Tepoztlan, Mexico

Here is a little information about where I will be spending the next year of my life!

Tepoztlán is a town in the Mexican state of Morelos. It is located  in the heart of the Tepoztlán Valley. The town serves as the seat of government for the municipality of the same name. The municipality is one of 17 municipalities that border Mexico City. It borders the Milpa Alta borough at the south side of the capital city.The town had a population of 14,130 inhabitants, while the municipality reported 41,629 inhabitants in the 2010 national census. The town is a popular tourist destination near Mexico City. The town is famous for the remains of a temple built on top of the nearby Tepozteco mountain, as well as for the exotic ice cream flavors prepared by the townspeople.

Tepoztlán is derived from Nahuatl and means "place of abundant copper" or "place of the broken rocks."  This is derived from the words tepoz-tli (copper) and tlan ("place of/place of abundance").


According to myth, Tepoztlan is the birthplace over 1200 years ago of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god widely-worshipped in ancient Mexico. It has not yet been possible to determine who first inhabited the area. The earliest findings of pottery and other ceramic utensils date back to approximately 1500 BCE. By the 10th century CE the Toltec culture was predominant in the area. Tepoztlán is said to have been the birthplace of Ce Acatl, a very important Toltec leader, later known as Topiltzin Ce Acatl Quetzalcoatl, and who may be the possible historical basis of the Mesoamerican god Quetzalcoatl. During the Spanish Conquest Hernán Cortés is said to have ordered the town razed after the refusal of the town leaders to meet him. This event was chronicled by Bernal Díaz del Castillo in The Conquest of New Spain. (from wikipedia.com)


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