Celebrating Carnaval in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico
The whole town is drunk, or at least that’s what it seems like in the main square. Passing the stands set up in and around the plaza, your senses are overwhelmed. The smells of burning coal grills, fresh herbs, fruit, and vegetables, and finger-licking sticky sweet breads tempt your stomach. But the inviting texture of hand-woven shawls, the delicate metal curves of sparkling necklaces, and the bright colors of the endless variety of Mexican toys call you in another direction. Stay the entire weekend for Carnaval, and you’ll have enough time for it all. Wander the steep streets speckled with fruit trees and perforated paper flags. Try itacates (triangular-shaped corn-based snacks) in the marketplace, unique to Tepoztlán. See the traditional dance of the chinelos. Ask yourself, bewildered, “How did they make that with their hands?” as you stroll by the works lining the main avenues, and be sure to keep the micheladas flowing—legally consumed on public streets, official city holidays only.