Visit A Historic, Mountainous Town With The Most UFO Sightings Reported In All Of Mexico

Tepoztlán, a mystical mountain town in Mexico, is not only famous for its rich cultural heritage and high-altitude landscapes but also for being a hot spot for UFO sightings, arguably the most in all of Mexico. This unique combination of historical significance and extraterrestrial intrigue makes Tepoztlán one of the most mysterious places in the world.

Nestled in the Tepoztlán Valley in Morelos, this sacred town is steeped in folklore. It's widely known for its 800-year-old Tepozteco pyramid, an ancient Xochimilca temple dedicated to Tepoztécatl, the god of pulque (Mexico's oldest alcoholic beverage, made of maguey cactus pulp). This archaeological site and Protected Natural Area, perched more than 5,000 feet above sea level, offers breathtaking views and a rewarding 40-minute hike. Entrance fees are about $3, and it's best to visit on weekdays. 

What sets Tepoztlán apart, however, is its reputation as a hot spot for UFO sightings. For years, locals and tourists alike have reported numerous unexplained aerial phenomena in the skies above the town. These sightings include strange lights, oddly shaped crafts, and even close encounters. The frequency and clarity of these sightings have led many to believe that Tepoztlán has a special connection to extraterrestrial life. Some think that the ancient ruins and spiritual significance of the area attract otherworldly visitors, while others speculate the "high energy" of the mountains could be a factor. Whatever the reason, these sightings bring intrigue to Tepoztlán, drawing UFO enthusiasts from around the world.

Tepoztlán: ancient aliens and modern-day UFOs

The town also happens to be the birthplace of one of the most important gods in the Aztec pantheon: Quetzalcóatl. Those who abide by the Ancient Astronaut "theory" believe this feathered serpent deity was an extraterrestrial. Whether you believe in aliens or think it's all just creepy urban legends, visitors to Tepoztlán can immerse themselves in the "otherworldly" phenomenon through various means. The town has an overall spiritual, hippie-esque, bohemian vibe — try Reiki energy work, tarot card readings, or Temazcal healing therapy or shop around for UFO souvenirs. If you feel brave, ask some locals about "ovni" (aliens). They may share their knowledge and firsthand experiences of the unexplained events. Or, gaze up at the sky — maybe you'll even have a close encounter.

Tepoztlán is part of the Pueblos Mágicos program, a title given to towns that offer a "magical" experience because of their natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance. Explore its cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, and bustling mercado ("market"). The town is also known for its festivals, particularly the Carnaval de Tepoztlán during the second week of February, which features elaborate parades and traditional dances.

Surrounding Tepoztlán is a landscape that captivates with its natural beauty. The town is bordered by dramatic mountain ranges, including the Tepozteco mountains, part of the El Tepozteco National Park. The park offers a variety of hiking trails to explore amid lush vegetation and diverse wildlife.

Travel tips for Tepoztlán

The blend of history, nature, and unexplained phenomena makes Tepoztlán a unique travel destination. Visitors can explore Museo Carlos Pellicer, a Mesoamerican museum, or the Ex-Convento Dominico de La Natividad, a beautiful 16th-century convent and present-day Catholic church. Tepoztlán's Mercado Artesanal, a traditional market close to the town's "zocalo" (main square), is a must-visit. You'll find everything from fresh produce to embroidered blouses and other souvenirs.

Tepoztlán is also renowned for its local cuisine, including cecina (thinly sliced beef), itacates (triangular corn dough snacks), and the famous Tepoznieves, a type of artisanal ice cream with over 100 flavors (from avocado to cactus!). Check out Los Colorines, Restaurante Axitla, and La Veladora for fantastic food, drinks, and authentic vibes. 

Getting to Tepoztlán from Mexico City takes about two hours, with convenient options for every type of traveler. You can drive there with a rental car, or opt for buses from the Southern Mexico City Bus Terminal or the Ado bus terminal at the Mexico City International Airport, with tickets costing around 120 pesos (or $7). For convenience, consider a guided tour with included transport (like this one with Forever Vacation). Once in Tepoztlán, the town is easily navigable on foot or by local taxis. 

The best time to visit Tepoztlán is between October and February for warm, rain-free weather and the freedom to enjoy outdoor activities, although the town offers unique experiences year-round (depending on your preferences and comfort levels).