Ex-Convento de San Francisco and Popocatépetl

The Ex-Convento de San Francisco is one of the most visible landmarks in Atlixco, Puebla.   it can be seen from all over town as it sits on the base of a small hill.  Construction began in 1538, and was completed by 1620.  I’ve visited it a few times before, but never had a clear day to photograph it with the volcano Popocatépetl.

So, during a trip last October, when the skies cleared in Atlixco and the volcano appeared,  I went to the park in the center of town to take a picture.  A long lens compressed the view, making the volcano seem much closer.  The flowering trees add a nice touch.

Ex-Convento de San Francisco and Popocatépetl

Ex-Convento de San Francisco and Popocatépetl


I’m a big fan of Atlixco, which seems to have become more popular in the last few years.  It’s a beautiful town, and near to other tourist destinations like Puebla and Cholula.  Those cities are bigger and busier, so Atlixco is great get away for a day, or even a night or two.  I spent several nights on this trip.  I stayed a block away from the main square, and had a wonderful time.  I found that during the fall, the volcano was rarely visible during the middle of the day, but often was visible later in the afternoon and into the evening when the clouds moved out.



4 comments on “Ex-Convento de San Francisco and Popocatépetl”

  1. Martin says:

    Thanks, Peter, for this beautiful image from Atlixco. I’m an avid lover of colonial Mexican architecture, but am afraid I won’t have a chance to visit again for some time, given the pandemic. So we will have to do with vicarious travels for now. Where did you stay overnight in Atlixco?

    1. Peter says:

      Hi, Martin. On this past trip, I stayed at the Hotel Mandala, which is quite simple, inexpensive, but staffed with very nice people. It is about a half block from the main square. I have also stayed at the Hotel Mansion del Conde, which is on the square. The Mansion del Conde is quite luxurious, with a spa and rooftop pool. I wanted access to their rooftop for photography, it’s a very nice place.

  2. Martin says:

    Thanks, Peter, for the prompt reply. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’ll get back to Puebla and make a trip to Atlixco. Martin

  3. Dean says:


    Nice photo! To see more of Atlixco and several other precious pueblitos of Puebla, check my presentation on YouTube! Peter I hope some day you can make presentations on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIjPdD3eXH0 Pueblos Magicos of Puebla Mexico HD

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