Ecatepec de Morelos, or San Cristobal Ecatepec as it is also called, is located in Mexico State. The name Ecatepec is Nahuatl for “windy hill,” and represents early Aztec control over the area. The addition of San Cristobal later on is a result of colonization, and is a symbolic namesake of the town patron saint. Each July 25th is an annual festival celebrating San Cristobal, and the streets are decorated and filled with food and festivities. This celebration is the most important party of the year for the town of Ecatepec in respect to the patron saint. Great food and fun times are to be had by all. Ecatepec de Morelos is home to the newest Catholic cathedral in Mexico, the Bleeding Heart of Jesus (Sagrado Corazon de Jesus), and a slew of colonial era churches as well as the Casa de los virreyes.
The local vendors of Ecatepec serve freshly sliced fruits and vegetables with chile powder or cream alongside a container of freshly squeezed fruit waters from mangos, guavas, pineapples, carrots and a whole multitude of options. Most of the towns people commute from Ecatepec de Morelos to Mexico City for work, as there are not a lot of industries within Ecatepec de Morelos.
While Ecatepec de Morelos may seem to be a more rural area, the city is in close proximaty to Mexico City and other urban areas of Mexico. Those tourists who are looking for slower pace of life can come to Ecatepec de Morelos to find out how to take it easy for a change. Taking a break from the rat race, tourists in Ecatepec can find out about true local tradition and meet new friends from faraway. Ecatepec de Morelos is a respectable city with a small town atmosphere that meets pre-Hispanic culture with modern manmade society.