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Teziutlán

Teziutlán, one of Puebla's new Magical Towns, nestles high in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain chain. This is believed to be the foggiest part of the country.

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What Makes It Magical

Tucked into Puebla’s mountains under a blanket of fog, Teziutlán is known as “La Perla de la Sierra” (the pearl of the mountains)! This destination stands out for its weather and dense cloud forests that make good on its name, which comes from the Náhuatl language. The words: teciitl, yotl, tepetl, and tzintlán, mean “hail, property, mountain,” and “down,” or “place close to the mountain where it hails.”

Located in the northeastern region of the state of Puebla, very close to the state of Veracruz, it has historically been closely tied to coastal trade. It is said that Hernán Cortés passed through Teziutlán on his way to conquer Tenochtitlan. In pre-Hispanic times, this area was inhabited by the Otomí, Nahua, Mazateco, and Totonaca peoples.

The surrounding landscape is studded with natural attractions, including forests, mountains, and some waterfalls. There are a range of ecotourism activities that let you explore these, accompanied by the fog that blankets the area 280 days a year.

Among the town’s attractions, its historical monuments and gastronomy shine. In addition to the Santa María de la Asunción cathedral, there is the Nuestra Señora del Carmen sanctuary, the Palacio Municipal (town hall), Victoria theater, and the bullring, Plaza de Toros El Pinal.

If you want to take your adventures one step further, the Templo Expiatorio Guadalupano de Texaxaca, another extraordinary church, and parks such as El Pinal and other stunning nearby natural attractions, await.

Why You Should Go

The Gastronomy

Teziutlán is famous for its flavors, and the puffy tlayoyo corn patties filled with alberjón (Blue Lupin seeds) are undoubtedly the stars. Head to the market, Mercado Victoria, to get a taste. Other delicacies include the traditional chilposo soup made with locally grown vegetables and beef or chicken; beans cooked with epazote leaves, corn dough and cheese; various breads baked in wood-fired ovens; and gelatins bathed in homemade rompope (an eggnog-like drink).

At the Very Least

Visit the Catedral de Santa María de la Asunción. This cathedral dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption was built in pink limestone, typical of the region, in 1952. Wonder at its neoclassical architecture with ornate baroque detailing!

Check out the Casa de la Cultura. This old, mid-19th-century mansion built in typical regional style is now a cultural center. However, it still has its roof with large clay tiles, wood floors, and pine beams.

Don’t Miss

  1. Stop by the Antigua Estación de Ferrocarril and check out this old train station’s museum.
  2. Wander the beautiful bamboo groves.
  3. Savor its delicious cuisine.
  4. Explore the mountains along the route through the fog.