Atlixco Valley and Matamoros

Huaquechula

This small town, 56 km from Puebla, is a destination worth visiting for two reasons. The first, the magnificent ex-Renaissance convent of San Martín with itsexquisite architecture, an ancient altarpiece and an interesting museum where a room is dedicated to the second great reason to visit Huaquechula: the Day of the Dead. From the Casa de la Cultura tours are organized around the houses with relatives to admire the extraordinary three-storey altars that represent life on earth and the ascent of the deceased to the heavens.

Izucar de Matamoros

Izúcar de Matamoros is 36 km south of Atlixco, and is well-known for its sulphurous waters with medicinal properties such as San Carlos. But in addition, this town is the birthplace of one of the most traditional crafts of the state of Puebla: the trees of life-ceramic sculptures that recreate scenes from the Bible, and that are used in the processions of Corpus Christi in this town. Also interesting is the visit to what was one of the most beautiful temples in Mexico - until a fire destroyed the gold estofados that covered it. The ex-convent of Santo Domingo, from the 16th century, continues to be a great architectural work, and its enormous baptismal stone is worthy of admiration.

Tianguismanalco

Next to Atlixco, on the slopes of Popocatépetl, is this picturesque town. The arrival of the industry during the last century has left a legacy of small stone houses with gable roofs that are preserved in the center of the town, as well as a beautiful school. In the surroundings there are several spas, such as the one that is run by the IMSS, and places for family recreation and fishing in San Baltazar Atlimeyaya.

Tochimilco

his small town located 16 km from Atlixco on the slopes of Popocatépetl retains a marked Nahuatl character. At its highest point is the Ex-convent of Our Lady of the Assumption, an authentic fortress that can be visited. Some frescoes are still preserved in the atrium. In the vicinity, old aqueducts of the colonial period remain standing. The celebration of the Day of the Dead is traditional.

Atlixco

Thousands of colors in movement. Flowers, springs and ancestral dances under the volcano.

Sheltered by the Popocatépetl volcano, Atlixco "The city of flowers" boasts the best climate in the world.

Participate in the great festival of Huey Atlixcayotl, with traditional dances from all over Puebla, such as quetzals or birdmen.

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