In the south of the state of Puebla lies a small town full of history and natural wonders: Tehuacan. If you are planning to escape the routine for a weekend and visit one of the best secrets of Mexico, we’ll give you some recommendations for you to enjoy this interesting place.
Peñafiel Hydromineral Museum
In this museum you will be able to see the whole process of bottling mineral water. In the Peñafiel production plant you can learn how the water that comes from the Pico de Orizaba, is finally collected in the Tehuacan springs.
Along the route, you will see the botanical garden with typical cacti of the region and the mural that represents the story of Tehuacan, then, you will get to the production machines and test mineral water directly from “El Chorrito”, one of the springs from where it is collected.
San Francisco’s former convent
During the sixteenth century, Franciscan Fathers decided to settle in Tehuacan, Puebla, building the now former convent of San Francisco. Currently, this place is the headquarters of the Diocese of this town, they preserve invaluable pieces of sacred art that have been collected over the centuries such as paintings and carved wood figures form the XVIII century.
Visiting hours are from 10 in the morning to 7 at night, so if you want to learn about the history of Tehuacan don’t hesitate to visit this place.
Tehuacan-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve
Whenever you visit the biosphere reserve, you will be amazed by the natural wonders of Tehuacan. In this place you will find different activities that will make you fall in love:
Helia Bravo Hollis Botanical garden
In this place you will find a semi-desert environment with 80 endemic species of the region, some of which are in danger of extinction and protected by the inhabitants of the area. In addition, during the guided tours they will explain the medical and commercial uses of the plants since the pre-Hispanic period.
Paleoparque Las Ventas
Million years ago, this area of the country was part of the seabed, geological movements rised its level and now it is a semi-desert that between its mountains and dry rivers hide secrets from the past. In this area you can appreciate the geological layers that have formed over time, find dinosaur footprints and, if you are very lucky, probably some fossils.
Las Salinas Grandes
This area, rich in minerals, is one of the main salt producers in the central zone of Mexico. Time have modernized its extraction, but in this area you can find producers who still do it with pre-Hispanic techniques, ensuring their quality and organic extraction to preserve the environment.
La Mesa Archaeological Zone
This archaeological zone has an area of 126 hectares in which there are 664 registered structures. Although the terrain has not yet been explored to learn more about the functions of this place, some temples dedicated to Mictlantecuhtli, god of the underworld, and Xipe Tótec, god of life, death and resurrection have been found.
Through archaeological studies, it has been determined that this region functioned as a ceremonial and political center for Popoloca culture. La Mesa was also one of the main regions of the country where the domestication of corn began.
Inside the place you can find a site museum where more than 80 popoloca pieces are exhibited: clay figurines, monumental sculptures and representations of deities such as Quetzalcóatl, Xochiquetzal and Xochipilli.
Let yourself be surprised by Tehuacan and enjoy a weekend full of the wonders that this place has for you. If you still don’t know where to stay, our City Express Tehuacan Hotel offers you the best place to relax and rest after exploring this town and its surroundings. Book your room today and get out of the routine.
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