Thursday, July 31, 2014

Magic Town

There are a handful of towns in Mexico that, according to the tourism board at least, offer a particularly magical experience. These so-called “Pueblos Mágicos” are dotted across the country, rich with culture and natural beauty.

Tepoztlan, just an hour south of Mexico City, is one of the magical destinations. Charming cobblestone streets weave steep hills throughout this tiny town, which centers around a lively market and is surrounded by spectacular green cliffs. It’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the DF. 

It is also home to the TuboHotel, which I’d seen before on one of those Travel Channel “strangest hotels in the world” type shows. I’m a sucker for these kinds of superlatives, so once I made the connection there was no question we had to visit.

I mean, this place is genius. It must have cost next to nothing to construct. And idiots from around the globe will pay a (relative) premium for the privilege of sleeping in a concrete tube. Throw in a sunny picnic area and a perfect little swimming pool, I’m sold.

Oh, and we had the entire place to ourselves. Tepoztlan is a weekend destination, during which time the TuboHotel is usually sold out. Lucky for us, it was midweek, so we enjoyed our own strange private oasis.

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