Look inside a monastery built by Augustinian monks. Check out cave paintings. Listen to traditional bands play.
Things to do
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What Makes it Magical
A world of wonders is hidden here, starting with the incredible mountain landscape, Mexico’s oldest Town Hall, dozens of gorgeous neighborhood chapels, traditions, gastronomy, and a superb 16th-century monastery.
Why You Should Go
Templo y Ex Convento de San Juan Bautista
- Augustinian monks built this church and monastery, which was finished in 1572.
- It features an open chapel, the pilgrim’s entrance, an impressive cloister with gothic vaults.
- Its sala de profundis (prayer room) has one of the best preserved mural works in central Mexico.
- It’s one of the 12 monasteries on the slopes of Popocatépetland a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At the Very Least
Check out the cloister, now a museum. There are four mummified children here.
- Doing a bike tour of the town to see all the neighborhood chapels.
- Checking out the cave paintings of the archeological corridor.
- Witnessing the Chinelos dances at carnival.