It’s Hot in Zacatepec, Morelos

First Published
on Mexico Connect January 1, 2008

It’s Hot in Zacatepec, Morelos

By Julia Taylor © Julia Taylor 2008

Zacatepec Morelos has three claims to fame – the sugar mill, the Instituto Technológico de Zacatepec and its soccer stadium.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008There are two reasons you might want to go to Zacatepec, Morelos. The first is to warm up your frozen bones after a few months of northern winter – it’s hot in Zacatepec, really hot. The second is to be in a place off of the beaten tourist track, seeing the “real Mexico” as many call it.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008It was October and still sweaty in Zacatepec. I was finally visiting this town because I had been invited to give an English as a Foreign Language presentation. After the presentation, a colleague generously took a few hours to give me a whirlwind tour of the zócalo of Zacatepec and to visit a church in nearby Tetelpa. My colleague is from Cuernavaca, and has recently become director of a branch language school in Zacatepec – in “the hot lands” as the southern part of Morelos is commonly called by morelenses. Apparently, he’s had some time to think about the hot lands.copyright Julia Taylor 2008 “It’s as hot as Acapulco, but the problem is that it’s without the beach,” he told me, sweat gathering on his forehead as we left a small store where we’d purchased ice-cold pop and bottled water. Later, as he guided a borrowed car toward Tetelpa, he explained the main reason for the differences in the temperatures, “Cuernavaca has an altitude of 1500 meters and Zacatapec only 910.”

Zacatepec has three claims to fame. One is the sugar mill itself. President Lazaro Cardenas inaugurated the mill on February 5, 1938 inside the burned-out walls of an older hacienda built in the late 1800s and destroyed in 1910 during the revolution. The president wanted to improve the economic conditions of the people of the region. Interestingly, the mill is right in the middle of town because on December 25th of 1938, the state governor created the municipality of Zacatepec as the head of Tetelpa, Galeana (the site of another ex-hacienda), and the former Zacatepec hacienda.

The second of Zacatepec’s claims to fame is the well-known engineering university, Instituto Technologico de Zacatepec (ITZ – Technological Institute of Zacatepec) where students can major in civil, chemical, biochemical, and electromechanical engineering among other careers. The university is part of the federal education system (SEP) and is almost free for students. The university is the outgrowth of a community effort throughout the 1950s to create an institution of higher learning. Until November 28, 1961, students who wished to continue on to secondary school after completing primary school had to travel to nearby Jojutla for their daily classes. The first classes offered were for secondary school students with higher and levels of education being offered as students needed them.

There are close ties between the sugar factory and the school, as some of the first community members who organized and petitioned the federal education system for the creation of the school were members of the factory advisory board. The factory donated the 7.5 hectares of land that are now the university campus and the workers of the factory each donated three days worth of their salaries toward the initial construction costs in 1955. (There had been an agreement between the factory advisory board and the federal school system that the factory was to provide 50% of the construction and ongoing maintenance costs of the school.)

copyright Julia Taylor 2008The third claim to fame is a large soccer stadium adjoining the zócalo. During the ’50s the team won two titles in the First Division League Championship. The Cañeros (sugar cane growers) of Zacatepec are now Third Division, but it’s still fun to watch a game in the stadium. If you are in town, check for signs indicating upcoming games.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008The polluted Apatlaco River supports Zacatepec, allowing for the irrigation of rice, corn, peanut, watermelon, melon, and especially sugarcane fields. Surrounded by sugarcane fields, Zacatepec is accessed by a wide highway leading from the toll Acapulco-Mexico City highway or from nearby Jojutla. All along the highway there are motorcycle-taxis pulling little passenger wagons behind them.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008Zacatepec isn’t usually a tourist destination, but my colleague knew of a recently opened museum in Tetelpa that he’d wanted to see since he had missed the opening ceremony due to work obligations. We made the 15 minute drive to the San Esteban church in Tetelpa and parked in the shade on the street. We were greeted by a copyright Julia Taylor 2008uniformed police officer and young local man, casually guarding the church and museum. The church and museum were closed, they informed us, but the young man would take us to the home of the curator, who lived nearby, to see if he would come and open the museum just for us. A few blocks away, we stood in front of a long driveway and the young man shouted for Edgar. Eventually a young woman came out and told us that Edgar wasn’t home, but that she could send someone for him if we really wanted to see the museum. We told her that we’d better come back some other time and thanked her very much.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008Our young companion, Jorge Maldonado Hernandez, who gave me permission to include his name in my article, gave us a personal tour of the church grounds, ending with a spectacular visit to the rooftop where we saw the bells and enjoyed the view of the land surrounding Tetelpa, Zacatepec, and Jojutla.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008The view from the churchyard is inviting, since the church is built on top of a small hill. Pedestrian streets lead up to the gated entrances from the four cardinal directions. In addition to our voices, the only sounds in the churchyard were birds chirping in the trees and music from a house adjoining the yard on the other side of the whitewashed wall.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008Jorge told us that the church had recently been the victim of vandals (probably the reason for the uniformed guard we had encountered). The wooden door had been broken and this allowed us to peek inside. Jorge knew a bit about the history of the church and told us where priests had been buried in the yard; he also pointed out the stained glass windows on all sides of the lovely little church.

