We had visited Tepotzotlán on one of my previous trips to Mexico. Our destination was a spot located 18 miles beyond the town, the Aqueduct of Xalpa. We took a two lane country road that was not in very good repair, but, in spite of the potholes, it was nice to get away from the city traffic and out into the countryside.
We finally reached the acueduct, also known as "los Arcos del Sitio". It is an impressive structure that was begun in 1760 to bring water from the Oro River. Its construction was directed by the Jesuits, but because the religious order was expelled from the Spanish Empire in 1767, the acueduct was not completed until 1854. It was considered an engineering marvel in its day.
The acueduct runs for over 1400 feet across a gorge. It consists of 43 arches which rise 200 feet above the basin below. Today it is an eco-park, and, in spite of its somewhat isolated location, it attracts a fair number of local tourists. (I suspect that I was the only "gringo" visitor there.) From the visitors' parking lot, you can walk across the acueduct, and then follow a trail which circles back to your starting point. Along the trail there are fine views of the acueduct, and there are a couple of hanging bridges which cross the ravine.
Here are some pictures from our excursion...
The lovely countryside of the area. To the lower right you can see one of the hanging bridges which we crossed.
As you can see from the pictures, the weather was beautiful. There are so many fascinating places in Mexico that are off the beaten track of the typical "gringo" tourist, and this was yet another one that I was able to discover thanks to my friend Alejandro.