The campus is located in a nature reserve where the majestic forest of pines and oaks provides peace and the necessary contact between man and nature. The campus serves as a laboratory for ecological projects and is built in harmony with the landscape so that the buildings are integrated into the landscape without affecting the natural forest.
It is not uncommon to find various animals of the region, such as squirrels, armadillos, skunks, eagles and others, on the roads surrounding the campus, which allows students and visitors to get to know forest life. Each season is different on campus. While the spring is full of flowers and summer has a great weather, the winter has a mountain climate and snow sometimes appears on the grasslands.
The university also offers a learning environment reminiscent of the ancient Greeks educating in public places.
LIVING IN TLAZALA
The university is located on the borders of two municipalities in the Estado de Mexico: Santa Ana Jilotzingo and Tlazala de Fabela, two rural communities where traditional life still thrives. Students generally prefer Tlazala with its friendly people and their kindness towards visitors. The inhabitants of Tlazala work in farming and have great respect for the region’s traditions.
Tlazala is surrounded by mountains, making this small village suitable for a quiet life. People prefer to grow their own food and raise their animals to have milk, cheese and eggs, among others. Visitors will not find any malls, movie theaters or busy squares. The people of Tlazala take great care of their land and so far have not allowed any industry to move in. Life in Tlazala is very cheap and healthy, and you will always find something new to learn there.
For those who prefer city life or a livelier setting, Tlazala is 1.5 hours away from Mexico City, and 30 minutes from other towns where you can find all urban amenities.
The experience of living in a village with ancient traditions is unmatched. The area was originally inhabited by the Otomi indigenous group, who lived in clusters in the mountains. Many people still keep up this tradition, so it is not uncommon to find families living in the highest mountains of the municipality.