Macuiltepec

Macuiltepec, Xalapa: Address, Macuiltepec Reviews: 4.5/5

Macuiltepec
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johnbcobb
Alpine, TX26 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
Macuiltepetl or Macuiltepec is a dormant volcano. Its name comes from Nahuatl meaning "5th mountain". The Aztec emperor had to have fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico everyday and this mountain was the last landmark before the ocean so that his servants coming from Tenochtitlan would know the way. Today, it is a wonderful park with much to offer. There is an observation tower that offers stunning views of Xalapa. If you'd like, you can go falconeering here as there is a group of people that rescue hawks and falcons. It's also great for hiking and picnicking. If you have a few days in Xalapa, this is a great place to go.
Written June 24, 2014
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Jalaparoy
Xalapa, Veracruz85 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
Fo. 'r nature lovers, this park is great since it is now almost in the center of Xalapa since the city has grown around this "Fifth Volcano"(Macuiltepetl in the Nahuatl language of Mexico). I remember it being so far away when I first arrived in Xalapa 43 years ago, with very few houses and building nearby, but today it is surrounded by construction, leaving a lush green covered volcanic hill. For bird watchers and botanists there is a never ending variety of species to be seen. I enjoy visiting the observation tower and the wildlife center. Our bicycle activist group is working to organize bicycle tours of the park, which is fantastic by bike. Right now bicycles are prohibited for pedestrian safety.
Written May 28, 2014
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travelinhobo_10
Yuma, AZ314 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
Yes, unfortunately the exotic birds which are supposedly there for rehabilitation aren't being well cared for. There were close to 10 when I was there a week ago and a few didn't have any shade and most had dirty water, some in metal containers (which would heat up quickly in the sun). I hadn't seen any explanation or info board about these birds, so I asked the only employee there (I think he manned the flower museum). When I asked why the wild birds were tied up, his immediate answer was, "No son pajaros salvajes..." Well, yes, they are wild, so what he was trying to prove is beyond me. He then went on in a very fast, memorized response that the birds are being rehabilitated and in 3 years they'll be released. Even tho signs I later saw (I had arrived from the wrong direction to see the signs first) read that the rehabilitation center is there for educational purposes, it was evident that he had no interest in sharing his knowledge with me. The cellphone was more important.

Just a very short distance from the top where the Museo de Flores is, is a look-out tower. Costs 4 pesos to climb and get a decent view of the area. You can also see Mt. Orizaba from there which has snow on it and is an extinct volcano, I think.

In the area of the Crater sign, there's a dirt path. I took it, but never came upon anything. However, I did encounter several transparent butterflies. Definately a must if you like butterflies.

The split circular paths to the top are covered in brick stones, not dirt, so it's not a true hike, but nice just the same. Lots of runners use this park as well. Walking to the park from the city center will take you about 40 minutes. It's open from 9-6pm.
Written May 17, 2014
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Clodovigo
Oklahoma City5 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
This park, located in the middle of Xalapa, is beautiful green space on an extinct cone volcano. The park has two wide paved paths that circle to the top, where an observation tower, a natural history museum (with a dozen birds of prey sadly tethered outside), a huge sundial, and a mausoleum of pink concrete devoted to famous Xalapeños are located. For those who want a more direct route to the summit, shortcuts up longs flights of stairs. Visitors can hike down into the volcano's cone on narrow paths through a dense forest and, for four pesos, climb the concrete observation tower. This park will be of special interest to people who like the outdoors, joggers, and those who want to spend some time "away" from the city.
Written February 9, 2014
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