The thick fog that enveloped us halfway to the city of Zacatlán forced us to reduce the speed of the vehicle. The minimum visibility and the slippery road surface forced each driver to always take the greatest care.
Yes, this vacation we decided to visit Zacatlán de las Manzanas, a city located in the Sierra Norte region of Puebla, in the state of Puebla, in central Mexico.
As the name implies, Zacatlán de las Manzanas, or Manzana de Zacatlán, is the largest apple producing area in Mexico, as is the city of Malang in Indonesia.
Geographically, Zacatlán is located in a mountainous region. It is surrounded by beautiful green hills with discrete waterfalls, which are the only ornament in the stony valley.
Because it is 2000 meters above sea level, the climate in Zacatlán is very cold. A thick fog often envelops the entire city for much of the day.
The hazy atmosphere of downtown Zacatlán (Photo: quetalmexico)
The Crystal Bridge, which was our first destination in this city, did not get rid of the fog, thick as clouds. It is not surprising that Zacatlán is also known as the city in the clouds.
When the weather was clear, the next day, we decided to return to the Crystal Bridge. The fog was not as thick as the day before and finally we could enjoy the green panorama of the Barranca de los Jilgueros. Wow, how beautiful!
From the top of the bridge we could also see the Cola de Caballo waterfall that flows from a distance.
Just behind the Crystal Bridge, there is a unique mural with pre-Hispanic inspiration. This mural was built along three of the city cemetery walls.
Guided by 14 artists, 1,500 volunteers, local residents, worked together to create the mural, which measures about 400 meters and is built with small pieces of mosaic, tiles, glass and mirrors.
This monumental mural realization project began in 2014 and was carried out in several stages, until it was finally completed on October 8, 2016.
With the friendliest weather, we decided to visit the center of Zacatlán. In the heart of this city of apples there is an unmissable attraction for tourists who love memories and selfies, the famous Floral Clock. So iconic is that many people say that we have not gone to Zacatlán if we have not taken a picture by the clock.
Floral Clock, an icon of the City of Zacatlán (Photo: quetalmexico)
This Floral Clock was made by León Olvera, founder of the Centennial Clock company, which resides in the City and is a pioneer of the business in the area. This watch has two faces, each of which has a diameter of five meters.
In addition to the Floral Clock, in the city square of Zacatlán there are also three main buildings that are of interest to tourists, the magnificent City Palace, the Franciscan Monastery and the Parish of San Pedro and San Pablo.
The Franciscan Monastery is considered the oldest basilica in Mexico and has a type of baptism that is large and striking due to the size and beauty of its architecture.