Cuetzalan’s men are handsome, soft-spoken, and courteous to tourists and visitors. Cuetzalan, its name derived from the beautiful bird known as Quetzal, is a magical town in the middle of nowhere, up in the sierras located in the northern part of Puebla, a Mexican state.
Today, while writing an article in Spanish for El Mensajero Newspaper about how safe it is to travel in Mexico these days, many pictures and memories came out from a recent visit to this magical town. Cuetzalan is, in my opinion, a nation that speaks first Nahuatl, then Spanish, while living in Mexican territory.
Traveling alone this summer through Cuetzalan, Puebla, and other places in Mexico, I can say it has been safe, fun and interesting. Traveling through and within Mexico is safer than what the news outlets usually show; however, it also takes common sense from the visitors to stay safe.
Back to the reason I am posting… I’ve found Cuetzalan’s men handsome and polite, and it was fun to see couples together, and how a man takes care of his woman; it was also good for my heart to see many indigenous women alone, working, selling, walking…these women are so strong.
Observing men and women from Cuetzalan was a good experience. Their faces are mine or yours because at the end, we are all part of the same family, isn’t that true?
Text and pictures by Lupita Peimbert