Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco, Cuernavaca

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Admire the ingenuity and artistry on display at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco, a complex of pre-Columbian structures and buildings. In its heyday, circa 700-900 CE, the old city had a population of around 20,000; most of the buildings on site date from this period. Among the many structures of interest across the large site, the most archaeologically significant is a temple built to honor the Feathered Serpent. Stylized carvings of the deity cover the temple, creating a detailed work of art. Put Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cuernavaca trip builder.
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  • If you want to see pyramids and pre-Colombian ruins including ball fields, go to Xochicalco, outside of Cuernavaca. Interesting and awesome. There is an observatory with a hole through the rocks that ...  more »
  • Be sure to allocate enough time to climb the pyramids and associated grounds of this site. The museum is impressive and the guided tour is very informative.  more »
  • Its name means "at the place of the House of flowers" and is located at the top of a mountain near the city of Cuernavaca in the municipality of Miacatlan. It is a large settlement which boasts of pyramids, a temazcal, roads and squares, but what really stands out from the site are the pyramid of Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent), an Observatory and 3 ball games! The climate is hot, but upon entering the Observatory you can feel fresh in the first instance. Then, to admit you to the bottom where is the hexagonal hole of the cave which is where were their observations, feels damp environment. During the trip we saw flora and fauna of the area especially large iguanas. The place also has a Museum and events related to the preservation of the traditions and cultural heritage of our ancestors, as which he witnessed during our visit where different groups performed songs in Nahuatl language are frequently conducted. It is a must place to visit in Morelos and feel proud of our culture.
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  • Famous for the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. Big site, lot of things to see. Around 120 km south of Mexico City.
  • Great place with a lot of good history. Plenty of good architecture and a lot of signs to explain the history.
  • try to come before 1 p.m , so you can see the magic of "observatorio" :D, was a great experience, beautiful piramide, and not too crowded
  • Very cool ruins, undisturbed and nearly empty of other visitors. Great place to wander around in, though getting a guide is recommended as there is much to learn. Beautiful views of the surrounding countryside
  • It is a spot not to miss. Brilliant stone carvings and one of the few mesoamericans observatories open to the public.

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