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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  • While not the most amazing ruins in Mexico, Xofhicalco is a nice place to visit. Since it's kind of out of the way, you will probably be the only visitors there. We spent a couple of hours walking aro...  more »
  • An archaeological site with incredible views and much more big than it seems. This in very good condition and the people is very friendly. There isn't much signage so you have to explore a little. The Observatory is inside a small cave where there is only a hole through which passes the Sun.
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  • Is an extraordinary site archaeological, but you lack signs since I lost for arrive by lack of these, but a time coming them ruins are Vera and the view is impressive since is view from them heights.
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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.