We climbed a stairway built onto one wing of the church and stepped out onto the rooftop, painted brick red, and sloped with the curving lines of the church roof. Jorge showed us the four church bells copyright Julia Taylor 2008and encouraged us to climb into the small bell tower. Once he had us all safely stationed on the roughly warn stones of the tower, he extracted a small nail clipper from his pocket. He wouldn’t ring the bells for real, he told us, but he would show us the different sounds of the bells. He tapped lightly on each bell so that we could hear the difference in the sounds. copyright Julia Taylor 2008His favorite is the bell called la campana reina (the queen bell), made of bronze, gold, and silver. Another bell, the largest of the four, had a gaping crack in one side. This one had fallen from its mount about six years before, and luckily nothing had happened to the man who was ringing the bell at the time.

From the church roof we could see the lush, irrigated fields surrounding Zacatepec and Tetelpa. There was a lot of sugarcane, of course, but there was also, rice, corn, and sorghum (Jorge confirmed or corrected our guesses on each field). We saw one field of familiar copyright Julia Taylor 2008blue-green plants. Someone has planted a field of agave and plans to produce tequila, though the agave hasn’t quite matured yet. To the southeast we could see the aqua colors of the pools at the Iguazu aquatic park and, much further in the distance, the church in the center of Jojutla and, to the north, the swimming pool of a club for rich people who come from Mexico City and other places to spend time relaxing.

Beneath our feet in one wing of the church, the community museum waited silently for Thursday to roll around when its doors would be open from 10:00 to 2:00 copyright Julia Taylor 2008and 4:00 to 6:00, daily through Sunday. The cost of the museum is $10 pesos (about 1 dollar) and is a guided visit. For information about the museum write to museosanestebantetelpa at hotmail.com (Replace the word “at” with the @ symbol and remove the spaces when you enter the address). A brochure about the museum that Jorge removed from the locked ticket office outside the entrance to the museum says that the museum consists of five rooms – a traditional kitchen used by the formerly resident vicars, archeological pieces and models of the original inhabitants of Tetelpa, copyright Julia Taylor 2008information about four centuries of Catholic presence in Tetelpa, historic archives including regional records of births, marriages, censuses, deaths, and even mass deaths caused by cholera, and finally a multiuse room for art and cultural exhibits that are changed monthly.

If you want to visit Zacatepec and Tetelpa, stay in a hotel in nearby Jojutla, about 10 minutes away. Consider including a visit to the aquatic park Iguazu, right on the main road from Zacatepec to Tetelpa, to refresh yourself from the intense “hot lands” heat.

copyright Julia Taylor 2008Plan your visit during one of Tetelpa’s local festivals so that you can enjoy the awe-inspiring hospitality of Morelos’s traditional townspeople. Jorge carefully reviewed with us the important festival dates which are as follows.

September 16th is the date of los tamalazos. This is when the women make small tamales de ceniza (tamales with a tiny bit of ash in them for flavoring. Don’t worry. They aren’t gritty.) Anyone in Tetelpa on the 16th will be fed this delicious homemade treat.

December 8th is la natividad de la Virgin copyright Julia Taylor 2008Conchita and is celebrated with castillos (fireworks on a temporary tower, a wonderful Mexican invention that you’ve got to see to believe). Comidas (traditional foods, such as mole are prepared in copious amounts and all who come to a family’s house are fed), and danzas (dances – each town will have its own traditional dances) are a part of the festivities.

December 26th is the day San Esteban is celebrated with another castillo. There is regular bus service to Zacatepec provided by Pullman de Morelos (from the downtown Cuernavaca station, the trip takes 40 minutes and buses depart every 30 minutes for 24 pesos and from the Tasqueña Station in Mexico City for 85 pesos). Once in the “hot lands” the peseros or local buses connect Jojutla, Zacatepec and Tetelpa into a convenient network. Taxis and motorcycle taxis are also available to take you from place to place.

Sources:

Zacatepec municipal web page

Instituto Tecnólogico de Zacatapec web page

Wikipedia: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zacatepec
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zacatepec_de_Hidalgo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuernavaca

For further reading:
GPS bicycling tour Mexico City to Jojutla (near Zacatepec) with an interactive topographic map

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64 comments

  1. Julia Taylor Oct 7

    I occasionally hear from readers telling me that my writing has touched their lives, and this, in turn touches me. Today I received an email from someone who grew up in Zacatepec and enjoyed this article.

    Following is his comment, posted here with his permission:

    “hi … i living in dallas tx, i am from zacatepec, i has grow up there, and i fell very happy when i read your article, i have 20 years whitout got to zacatepec, when i see the pictures a lot of memoryes cam to my. My wife is from there to. we have two sons they are americans, and they travel two times to zacatec and cuernavaca and like it, Thanks for give me the oportunity of visit my town or internet.”

