Photo: Starre Vartan
Driving out from Mexico City, miles and miles (or kilometers) of flat farmland and fields stretch out in front of you; but it's easy to remember that you're traveling to the mountains, with peaks like these in the distance.
Once you have crossed the plains, a few small cities/large towns await, and after the hours of wheat-field vistas, it is a welcome sight to cruise through traffic in town, especially with friendly locals and sherbet-colored churches to amuse like the one above.
Soon, you start wending your way on mountain roads, which are great fun for anyone who enjoys their time behind the wheel (I do!), but would be a challenge to a less-confident driver. This is one of the few straight-aways on the curvy drive up to Cuetzalan.
The streets of Cuetzalan are steep and cobblestoned (which makes it a bit easier for cars to climb their slopes).
The town's market features local fresh fruits and vegetables, indigenous clothing (like embroidered blouses and other textiles), street food and fresh-squeezed juices (check out my post on the food and drinks here).
This is a typical view from Cuetzalan; as the town is built into a steep mountainside, it has unobstructed views of the Sierra Madre range.
A typical street in Cuetzalan; you can see how steep it is, as well as the beautiful flowers that add color to the vistas.
Some streets are too steep for cars, and have been made into pedestrian-only stair zones.
A view of the market from the open square in front of the main church in Cuetzalan.
I found unique and very comfortable accommodations at Hotel La Casa Piedra on this street just 2 minutes away from the town's main plaza.
The interior courtyard of the Hotel La Casa Piedra.
Cuetzalan by night.
All photos:Starre Vartan
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