Visit Tepoztlán: Top 10 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions


10 Amazing Things to Do and See in Tepoztlán

Tepoztlán is a peaceful little town in the state of Morelos, that becomes a popular tourist destination for Mexico City dwellers on the weekends.

Depending on who you ask, you might get two very different answers about what to do in Tepoztlán: party or relax.

I always find this contrast fascinating, as you can find as many spiritual retreats as bustling bars here.

To help you plan your visit, I have created this guide of the 10 best things to do in Tepoztlán, with all the best activities and attractions, my favorite restaurants and hotels for every budget.

I have also included practical information on how to get there and my tips on how to make the most of your trip.

So, what are the best things to do in Tepoztlán? Where to stay?

What to see in Tepoztlán

1. Visit the Tepozteco, the iconic landmark of Tepoztlán

One of the best things to do in Tepoztlán is to visit the Tepozteco, a temple that was built on the side of Tepozteco mountain by the Xochimilcas in the 12th century, dedicated to Ometochtli-Tepuztécatl, the god of pulque.

The hike takes between 30 minutes and an hour (starting with a section full of souvenirs, micheladas, grills and snacks of all kinds), depending on your fitness level.

At 1970 ft high, the site offers a stunning view of the valley.

  • Open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Entrance fee 90 pesos
Zona Arqueológica Tepozteco
Zona Arqueológica Tepozteco

2. Try the Pre-Hispanic Food

One of the main reasons to visit Tepoztlán is to try the pre-Hispanic food at the market.

Of course, pre-Hispanic dishes are still widely consumed in Mexico, every day, and corn is the staple of the cuisine.

But without getting into a debate about Mexican gastronomy, let’s just say that yes, in Tepoztlán you can find some pre-Hispanic delicacies.

I went to Tlecuil at the market (the most famous place for this style of food) and to Nonantzin, which is a small restaurant on Tezpoteco street.

I personally liked the latter better for the flavors and service, although the market atmosphere is always fun.

Both restaurants offer tlaltequeadas, which are like little veggie patties, made with grains and seeds (chia, amaranth, canary seed, etc.). I tried these ones:

  • 7 seeds
  • Chaya leaf with squash blossom
  • Maguey flower with quelites (which won an award)
  • Cazahuate mushrooms with mexica chili peppers
  • Alfalfa with artichoke germ and heart

You can find many varieties of tlaltequeadas, savory or sweet, with banana, flowers, and even insects!

Let your curiosity guide you to explore these ancient ingredients, because no matter what you choose, it will be a fascinating experience!

  • Expect to pay 35 to 50 pesos for a taco or 100 pesos for a plate of 2 tlaltequeadas with rice and beans and a sauce of your choice.
tlecuil mercado tepoztlan
tlecuil mercado tepoztlan
nonantzin restaurant prehispanique tepoztlan
nonantzin restaurant tepoztlan

3. Parque de los Venaditos

Visit the Santuario Los Venaditos (Deer Sanctuary), a natural park with a waterfall, a small lookout point and some white-tailed deer.

You can choose from 3 trails:

  • A 10-15 minute walk to the waterfall, over some rocks (make sure you have good shoes)
  • A trail to the small lookout point that offers a lovely view
  • A trail to the deer sanctuary, where you can see some deer. We were told that you can touch them and even feed them, but why not let nature be? It’s better to observe them from a distance without bothering them. 😉

Some things to keep in mind:

-You can only see the beautiful waterfall in the rainy season (ideally in August-September), otherwise it’s dry. But it’s still worth visiting.

-The park has no facilities, so bring water, and I suggest you go to the bathroom beforehand.

-Bring good hiking shoes and mosquito repellent because they are very active.

  • Entrance fee 20 pesos for the maintenance of the place
  • It’s a 30 minute walk or 15 minute drive from the center of Tepoztlán
  • Parking is available (40 pesos, if I remember correctly)

4. Former Convent of Nativity

The former Convent of Tepoztlán (16th century) is a Unesco World Heritage Site, built by the indigenous people of Tepoztlán under the orders of the Dominicans.

It was badly damaged by the 2017 earthquake, and it had closed its doors to the public… but it finally reopened at the end of 2021!

You can explore the parish of the Nativity with its cloister and the historical museum of Tepoztlán.

Access is limited to the first floor for now (hopefully that will change soon 🤞), but you can also visit the belvedere by reservation.

  • Free admission
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
ex convento tepoztlán
ex convento tepoztlán

5. Pre-Hispanic Museum

The Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art is located in the complex of the Convent of the Nativity.

It displays the collection of the Mexican poet Carlos Pellicer Cámara: 1,000 archaeological pieces from various cultures, such as Mayan, Totonac, Mexica, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Olmec, Tlatilco, the coast of the state of Colima and Tepoztlán.

