Tlayacapan comes from Nahuatl and means "on the tip of the Earth". This is because, from its green hills, you get an extraordinary view of the city. Part of the magic of the place lies in its pre-Hispanic past, when it was inhabited by Olmecs. Likewise, you can appreciate the architecture of the many chapels that abound in the town.
Tlayacapan is known for the richness of its handicrafts, so a tour of Emilio Carranza street is essential, since it is You can find everything from candles, pots, tableware to decorative pieces with modern designs.
It is the place of origin of the Chinelos, it is an ancient tradition that dates back to colonial times that is celebrated three days before on Ash Wednesday when the dancers, disguised and with their faces covered, jump and whistle through the streets.
1. Get to know the Ex-Convent of San Juan Bautista
The construction of the Ex-Convent of San Juan Bautista dates from the year 1534 and it was in 1966 that Unesco recognized the site as a World Heritage Site. What stands out most is its design with a wide open chapel and the well-preserved frescoes that decorate the walls.
It also houses a museum that exhibits pieces of sacred art and the mummies of children found in 1982 in the interior of the main altar; they are said to be the children of influential colonizers.
2. Visit the House of Culture
Also known as the “Cerería”, this 16th century building served as the house of the Encomendado de la Nueva España, as the headquarters of Emiliano Zapata and as a candle factory. Currently it is a House of Culture where you can learn about the culture and traditions of Tlayacapan. When you visit it, take advantage and get to know the Municipal Palace, you will not regret it!
3. Discover the chapels of Tlayacapan
There is a wide variety of chapels that stand out for their ancient architecture and sacred art. Some of the most important are the Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, San Agustín and San Andrés, all of them are part of the well-known ‘neighborhood chapels’.
4. Former Hacienda de San Nicolás
It is located in the Pantitlán neighborhood and is said to have belonged to Hernán Cortés, who inherited it from a grandson named Pedro. The building is in ruins but it can surely be a relevant point to contemplate on a walk or bike ride.
5. Fall in love with the gastronomy of this Magical Town
You cannot miss trying the typical green pepita mole, better known as pipián, accompanied with salt tamales, charales and white beans. To savor something sweet, you can opt for cornbread and cinnamon or some flavored snow.