    When he granted me permission to put his comments up on the page he apologized for his English, but there is no need. Plenty of people move from Mexico to the U.S. and from the U.S. to Mexico and not all achieve an advanced level in their new country’s language. I’m just pleased that he liked my article about his home town and bothered to tell me. It’s a real treat for me as an author and I thought others might like to know that a “local” likes my work.

  2. Antonia Feb 21

    Julia: I think your article is awesome. I was born and raised in Guerrero, Mexico but when I was 12 years old moved to Santa Rosa 30 which is a little north of Zacatepec. I moved to the U.S. when I was 19 years old. I go back to visit my mom every year with my two daughters. I love Mexico and sometimes I missed its climate. I think your article depicted Zacatepec at it’s best. I am currently a ESL/Bilingual teacher in Chicago and I always try to instill cultural pride in my students. Many of them born in Mexico but never got to see its beauty since they moved so young to the U.S. I wish I could take them all to see Mexico. I just wanted to let you know that I loved your article. Thank you for taking the time to show something positive about my beautiful country.

  3. Julia Taylor Feb 27

    Antonia,
    Thank you for your heart-warming comment. I am so glad to know that you feel that I’ve touched that grain of truth about the town you know and love. It makes it so worth it to write!

    Maybe you can show your older students my article and they could write about what they know about where their extended families live in Mexico — I’ll bet their parents tell them stories. You know… how delicious the tacos are, how nice the people are, etc., etc. Or tell them where to read it on my web site and they can practice writing in English posting comments.

    Sincerely, Julia Taylor

  4. GUADALUPE MARZANA Apr 10

    ITS REALLY BEAUTIFUL YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT ZACATEPEC I WAS BORN IN ZACATEPEC MORELOS AND EVERY TIME A HAVE A CHANCE I TRAVEL TO MEXICO. I JUST CAME BACK FROM MEXICO AND IS REALLY HOT RIGHT NOW IN ZACATEPEC. ITS A BIG DIFFERENT COMPARED TO NEW YORK; ITS COLD HERE, BUT MY HEART IS FILLED WITH THE WARMTH OF MORELOS. SI

    SINCERELY, GUADALUPE MARZANA VELEZ

  5. Antonia May 31

    I showed your pictures to my students. They loved them. Hopefully, next school year we’ll be able to post comments and maybe connect with pen-pals from Mexico. We are almost finish with school and we ran out of time. I will really try next school year. Thank you. Antonia

  6. julia Taylor Jun 1

    Antonia,

    I’m so glad they liked the photos. Enjoy your summer break.

    Regards, Julia

  7. Antonia Jun 13

    I will. My two girls and I are going to Mexico in July, specifically, Santa Rosa 30, really close to Zacatepec. Hopefully, my bones will get warm there, since it’s still cold here in Chicago. I read the blog about the Papalote Museum that just opened in Cuernavaca and I am looking forward to take my two girls there. Being a teacher is hard but having the Summers off is a blessing. Thanks. Antonia

  8. Julia Taylor Jun 14

    Antonia,

    Enjoy the summer! It IS a very big blessing to have summers off. Especially since it gives you time to be in Mexico together.

    It’s also good that you can be a MEXICAN role model for your students, so that all of their teachers aren’t white.

    Regards, Julia

  9. LUPE Aug 19

    Hola, my name is Guadalupe R. and I am from Zacatepec Morelos, now I live in Yuma Arizona where the climate is almost the same. But I lived with my grandma there near the train tracks passing “el rastro” she had a small store. I went to school at Santa Rosa 30, and my middle school in Jojutla and high school in Cuernavaca, I did two years in “El Tecnologico de Zacatepec” in Administracion de Empresas Turisticas. I was always elect to be princess of my colonia “La 20 De Noveimbre” and was always in the Desfiles. That was so much fun!!!! I liked to go to El Iguazu, El Rollo, Las Estacas, Tequesquitengo, and many more balanarios.
    I had many friends, the people is so nice and frienly. That is what I tell my kids (19 & 16 years old) that I have to take them one of these days. And there is where I meet my husband Juan N. Roman. Wow !!! reading about Zacatepec brougt me back some good old memories, Thank you so much.

  10. Julia Taylor Aug 19

    Lupe,
    Thank you for sharing your lovely memories. When I researched and wrote the article I never imagined I’d hear from one of the princesses for “La 20 de Noviembre.” This is a treat.

