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Friday, December 10, 2010; 11:54 AM

Getting there

American Airlines offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Mexico City, with fares starting at $642 round-trip. Buses leave approximately every 45 minutes from Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport to Cuernavaca for about $12 one way. From there, you can take a taxi (approximately 35 minutes) to Tepoztlan for about $12.

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Where to stay

La Buena Vibra Retreat & Spa

San Lorenzo No. 7, Valle de Atongo

011-52-739-3951-491

hotelbuenavibra.com

Luxury hotel with regular yoga classes in a quiet area east of the town center. Rooms from about $138 a night.

Posada del Tepozteco

Paraiso No. 3, Barrio de San Miguel

011-52-739-395-00-10

www.posadadeltepozteco.com.mx

Boutique hotel with 21 rooms, surrounded by gardens and gorgeous mountain vistas. Rooms start at $105 during the week, $208 on weekends.

Where to eat

Tepoznieves

Av. 5 de Mayo 21

011-52-739-395-3813

www.tepoznieves.com.mx

One of several locations of this popular ice cream store. A "nieve" is a cross between ice cream and Italian ice. The smallest size costs about 80 cents.

El Brujo Restaurant-Bar

Ave. 5 de Mayo No. 2, Plaza Torres, Zona Centro

011-52-739-395-4695

One of Tepoztlan's more sophisticated restaurants, offering salads, lasagnas, savory crepes and dishes with Mexican flourishes, such as chicken stuffed with mushrooms and cheese with a sauce made of "flor de calabasa" (pumpkin flower). Entrees start at around $6.50.

What to do

The strenuous but worthwhile hike up to the Tepozteco pyramid is roughly a mile and a half and takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half to complete. The entrance to the path begins at the foot of the mountain at the end of Avenue Tepozteco. The pathway is open every day except Monday. Admission is about $3.20, except Sundays, when it's free.

Information

www.visitmexico.com

R.S.


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