is a charming village of Pre-Hispanic
roots. Its name can be translated as "the place of the Amate". The
amate was a very important tree in the ancient Mexico, because a
kind of paper was made from its bark.
Before the arrival of the Spaniards, Amatlán paid tribute to the Aztecs with significant amounts of paper, which was used as offerings to the gods as well as for the decoration of temples and codices.
Amatlán has many attractions, as the Amatlán de Quetzalcoatl Museum, which exhibits valuable archaeological pieces; the colonial styled Church of Santa María Magdalena; Telzacualli (the Mountain of the Door) and Tepexinola (the Mountain of Fertility), along with a number of eco-tourist trails. It is also visited for the traditional medicine treatments that are performed there.
It is located at a distance of ten kilometres from Tepoztlan
during the times prior to the Spanish
conquer, its inhabitants were forced to deliver exquisite cotton
fabrics and feather ornaments to the prevailing ranks of Cuauhnáhuac,
a lordship to which they were subjected.
In the times of colonial domain, the productivity of its lands, the abundance of water and the availability of indigene manpower, motivated the creation of many wealthy ranches in this area. Although, this prosperity will later prove to be compelling in the requirements of the number of workers.
Facing the lack of arms for ploughing the fields, the landlords of the ranches became faced by the necessity of acquiring black slaves, giving as a result one peculiar cultural and racial fusion process.
The name Yautepec can be translated as "the Mountain of the Pericón", due to the presence of a plant which fruit has a flavour similar to the anise, from which beautiful yellow flowers sprout.
The traveller who comes to Yautepec can not miss visiting the old ranch houses and the many springs at their vicinity, where he would be able to take refreshing bathes and enjoy all the commodities that the neighbouring tourist centres have to offer. It is located besides the Municipality of Tepoztlan, at 27 kilometres distance to the West of Cuernavaca.
is a town with Spanish roots devoted
to farming labours and handcraft activities as pottery. Its first
inhabitants were the Olmecs, who would be later replaced by Xochimilcas
In those times, the locality was a forceful way to reach Tenochtitlan, thus becoming an important commercial and religious centre, in order of which several temples and other structures were built.
When the Spaniards arrived, those temples were obliterated, and over their foundations some important Catholic Churches were erected. During the colonial times, the zone became renowned for making beautiful scaled candles.
Tlayacapán is a town of ancestral traditions, which are still maintained and can be easily observed during the popular festivities as the Carnivals, which take place three days before Lent or Easter Wednesday.
In this town, which was formerly a part of the Tlayacapán kingdom, one of the forceful places to visit is the ex Convent of San Juan Bautista, in whose cloisters is presently located the Museum of Tlayacapán. Another important place is the Museum and Cultural Centre La Cerería, seated in the premises of what once was a candle factory, a highly demanded product during the colonial times.
It is situated in the western side of Tepoztlan
and at almost 50 kilometres from Cuernavaca.