Barrio de Pastita

If you are coming down from the Embajadoras garden, you certainly got there through Calle del Puertecito (Little Port Street), as this hand-railed elevated street is popularly known because it humorously resembles an imaginary ship deck where the sea is represented by the water from constant flooding events from past centuries.

The flooding events caused by the seasonal rainfalls date back to the time of ancient dwellers of this land. This is why they chose to settle down where Pastita is currently located, since the slope is softer. There is a lot of controversy on the matter, but there are many who state that ancient cultures like the Chupícuara, the Teotihuacan’s, the Toltec, and, of course, the brave Chichimeca, lived there before Spaniards came.

This was one of the first four neighborhoods of the then newly established city, which original name was Paxtitlán “place of paxtle”; paxtle means hay.

Today, Pastita is a nice neighborhood that is worth to visit along the creek to get to the Museum of Olga Costa and José Chávez Morado.

If you’re coming from the Embajadoras square, you’ve certainly had to climb the Calle del Puertecito, or the Little Port, which earned its name from the hand rail that lines the steep sidewalk, giving it the appearance of the a ship’s deck rising above the torrents of rainwater that used to constantly flood the town in centuries gone by.

The flooding brought on by the seasonal rains dates back to pre-Hispanic times. This was why they initially settled in what is now Pastita, as the slope here is gentler. Although there’s some debate around the subject, many people claim that, before the arrival of the Spaniards, the area was populated by a number of different cultures, such as the Chupicuara, the Teotihuacan, the Toltec and the warlike e Chicimeca.

Pastita was one of the first four neighborhoods in the newly settled town, whose original name was Paxtitlán -  or “the place of hay”.

Today, Pastita is a pleasant little neighborhood and a great place for a stroll along the tree-lined riverbank that leads to the art museum named after local artists Olga Costa and José Chávez Morado.