Like a human settlement, Malinalco goes back to the 5th century. Nevertheless it wasn’t until the late 15th century and beginnings of the 16th when under the Mexica dominion an important ceremonial center was built, Cuauhtinchan (nowadays it is the second most visited Aztec archaeological site, only after Teotihuacán). Today, this quaint Magical pueblo (a little more than an hour away from Mexico City on the way to Chalma) is a perfect place for a family weekend, or with friends, or for a romantic getaway.
A cool place, focused on sustainability; with good vibes and good energy; it projects itself as an excellent option for those who are attracted by the holistic trend (Hispanic-inspired spa services, temazcal, healing rituals, alternative and traditional and outdoor activities (mountain cycling, horse-back riding, flying on a hand glider, or hot air balloon; golf, tennis, Malinalco Golf Club). A promenade around the city is ideal, walking freely on the cobblestoned streets while discovering attractions and enjoying traditional attractions and enjoying festivities. Of special interest: cave painting ruins (Los Diablitos, El Coyotito Rojo, Las Caritas); archaeological area (on Cerro de los Ídolos, I suggest an early start when the heat is less suffocating); Ex Convent and Church of Malinalco (downtown, founded in the 16th century by the Franciscan monks); Dr.Luis Mario Schneider University Museum (towards the archaeological area, it has the most important cultural, historic, and religious assets of the area, as well as temporary exhibits rooms); typical festivities (Holy Week, Divino Salvador -August 6th,-, Day of the Dead).
Antiquities; palm and banana leaf furniture; wood and clay decoration pieces; textiles (particularly hand-made shawls or rugs woven a waist loom); silver jewelry, organic products; these are some of the items that can be purchased in the area. Must: the famous trout, wood fire bread and sherbets.
TO STAY MALINALCO
• Casa de Campo
Boutique hotel, only four rooms for those wishing to relax and to be in contact with nature. Holistic centero.
Río Lerma 100. Barrio de Santa María.
Tel: (01-714) 147 0087/2128.
• Casa Limón
In downtown Malinalco, nice gardens, comfortable rooms with terraces. Good restaurant.
Río Lerma 103. Barrio de Santa María.
Tel: (01-714) 147 0256
TO EAT MALINALCO
• El Puente de Má-li
Fondues, Pepitos, Wine-Bar.
An American woman is in charge of this eatery. Very casual style; ongoing exhibits with work of local artists. Ideal with friend, family, large groups.
Goat cheese fondue ; Pork pepito.
Hidalgo 22. Barrio de Santa Mónica.
Tel: (01-714)147 0129
• Las Palomas
Traditional Mexican Cuisine.
Family business in a cozy and simple place. Ideal with the family, friends or as a couple.
Guerrero 104. Barrio de Santa Mónica.
Tel: (01-714) 147 0122.
Rustic and informal in a simple garden with a palapa. Personal attention of its chefs and owners. Ideal for a family outing or with friends.
Morelos 8. Barrio de Santa María.
Tel: (01-714) 147 0311.
• Los Placeres
Rustic and friendly; in front of the main plaza. Light atmosphere, that is, without any rush. Ideal for a casual outing with family or friends.
Chiles en nogada (in season); stuffed hot pepper.
Plaza Principal 6B. Barrio de Santa Mónica. Tel: (01-714) 147 0855.