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PRE-HISPANIC TRADITIONS REFLECTED THROUGHOUT THE TOWN

Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc is a small town but full of history, both pre-Hispanic and colonial.

Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc is known as the "City of Marble Streets" due to its marble and stone paving. Walking through its narrow streets, you can admire its charming and well-preserved colonial architecture. The town is set in a beautiful natural environment, surrounded by hills and lush vegetation. 

It is a place that holds great respect for Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor who played a very active role during the conquest of Tenochtitlán. The remains of this historical figure are located here.

Located approximately 30 km from Taxco and less than three hours from Mexico City.

Gastronomy of Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc

Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc is famous for its traditional Mexican cuisine, characterized by rich flavors and diverse ingredients. Some local specialties to try include: Pozole, a traditional stew made with hominy, meat (usually pork), and various spices, as well as different types of tamales. However, Ixcateopan is truly famous for a pre-Hispanic drink called Chilate, made from cacao and water. You can try it at any of the stalls around the main square.

Handicrafts in Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc

The talented artisans produce a wide variety of handicrafts, including:

Marble Sculptures: Skilled artisans create intricate sculptures, figurines, and decorative objects from local marble, showcasing the town's artistic tradition.

Pottery: Traditional pottery techniques are used to create functional and decorative objects such as vases, bowls, and plates with vibrant colors and intricate designs.

Textiles: Local weavers create beautiful textiles using traditional techniques, producing blankets, rugs, and clothing adorned with indigenous designs.

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What to See in Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc

Tourist Attractions in Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc

Parroquia de la Asunción de María (Parish of the Assumption of Mary)

This impressive 16th-century church is a national monument and an important landmark in Ixcateopan. Its golden altarpieces stand out, but the most important thing is that it is said that the remains of Cuauhtémoc, the last tlatoani of the Mexica Empire, lie beneath its main altar. Although this has not been officially confirmed, every February 28th, the town celebrates the anniversary of the last tlatoani's death.

Ixcateopan Archaeological Site

Explore the archaeological site dating back to 350 A.D. with at least five stages of construction, the last one being in 1450, and it is known that the site was occupied until the arrival of the Spaniards. Here you can contemplate the remains of different Mesoamerican civilizations that once inhabited the area.

This settlement was occupied by Matlazincas, Tepoztecos, Nahuas, and Chontales, and its ruins are located on a natural elevation, covering about 5000 m2.

Plaza Principal (Main Plaza)

The heart of the town, the main square offers a pleasant atmosphere with its gardens, benches, and surrounding historical buildings. It is an excellent place to relax and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Santa María de la Asunción Museum

This place is where Cuauhtémoc's tomb is located, so it is filled with offerings during festivals and commemorative ceremonies are held.

It also has a unique atmosphere, with its intense smell of copal giving it a magical touch. 

Ixcateopan Site Museum

Formerly known as the Museum of Indigenous Resistance. It is located in the main square next to the library and exhibits codices and other pieces from the cultures that inhabited the region. It also offers a collection of paintings on amate paper.

What to Do in Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc

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Unmissable Experiences in Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc

Visit the Archaeological Zone 

It was an important economic and ceremonial center of the Mexicas, and local materials such as limestone, marble, and slabs were used for its construction.

Attend the Annual Ceremony to Honor of Cuauhtémoc

Held on February 23rd, Cuauhtémoc's birthday, it is celebrated with dances and performances in various languages, as well as other ceremonies with pre-Hispanic reminiscences.

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