With its steep, cobblestone streets and traditional houses, the charming mountain town of Tepoztlan has preserved much of its original Colonial flair. Located in the state of Morelos, in Central Mexico, Tepoztlan is famous for its crafts (especially for the handmade production of Amate paper, which is made from a tree that grows abundantly in the area). Ancient Tepoztlan was said to have been the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the legendary feathered serpent god of ancient Mexican mythology. The town's proximity to the nation's capital, combined with its quaint charm and year-round, spring-like weather, make it an interesting, intimate choice for weddings, off-site meetings and relaxing incentive getaways.
Tepoztlan is rapidly accessible from both Mexico City, which is 50 miles to the north, and Cuernavaca, the state's capital, located 15 miles to the east. Although the closest airport is located in Cuernavaca, Mexico City International Airport offers direct flights to and from 85 destinations in 17 different countries. OCC and Pullman buses operate several daily departures from Mexico City's southern bus station, Taxquena, and the International airport directly to Tepoztlan.
There are only 311 guest rooms in the 32 hotel venues in Tepozteco. These include the Hotel Posada del Tepozteco, which is an old Mexican home turned boutique hotel, overlooking the picturesque Tepotzlan Valley. The hotel, located on a 75,000-square-foot property, boasts 21 rooms, a swimming pool and a fine-dining restaurant. It specializes in weddings and can host events of up to 250 people. Alternatively, the Spa Tepoztlan Sitio Sagrado offers 23 luxury rooms and suites, a restaurant, a pool and a world-class spa, which offers a range of therapeutic treatments. The hotel, with various gardens, has event space that can accommodate up to 300 people, and a conference room that can hold up to 45 people.
The Tepotzlan Valley is also home to a 30-foot pre-Hispanic pyramid, built in honor of Tepoztecatl, the Aztec god of the harvest, fertility and pulque (a fermented agave beverage). The pyramid is constructed on top of a large hill, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the city and surrounding valley. For those not up to the hike, the Templo Ex Convento de la Natividad is a charming former convent and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The convent was built in the 16th century by the indigenous community under the direction of Dominican Friars in honor the virgin of nativity. It is home to unique displays of religious and indigenous art.