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Discover Tlaxcala, one of Mexico’s authentic treasures

By Colleen Besman

The Audubon Society of Mexico has announced another in its series of ecological adventure trips, this one a three-day getaway from August 21 to 24 that will open another Mexican world to you.

Audubon de Mexico Eco Journeys
Trip to Tlaxcala
Aug 21-24
415 152-3644 or 415 100-2798
US$590 or 7,700 pesos

Tlaxcala is a little known gem, bordering northern Puebla and east of Estado de Mexico, which is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Its capital, Ciudad de Tlaxcala, offers extraordinary museums, historical murals, markets, folk art, and traditional cuisine, and it is only a four-hour drive from San Miguel de Allende. The group will stay at the Hotel Misión San Francisco on the main square.

Founded by the Chichimecas in 1208, Tlaxcala was never part of the Aztec empire. At the time of the Spanish conquest it was an independent republic ruled by four chieftains who eventually allied themselves with the Spaniards against their longtime Aztec enemies.

Huamantla, the state’s second largest city, known for its historic haciendas, features dramatic views of its open landscapes and distant volcanoes. This charming city of unique churches and museums is home to the remarkable National Puppet Museum of Mexico.

Join us at the 300-year-old Hacienda Tenexac, a prime location for seeing birds and flora. Two sisters, Paz and Rosario, descendants of the original owners, still run the hacienda for raising prime bulls and are also known for their fine cooking. This hacienda was one of the largest in Mexico, with vast agricultural lands, which were confiscated during the Agriculture Reformation in the 1930s. The hacienda is a living museum where the family still gathers every weekend.

We’ll visit Malintzi National Park, with Mexico’s fourth largest volcano, situated in the center of the state, for hiking and birding in its pine forest. In addition, we’ll bird watch and tour the exceptional archeological site of Cacaxtla, containing Mexico’s best-preserved ancient murals. The murals are often compared to those at Bonampak in eastern Chiapas, but they are far more accessible and better preserved. They stand on their own as works of art that rely on traditional meso-American myths and motifs — jaguars, plumed serpents, the cultivation of corn (in one particularly delightful sequence, ears of corn appear with human faces), the duality of life and death. The most extensive are two panels measuring together more than 70 feet long called “The Battle,” depicting two groups of warriors engaged in fierce combat. One group is dressed in jaguar skins; the other group wears plumed headdresses.

Join us for this insightful journey, traveling with the comfort of a small group led by our expert guides who will help you discover one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets.

The price, based on a double room, is US $590 or 7,700 pesos, which includes accommodation, transport, breakfasts, one lunch, all tips and entrance fees.

If you are interested in going on this trip please contact Colleen Besman, Audubon Board Trip Coordinator, at or by phone at 415 152-3644 or 415 100-2798.

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