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WITH AN INTERESTING OTOMÍ PAST

Ixtenco offers a great cultural richness evident in its cuisine, crafts, and festivals. It is considered the last stronghold of Otomi culture in Tlaxcala.

It is famous for its corn festival and craters, but exploring its ancient haciendas and beautiful natural surroundings is a complete experience.

The San Juan Bautista Festival or Corn Festival takes place on the night of June 23 when the town is covered with impressive carpets made of corn grains and flowers, over which the procession carrying the patron saint circulates. The following day, there is a big celebration with food, dances and fireworks.

When visiting Ixtenco, you can purchase a beautiful piece made with the complex pepenado technique or a craft made with colored corn, such as majestic paintings of landscapes or religious motifs, or delicate jewelry like necklaces and earrings.

It is located an hour from the city of Tlaxcala and a little more than two hours from Mexico City.

Ixtenco

What to See in Ixtenco

Tourist Attractions in Ixtenco

Templo de San Juan Bautista

It was built in the 16th century and is characterized by being constructed with local stone. Its tower and bell are the largest among the churches and temples of Tlaxcala. Another unique feature is the large frames with religious figures made of seeds located at the entrance of the temple.

These seed paintings can also be seen on the facades of the mayordomos' houses who are in charge of the Corn Festival.

Pepenado Craft Workshop

You can visit Casa Tierra Yuhmu, a workshop dedicated to creating pepenado embroidery. During your visit, you can learn about the process of this complex technique and acquire a beautiful piece with unique designs.

Interactive Library of Indigenous Languages "La Canica"

Ixtenco is the only place in the country where the Yuhmu language, a variant of Otomi, is preserved. This library takes actions to contribute to its preservation. It has a collection of books in indigenous languages and an area with traditional games like yoyos, spinning tops, and skill games. Open Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Community Museum

Its objective is to promote the Yuhmu language. It exhibits pieces such as seed paintings, pepenado embroideries, and archaeological artifacts found in the area. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00 hrs and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

What to Do in Ixtenco

Select your Adventure in Tlaxcala

UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES IN IXTENCO

Enjoy the Best Views

From Xalapasco Hill, also known as "the lord of the 10 craters," you can observe various craters created by volcanic activity in the area hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Camp on Xalapasco Hill

To enjoy the impressive landscapes of the area, you can hike up the hill and practice hiking and mountain biking.

Explore La Malinche

It is a protected area of 45,711 hectares perfect for enjoying nature and outdoor activities. From its summit, you can see the landscapes of Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccíhuatl, and Popocatépetl. If you love hiking, this place is a must-visit, as in hours you can reach the ancient crater located at 4,461 meters above sea level. Nearby, there are cabins.

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