Amatlan-Capulalpam (in COVID lockdown)

A beautiful woodland hike with historical gold mining sites

This hike starts in San Miguel Amatlan – one of two pre-Hispanic villages in the Pueblos Mancomunados. It ends at Capulalpam de Mendez, designated a ‘magic pueblo’ (pueblo magico) by the Mexican government. Capulalpam is known for its charming colonial atmosphere and its impressive 16th-century church. It also is home of the Traditional Medicine Center where healers exchange their knowledge and offer their service to customers.

The hike includes exploring a century-old gold mine and, crossing a river, the ancient ruins of a Spanish gold hacienda. Hiking up the other side of the valley we encounter a ghost village, one in which all of the habitants were killed during the Mexican Revolution, leaving only their old church, a graveyard and a gold mine.

Highlights

Exploring historical ruins of the gold mining era

Visiting the Center for Traditional Medicine