    Thanks!
    Kind Regards,
    Julia C. Taylor

  11. SANDRA RODRIGUEZ Nov 13

    Hello, julia my name is sandra i was browsing thru the internet just the other day and i thought i would look up to see if there was anything on where my parents were born and raised….sure enuff your web page poped up i really enjoyed reading your little artilcle on zacatepec morelos and your right!!! its a really fun place to go and visit. my parents are now in the state of washington but are people that have never ever forgotten about where they have came from and me my husband and my kids try to go at least every two years there with my parents and boy we have a blast im glad u got to visit the church of morelos i was actually babtised there as a little girl. i have so many memories from such a beutiful place and if you have not yet visited acapulco let me tell u your missing out cause its only about 2-3 hours from zacatepec and you will have so much fun there. Once again i just want to let you know that i really liked your web page it brings back so many memories when i read it..it makes me want to book my flight for next december since thats usually when we go visit our family…the food is awsome there and there are so many choices starting with the pozole, mole,tortas corn on the cob with cheese and chile….yum yum dont forget to try the gorditas de pollo con queso in the market place in jojutla there delicious…well julia im sure your a busy lady so i guess this is it for now cause i can go on and on for hours about the awsome town of zacatepec morelos i really hope to hear from u soon….sincerly sandra rodriguez.

  12. Julia C Taylor Nov 17

    Sandra,

    I’m so glad that you like my article. I hope you can go to Zacatepec soon. I can hardly wait to eat gorditas next time I go.

    Thanks for taking the time to post.

    Kindest Regards,

    Julia C Taylor

  13. JOSUE GILBERTO MALDONADO Dec 9

    JULIA, IT’S A PLEASURE TO SEE MY HOMETOWN AND SEE THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES YOU TOOK AND THE ARTICLES YOU MADE, I WAS BORN THERE, JUST BEHIND THE CHURCH IN DOWNTOWN ZACATEPEC, MY PARENTS STILL LIVE THERE, I CAME TO THE U.S. BACK IN 1988 BUT EVERYTIME I SEE SOMETHING RELATED TO MY HOMETOWN AND SPECIALLY FROM A FOREIGN I FEEL VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THESE FLASHBACKS. TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU.

  14. Julia Taylor Dec 9

    Josue Gilberto,

    Thank you and you’re welcome!

    Do the people in Zacatepec bury the “umbligo” when babies are born as they do in other regions of Mexico? My in-laws all know where their “umbligo” is and it’s such a lovely way to be connected to your place of birth.

    Kindest Regards,

    Julia C Taylor

  15. JOSUE GILBERTO MALDONADO Jan 5

    Julia, responding to your “umbligo” comment; i never heard that before. i will ask my mom to see if she did it, it’ll be funny if she did it because i did not know.

  16. Julia C Taylor Jan 5

    Josue,
    I’m curious what she’ll say.
    Julia C Taylor

  17. agustin Jan 17

    ES LINDO ZACATEPEC MI TIERRA NATAL COMO LO EXTRANALLO

  18. MARIA LUISA TALAVERA Jan 18

    ME GUSTARON MUCHO LAS FOTOGRAFIAS. ME TRAJERON MUY GRATOS RECUERDOS. YO ESTUDIE EN LA E.G.A. Y QUISIERA VOLVER A VER A TODOS MIS AMIGOS

  19. JOSUE GILBERTO MALDONADO Jan 20

    MY DEAR FRIEND JULIA, THE FINAL ANSWER REGARDING THE “UMBLIGO” IS NO, WE DON’T DO IT THERE IN ZACATEPEC, MY MOM STILL HAS ALL FROM ALL OF US.
    PS. YOU GOT ME THINKING FOR A WHILE, LOL….
    TAKE CARE SWEETY

  20. CARMEN VERA Jan 22

    ES MUY BONITO TODO MORELOS. YO NACI EN CUERNAVACA MORELOS. PERO CRESI EN SANTA ROSA TREINTA MORELOS Y HACE UNOS 15 ANOS QUE VIVO EN MINNEAPOLIS.MN. PARA MI MAMA Y YO ZACATEPEC NOS TRAE MUY BUENOS RECUERDOS Y CASI TODA MI FAMILIA ESTA EN MORELOS, MI HIJA MAYOR NACIO EN ZACATEPEC, Y EN TETELPA TENEMOS FAMILIA TAMBIEN TODO ES MUY BONITO LA FERIA EN SANTA ROSA 30 Y EN TETELPA NI SE DIGA ANORO TODO ESO. Y SU COMIDA NI SE DIGA. GRACIA JULIA POR TODO ESTO NOS TRAJO RECUERDO MUY BONITOS.

  21. Gregorio Apr 2

    Hi,

    I was just browsing the web trying to find pictures of my hometown to show my coworkers and your page came up. I was born in Zacatepec, Morelos, Cuernavaca to be exact. I now reside in Dallas Tx. I loved your article and your pictures. I remember my grandmas house in “La Unidad”, my dad’s job at the ingenio Emiliano Zapata, when they would burn caña and tizne (black ash) would rain down, or hearing my dad talk about the Coruco Diaz stadium as a kid. Your article and pictures have made me even more excited for my trip home in July. Thank you for allowing to to relive some precious memories.

