AAA Editor Notes
Tepozteco Pyramid (Pirámide de Tepozteco) stands at the top of a hill n. of town; the walking trail begins at the n. end of Av. 5 de Mayo/Del Tepozteco. Built around 1200 by the Tlahuica Indians, it honored the god Tepoztécatl.
The pyramid is about a 1.3-mile hike from the parking lot. Approximately 35 feet tall, it rises from a stone platform and can be climbed (the 13 steps are very tall). At the top are the remains of a two-room temple, still showing evidence of carved door jambs and pedestals. Your reward for all of this exertion is the view of the valley below, which is simply magnificent. Peanuts are for sale to feed the coatimundis (tejones); these long-snouted, tree-dwelling relatives of the raccoon, native to Mexico and Central America, beg for food from visitors.
Note: The walking trail is very steep and very rocky the entire way; wear sturdy shoes and bring a large bottle of water. The trek takes a little over an hour and is recommended only for people who are in reasonable physical shape. The trail ends at a steep staircase that leads up to the pyramid. But trees provide shade along the way and the countryside is beautiful, so plan on several stops to both conserve energy and admire the views.