The Drink of the Aztec Goods
First, if you are not familiarized with this Drink, we will need to explain to you what Pulque is. The Aztec alcoholic drink of the goods is an ancestral tradition that comes from the extraction of the sap of certain Magueys (Agave) and fermented. Pulque is white and, with a hibiscus consistency, in the past was considered sacred and was drunk only by Kings and priests.
Pulque thrived during Porfirio Díaz’s presidency. It was common to find a pulquería on every corner in Mexico City. The State of Hidalgo was this alcoholic beverage’s leading supplier, given its proximity to Mexico’s capital city.
In Apan and Mesquital Valley (Hidalgo Regions), large haciendas were built to produce Pulque; some of these haciendas have been preserved, and tours are available where you can learn about Pulque’s rich historical traditions.
There are approximately 12 haciendas that are prepared to welcome you and educate you on all of the mysticism that has traditionally surrounded the production of Pulque. Santiago Chimalpa Hacienda will amaze you. On a typical day, this Hacienda was used to produced 25,000 liters of Pulque a day.
Visit the beautiful chapel there and admire its façade, which was created by the architect Antonio Rivas Mercado, who also designed Mexico City’s renowned Angel of Independence.
Then continue to the former Hacienda San Antonio Tochatlaco, which represents sixteenth-century architecture very well. It has a gorgeous chapel, and the austere rooms provide a sharp contrast to its walls.
Other haciendas that are worth mentioning include Epazoyucan’s San Marcos hacienda, as well as the San Bartolomé de Los Tepetates and Santa María Tecajete haciendas. San Bartolomé de Los Tepetates has one of the better-preserved sixteenth-century hulls in all of Tepeapulco and used to be one of the properties of
Pulque was considered as a gift from the pre-Hispanic culture’s gods. It is closely linked to the Mexican people’s history. Since ancient times, its high carbohydrate, amino acid, and protein content have been utilized.
The origin of this beverage can be traced to the Mayahuel goddess. It’s been said that she is inside the agave plant’s heart and that her blood runs from the plant as aguamiel. When fermented, the aguamiel produces Pulque.
Hidalgo is just 1.5 hrs. Away from Mexico City. No regular tours are going to this specific region, but what we recommend to you is to book a private driver to explore most conveniently the area.
We review prices with the transportation company TYT Mexico, and the cost for a private sedan car with Driver is around USD 100 plus expenses per day. You should book this service from Mexico City.
Do not miss the opportunity to stay in one of these Haciendas; Once in Mexico, this is something we recommend you to consider. The Haciendas in this area are not so touristic even for nationals.
A great option to stay in the Hotel Boutique Hacienda Chimalpa, where you will have the chance to travel in the past and stay in a unique place.
They often offer shows and entertainment in the hotel like fireworks and Rodeo Show, which is like the American cowboy rodeo. Still, in Mexico, it is tended to be more artistic. The Hacienda offers tours and shows that you can easily book on their webpage.
Prices range from USD 85 a night per room, depending on the type of suite you would like to book. The hotel even has its own chapel built-in 1897. In its interior, the dome has murals very well preserved that offer any visitors a magnificent sight of history.
web page: http://haciendachimalpa.com/
If you are planning to visit Mexico soon, this is one of those trips that we will like to encourage you to try. Chat with our concierge and ger advice on how to travel to this destination or others.
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