    Cañero For Life
    Greg Mena

  22. Alma Apr 7

    Hola mi nombre es Alma Neria y soy originaria de Santa Rosa
    Treinta me encanto tu forma de expresarte del lugar de donde
    vienes.Puedo decirte que eres una persona especial y gracias
    a tu pagina me trajiste muchos y bonitos recuerdos de mi pue-
    blo.Me gutaria que escribieras en espanol para los paisanos
    que no hablamos ingles.Gracias por estar orgullosa de tu
    CULTURA :)

  23. yuliana abarca ortiz Apr 23

    THOSE ARE GOOD PICTURES FROM ZACATEPEC MORELOS I WILL LIKE U TO PUT SOME MORE ABOUT LAS COLONIAS DE ZACATEPEC…..
    YO SOY DE LA COLONIA BENITO JUAREZ Y THANKS POR TRAERME ESOS BONITOS RECUERDOS DE MI TIERRA..VOMOS PALANTE Y “PURO MORELOS”

  24. Raul ruiz Apr 25

    I foun your comments about the town I grew up in till age 18 I was trying to play for their proffesional soccer team.The very popular “CANEROS” coul not made it so i’ve moved to california earlier 1980’s have been here since and I have always told the whole country how beatifull morelos really is.I wish americans could start owning more properties in our state so they too could enjoy a very good get away place.Thanks for such an article
    ARRIBA EL ZACATEPEC CABRONES

  25. ROSA ALMANZA May 13

    HOLA MI NOMBRE ES ROSA ALMANZA CALVARIO.ORIGINARIA DE TETELPA MORELOS AL MIRAR TU PAGINA ME DOY CUENTA DE LO HERMOSO Q ES MY PUEBLO DESPUES DE VIVIR 25 AñOS EN LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS .EXTRANO TANTO LOS HERMOSOS LUGARES DONDE CRESI….VIVI EN EL CENTRO DEL PUYEBLO YA Q MI FAMILIA SON UNOS DE LOS PRIMEROS ABITANTES DE ESTE PUEBLO Y AL MIRAR EL IGUASU RECORDE CUANDO MI PABRE MARIO ALMANZA TRABAJABA PARA ES DUENO ORIGINARIO Y PODIAMOS NOSOTRAS ENTRAR AL IGUASU COMO Q ERA NUESTRA CASA EN LA CARRETA DE UNO DE LOS HERMOSOS CABALLOS DE CABALLERISA DE L IGUAZU.ESTOY EN ESTE PAIZ PERO MUY ORGUYOSA DE SER MORELENSE………ROSA ALMANZA CALVARIO

  26. javier abarca May 26

    ola mexico como teetrano espewro ke y yo y ntodos se en cuentren chido en norlos

  27. rodrigo bahena Sep 20

    the article and the pictures are really nice. it all brought back memories for so long lost in the back of my mind. it was like listening to an old,dusty LP after a very long time. the feeling is indescribable! thanks for the memories!

  28. Julia Taylor Sep 22

    Rodrigo, Glad to bring back memories. I had a nice visit. Thanks for your comment. It’s good to know when readers enjoy an article.

    Regards, Julia C Taylor

  29. yvette lozada Sep 23

    Wow i love Zactepec i live in Arizona only been there twice but, that my fathers home town but i love it were from ”El MIrdor” thank you having something good to say about our heratige..

  30. Julia Taylor Sep 24

    Yvette,

    De nada. Fue un placer visitar Zacatepec.

    Julia C Taylor

  31. ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ Oct 15

    I REALLY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR UR ARTICLE ,IT IS AWESONE I WAS BORN IN ZACATEPEC,SINCE ELEMENTERY SCHOOL ,RAMON BETETA THEN ENRIQUE APARICIO,AFTER THAT I DID A COUPLE SEMESTERS ON CHIVERIAS,UNFURTUNALY OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION WAS BAD SO ,HEAR THAT MY BROTHER WAS COMING TO THE STATES AND I FOLOW HIM ,NOW I LIVE IN NEW YORK,I HAD SPEND MOST OF MY LIFE BETWEN CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK,I DO MISS MY HOME TOWN , PERSONALY DO NOT KNOW BUT I WISH I DID,BECAUSE YOU SO MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT MY CITY THANK YOU TAHK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT IF YOU EVER GO BACK AGAIN PLEASE INVITE EVERYONE ,AND YOU KNOW THATT WE NOT HAVE A BEACH LIKE ACAPULCO BUT INFINITY OF BALNEARIOS WE DO,SALUDOS A COLONIA 20 DE NOVIEMBRE PLEASE WRITE BACK TO ME TO I KNOW YOU GOT MY MAIL.

  32. Julia Taylor Oct 20

    Alejandro,

    De nada.

