put a name on. Tepoztlán, a small town south of Mexico City, is all of these things and more. The Mexican government recognized this and, rightfully so, bestowed  upon Tepoztlán  the title of “Pueblo Mágico” or “Magical Village.” The town is surrounded by majestic mountains that give it a feeling of isolation; although only 75km away from the large country’s capital, Mexico City it feels days away. Atop one of the mountain’s peaks, when there is no rain or mist, you can see an ancient Aztec pyramid. The hilly streets in town are made of stone and lined with small shops and stands. The people are kind and I always received a “Hola! Buenas dias/tardes/noches!” whenever I offered a smile.

I recently spent two weeks in Tepoztlán visiting a close American friend who had taken a teaching position in town, and quickly fell in love with it. It would be a wonderful day trip from Mexico City, or I can contest it stands as a wonderful destination in its own right. Here are some of the cosas mágicas I found during my stay.

Holistic Healings and Temazcals

Tepoztlán is considered to be a magical place by more than just the Mexican government, and has attracted many mystics, both local and foreign. The streets and the market places contain a wonderful array of traditional Mexican offerings but you will also see many shops offering crystal healings, tarot readings, chakra alignments, and even aura photography! Although much of this is obviously geared towards tourist dollars, the town has a high population of shamans, healers, and Eastern medicine practitioners. This is probably the only town in Mexico where street vendors might know what “vegan” means. Whatever your beliefs are, this is a great place to get caught up and indulge your secret New Age inclinations.

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