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The bus was accessible from the airport...down a ramp, through more security, and onto a lovely pullman.

The bus was accessible from the airport…down a ramp, through more security, and onto a lovely pullman.

My daughter-in-law, Nannette and I landed in Mexico City and were immediately on our way to Tepoztlán to visit her friend.

Permanent shrine on a small side street.

Permanent shrine on a small side street.

We had no idea what to expect after traveling on a slow bus through the dark mountains to Cuernavaca but we hailed a taxi and soldiered on. (See easier transportation below.)

We had been warned that Tepoztlàn is a tourist town but saw no signs of this as our cab wound its way up and down and through the steep, narrow, cobblestone streets. Finally the driver held my cell phone to his ear, getting corner-by-corner instructions from our hostess.P1050019

What we found the next morning was a charming mountain village. We got our first look around before breakfast when our hostess sent us for fresh tortillas. With friendly instructions from a group of men at our third turn and after wandering into the wrong yard, we located the shop. We chatted P1050026with the owner and met her family while waiting for our piping hot tortillas.

This is a town from my childhood geography books.IMG_1147 Church steeples on each horizon, massive doorways and bougainvillea to treat the eye.

Being here a week before Dia de los Muertos let us in on the the local traditions. Bells were ringing loudly, often and long. Firecrackers

Marigolds are beginning to be seen everywhere. (This is a pick-up load.)

Marigolds are beginning to be seen everywhere. (This is a pick-up load.)

and fireworks provided the staccato. Our friends told us

They seem to have worn out a few bells.

They seem to have worn out a few bells.

(and a local bell-ringer verified) that the church bells will ring for 24 hours in honor of the ancestors next week.

I don’t know what happens on weekdays but the town was hopping on Saturday. Markets lined the streets and filled the zocalo well into the night.

Two-week pottery sale in the zocalo.

Two-week pottery sale in the zocalo.

Children played in the streets as their parents visitedP1050065. Couples spilled from the bars to the sound of American songs.

Any tourists seemed to be weekenders or daytrippers from Mexico City.

Visitors and residents are treated to a plethora of spas. Opportunities for massages and Sweat Lodges line the main street.

A great spa, I'll tell more about my experience.

A great spa, I’ll tell more about my experience.

Tepoztlàn was a much better choice for us than Mexico City. From small towns to a small town seems a perfect transition.

TRAVEL NOTES:

Easiest way from Mexico City is Pullman de Morelos. Get a cab from the airport to the bus station. The buses leave often and will drop you at a station just above Tepoztlàn. From there for around 30 pesos, get a taxi to the zocalo or your destination in town.