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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  • This special place in Morelos state is a particular archeological site. The Quetzalcoatl pyramid is one of then most beautiful in the Americas.  more »
  • Perhaps eclipsed by the great thing from other sites in Mexico, but the quality of its buildings and the Museum are very high-level and architectural beauty and historical. Just 30 minutes south of cuernavaca, Xochicalco is, necessarily, an archaeological visit. If you're a fan of these places you will need full day to visit him. And if only you walk pass and do not want to miss, you assign at least 3 hours of your day. Don't miss the Museum's site and take a hat or CAP, Sun does not forgive! Declared a world heritage in 1999, not ovides pass to the Observatory, especially if you're going between April 30 and August 15. Ask for it, is on the inside of a pyramid/Hill and if you neglect don't see your entry.
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  • Security first. You must be prepared to walk several kilometres, between 3 and 4 If you want to go all over the place. A cap or hat, use Sun blocker and if possible as there is within the archaeological area water not where to buy. Bring the camera because there are many beautiful views of the ceremonial center, Valley and the surroundings. I suggest hiring a guide or read separately as travel, so the visit becomes more interesting and educational. Plan not less than 3 hours if they really want to meet him. Two specific locations have liked me. The first Observatory, very interesting knowledge who had at that time and how to use them for community benefit. The second is the pyramid of Quetzacoatl, a rebuilt part and another original.
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  • 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
  • If you are visiting Morelos, México, this is a must to go place to visit! It has incredible views and amazing green areas (this last one depends of the temporary). Also it has a Museum that will explain you of the community that once lived there. I strongly recommend to read about these pyramids and there culture before visiting them, because it can be to much of information to learn in one day!
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  • This was a great little excursion out of Cuernavaca. The site was easy to access using an Uber taxi out of central Cuernavaca (about $40 US and 65 pesos per adult entrance). We got lucky and managed to visit during the summer solstice when you're able to enter the observatory and the sunlight shines down a shaft (late June). The area around the pyramids was very well taken care of and clean. There was a shop selling drinks and snacks, together with clean bathrooms. Very few visitors on the day we were there. Only Spanish guides. This is not Chichen Itza or Teotihuacan, but a very well cared for, historically significant, place to visit.
  • UNESCO Heritage. No admissio fee are charged on Sunday if you show your identity proof.