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chinagringo


Oct 25, 2015, 11:26 AM

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Tepoztlan, Morelos?

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In the planning stages of a trip to Mexico City in February and are looking at Tepoztlan for a break of a day or two from the big city. The dates we are looking at includes Carnaval in Mexico and it is our understanding that Tepoztlan has a special 3 day Carnaval celebration involving their dancers and residents in very colorful costumes. Research seems to indicate that this event is held the three days prior to Ash Wednesday making the celebrations Sunday through Tuesday.

Wondering if anyone has attended, which day out of the three might be the best and if a hotel overlooking the festivities could be recommended?
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM




Mim11

Nov 14, 2015, 7:50 PM

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Re: [chinagringo] Tepoztlan, Morelos?

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Tepoztlan is where we live when we are in Mexico, and where my husband's family lives. I've only been there during Carnaval once. I can't really comment on which day would be best, but I warn you it gets really crowded during Carnaval, especially with the influx of DFeños.

The Brinco de los Chinelos is interesting. I was expecting a dance similar to many of Mexico's folkloric dances, but it really is what it says - Un brinco - a mass of people jumping in the packed central plaza to the music of local bands (brass/winds), many people dressed in the Chinelo costume, which includes a long velvet robe and a full head mask with elaborate headdress, parodying the Spanish overlords. Sometimes there will also be groups of people doing the same Brinco in line form down the streets. On YouTube you can search "Brinco de los Chinelos" and there are videos of this. This tradition is such a part of Tepoz that there is a Chinelo statue in the Zócalo.

In terms of hotels, there are lots of choices, as well as an ever-expanding number of AirBnB offerings. One well-known and long-established hotel is La Posada del Tepozteco. I've never stayed there, but my sister-in-law's house is a few doors away. From her rooftop terrace there are beautiful views of the town and the surrounding mountains - and the Posada's terraces are even higher, so I imagine the views are even better. It's a short walk down to the center of town where all the festivities are (I estimate 5-7 minutes or so, depending on how fast you walk.) The streets in the town center are lined with vendors, both for food and artesanía.

I personally love Tepoztlan, but enjoy being in town centre when it's a bit less crowded. If you don't mind crowds, then check it out and I hope you have a great time!



chinagringo


Nov 14, 2015, 8:02 PM

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Re: [Mim11] Tepoztlan, Morelos?

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Thank you for the response! I was really beginning to wonder since no one had responded.

Our desire for a hotel cose to the action was finally moderated by a period of sanity when we realized we knew better. So we booked into: Hotel Boutique Casa Fernanda. The location 3 to 4 blocks from the main action should give us some peace and quiet when we wish to get away from the craziness? We hope that our choice of Sunday to Tuesday will provide adequate opportunity to exerience and learn?
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM




Mim11

Nov 15, 2015, 5:29 AM

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Re: [chinagringo] Tepoztlan, Morelos?

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I think that a bit of distance from the action is a wise idea.

I've never stayed at any of the numerous hotels in Tepoz, because we used to stay with family or friends, and now we have our own place. Looking at the location of Casa Fernanda on the map I see it is right by one of the main streets used for traffic leaving Tepoztlan. Traffic is crazy in Tepoztlan on weekends and holidays - very slow as an influx of cars, including SUVs try to navigate narrow cobblestone streets originally built for burros, carts and walking. I don't know if the sound of the traffic will be heard inside Casa Fernanda or not, but if it can be heard, it will be pretty non-stop during Carnaval. Also the main streets around the Zocalo are closed to traffic during Carnaval, so all traffic from Cuernavaca and DF has to be re-routed through the streets around the area where Casa Fernanda is located.

The other thing to keep in mind in choosing where to stay is Tepoztlan's physical geography. It is built on steep, hilly slopes. If you look at a map of the town, in general the northwest part of town is much higher than the southeast. This is especially noticeable in the east-west direction. Our house is in the northwest part of town and it is easily a 20 min walk down to the Zócalo, but a 40 minute walk back up due to the steep climb. Casa Fernanda is downhill from town centre - you will have views of the mountains, but not really of the town. The Posada del Tepozteco is uphill from town centre and has panoramic views of the town, including the Cathedral, as well as the surrounding mountains. I love the sense of space that comes with that panoramic view. Again, if you look on a map, from the Posada's location on Paraíso the walk over to Buenavista is not very steep, but then Buenavista winds quite steeply down to the Zócalo. I love this walk because of the views. While there will be some traffic, Calle Paraíso is not a major route. I would consider it to be close to the action, but not in the midst of it.

Just as an extra FYI, at the bottom of Buenavista, right before the corner of Cinco de Mayo, on the left hand side, is a store which sells hand made embroidered cotton clothing (shirts, blouses, dresses, etc.) The owners are good friends of mine and their clothing is really beautiful.

One more thing. I have heard negative comments about Tepoztlan from someone who only went once when it was really crowded with tourists. For those who don't care for crowds, Carnaval is really not a good time to go. During a regular week, when there aren't so many tourists, it is still lively and interesting but less overwhelming. A good day to go is Wednesday, as that is a "dia de plaza". (Not on Ash Wednesday, though.)

I hope you enjoy Tepoztlan. It has been near and dear to my heart since I first went there over twenty years ago.


(This post was edited by Mim11 on Nov 15, 2015, 5:32 AM)



Mim11

Nov 15, 2015, 11:23 AM

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Re: [Mim11] Tepoztlan, Morelos?

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Also I want to clarify that I have no personal interest in La Posada del Tepozteco. Actually, I'm kind of annoyed because a somewhat recent addition partially blocked the view from my sister-in-law's terrace. But I do think the location is ideal and their panoramic view is muy privilegiada.



chinagringo


Nov 15, 2015, 12:03 PM

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Re: [Mim11] Tepoztlan, Morelos?

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Never crossed my mind that you had any interest in the hotel. Please check your messages as I did send you a Private Message.
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM