Discover Tlaxcala, one of Mexico’s authentic treasures

By Colleen Besman

Audubon Eco Journeys has announced another in its series of ecological adventure trips, this one a three-day getaway from March 20 to 23 that will open another world of Mexico to you.

Tlaxcala, Mexico’s Least Explored State
Audubon Eco Journeys
Mar 20-23
US$715 Audubon members
US$740 non-members
Colleen Besman 152-3644 or

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 delicious traditional cuisine, and it is only a four-hour drive from San Miguel de Allende.

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.

The tour will also visit 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.

Also on the itinerary is Malinche National Park, with Mexico’s fourth largest volcano, situated in the center of the state, for hiking and birding in its pine forest, and the exceptional archeological site of Cacaxtla, containing Mexico’s best preserved ancient murals. They 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.

This insightful journey offers the comfort of a small group led by expert guides who will help you discover one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets.

The price, based on a double room, is US$740 (a little less for Audubon members), 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 at 415 152-3644 or


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