Visit San Pablito
The town lies
about two and a half hours by car from Mexico City. Drive
past the Teotihuacán pyramids until the town of
Tulancingo. Take the highway toward Poza Rica (North East).
Pass the road toward Metepec, and your next left, at San
Pedro (a handful of little stores and a restaurant) takes
you toward Pahuatlán. There are two hotels here: one
is comfortable (Hotel Jardín), one is splendid (Hotel
San Carlos). You can then take the road toward the river.
Just after the bridge, take the fork to the left and follow
it to the end.
You can also
take a bus from Mexico City's Northern Terminal to
Tulancingo, another to Pahuatlán from there, and then
another straight to San Pablito.
was formed to promote San Pablito's Culture through exhibits
and exchanges, to offer classes and to offer the more than
thirty member families a place to sell their work at
standard prices. Lots of customers like to haggle, and we
have seen artesans get less back than they paid for the
material when they need cash urgently. Please keep this in
mind and don't abuse.
Have a wander
around the town. Living conditions are extremely harsh. As
if to spite their situation, people here are generally
friendly and many are talented artesans, making all sorts of
bead work (including beautiful beaded blouses), amate paper
products, embroidery, and wood carving. However, many -
especially women - don't speak Spanish, but rather their own
native language. When greeting people, pronounce it
"tay-hot-say" or just "hot-say".
hand about indigenous culture, together with the beautiful
crafts, friendly people, mountain views, local food, great
hiking, excellent locally grown coffee - all make this a
memorable trip into the real heart of Mexico and its