Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Poet King takes a bath....

When the Aztec poet king Nezahualcoyotl wished to survey his realm and kingdom he would take a bath.....

And this would be his view......


Or when he wanted to look out over all his lands, he would sit on his giant throne...

And this would be his view.....

In fact, pretty much in any direction, he would be guaranteed stunning scenery....

And the views were certainly the inspiration for his poetry which celebrated the beauty of the natural world, and urged his subjects in rallying cantos to appreciate it as much as he did. The baths are located at the top of a very steep outcrop of rock near the village of San Miguel Tlaixpan, which in turn is not far from Texcoco. The climb is pretty steep, but at the top you can also visit the Patio of the Dancers, and climb a further pyramid...

You can cheat on the very steep climb, and do a complicated route round the back, which leads to a far gentler walk. From DF, take a bus from Tapo bus station to Texcoco, North East of Mexico City, out beyond the airport, and after just 35 minutes you will arrive in the area. Then you will need a car or taxi to get to San Miguel, and then be prepared to walk to the Baths themselves...Enjoy!!

12 comments:

Lawstude said...

what an awesome place with lots of things to explore. i would definitely have the time of my life there.

Arija said...

Glorious to see all this through your eyes. That is the beauty f blogging, we see things, we never could due t various factors, in real life.

Catherine said...

Hi Lawstude - glad you like the views...
Hi Arija - quite agree about blogs transporting you to different worlds...

A Cuban In London said...

I love it, I love it. I lov your blog because it gives me a very powerful insight into Mexico and its landscapes, its people and its cities. It's unbelievable. I hope Loney Planet get in touch soon :-).

Greetings from London.

Gallery Juana said...

Awesome surroundings and bit of history. Thanks for stopping by for my sss.

Fly Girl said...

The climb seems worth it for these stunning views. Funny, I just did a post on views as well.

Catherine said...

Hey Cuban....what a wonderful vote of confidence...thank you so much..and I will wait for that LP phone call hahaha!! Incidentally these baths are not in ANY guide book to my knowledge!!

Catherine said...

hey Gallery J and Flygirl - thanks for stopping by...it is hard to believe that this scenery and these views are just 30 mins from Mexico City!!

Owen said...

Hi Catherine, you can color me totally green with would love to take that little day trip... must have been incredible... I wonder how he got the hot water for his bath up there ? An army of slaves to boil it and carry it from somewhere ? And maybe slaves to swirl it as well while he bathed to make a jacuzzi effect ? What a life...

Catherine said...

hey owen - sounds like you need to make a trip to Mexico pretty soon..............!!

Wendy said...

Looks like another great off the beaten path find.

Catherine said...

ps forgot to say Cuban - of course to get the water there the Aztecs built an aqueduct of course which led straight to the baths...clever eh??