The Tepozteco National Park was created for the conservation and protection of its flora, fauna and archaeological area.
Nestled in the Sierra del Ajusco local stories tell of the mountains radiating a powerful positive energy which would be accentuated on 21 March, the date of the spring equinox, in which hundreds of visitors would come.
Pyramid of Tepozteco: The god Ometochtli - Tepoztécatl, God of the Pulque associated with the fertility plant and with the wind was worshipped here. It was built by the villagers of Tepoztecos associated with Xochimilca between 1150 and 1350 AD. This building located at the top of the hill, was cleared of vegetation that covered it by the Tepozteco Engineer Francisco Rodriguez with the help of the community in 1895.
Open all year from 9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m. Admission: $ 37 pesos.
On Sundays and holidays: free admission. It is advisable to take bottled water and wear comfortable shoes, preferably tennis shoes.
Axihtla Cross: The Cross of Axihtla or Baptistery is located at the foot of Tepozteco Hill along the Atongo river. Legend has it that on September 8, 1538 Saint Dominic of the Annunciation arranged the conversion of the King of Tepoztlan to the Christian faith, baptizing him in the Axihtla creek. This facilitated the evangelization of much of the population by the Dominicans.
"Ecaliztli Ihuicpan Tepuztécatl" or Challenge Against Tepozteco : On the 7th and 8th of September of each year local authorities make an offering to Ometochtli, and put on a theatrical performance in the Nahuatl language which depicts the conversion of Lord Tepozteco to Christianity and the rightful claim of the kings of the region. At 7:00p.m., the townspeople climb the pyramid and pray late into the night.