Latitude 18.9333333 Longitude -98.9833333. A two hour drive or bus ride from Mexico City, this small town is a great place to relax, do very little, and soak up the local culture and commerce. It's a day trip destination for some Mexico City residents who come to buy pottery, visit the market, and dine at a nice, reasonable restaurant near the town square.
I know there are hotels in town, but I have been lucky enough to stay with good friends who have a very nice place on a quiet street about five minutes walk to the town center. When I began my offline journey in Mexico, it started here, and since it was so comfortalbe, I did not feel like leaving for Oaxaca or other great tourist destinations. This photo of the covered corridor facing the center of the property gives you an idea of how beautiful the place is.
The surrounding countryside is planted to nopal cactus and corn. At the edge of the fields the escarpment rises hundreds of feet above the valley. Every day we would bicycle around the village and into the fields with the dog racing ahead. This area was used for the filming of "the Magnificent Seven" and Tlayacapan was featured in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."