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Zacapoaxtla, delve into the history and natural diversity

In the northern part of Puebla, high in the Sierra Madre Oriental, is the town of Zacapoaxtla. Its landscapes, are decorated by the mountains, the Texpilco and Atehuetzien rivers. And the extinct Apaxtepec volcano.

The word Zacapoaxtla comes from the Nahuatl words “zacatl” (zacate) and tlan (place). And is translated as “Place where the grass is counted.” The history of this population goes back to pre-Hispanic times.


There is data that indicates that this population arose after 1270 AD, after the eruption of the Apaxtepec volcano buried the Xaltetelli people. And gave way to the foundation of Zacapoaloyan, Zacapoaxtla today.

The inhabitants of this city played a fundamental role in the events of May 5th, 1862, better known as the Battle of Puebla. The Zacapoaxtlas Indians descended from the mountains to confront and defeat the sophisticated French army.

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How to get there

If you travel from Mexico City, your journey will take approximately 3 and a half hours. You can take the toll road 150 (Mexico-Puebla). Drive to the Amozoc booth and take the detour to Cuetzalan, on Highway 129. Continue until you find the toll road towards Teziutlán.

Continue there, pass the first gate and turn onto the deviation to Zaragoza, stay on the road until you find the sign for Zacapoaxtla.

What is there to visit in Zacapoaxtla?

Zacapoaxtla has a temperate climate with frequent rains that cause dense curtains of mist. However, during the day it disperses enough so that you can enjoy its attractions.

If you walk through the plinth you can admire the Municipal Palace. Which dates from 1890 and mixes the Greco-Roman and Byzantine architectural styles. Inside the Palace, you can find representative murals of the Battle of May 5th.


You can also visit the Xolalpancalli Regional Museum, where sculptures of the pre-Hispanic cultures of the region are exhibited. As well as objects and documents from the time of the French intervention.

Another attraction is the viewpoints, in Zacapoaxtla there are three: the Santa Anita viewpoint. Also, the north viewpoint and the Miguel Negrete street viewpoint. However, your best option to get in touch with nature is the Apulco valley and the waterfalls “La olla” “La Gloria” and “Velo de novia”.


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