The ex-convent of Dominico de la Natividad, was bult during the XVI century by the orders of the Dominican monks. It was also declared a World Heritage Site and there's the museum of Tepoztlán Historic Documentation. You can hire an English speaker guide at the entrance. It has permanent expositions of how people used to live, the food they ate (most of them are pretty much the same ones we eat nowdays), their clothing and their customs. Very interesting and it's free on Sundays.
It took me 2 hours to get to the top. You get a beautiful view from the pyramid located there and chances are you see an UFO!
Bring enough water, cool clothing and comfortable shoes as it is a little tough to climb it. At the top there is a small grocery store where to buy water and snacks. Sit down and enjoy them as you see other people's faces when getting to the top jeje!!
I took me 1:20 min to go down to town.
For US20 I could get my aura photographed and a soul-cleaning session (it was four years ago). The owner also read my aura and told me I have 3 angels protecting me and I'm connected directly with God as in my head there's a hardly visible line pointing to the sky.
My aura's colors are green and indigo blue, I have been told it's a beautiful one (great!).
My Korean friend's aura was different, and she was told she'll have the ability to talk to many people in the future. What the owner didn't know was that she was studying Communications at that time and now she works for a newspaper in her hometown!!
If you have a few days, make arrangements to see Quintas. These beautiful homes are hidden behind wide gates that are covered by bouganvillea and swing open to reveal beautiful adobe houses, manicured lawns and refreshing pools. Spanish and Moroccan tiles line the floors of these mansions and cool breezes blow into the screen-less windows.
These homes are the essence of Mexican interior design.
If you have a few days, make arrangements to see Quintas, beautiful estates that are hidden behind wide gates, covered by bouganvillea that swing open to adobe houses, manicured lawns, and cool pools. These charming houses often have no screens in windows, so that when they are open, you get a sense of being more connected to the outdoors. Beautiful Spanish and Moroccan tiles line the floors of these homes and coral gables often top the roofs. The essence of Mexican architecture is in these homes.
The main cathedral with adjacent monastery is worth your time. The monastery has a lot of history, and is now used as a museum. Very interesting and nice architecture. When I was there, people were redoing some of the paintwork in the original pattern. It was remarkable, the amount of tiny detail work they were doing.
The courtyard in the front is a nice place to enjoy the afternoon if you need to relax. It was one of the most interesting places I found to people watch in Mexico, although you have to be discreet because mostly there are young lovers enjoying a stroll (or more!) right in front of the Catholic church!
The best way to see the countryside is to get a guided tour on a horse. We met a local who knew someone who knew someone else that gave horseback rides. He was just a farmer with horses, trying to make some extra income, but very friendly and nice 2 hour tour. We tipped extravagantly. I'm assuming if you just meet someone in town, they can point you to someone who would be willing to give you a tour. Then ask a taxi to take you from town to wherever you're supposed to meet for the tour. We got to ride through the streets a bit (which can be a bit scary if you're not a whiz on horses) and then up the foothills where you'll get a great view of the valleys below and the farms above. Warning: There are a lot of dogs around that will bark at you, but just try not to be nervous, as the horse can read your body language and will get nervous too.
This is the local Aztec pyramid. I did not actually climb it, but I heard from others who did that the climb is long and arduous. You can see from the photo that the hills are steep, and you have to climb this before getting to the pyramid. Allow 2-3 hours roundtrip. And start early in the morning, it won't be so hot! I also heard that sometimes the gates to the pyramid are closed, so you'll have to see it from afar, which is agravating after the long climb.
At downtown there's the Parroquia de la Natividad and at the entrance gate there's the famous mural made from seeds. Don't forget to visit the ex-convent next to it.