It is a small museum that you can visit in 30 minutes, and I agree that the pieces could be better presented (in my opinion) to highlight their significance, but that often happens with local museums.

However, I think it is a must-see in Tepoztlán!

  • Entrance fee 30 pesos
  • Open from 10 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays)

6. Street art in Tepoztlán

A few years ago, the Ministry of Tourism invited 23 Mexican artists to paint murals depicting customs, legends and other elements of local culture.

Later, as part of the II International Public Art Festival, other Mexican and international artists came to paint facades in various neighborhoods.

The amazing thing is that besides becoming a tourist attraction in Tepoztlán, this “street art route” has become part of the town’s identity and there are always new works.

arte urbano tepoztlán
street art tepoztlán
murales tepoztlan
murals tepoztlan
street art tepoztlán
street art tepoztlán

7. Walking through the streets

The street leading to the Tepozteco is lined with churches, shops, bars, bakeries and the market.

But for me the best thing to do in Tepoztlán is to wander through its narrow streets: it’s the way to discover its local identity and really enjoy its charming side.

In fact, it was the first time I saw a tortilla mill: locals can bring their corn kernels to use the mill to make them into dough and then into tortillas.

If you’re Mexican you might laugh at my fascination, but I thought it was very authentic!😆

iglesia tepoztlan
church tepoztlan
molino tortilla
tortilla mill tepoztlan

8. Discovering local craft beer

In Mexico there is a lot of very good craft beer, and Tepoztlán is no exception.

I don’t know if the small corner stores sell them (I doubt it) but I found several beers from Tepoztlán at Petricor, which is  an organic and craft store. They have Cerveceria El Chinelo and Punto Rojo Cerveza, among others.

cervezas tepoztlan
craft beer tepoztlan
productos locales tepoztlán
local products tepoztlán

9. Spa and Temazcal

Tepoztlán is a great place to relax and unwind.

Here, you can find many places that offer massages and treatments, and there is something for every budget: from a simple, cozy place on the main street to a hotel with a luxury spa.

I treated myself to the spa at the boutique hotel Casa Fernanda: the anti-stress massage (50 min) which also includes the hydrothermal circuit. It was the best massage of my life! I highly recommend it.

You can also try one of the many temazcales in Tepoztlán, the pre-Hispanic “steam baths” that have both ritual and healing benefits. Several hotels offer this service, such as Valle Mistico, and several spas.

temazcal tepoztlán
temazcal tepoztlán

10. Dilao Sculptures

Visit Dilao, a large sculpture garden surrounded by mountains, created by Eduardo Olbés, a Filipino sculptor who came to Mexico 40 years ago.

Dilao means yellow in Tagalog, referring to the abundance of small yellow wildflowers that fill the three-hectare park.

There are about 50 permanent works and collaborations with different artists that change throughout the year.

It’s a wonderful initiative, especially since it’s a self-sufficient space thanks to a rainwater harvesting system and solar panels that help keep the place green all year round.🌱

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  • Dilao is located at the entrance of Tepoztlán
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What to do in Tepoztlán: other activities

In fact, there are many other things to do in and around Tepoztlán such as rappelling, canyoning, hiking, quad biking, visiting the lava tubes, camping, horseback riding, etc.

You can also visit the Poza de Quetzalcoatl waterfall in Amatlán or discover Tlayacapan, another town located 1 hour from Tepoztlán.

Where to stay in Tepoztlán

I stayed at two hotels in Tepoztlán that I really liked, but they were very different, even though they had a similar budget:

  • Hotel Boutique Casa Fernanda – From 134 usd

This hotel is a beautiful and cozy luxury place with a large garden and pool.

What I especially liked was its location in a quiet area, but close to the street that leads to Tepozteco with all the bars and restaurants. It was the best of both worlds.

It also had a great restaurant on site (breakfast included) that stayed open late into the night, as well as a small cafe with a few tables for a more relaxed atmosphere.

The hotel spa was worth a visit, with a wide range of massages and treatments, including the hydrothermal circuit.

I have already mentioned it above in the article, and I will happily say it again: the anti-stress massage was the best massage I ever had!

  • Ideal for: couples and small families
  • The plus: excellent location, great restaurant open all day, the spa

habitación casa fernanda tepoztlan
room casa fernanda tepoztlan
casa fernanda hotel jardin
casa fernanda hotel garden
  • Hotel Valle Místico (adults only) – From 218 usd

Valle Místico is a hotel with a garden, pool and spacious cabins that blend into the landscape among the mountains of Tepoztlán.