    Regards, Julia C Taylor

  33. vanessa peralta Nov 27

    Me gusta la feria de zaca todos

    los anos voy a dar una vuelta

    vanessa’peralta november 27’2010

  34. vanessa peralta Nov 27

    i like going to zaca its fun and it has a lot of good fairs there very crative i like going because most of my family lives there but i was born in baytown texas

    vanessa peralta from baytown texas

  35. Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal Nov 28

    Hello Julia:

    Reading this story brought back many memories of growing up Zacatepec. I left in ’75, but Zacatepec will always remain in my heart. I still have family living there, not far from the Ingenio, where my grandfather worked. Thanks for writing about my childhood home.

  36. Julia Taylor Nov 28

    Luis, It was a pleasure. Thanks for your comment.

    Regards, Julia

  37. maria gutierrez Dec 3

    BEAUTIFUL JULIA JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. ROBERTO MARCELINO PEREZ Jan 6

    Hola..awesome!..u did a marvelous job!..i was born in Zacatepec in1973 been in california for 20 years..went there just last year ..wow everything change but still a beatifull place to visit..i wish i could have contact with people from there..my e mail is treboralma@yahoo.com. Graduate from EGA in 1988…just want to thank you for those pictures and once again you did a great job

  39. Julia Taylor Jan 7

    Thanks Roberto. I’m glad you enjoyed the article and took the time to comment.

    Kindest Regards, Julia C Taylor

  40. Reynaldo Ariza Jan 13

    hola Julia, despues de leer tu reportage sobre zacatepec me puse un poco triste de no poder estar en zacatepect todo este tiempo,me trajo muchos recuerdos cuando en 1979 me vine para Chicago.recordar cuando iva al rio dulce,o al rio apatlaco (piedras negras) tetelpa a traer mangos o melones, y cada ves que voy me recuerda a mi padre cuando le ayude a construir la estatua de Lazaro Cardenas y la fuente de piedra natural (ahora ya pintada de verde/azul???) que esta enfrente del ingenio,y muchas cosas mas que mi padre iso en el estado de morelos, si vuelves a regresar a zacatepec no pierdas la oportunidad de pasar por la casa donde vivia mi padre y te vas a dar cuenta de todo lo que el asia para la cultura de morelos ( marmoleria la india bonita ) cerca del lienzo charro)tanbien recuerdo cuando hisimos las masetas de cantera en el balniario iguazu en tetelpa,tanbien cuando estaba chico recuerdo que cuando los canpesinos pasaban por enfrente de la casa se quitaban el sombrero y recuerdo averle preguntado a mi padre por que lo hasian y el me dijo que era por la estatua de Emiliano Zapata que (esta o estaba) en el patio de la casa y que en morelos todos recuerdan y respetan la memoria de el general Zapata,ahora despues de 30 anos recuerdo el pasado de zacatepec y unas fotos originales de Zapata ue me dio la esposa de mi papa. bueno quisiera seguir escribiendo pero se que estas muy ocupada pero te doy muchas gracias por poner el reporte de zacatepec a muchos le llego al corazon recordar.
    muchos saludos un admirador.
    Reynaldo Ariza Pastrana

  41. Julia Taylor Jan 13

    Reynaldo, Gracias por compartir sus recuerdos.
    Saludos,

    Julia C Taylor

  42. nestor martinez Feb 2

    hola atodos los morelenses,que tiempos aquellos cuando uno podia andar en el parque y no correr tanto riesgo,desgrasiadamente la inseguridad no permite hacerlo ,yo emigre en el 87 a usa ,un saludo para todos los q me conoscan,un saludo al maestro teran,,,dela ega,,yo vivia frente ala mariano,,,,cuidense morelenses,,,,,

  43. denise hernandez Feb 4

    hola to tambien soy de alla vivo en la lazaro cardenas k padre ver donde uno crecio saludos ala curva.

  44. MALENA Feb 6

    THANK YOJU SO MUCH THE PICTURE OF ZACATEPEC AND VECINITIES, BRING MEMORIES OF MY CHILHOOD, I BORN THERE, AND GO TO SCHOOL AT:REVOLUCION AGRARIA, TELESECUNDARIA LAZARO CARDENAZ, I MOVED TO THE U.S.A BACK IN 1985, LOST TRACK OF EVERBODY, PLEASE PUBLIC MY E-MAIL:nukijones@gmail.com ON THE COMMENTS I SEE FAMILIAR NAMES, IM GLAD YOU ENJOY YOU STAY AT MY HOMETOWN, IM PLANING A TRIP TO ZACATEPEC AT THE END OF THE MONTH AND I HAVE A PLANNED TRIP TO TETELPA CERRO(THE TOP)MY FRIENDS AND I WE ARE ON THE SEARCH OF THE PYRAMID MY GRANDFATHER JUST TELL US ABOUT IT, THANK YOU AGAIN,PLEASE REPLY MY REQUEST….MALENA LA GUERA

