In our earthly world, La Puerta de Quetzalcóatl is a geological formation, a kind of arch or huge window, in the middle of a mountain that rises above the little town of Amatlán, 20 minutes from Tepoztlán, in the Mexican state of Morelos.
In this piece of tropical forest, you can sleep inside a teepee, as if you were a member of a nomadic North American tribe.
Some come searching for an adventure, others are looking for a mystical experience. Most are backpackers from different countries who see in the place a refuge in the arms of Mother Earth.
The mountain is venerated with altars to ask and thank ancient deities for health, protection or abundance.
But it is also a great place for excursions through trails and cliffs with millions of years of erosion. Extreme climbs and descents that require a local guide, cave paintings, and sacred pools of turquoise water, fed by waterfalls.
On the way to the Poza de Quetzalcóatl, you will be surprised to see yourself surrounded by thousands of yellow wildflowers, known as pericón.
In bouquets in the shape of a cross, this plant is placed as a spiritual shield in fields, doors and windows of houses, a day before the celebration of the Archangel Saint Michael, on September 29, to protect the property from wind and rain. that throws the corn and destroys everything.
In Amatlán de Quetzalcóatl, the streets are narrow, made of stone or dirt. The adobe houses are separated by walls of volcanic rock without cement.
Amatlán means in Nahuatl “place of the Amates” (Amate is a type of tree endemic to this region). The people subjected to the Mexica power gave as tribute sheets of amate paper to write codices, decorate temples and palaces, elaborate costumes of gods and warriors.
Quetzalcóatl, the bearded god of many Mesoamerican peoples, was born in this territory as a supreme civilizing being, said Carmen Gloria Cook Mittag, a researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in the 1980s. Many defend this theory as a true story.