Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Tula and Tepotzotlan

We hopped into a Central Terminal bound van just outside our hotel, and 3 hours later were settled in Tula in the Hotel Casablanca (Pasaje Hidalgo, 11) which happens to be next door to the only vegetarian restaurant in town. Woohoo!.

Most folks see the Toltec ruins at Tula as a half-day trip from Mexico City but we decided to spend two nights; seeing the ruins the afternoon of our arrival and daytripping to Tepotzotlan the next day.

So of course we liked Tula: good hotel next to a vegetarian Restaurant; awesome ruins - hope the photos and video below do them justice; and the highly touted museum in Tepotzotlan which was worth price of admission and the longish trip.

Mana Vegetarian restaurant adjacent to our hotel.
Tula, Mexico

Ball Court #1 - Tula Ruins.
Tula, Mexico

Atlantes Warriors - Tula Ruins.
Tula, Mexico

And some video.


Temple.
Tula, Mexico

First Course - Enslada and Fruta (Salads and Fruits).
Tula, Mexico

Second Course - Crema and Sopa (Cream Soup and Clear Soup).
Tula, Mexico

Main Course - Tres Guisados (Three Dishes).
Tula, Mexico

Museum of the Viceroyalty of New Spain at Tepotzotlan, Mexico.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

Dome of San Pedro Aposto - part of the Museum.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

San Pedro Aposto.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

Camarin of the Capilla of the Virgen of Loreto - part of the museum.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

Idigeous Motifs - Chapel of the Virgen of Loreto.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

Camarin of Chapel of the Virgen of Loreto.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

We were fascinated by "wedding portraits" of nuns in the museum - married to God of course.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

Monastery of San Pedro - part of the museum.
Tepotzotlan, Mexico

6 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

More videos!

Crash Eddy said...

All this artwork blows me away! From a photo in which you capture the whole ceiling or wall, I can't imagine the detail if one gets up close to it. Had to be hoards of workers way back then creating these arts.

WQZ said...

this Tula ruin looks more spacious and sparse than those on the Yucatan. It integrates so beautifully with the surrounding mountains. Where are the tourists? The new Spain chapels are so rich with new world gold.

ethiessen1 said...

Amazing photos as always. Thanks for sharing them

john said...

Crash, I will try to included more videos. Thanks for the encouragement!...Yes! Constructing and outfitting those churches used lots of local labor, often not willing.

Weiqing, Tula is in the desert thus open and spacious. After today's weekday excursion to Teotihuacan, I can tell you that's where all the tourists are including Chinese traveling during Spring Festival.

Thanks Eric!

WQZ said...

wow chinese during spring festival! now it makes sense after your reporting - everyone knows teotihuacan but not tula. you guys always find better sites to spend more time.