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. With our world travel planner, Cuernavaca attractions like Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It is a majestic place, it was ceremonial and political center, its ruins are impressive and you can visit any time of the year, however in the months of June and July are better them because it is completely green and you can walk with peace of mind, you have to be comfortable and bring a hat or CAP, there is a Museum and guided tours can be
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  • Due to structural damage to many of the Xochicalco’s ancient buildings, the site is closed to the public. INAH and México’s federal engineers are currently working on accessing the damage to make the ...  more »
  • To paraphrase the famous adage: "Saw some pyramids in Mexico-has seen them all." If you're not too fan of similar sites, you can not spend the whole day (because they are not in the Cuernavaca) to visit them-in my opinion, Teotihuacan looks much more monumental than. However, this place has its advantages:-very few people; -large area-at least you can half-day here walking; -There are places for recreation; -no annoying sellers anything; -can be found on ancient stadiums for ball games (four of them here), as well as Indian sauna and preserved the channel system; -with Hill offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Separately, it is worth mentioning the Temple of the Feathered Serpent with perfectly preserved for her age bas-reliefs, as well as Indian Observatory-an artificial cave, where the natives of America watched the Sun. In General: as an ordinary person, not very versed in the intricacies of anthropology and history and who has seen before that some similar places: not thrilled, but not disappointed.
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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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