A visit to Tepoztlan, Magic Town in the State of Morelos, is not complete if you do not visit its market and its tianguis. After waking up early and climbing to the top of the Tepozteco hill, what can be more enjoyable than a refreshing fruit juice and a well served breakfast?
Go to the local market, which is located directly opposite the church of the Nativity, in the center of town. The first thing you will see are men and women selling their own harvested products: strawberries, blackberries, pumpkins, pomegranates, and many other vegetables. If you live near Tepoztlan, you can take advantage of this and buy organic products at affordable prices.
As you go deeper inside the market, you will find food stalls: some offer “comida corrida” (a special meal each day, with a full menu including soup, rice, and a stew), pozole (hominy soup), pancita, cecina tacos and the delicious hand-made quesadillas. The dough for these quesadillas is prepared while the customer waits, and you can choose from a variety of stews to stuff them with: stewed mushrooms, chicken or beef tinga, potatoes with poblano chile slices, hash and more. You must try the itacates, triangular shaped corn gorditas, cut in half and stuffed with cheese or a stew.
On Sundays, a crafts tianguis is set up on the main street, always full of tourists. Here you will find clothes –hand painted shirts, guayabera shirts, cotton dresses –; wooden toys, teponaxtles – pre-Hispanic musical instruments – scented candles, crafts – such as the typical little houses made out of tree trunks – and stalls selling freshly baked bread. Remember to bring along a cloth bag to carry all of your purchases!
Where: downtown Tepoztlan, opposite the Church of the Nativity, Tepoztlan, Morelos.