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El Tepeyac National Park

Tepeyec National Park including Cerro del Guerrero in the mid-frame. The smaller Cerro de Tepeyac is just beyond. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Known variously as “Tepeyacac” or “Tepeaquilla,” the Tepeyac National Park is the site of the famous apparition of Saint Juan Diego who met the Virgin of Guadalupe here in December 1531. Within the park are the Tepeyac (Cemetery) Hill, Cerro de Guerrero and the Cerro de Santa Isabel. The park borders six colonias within the Gustavo A Madero alcaldia.

The main park entrance is off of Insurgentes Avenue, on Ave Huitzilihuitl, after the town of Santa Isabel Tola. Since the ancient period, the area was known as a ceremonial center of importance to the Aztec culture. The goddess Tonatzin is known to have been honored here. Early settlers in the pre-Hispanic period settled on the slopes in nearby places like Ticoman, Tlatilco and Zacatenco. And a series of excavations in the region found human remains in tombs along with ceramic, clay, stone, and obsidian tools, figurines, objects, and ornament and some with clear Olmec influences. Likely other peoples include those from the Teotihuacan culture, Cholulteca and Toltec peoples among others.

The park has been reforested a number of times in the 20th century, and the most prolific species is eucalyptus. There are also cedar, oak, radiata pine, and pine patula pirules. Some smaller areas of grasslands can also be observed. The national park also shares several small hills with the Basilica of Guadalupe.

How to get here
  • Av. de Las Torres, Amp. Gabriel Hernández, Gustavo A. Madero, 07080 CDMX


FARO Indios Verdes Cultural Center

Nearest at 0.35 kms.

Cerro de Guerrero

Nearest at 0.76 kms.


San Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

A planned temple and sanctuary dedicated to the first saint indigenous to the Americas . . .

Mercado de Comidas Maria Esther Zuno

A fantastic place for eating just outside the basilica . . .

Nuestra Señora de la Luz

A very old church calls to mind the long history of the Villa Guadalupe Hidalgo . . .

Mercado Villa Comidas

A fantastic place for lunch just outside La Villa . . .

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