Until now, Tenango de las Flores, a town in the north of the state of Puebla, has been famous for a couple of things: the production of flowers and an award-winning 1956 film called Tizoc.
But this month, for the third year in a row, Tenango can boast something new — Mexico’s only floating Christmas tree. It’s not the biggest in the world, mind you: Brazil has that distinction with its 85-meter-tall, Guinness record-beating floating tree in Rio de Janeiro.
The Tenango tree, by comparison, is but 15 meters in height and has just a few hundred lights to Brazil’s 3 million.
Nor is the Tenango tree the most famous in Mexico. The artificial tree on Avenida Reforma in Mexico City is the world’s biggest Christmas tree at 112 meters in height. It is adorned with 600 strobe lights and strings of smaller lights totaling some 70 kilometers, all courtesy of sponsor PepsiCo.
But Tenango de las Flores’ tree is special because it floats. Thirty-two metal drums support a wooden base on which stands a 20-meter mast which is the tree. It took 15 days to build and almost failed for lack of funds, but local supporters came through with enough to finish the project.
The tree floats in the middle of the Tenango reservoir, upstream from the Necaxa Dam, the first hydroelectric project in Mexico and, when it was opened in 1905, the most modern in the world.
The idea behind the tree was to create a project that would bring more tourists, which it seems to have accomplished judging by reports. One launch operator said domestic and foreign tourists take advantage of the new tours that take visitors to see the attraction, although it can be seen from a long distance.
Known primarily by visitors for its sandy beaches, sunny skies and gastronomic delights, Mexico can now add unique Christmas trees to the mix.
Source: Excélsior (sp)