The route covers eight Magic Towns; It begins in Veracruz and ends in Mexico City.
The states of Puebla and Tlaxcala were included in the new tourist route that the government of the Republic will promote to detonate tourism in 2021: the Route of the “Moctezuma Fish” , from Veracruz to Mexico City.
The Route of the “Moctezuma Fish” is a project in which work began since the beginning of the current federal administration and in which the federal Tourism Secretariat, the Office of the Presidency, the Ministry of Public Education and Guard participate National; as well as the governments of the states of Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo and the State of Mexico; the authorities of the 26 municipalities involved and companies specialized in alternative tourism.
During the appointment of Tetela de Ocampo as Pueblo Mágico , the Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, highlighted that the Route of the “Moctezuma Fish” is retaken as part of a strategy to promote sustainable projects.
The route is based on the journey that the Aztecs took to bring fresh food from the sea to Emperor Moctezuma before the Conquest , hence the Tecolutla beach, in Veracruz, and passes through Puebla, Tlaxcala, State of Mexico and Ciudad de México, with which, it will become a strategic destination for tourism, with a unique experience.
“Project designed with a vision of sustainable, community, indigenous, and nature tourism that, along the 403 kilometers from the coasts of Veracruz, in Tecolutla, to the former Tenochtitlán, involves six states, 26 municipalities and eight Magical Towns ”, explained the federal official.
Through the project “México Renace Sostenible” , the Ministry of Tourism is working on ten strategic projects aimed at fulfilling the sustainable development objectives of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations .
Within the route it covers eight Magic Towns : Papantla and Zozocolco de Veracruz; Cuetzalan, Zacatlán and Chignahuapan de Puebla; Tlaxco, Tlaxcala; as well as San Martín de las Pirámides and San Juan Teotihuacán, in the State of Mexico.
In years past, on the Moctezuma Fish route, the traditional relay race is held in two different formats: with a team of twelve people or a team of six. The objective of the race is to relieve a “fish” from the coast of Veracruz to the ancient city of Teotihuacán.
The traditional race that takes place each year in the month of March seeks to honor the legend according to which the painanis or messengers of the Aztec Emperor brought fresh fish to Moctezuma from the coast of Veracruz running.
FROM THE BEACH TO THE PYRAMIDS
YOU WILL TRAVEL 270 KILOMETERS STARTING AT THE TECOLUTLA COAST, VERACRUZ AND ENDING AT THE PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACÁN.
70% OF THE ROAD IS PAVED ROADS AND 30% IS WIDE DIRT ROADS. THE DIVERSITY OF ECOSYSTEMS, TOWNS AND LANDSCAPES WILL MAKE THIS RACE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.
How does it work?
TAG RACE IN TEAMS OF 6 OR 12 PAINANIS
The Pescado de Moctezuma is a relay race that can be run in 2 different formats: with a team of 12 people or a team of 6 people.
The objective of the race is to relieve a “fish” (chip) from the coast of Veracruz to the ancient city of Teotihuacán.
It seeks to honor the legend according to which the painanis (messengers of the Aztec Emperor) brought fresh fish to Moctezuma from the coast of Veracruz running
WHAT DOES IT CONSIST OF?
During PESCADO DE MOCTEZUMA there will be CONTROLLED segments and OPEN segments.
In the CONTROLLED segments, the route will be segmented into different stages (between 5 and 15 km approximately). The runner or painani in turn will carry the “fish” in the stage that corresponds to him while the rest of the team goes ahead in the truck / van to reach the control point where the relay will take place. These stages will be assigned to each painani by the organization.
In the OPEN segments, the painani in turn will be accompanied by his team in the van and the distance to run for each painani will be defined by the team.
The van is a crucial part of Pescado de Moctezuma and should be considered as one more member of the team. During the race it will become a place where your team will eat, sleep, travel, laugh and cry. The van will be an anecdote generator long after the race is over.
In the case of teams of 12 painanis, they must bring 2 vans so that they can all travel comfortably and achieve a better distribution. Teams of 6 painanis must only carry 1 van.
It is mandatory that each registered van has at least 6 seat belts and 7 in case of carrying a driver (other than painani).
- In some parts of the race, the relay exchange will have to be done only in the places established to do it
- In the free part, the car will be able to go to the side of the corridor so that the exchange can be made when the team decides