“Hacienda del Apantle de la Santa Cruz, recuerdos de sus alrededores”
Forty five minutes from the largest city in the world is the legendary Cañada de Quetzalcoatl. It’s a mysterious little glen that begins in Amatlan de Quetzalcoatl, 10 minutes from Tepoztlan, and becomes extinct in the plains of Yautepec. The river that winds all along the narrow way, partially dry, feeds from the rain seepage of the powerful Tepozteco Range. In Aztec times water was abundant; today global heating is obvious. Conquering the glen is an athletic-mental challenge. One must walk more than three hours on a wild, rocky and slippery land. It is a trekking adventure, with three rappels to conquer; experience is definitely necessary. The place is filled with energy. The Sacred Poza, at 25 m, where according to the legend Quetzalcoatl was born, is full of cosmic influence.
It has many chamans (medicine men). Their spiritual ceremonies, influenced by the essence of the place, either due to suggestion or a placebo effect, often produce therapeutic effects and there is no doubt that they cure.
The anthropologist Carmen Cook de Leonhardt spread the version that Amatlan de María Magdalena de Quetzalcoatl, one of the quarters of Tepoztlan, was the cradle of the prince Ce Acatl Quetzalcoatl, Toltec and an Aztec god, legendary sovereign of Mexico, the Plumed
Jose Lopez Portillo, president of Mexico from 1976 to 1982, wrote a book on Quetzalcoatl (1977), and endorsed the version that Quetzalcoatl had been born in Amatlan, today Amatlan de Quetzalcoatl.
The glen of Quetzalcoatl
The History of Mexico written by Fray Andres de Olmos, starting from prehispanic manuscripts of Texcoco and Tlatelolco, says:
“It is said of this savage country that the God Camaxtli took Goddess Chimalma as his wife. She had children, one by the name of Quetzalcoatl, born in Michatlauhco and who was given to his grandparents (…) because his mother died when giving birth to him…”
The Sacred Glen is next to Amatlán (Morelos), very close to Tepoztlan.
There’s a plaque in Amatla which says: “The Magdalena Amatlan, birthplace of Ce-Ácatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, King of the Toltec Empire, years 843 to 895. He took his first steps here in his gold sandals. ”
At the Glen of Quetzalcoatl with a little bit of imagination you can see the baby god walking with his gold sandals, and you will be full of energy. Then, when you reach the town of Coacalco, all of a sudden you will see modern civilization and you will feel the great contrast between this and the infinite beauty of the Sacred Glen. Truth or legend, who knows, but at the end of the trekking adventure, you will feel a cosmic plenitude…which, after a delicious dinner of smoked meat of Yecapixtlay you will spend the night at the Hacienda del Apantle de la Santa Cruz, to help you regain energy and force..
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