As the name of the hotel suggests, “Mystical Valley” attracts many guests who seek a spiritual retreat, yoga and various cleansing activities. The spa also offers various massages and treatments.

I was looking for a good pet-friendly hotel and I loved the privacy of the place, the calmness and the incredible view of the mountains from my room.

For more details about the hotel, read My Experience at Hotel Valle Mistico in Tepoztlán.

  • Ideal for: couples, a relaxing getaway with friends
  • The plus: the small number of rooms, the cozy garden, the very friendly service in the restaurant
  • Negative points: the location is a bit far (if you want to walk to downtown), the food was good but not amazing

valle mistico tepoztlan
valle mistico tepoztlan
alojarse en tepoztlán
staying in tepoztlan

Are you looking for something else? Check out my detailed article: The 7 Best Hotels in Tepoztlan! (Guide + Tips)

My advice
Tepoztlán is not very big, but hotels are scattered all over the town and surroundings. When choosing your hotel in Tepoztlán, make sure to check its location on a map.

Some hotels are right in the center, while others are a bit far away, which is not ideal if you want to walk around downtown Tepoztlán.

Of course, it all depends on what you prefer, because many hotels have their own restaurant, pool and spa so you don’t have to go out 😉

Where to eat in Tepoztlán

Los Colorines is probably the most famous restaurant in Tepoztlán, easily recognizable by its pretty pink facade on Calle del Tepozteco.

But I never had the chance to go there, despite my three visits to Tepoztlán. Every time I passed by, it was either not open yet (I’m a morning person), or there was already a long wait.

restaurante tepoztlán los colorines
restaurante tepoztlán los colorines

Fortunately, there are many other restaurants in Tepoztlán. Here are some of my suggestions:


You would be amazed by the huge garden hidden behind the door of the Axitla restaurant. You have to see it for yourself.

I had the chicken enchiladas with green sauce, which were delicious, but the best part was the location: a true oasis of calm, with a view of the Tepozteco!

  • Open Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Located on the road to Tepozteco, on the right hand side
Restaurante Axitla tepoztlán
Restaurante Axitla tepoztlán

Street food

Mexico is a paradise for street food lovers, as you can find it everywhere, from the smallest villages to the biggest cities. And of course Tepoztlán is no exception, especially with all the tourists that come here on weekends.

It’s fast and cheap: a winning combination!

My advice
If you’re not used to eating on the street (or at the market), I would recommend you to be careful with your stomach… especially with the spicy food🙃🌶️

The road to Tepozteco is full of stalls, like the one with shrimp skewers.

street food tepoztlán
street food tepoztlán

Tlaxcales are small sweet corn cakes from the state of Tlaxcala, which were originally used as an offering to the dead, but now are also consumed daily.

Sometimes they are a bit dry, but in Tepoztlán they are fresher and softer, with a slight cinnamon flavor.

tlaxcales tepoztlan
tlaxcales tepoztlan

At the market

The market is a must-see in Tepoztlán: it is the heart of the town and it is full of life. There you can buy souvenirs and handicrafts, and of course eat.

Besides the pre-Hispanic dishes from Tlecuil that I mentioned earlier in the article, here are my two recommendations for the market:

  • For local and affordable food, go to Doña Ange for a quesadilla or an itacate.

The word itacate comes from the Nahuatl language and refers to a packaged food that you take on a trip. In other words, “a packed lunch” that is used mainly in rural areas, as the farmers take their itacate for their lunch break.

In Tepoztlán, as in other parts of central Mexico, the word is also used to refer to a kind of small snack made with corn flour.

The ones I saw were filled with beans, or cheese and cream (my favorite) with some filling such as meat, mushroom, potato, etc. I enjoyed Doña Ange’s!

itacate mercado tepoztlán
Itacate de Doña Ange at Tepoztlán market
  • With a completely different style, La Guarida de Baco is a restaurant with a terrace that serves Mexican and European cuisine.

They are open for breakfast, but I went for lunch: I had smoked fish dish 250 pesos, artichoke with gorgonzola cream 100 pesos, mixed salad 50 pesos.

The place is nice, the service is good and the dishes were very delicious.

La Guarida de Baco Tepoztlan
La Guarida de Baco Tepoztlan


If you have a sweet tooth, you can walk down Revolucion de 1910 street, which is next to the market, to Cacao Chocolateria Mexicana.

There you can find chocolate in all its forms (hot and cold drinks, cakes, chocolate bars, etc.) and coffee.

I couldn’t stay because they don’t allow pets and I was with my dog, but I bought some chocolate almonds that were very yummy and ate them as I walked around.

Cacao tepoztlán
Cacao tepoztlán

Another place for dessert in Tepoztlán is the “pays de queso” which are sweet cheesecakes that are quite famous here.