  45. esteban Feb 9

    Hello! I was born in Zacatepec,Morelos. I came to the united states when I was just 1 year old. Im 21 years old and never gone back to my home town. Its hard for me my parents and brothers because they haven’t gone either. Im proud to be from zacatepec and always wanted to go especially when my grandparents were still alive. I never got a chance to meet them. I miss them and I want to go because my parents spent their childhood there. Thanks julia for showing me and learning from this wonderful place. God bless. I que VIVAN los caneros

  46. macario montes Feb 17

    tienes mucha razon guilota todo lo que hizo tu papa espero que te acuerdes de mi saludos a todos saludame a tu esposa no pongo nombres pero sabes a quien me refiero que razon me das del pachanga saludamelo tambien al machin dile que saque para estar iguales si gustas escribirme mi correo es macariomontes@live.com

  47. Blanca Estela Hernandez Feb 20

    Hola! My name is Blanca Estela Hernandez, thank you for the beautiful pictures of our town. Soy de la Col. El mirador, fui a escuelas en Tejalpa Morelos, EGA en Zacatepec,a la prepa de Tlaquiltenango..hermoso nuestro Estado de Morelos y su historia. Saludos a los Larios caneros del equipo de Zacatepec hicieron historia en el futbol..me gustaria saber que alguien sacara a nuestro equipo adelante otra vez! si tenemos buenos jugadores por ejemplo Emmanuel Hernandez de la Col. Benito Juarez.

  48. susana reynoso Mar 12

    is been so long since i left my beatiful zacatepec thanks for made all this memories back my name is susie reynoso and i left 20 years ago i hope one day i can come back and said hi to all my friends and see my father antonio reynoso again

  49. Edgar Arce Mar 27

    Hola, gracias por haber visitado este pueblo de Tetelpa, y sobre todo gracias a la persona que te llevó a el, sin olvidar también gracias a Jorge Maldonado por esa guía que sin estar capacitado pero hizo lo posible por dar a conocer la historia…..si hubiera muchos Jorges en este pueblo de Tetelpa, yo podría morir muy feliz… la misión mía es dar a conocer la historia que encierra al pueblo de Tetelpa y de lo que hoy conforma el municipio de Zacatepec Morelos, lamentablemente la gente por su desconocimiento en la historia no sabe reconocer sus valores y toda la cultura que encierra…. visita el blogspot del museo y conocerás la parte de museo estático y la parte de museo vivo!…. el horario hoy día es solamente Sábado y domingo de 10 a 2 y de 4 a 6 eres parte difusora de la cultura e historia de este pueblo puesto que a pesar de que ya pasó un buen rato has logrado comentarios de mucha gente allegada al lugar, solo hubo una de este pueblo y como veras la gente de acá no sabe ver, valer y reconocer su propia historia hasta que esta lejos…. suerte para todos los que recuerdan esta zona sur del Estado de morelos Zacatepec…….simplemente Gracias.

  50. Julia Taylor Mar 28

    Edgar,

    Gracias por su comentario. Usted ha de ser la persona que tratamos de ver para conocer mas al museo. En ese dia no se pudo — creo que usted habia salido. Escribi el articulo lo mejor que podia.

    For those show can’t read the Spanish, the museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 2 and 4 to 6. Try to go on a weekend, so you can see it!

    The blogspot is: http://museosanestebantetelpa.blogspot.com/

    Regards, Julia C Taylor

  51. roberto espinoza Apr 15

    Que recuerdos me trai al ver estas fotos de mi pueblo querido. Naci en Zacatepec Morelos, fui a la Ramon Beteta, Revolucion Agraria, y e la escuela nocturna en Jojutla. todas estas fotos veo las calles y lugares que en un tiempo recorri. gracias y sigan poniendo mas.

  52. Adali May 17

    Julia:
    I didn’t born in zacatepec, but my parents are from there. I do still have uncles there, but mostly of my cousins left to the USA. After they divorce my father bring my sisters and a brother to live with my sibilings in Zacatepec when I was almost 11 years old. I attend the Jr. High “Aparicio”? I made such a good friends there, dispite the sadness of missing always my parents, my sibilings, unts and cousins, the people and the friends that I made in Zacatepec keep me happy until I grow up, mix feelings when I saw your pictures and these memories still in my heart along with this cute town.

  53. Edgar Arce May 26

    Checa este reportaje sobre el Dia Mundial del Museo, hice lo que pude….
    Ahora un nuevo mural y subire fotos al blogspot del museo.
    Exposición de Trajes de la Danza de los Tecuanes de Tetelpa…..tambien subire fotos.
    Nota periodistica:
    http://www.oem.com.mx/elsoldecuautla/notas/n2091602.htm
    Gracias por tu ayuda es sobresaliente…..Edgar Arce
    Puedes documentarte más ahora con este nuevo Blogspot del museo:
    http://museosanestebantetelpa.blogspot.com/
    Ahi viene el carnaval, checalo por favor hay videos varios, todos buenos para nuestros amigos compatriotas.
    Ha sin olvidar enviarte el Facebook:
    Museo Tetelpan Morelos (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001536278173)
    Saludos cordiales y muchos abrazos.

