Area Attractions

 

Quinta Amada -  Bed and Breakfast


Parroquia de San Jose church

Jacaranda trees in bloom along the river.

Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlán

Parroquia de San Jose crosses

Sidewalk café, Los Portales

Color abounds in downtown Tlaxcala

Escalinata de los Heroes, Tlaxcala

Pyramid of the Flowers, Xochitecatl

 

The State of Tlaxcala:

Calvary Church, Ixtacuixtla

This smallest of Mexico’s states is rich in culture and history, architecture and artisans. Ancient peoples painted in caves and carved figures in stone over 10,000 years ago. Pre-Hispanic peoples built magnificent ceremonial centers complete with huge pyramids and vividly colored murals, whose ruins still impress and fascinate today. And it was here in “the cradle of the nation” that the fiercely independent Tlaxcaltecas forged an alliance with Hernán Cortés against their bitter enemy, the Aztecs, thus playing a crucial role in the conquest of Tenochtitlan.


The rest, as they say, is history. The Spanish influence is evident in the many colonial buildings, baroque churches, abundant tile work and decorative wrought iron.

For more about Tlaxcala, click on the following links:
Estado de Tlaxcala. Ni te imaginas Descubrelo
Mexico Mystic's Blog — Expat In Tlaxcala


Tlaxcala City

This is the historic capital of the state and one of the first cities founded by Cortés in “Nueva España” almost 500 years ago. Nestled in the hills of the central highlands, Tlaxcala retains it small-town colonial charm even as it moves toward increased growth and modernization. Its tranquil beauty and historic importance make Tlaxcala a wonderful place from which to explore central Mexico. While here you may wish to:

  • RELAX in the shady, flower-filled central plaza, where you can listen, or dance, to live music on weekend evenings.
  • ENJOY a cup of coffee or a delicious meal at one of the colorful sidewalk cafes tucked under the graceful arcade that borders the plaza.
  • LEARN about the traditional Tlaxcala way of life at a living history museum. See artisans demonstrate weaving and the making of pulque (fermented cactus juice). Or visit any of Tlaxcala’s several other museums, which feature art from pre-Hispanic to contemporary.
  • VIEW the spectacular colorful murals that recount the history of Tlaxcala from the gods’ gift of corn to the indigenous people to the time of the Conquest.
  • VISIT any of the many baroque churches, such as the hilltop Basilica of Ocotlan, described as “a dazzling white wedding-cake confection filled with marvelous art.”
  • STEP BACK in time as you tour any of the many ex-haciendas in the area. Some are in ruins, but others have been restored to serve as luxury hotels or as ranches dedicated to raising fighting bulls or making pulque.
  • SHOP for regional handicrafts: serapes, blankets, pottery, ceramics, decorative tile, embroidered clothing, silver jewelry.
  • BRAVE the bustling open-air market, where your senses will be assailed by a tumult of colors, textures, smells and sounds.
  • PARTICIPATE in one of the many lively fairs and festivals that take place year round.

Hike or mountain climb in Tlaxcala’s natural beauty. Team up with professional guide Paco Montiel to rock climb, hike to the top of nearby volcanoes La Malinche or Iztaccíhuatl, or trek through Tlaxcala’s alluring hills and canyons.

Day TripsMural from Cacaxtla pyramid

Cacaxtla / Xoxhitecatl:

Just 15 miles from Tlaxcala lay these pre-Hispanic ruins, whose astonishing murals retain their brilliant color after more than 1,000 years.

Tecoaque Archeological Zone:

Archeological zone recently opened to the public with an impressive museum and preserved ruins of a once large and thriving settlement near present day Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala. It was partly destroyed and abandoned after Cortés and his men raided it in 1521 in revenge for the community’s previous attack on a contingent of Spaniards.

Cantona Archeological RuinsCantona Archeological Ruins

Canton is a spectacular site believed to be the largest urban center yet discovered in MesoAmerica. It covers five square miles and reached a population of 90,000 at its peak between 600 and 900 AD. The ruins display a sophisticated urban design with an extensive roadway network connecting over 3,000 individual patios, residences, 24 ball courts, numerous pyramids and an elaborate "acropolis" with ceremonial buildings and temples.


La Malinche Volcano view from the terrace

   La Malinche Volcano

The verdant pine forests of this dormant volcano beckon hikers and picnickers to the National Park on its slopes. Amenities include recreational and picnic areas, lodging and food service, and miles of hiking trails.




Huamantla

Enjoy a visit to this "Pueblo Mágico," with its Marionette, City and Bullfighting museums (Museo Nacional del Títere, Museo de la Ciudad, and Museo Taurino). Step back in time with a visit to the ex-hacienda "Soltepec", now a restaurant and hotel, located only five minutes from Huamantla.

Tepanampa
Cholula:

This small historic city 35 miles from Tlaxcala is home to the largest ancient structure in the Americas, the Great Pyramid of Tepanampa. You can explore its labyrinth of tunnels, then climb to the Spanish cathedral built on top of the now-overgrown pyramid.




Puebla:Talavera Tile from Tlaxcala

This fourth largest city of Mexico is renowned for its culture and colonial splendor, but it is probably most famous for its distinctive hand-made Talavera tile, which decorates everything from buildings and church domes to fountains and park benches. It is the site of the heroic battle against the French in 1862 that is widely celebrated in the U.S.A., as well as Puebla, on Cinco de Mayo. Puebla is also known for its signature dish, "mole poblano", created by Dominican nuns in 1680 in an incredible talavera-tiled kitchen which is now a
museum.

 
   
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