I have tasted the ones from Pastelería Julieta and Lola’s. It’s hard to resist the tempting aroma of butter and sugar that fills the air as I walk by.

pay de queso tepoztlán
pie de queso tepoztlán

I also heard good things about El Ciruelo and Desiderata, but I haven’t had a chance to visit them yet.

But there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Tepoztlán, so explore the streets and keep your eyes open because many places are a bit hidden.

Where to have a drink in Tepoztlán

Since many visitors come to Tepoztlán to party with friends, the Tepozteco street has a lot of bars to choose from for those who want beers and micheladas.

But since some visitors come just for the picturesque side of Tepoztlán and to relax outside of Mexico City, there are also some smaller, quieter and more charming bars.

One of them that I really liked was La Cueva Tepoztlan with its somewhat artistic and plant-filled atmosphere. First we had a singer with his guitar, then a DJ who played some good music. The cocktails were very tasty and there were also several dishes on the menu.  

la cueva bar tepoztlán
la cueva bar tepoztlán

My opinion about Tepoztlán

If “Tepoz”, as many people call it, attracts so many different people, it is because it has so much to offer.

I’ve been there 3 times, and I’m still fascinated by its narrow cobblestone streets, its chapels, its art, its market and its old men watching people go by.

I usually avoid crowds and noise – very touristy places – but Tepoztlán has always seemed to me a great place to visit.

It’s true that the entrance to the center is a bit chaotic with cars, but as soon as you leave Tepozteco street and Revolucion street, you find a quiet, picturesque and charming town.

calles tepoztlán
calles tepoztlán
tepoztlán morelos
tepoztlán morelos

Where is Tepoztlán?

Tepoztlán is located in the north of the state of Morelos, about 1h30-2 h from Mexico City and 45 minutes from Cuernavaca, in south-central Mexico.

How to get to Tepoztlán from Mexico City

  • By car: 1h30-2h drive from Mexico City, but be aware that traffic can be very heavy. Leave early in the morning, especially since it is the same route as Cuernavaca, which is another common weekend destination. You can calculate tolls with Traza tu Ruta website.

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Here are all the best things to do and places to see in Tepoztlán, mentioned in the article:

Handicrafts in Tepoztlán

If you go to the market, you will find typical handicrafts of Tepoztlán.

I invite you to notice two things:

  • You will see the figure of the chinelo in all its forms (wood, cup, shot, etc). It is the star of the traditional festivities of the state of Morelos and a true symbol of the local culture.
  • The “casitas de pochote” are small houses carved from the dried thorns of a tree called pochote (ceiba pentandra). A unique local art that deserves support.

My advice
There are also several small shops that sell huaraches (sandals) made in Tepoztlán, such as El Zacatillo.

They are much cheaper than in the big stores, of better quality, and mostly made by local artisans and not by underpaid workers in a factory in Malaysia. 😉

You have to look carefully because the finish is not always perfect, but I found some very nice ones and hope to buy more next time.

chinelo tepoztlan
The Chinelo in Tepoztlan

How long to visit Tepoztlán?

Many people choose to visit Tepoztlán in one day from Mexico City, just to eat and walk around a bit. The town center is quite small, so it’s easy to explore on foot.

If you want to visit Tepoztlán in one day, you can:

  • Walk along the entire street that leads to Tepozteco
  • Climb up to the archaeological site (or just go up the Tepozteco hill*).
  • Go back down and visit the old convent of the Nativity
  • Eat at the Tepoztlán market in front of the convent or look for a restaurant nearby

*As an alternative to Tepozteco, you can also visit the Sanctuary of Venaditos and then return to the center.

Personally, I like to take my time to relax, so I think the ideal is to spend 2 or 3 days in Tepoztlán.

When to go to Tepoztlán?

The best time to visit Tepoztlán depends on what you are looking for. The weather is nice all year round (around 64-68 °F), but it gets warmer from March-April onwards.

Winter nights are cool, but a warm jacket (or a sweater) is enough. I have been there twice in December and I enjoyed it.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, go during the week.

If you want to have fun and see more people, go on the weekend. The town has a totally different vibe.

Also keep in mind that the town gets very crowded on holidays (New Year’s Eve, long weekends, Easter, etc.).

If you want to experience something typical, local and colorful:

  • The Tepoztlán Carnival (late February-early March) which is one of the most important carnivals in the state of Morelos. You can see the famous chinelos, dancers who wear colorful costumes and masks and jump to the rhythm of music.
  • El Reto al Tepozteco (late August-early September) which is the most important festival of the year and shows an interesting mix of Catholic and pre-Hispanic beliefs. It is a reenactment of a battle between the locals and the Aztecs, who tried to impose their god on them.
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