  54. marcelina Oct 18

    Everything that you wrote is beutiful; I was born in the us but i was raise by my grandma in santa rosa treinta morelos. Your report was the awesome i ever seen congraduation i hope in the future you put more ditails from santa rosa for example: la sienda, la clinica, la iglesia, la paroquia de la cruz etc…. kudus for everything.
    Este reportaje que has echo es lo maximo que he visto en el interne interesante felicidades;por dar un poco de nuestra cultura y atravez de esta pagina,gracias por todo mi familia aun esta en mexico,y con mucho orgullo soy la hija del popis amo mucho mi tierra Santa Rosa Treinta.

  55. Julia Taylor Oct 20

    Marcelina,

    !Muchas gracias!

    Abrazos,
    Julia C Taylor

  56. Maria de Loudes Sanchez Nov 27

    Julia – Wow!, I am so very impressed with your article. Filled with nostalgia, thinking of the “posadas”, I decided to do a random search. What a wonderful surprise to find your article and all the posts from other Morelenses like myself. I was born in Santa Rosa Treinta but have lived in California since the age of 11. My father (my hero) Francisco Sanchez “Don Pancho” loved our hometown and moved back after retiring. I visit whenever I can and I ALWAYS experience the same welcoming warmth of the towns folks and am reminded of my father’s love of this land. VIVA MORELOS. Again, thanks a million for the great tour!

  57. Julia Taylor Nov 29

    Maria, Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed my article. I hope you can enjoy the posadas this year. It’s almost time!
    !Viva Morelos!
    Julia C Taylor

  58. Lino Dec 26

    HOLA A MIS PAISANOS DE ZACATEPEC Y SUS ALREDEDORES PUEDEN VISITARNOS CON MAS DETALLE POR MAPS GOOGLE O POR GOOGLE EART Y SE SENTIRAN COMO EN CASA Y QUIZAS VEAN SUS FAMILIARES EN LA PUERTA DE SU CASA SALUDOS SOY LINO LUJAN Y VIVO EN ENSENANA Y SOY DE ZACATEPEC MORELOS EN LA CALLE DE LA IGUALTECA CERCA DE LA CURVA Y LES MANDO UN ABRASO FUERTE A TODOS MIS AMIGOS FAMILIA Y PAISANOS VIENVENIDOS A CASA…

  59. ANGELICA POSOS SOTO Jan 17

    Que Viva mi Lindo Zacatepec!!!
    I was born and raised in California but my parents were BORN AND RAISED IN ZACATEPEC!! Over on Ingenio Sanalona by “la curva” and on Oacalco! Visiting Zacatepec this August after 8yrs of not visitng!! Loved your article! Brought nothing but smiles and good memories!!!

  60. francisco vazquez May 17

    Oh my god!! Such a beautiful article about my zacatepec morelos….thank you julia…..I was born in jojutla y creci en zacatepec y la colonia benito juarez…back in the 90.s my brother and I went to new york….but now I live on californiia I was born n 1974 so if anyone es de mi generacion let me know …fui a la revolucion agraria y a la ega…..so jullia thank u very much for bring in us such a great memories about zacatepec…ill pray to god for more people on the world like you….god bless you y a todos mis paisanos gente linda……somos los mas guapos y guapas d morelos….jajajajj my wife its from cuautla…she’s beautiful too…

  61. lilianita dela hacienda vieja May 19

    Yo tambien soy de Zacatepec ase 25 anos estoy aki en california pero el ano pasado fui por aya por ke mi papa se me fue el cielo :( y tambien traje fotos de Zacatepec deverdad si esta super cambiando muy poblabo bueno CHINELOS cuidense y suerte .

  62. Antonieta Jul 21

    Hello Julia,
    It’s been a pleasure to find and read your article regarding to my beautiful Zacatepec, Morelos, town where I was born. Being a CBETis teacher (high school here in USA) for about 13 years, I came to California in 1994 for reasons beyond my control but I always remember the place where I was raised with full of love. It’s been 4 years since the last time I was in Zacatepec, Jojutla, and Acapulco that I am planning to go this year again. Thank you so much for taking the time to describe our roots, culture vividly. Please, I encourage you to continue doing it no just with Zacatepec, Morelos but with every town because they are full of unforgettable memories.

  63. Julia Taylor Jul 30

    Thank you, Antonieta, for taking the time to comment. I am looking forward to writing more articles like this one.

    Julia C Taylor

  64. David Rios Nov 13

    Julia,
    Thanks for taking the time and effort to writhe such a beautiful article, I was born in zacatepec and grew up in Santa Rosa Treinta, I went to Instituto Tecnologico de ZAcatepec one of the best engineering schools in the state of Morelos. Seen some of the pictures from your article bring back many beautiful memories.
    Me dio mucho gusto que algunas de las personas que comentaron son de Santa Rosa “my viejo y querido pueblo”

    Saludos a todos.

    David RIos

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