Tetela de Ocampo Magical Town | Where to Go and What to Do

Tetela de Ocampo Puebla
Magical Town

Where to Go & What to Do

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Tetela de Ocampo is a privileged place for its impressive landscapes and history.

Between large hills such as Zotolo, Zoyayo and Coyoyo, lies an ancient town with colorful buildings and cobblestone streets that play with the clouds descending at minimal distances.

Everything revolves around the Plaza de la Constitución, a place that recalls the liberal vocation of the region. The history of Tetela can be learned by watching the murals that adorn the walls of the Municipal Palace.

There are two in the event hall: one resembles a codex explaining the creation of the town, the other narrates in high relief the Battle of Cinco de Mayo.

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The spiritual center of this Magical Town is the Parish of Santa María de la Asunción, built in the 19th century. From its bell tower it is possible to have a 360 degree view of the landscape of hills and clouds.

Sunday is the ideal day to visit Tetela, since in its main square it is possible to find a large number of artisans offering their products.

Tetela shelters in its mountains extraordinary natural landscapes ranging from endless banks of fog, imposing canyons, gigantic waterfalls, crystal clear springs, lush forests, a variety of endemic flora and fauna.

🏙 Activities in Tetela de Ocampo Puebla

Top 10 Attractions

  1. Zócalo de Tetela de Ocampo - Monuments
  2. Battle of May 5th Mural at the Municipal Palace
  3. St. Mary of the Assumption Parish
  4. Posada Olayo House Museum
  5. Tres Juanes Museum
  6. Tlapalcalli House Museum
  7. La Cañada
  8. Cerro de los Frailes
  9. Aconco Waterfalls
  10. Acocomoca Grottoes

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Tetela is a Magical Town due to its impressive natural landscapes and history within the Battle of May 5, 1862.

In addition to the fact that it is located between large hills such as Zotolo, Zoyayo and Coyoyo where the clouds descend to minimum distances, here you can appreciate the Sea of Clouds.

Tetela de Ocampo has the decree of Three Times Heroic due to 3 historical events in which the inhabitants of this town participated in an outstanding way in defense of the homeland:

  • Battle of Puebla of May 5, 1862, being the first Mexicans to confront the French.
  • The Taking of Tetela of July 16, 1865 by the Austro-Hungarian Legion, a reinforcement of the French army.
  • The Battle of Zontecomapan of October 20, 1865 where 1300 Austrian soldiers were ambushed by 600 Mexican patriots under the command of Juan Francisco Lucas and Juan Crisóstomo Bonilla.

The 3 Juanes de la Sierra, the most famous characters of Tetela, were:

Juan N. Méndez and Juan Crisóstomo Bonilla, originally from Tetela and Juan Fráncicos Lucas from Comaltepec, who had commanded part of the battles against the invading army.

By Car: You must first get to Chignahuapan Puebla, and then take highway 148 south towards Tetela (Trip: 1 hour 10min).

By bus: 

  • There are only bus departures from the company ATAH to Tetela de Ocampo. from the CAPU terminal in Puebla City - (Approximate Cost: $280 pesos)

By Public Transportation from Chignahuapan there are buses every 45 minutes from the terminal. With an approximate cost of 50 pesos.

The meaning of the name Tetela de Ocampo comes from Nahuatl roots; tetl which means hill; tla which means abundance, so that the name means Abundance of Hills or Where there are tetels, or mounds containing buried treasures.

Y De Ocampo as a tribute to the illustrious liberal politician Melchor Ocampo.

  • Zócalo de Tetela de Ocampo
    • Murals of the Municipal Presidency
    • Hemicycle
  • Museums of Tetela
    • Posada Olayo House Museum
    • Tres Juanes Museum
    • Tlapalcalli House Museum 
  • St. Mary of the Assumption Parish
  • La Cañada: You can visit the old factories, swim in the rivers or admire the evergreen mountains.
  • Aconco Waterfalls - Web Site

Acocomoca Caves in the community of Carreragco

Cerro El Zotolo: hill to the east of Tetela. The ascent takes between 3 and 5 hours of hiking, it is located at 3,000 meters above sea level. On a clear day you can see the Pico de Orizaba, the edges of the city of Zacatlan and some towns in the state of Veracruz.

Cerro LOS PICOS: Los Picos or Cerro de los Frailes, west of La Cañada. It is an excellent place to practice rappel at a professional level or to practice hiking, always taking the necessary precautions because they are very high places with dangerous areas, especially during the rainy season.

EL ZOYAYO: It is an ideal place to feel above the sky. It is recommended to climb when the fog settles over the town of Tetela. From El Zoyayo you can have an unobstructed view to the 4 cardinal points.

Mountain bike, training or simply riding for pleasure with your family on the endless routes that await you.

Trekking, the trails are just a few minutes from the city, from short walks through the ravines and hills, to demanding trails through the highest mountains, where you can enjoy a wonderful view.

Rappelling in the Cerro de los Frailes, Aconco waterfall and the canyons on the road to Cuautempan.

Aconco Waterfalls, located in Xaltatempa de Lucas, just 30 minutes from downtown Tetela. In that place you can find cabins and activities such as rappel and zip line. - Facebook

Acocomoca Grottoes, where there is a subway river, rock formations, a waterfall and stalactites.

If there is something that makes you fall in love with Tetela is its gastronomy, whoever visits Tetela is captivated by the flavors that come from its land.

  • Las gorditas de alverjón
  • Tamales de milpa accompanied by a pot of coffee
  • Tixmole, mole de olla that can be made with beef, chicken or pork. And when it does not contain vegetables, it may contain chayotextle, the root of the chayote.
  • Bread: Rosquitas, los ladrillos, las trenzas imperiales
  • Handcrafted wines made with local herbs and fresh fruits.

The most representative handicrafts of Tetela de Ocampo are:

  • Huehues masks, these are carved in cedar wood and are part of the colorful dances that animate the Huehue Festival in February.
  • Reed baskets and sheet and wire rod figurines

Cabins near Tetela

  • Cabañas Campo Real
  • Cabañas Aconco

Where is Tetela de Ocampo Puebla located?

Distance Tetela and Other Cities

Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Tlaxcala City
119 Km | 74 Mi
2 Horas 20 Minutos
Puebla City
161 Km | 100 Mi
3 horas 5 Minutos
Pachuca Hidalgo
165 Km | 103 Mi
2 hours 45 minutes
Poza Rica Veracruz
206 km | 128 Mi
3 Horas 20 Minutos
Mexico City
237 km | 147 Mi
3 Horas 35 Minutos

From Tetela to other Magical Towns

Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Chignahuapan Puebla
50 km | 31 Mi
1 Hora 10 Minutos
Cuetzalan Puebla
64 km | 40 Mi
2 Horas 10 Minutos
Zacatlán Puebla
67 km | 42 Mi
1 Hora 35 Minutos
Tlatlauquitepec Puebla
80 km | 50 Mi
2 Horas 40 Minutos
Tlaxco Tlaxcala
90 km | 56 Mi
1 Hora 50 Minutos

Official Tourism Site

Marvel at the splendor of its elegant colonial buildings, streets and flavors that live up to its nickname "City Of the Angels".

A legend is responsible for this beautiful city being known as Puebla de los Angeles.