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Tlayacapan

Look inside a monastery built by Augustinian monks. Check out cave paintings. Listen to traditional bands play.

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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.

Don’t Miss

  1. Doing a bike tour of the town to see all the neighborhood chapels.
  2. Checking out the cave paintings of the archeological corridor.
  3. Witnessing the Chinelos dances at carnival.