Eating weird Chapulines in Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán!
Before going to Cuernavaca most people told us that there wasn’t much to do there. It’s true, there’s not much to do, but since a friend invited us to visit her there, that’s where we went! Ana picked us up from the bus terminal and brought us to a place you absolutely must visit if you are in Cuernavaca or Mexico City; Tepoztlán is a wonderful little town if you know very little about Mexican gastronomy; here you can learn so much you’ll feel like you did a master’s in it! We visited a restaurant called Los Colorines, which was delicious although a little expensive. Such is the variety found in Mexican food that reading a menu can be like reading in a foreign language, even if Spanish is your native language.
We tried quesadillas filled with flor de calabaza (squash blossom) and others with huitlacoche, a mushroom that grows on corn as a parasite. We also tried a very thin cut of beef called cecina, served withnopal, a type of cactus. To drink, we had to try horchata, a sweet, white drink made from rice, cinnamon, sugar, and water.
I decided to try the famous Chapulín (A grasshopper which is eaten in Mexico). Here’s a video showing how I eat one of them.
Tepoztlán is named by the Mexican Secretary of Tourism as a “Pueblo Mágico” (Magic Town), a designation that they use for towns with a certain enchantment, culture, or special history, and that also meet certain other requirements. The architecture of the town is colonial, with cobblestone streets.
There’s a market on the weekends where they sell a bit of everything; a very pretty mural made of different types of seeds at the entrance to the church; and the most striking thing about the town is that it is at the base of a mountain called Tepozteco. Many people climb to the top of the mountain to see the pyramid on top. We didn’t go up, but it would have been a great experience. It’s said that the mountain has a very powerful energy and because of this the town attracts a lot of people interested in yoga and New Age spirituality.
Later that night we visited Cuernavaca’s historic center which seemed very tranquil and beautiful with the main buildings like the Cathedral, el Palacio de Cortés, and el Kiosco del Jardín Juárez all lit up. Overall, however, it didn’t attract our attention so much that we wanted to spend more time in the city. Afterwards we went to a restaurant called Casa Rivera where we received an extraordinary level of service. Still full from our lunch at Los Colorines, we shared an appetizer of frijoles envenenados (poisoned beans) with flour tortillas (our waiter explained the name to us, but we didn’t really understand…at least we didn’t get poisoned).
We only spent one day and one night in Tepoztlán and Cuernavaca but it was really worth the trip, especially because of our own local guide and friend Ana who enriched the experience immensely!