Tlalnepantla de Baz is located in the middle of the metropolitan area of the State of Mexico (Estado de México). Here, you 'll find the best shopping malls, two of the best arqueological sites in the country and historic city centre with a cathedral which dates from 1535.
What does “Tlalnepantla de Baz” mean? The word “Tlalnepantla” is formed by two words in Nahuatl. “Tllali” (earth) and “Nepantla” (in the middle). Thus, it is translated as: “In the middle of the earth” or “Land of the middle”
Its name is due to its ancient location between the otomi and mexica civilizations.
“Baz” honors Gustavo Baz Prada, a native of Tlalnepantla, a courageous revolutionary, acomplished politician, two time Governor of the State of Mexico and noteworthy physician.
HISTORY Due to the chichimeca settlement founded in the XII century, Tlalnepantla is of much arqueological and historic interest.
After the Spanish conquest and due to the foundation of convents, Tlalnepantla became increasingly important and a fixed point in the route which communicated the Valley of Mexico with the provinces to the north. During this time period, large estates (haciendas) began tu be built and many of them are still worth visiting such as: Ex Hacienda de Santa Mónica, Ex Hacienda de San Pablo de en medio.
In 1848, Tlalnepantla became a municipality and by 1888, it had been split into eleven separate municipalities. In 1917, the State of Mexico was divided into 119 municipalities, Tlalnepantla being one of them.
On October 11th 1948, It became a city thanks to the then Governor of the state, Alfredo del Mazo Vélez.
Tenoyuca Arqueological Site (Piramids) This site has pyramids similar to those in other sites in Mexico such as Templo Mayor, Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco. It boasts a prehispanic building on a square base, formed by two wide stairways divided by double alfarda (stote edge which limits the width of stairs in Mexican Pre-hispanic temples) and twin temples in its upper area which are dedicated to Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli.
Its structure is made up of smaller ones which correspond to different time periods. To date, eight different structures have been detected.
Xolotl Museum Located next to the piramids, it also serves as an entrance to the Arqueological site. Museum Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entrance costs 37 pesos and 45 if using a camcorder. Mexican citizens by law do not pay entrance fees on Sundays.
Santa Cecilia Acatitlan Another arqueologial sitein Tlalnepantla, in the town of Santa Cecilia. Located at: “ Plaza Dr. Eusebio Dávalos s/n”, it was probaly founded by the toltecas or chichimecas civilization and is 3 km.from the Tenayuca piramids.
Downtown Tlalnepantla Here, you will find the Corpus Christi Cathedral, City Hall and the beautiful city centre. Near the highway, you will find the Obelisk and the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz monument.
Along Periferico Norte Highway you will find Valle Dorado and several shopping malls. Pirules and Santa Monica Also housing several shopping malls, universities and several famous night clubs such as “El Rodeo Santa Fe“ which is located in the area known as“La Manzana de Roma”. Mundo E This shopping plaza is one of the more modern in the area featuring shops such as Zara, Bershka, Dockers, Levys, Sexy Jeans, Shasa, Furor, among others. It also hosts the first Best Buy to come to Mexico which also happens to be the 2nd biggest worldwide.
Other places to visit: Arqueological site Izcalli Pyramid II. Located at: “Carretera Tenayuca Santa Cecilia, s/n Col. Izcalli Pirámide II” Temple of San Andres Atenco. Located at: Tenayuca Santa Cecilia, s/n Col. Izcalli Pirámide II Chapel at the temple San Bartolo Tenayuca. Located at: Av. Pirámide esq. Quetzlcoatl Santa Monica Chapel. Located at: Av. Altamirano Esq. Juárez, Col. Ex Hacienda de Sta Mónica Santa Cecilia Chapel. Located at: Plaza Dr. Eusebio Dávalos s/n Señor de la Santa Sangre Parish. Located at: Av. Morelos s/n, Col Xocoyohualco. Santa Monica Estate. Located at: Av. Altamirano Esq. Juárez, Col. Ex Hacienda de Sta Mónica. San Jose Ranch. Located at: Av. San José No. 13 Col. Lomas de Lindavista San Pablo de Enmedio Estate. Located at: Av. de la Hacienda, s/n Esq. Poniente 152 Unidad Habitacional Ex Hacienda de Enmedio Historic Archives. Located at: Porfirio Díaz s/n Esq. Guerrero
THINGS TO KNOW
Carlos Gerardo Godinez González, better know as “Charly Bostik” founded with Eduardo Cruz the famous “Banda Bostik” from which he separated on 2001. On 2004 he returns to the stage with a new band called “Escuadron”. To date, they have released two albums.
En Pirules se encuentra la Preparatoria Indoamericano, donde estudio "Guillermo Perez", quien gano la medalla de Oro de Tae Kwon Do en los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing 2008. A un lado de esta preparatoria, se encuentra la "Universidad Latinoamericana, ULA"
Tlalnepantla cuenta con las siguientes Vialidades Principales:
AUTOPISTA MEXICO-QUERETARO AV. GUSTAVO BAZ AV. PRESIDENTE JUAREZ AV. HIDALGO AV. JESUS REYES HEROLES AUT. MEX. PACHUCA AV. DE LOS MAESTROS AV. MARIO COLIN AV. TLALNEPANTLA TENAYUCA AV. RIO DE LOS REMEDIOS BLVD. SAN RAFAEL STA. CECILIA AV. SOR JUANA INES DE LA CRUZ AV. MORELOS AV. MARIANO ESCOBEDO AV. 1o DE MAYO AV. RIO LERMA AV. RADIAL TOLTECAS AV. LAS ARMAS CIVILIZACIONES AV. CULTURA ROMANA AV. DE LAS GRANJAS AV. TEQUESQUINAHUAC VIA ADOLFO LOPEZ MATEOS AV. NIÑOS HEROES CALZADA DE LOS JINETES CARR. LAGO DE GUADALUPE AV. IGNACIO PICHARDO- AV ACUEDUCTO AV. AHUEHUETES-PORLONG 100MTS ARZ. DR MANUEL PEREZ GIL AV. ROBERTO FULTON AV. SAN JOSE AV. HERMILO MENA AV. CONVENTO DE STA MONICA AV. VIVEROS DE ATIZAPAN BENITO JUAREZ AV. CAMINO STA. MONICA PROLONGACION HIDALGO AV. ATLACOMULCO AV. LA PRESA CARRETERA TENAYUCA STA CECILIA AV INDUSTRIA AV FEDERAL BLVD ADOLFO LOPEZ MATEOS VIA MORELOS AV AYUNTAMIENTO AV PASEO DEL FERROCARRIL
Tlalnepantla se encuentra en el Centro de la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México, por lo que llegar es muy fácil.
Desde el Norte del Estado de México, se llega por la Autopista México-Querétaro, que se convierte en Periférico, pasando el municipio de Cuautitlan Izcalli se llega rápido a Tlalnepantla. Desde Ecatepec, se puede tomar la Vía López Portillo, hasta llegar a Tlalnepantla. Desde México D.F, se toma Periferico dirección hacia el Norte, primero pasando por el municipio de Naucalpan de Juárez, para llegar a Tlalnepantla, que se encuentra donde termina Satelite. Desde Toluca, se puede tomar la Autopista de Cuota que va a Tlalnepantla