Cuetzalan is a center of many indigenous cultures, but primarily of the Nahuas (descendants of the Aztec empire whose language is called Nahuatl).
Cuetzalan’s beauty is characterized by sloping cobbled streets and numerous rustic buildings, handicraft markets as well as numerous stalls selling every-day necessities. As a tourist attraction, the town also has archaeological treasures, churches, convents, waterfall, caves, and a few bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Cuetzalan is a living dream.
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Cuetzalan is located in the state of Puebla (183 km), just a few hours from Mexico City (300 km), in a cloud forest, in the Sierra Norte region at the nexus of mountain ranges of the states Puebla, Veracruz and Oaxaca.
Cuetzalan is the center of many indigenous cultures, but primarily of the Nahuas (descendants of the Aztec empire whose language is called Nahuatl).
The Nahua peoples are thought to have originated in what is now the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. They split off from the other Uto-Aztecan peoples (Uto-Aztecan is a Native American Family consisting of over 30 languages and the Uto-Aztecan homeland is generally thought to have been somewhere in the Sonoran Desert, which encompasses Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico) and migrated into central Mexico at some point around 500 CE. They settled in and around the Basin of Mexico and spread to become the dominant people in central Mexico. Some important Mesoamerican civilizations were of Nahua ethnicity, for example, the Toltec and Aztec cultures, as well as the Tepaneca, Acolhua, Tlaxcaltec, Xochimilca, and many more.
Tosepan Titataniske Cooperative
Tosepan Titataniske is a cooperative that was formed 36 years ago in Cuetzalan, in response to long history of discrimination, the loss of farmland, and the attempts to destroy their native culture, language and beliefs.
Today this cooperative has over 8,000 members and cultivates organic coffee, thanks to a technique of mixing crops for both cultivation and soil protection.
Tosepan Titataniske is determined to set and maintain a fair price for the farmers of Cuetzalan and the surrounding areas through different strategies that maintain the economic sustainability of the cooperative’s members.
One of Tosepan Titataniske’s strategies is the employment of agro-forestry, whose rich biodiversity allows the co-op members to harvest coffee, and other products all year round. Coffee, however, is still the central crop, and the rich taste of the Tosepan Brand originates on verdant hillsides tended by cooperative members who are educated in agro-forestry and organic agriculture techniques (their main buyer country is Japan). Other products raised by the cooperative are organic Raw Honey, Raw Sugar and Pepper as well as other bio-diverse products (their main buyer for these is the European Union).
Tosepan Kali Hotel & Spa Alternative Tourism
Tosepan Kali is located 15 minutes away from the town of Cuetzalan. Road Cuetzalan to San Miguel Tzincapan, Cuetzalan del Progreso, Puebla. Mexico.
ALTERNATIVE & SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Another strategy of business diversification is Sustainable Tourism. Tosepan Kali is a Social Enterprise, constituted as a Cooperative of Tourism Services, that is part of Tosepan Titataniske Coop.
Tosepan Kali’s Cooperative was born when the members of the coop realized that agricultural crops alone would not sustain their ventures, also because of the necessity to provide hospitality and shelter to their own members. This is how the cooperative leadership decided to build a guesthouse and use it to stimulate eco-tourism in the area.
Today, Tosepan Kali’s doors are open to the conscious tourism that supports and respects nature, human rights, sustainability as well as the values of the Nahua and Totonac Culture and the Cooperative’s Society Lifestyle.
Tosepan Kali Alternative Hotel & Spa is a group of friendly hard-working young people that offer authentic service, high quality rural tourism and ecological education to their visitors.
TOSEPAN KALI ALTERNATIVE HOTEL AND SPA
- 9 cabins for families or couples
- Each cabin has a theme its decoration and layout refers to an element of the natural and cultural treasures of the region
- Bamboo Hotel – single or double rooms with panoramic views
CUEBANAS | OFF-THE-GRID | CAVE-TYPE CAMPING STYLE
Cuebanas are located 20 minutes away by car from Tosepan Kali and 25 minutes hike inside the sierra.
- 5 bamboo – cave cabins
- At the Riverbank of Cuichat river
- Cave-style camping near waterfalls and cascades
SUSTAINABILITY AND ECOLOGICAL PRACTICES
In their process of building Tosepan Kali the members of the Coop traded information with Japanese experts in bamboo cultivation. Working together they established bamboo groves to supply sustainable and climate-appropriate building materials. Using this bamboo, they built a three-story lodge and cabins scattered throughout the compound boasting green building innovations like recycled water and reclaimed stone for pathways, overlooking a dramatic vista and offering full hotel’s services provided by local residents and members of the co-op.
Tosepan Kali’s dishes are based on the delicious traditional Nahua cuisine. Most ingredients are organic from their own nursery (and bank seed) that is fully organic and sustainable. Also, some fruits and vegetables are provided by the gardens of the coop members from the villages around Tosepan Kali. Both Cuetzalan and Tosepan Kali provide an immersion in the Nahua experience: imagine the divine Nahua landscape, the flavors, the tradition and culture, and the unique friendly and loving dedicated hospitality service.
Profits from their collective ventures and retreats go into projects like:
- A Cultural Cooperative for children and teenagers that is dedicated to maintaining and preserving their culture and traditions
- A Free Montessori-Tosepan preschool, elementary and middle school
- A Training Center dedicated to preparing their members for eco-tourism, agro-forestry and other sustainable careers
- A nonprofit local bank that provides micro-loans to initiate new projects
- A Cooperative lead by women
- A Sustainable Building Cooperative
- In Cuetzalan, every project or program works with the human sustainability mind set, with the goal of maintaining their environment, culture, stable economy and improving their quality of life. Living a simple, abundant and safe life
- Group workshop room with capacity for up to 50 people seated class-room style with electrical connections and A/C
- Additional sunrise and sunset-facing outdoor terraces and palapas for outdoor meditation
- 1 natural pool and healthy juice and tea bar options overlooking the mountains
- Healing Spa & Temazcal
- Aztec style healing massage
- Nature Walks
- Ecological Classes and eco tours around their seed bank, nursery and sustainable home models
GETTING TO TOSEPAN KALI
The nearest international airport is in Mexico City (MEX). From Mexico City by private transportation or luxury bus is a six hour drive.
YOUR BE A CONSCIOUS TRAVELER SPECIALIZED RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES
8 nights / 9 days Tosepan Kali Lodging + Three Daily Organic Meals (organic and local) + Local Private Transportation from and to airport (Mexico City-Cuetzalan-Mexico City) + Three Spa Treatments + Visit to Yohualichan archaeological area + Ecotours: Nursery, Coffee Plantation & Sustainable Home Model + Visit to Cuetzalan + Off-the-grid adventure: Visit to Cuebanas and Waterfalls + Give back: Plant a tree with local Nahua kids + All Taxes + Gratuity Included.
- Accommodations – Double or Single occupancy
- Three daily organic meals included
- Transfers to and from the airport (on arrival and departure days established time only)
- Three Spa Treatments
- Visit to Yohualichan archaeological area
- Visit to Cuetzalan
- Ecotours: Nursery, Coffee Plantation & Sustainable Home Model
- Off-the-grid adventure: Visit to Cuebanas and Waterfalls
- Give back: Plant a tree with local Nahua kids
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