Zona Arqueológica Cuicuilco, Mexico City

Cuicuilco is an important archaeological site located on the southern shore of the Lake Texcoco in the southeastern Valley of Mexico, in what is today the borough of Tlalpan in Mexico City. The settlement goes back to 1400 BC.Cuicuilco flourished during the Mesoamerican Middle and Late Formative (c. 700 BCE – 150 CE) periods.Today, it is a significant archaeological site that was occupied during the Early Formative until its destruction in the Late Formative. Based on its date of occupation, Cuicuilco may be the oldest city in the Valley of Mexico and was roughly contemporary with, and possibly interacting with, the Olmec of the Gulf Coast of lowland Veracruz and Tabasco (also known as the Olmec heartland).ImportanceBased on known facts, it was the first important civic-religious center of the Mexican Highlands, its population probably including all the social strata and cultural traits that would characterize the Altépetl of classical Mesoamerica.Cuicuilco was destroyed and abandoned following the eruption of the volcano Xitle, causing migrations and changes to the population and culminating in the consolidation of Teotihuacan as the ruler of the Central Highlands during the Early Classic period.
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  • Located metres from peripheral, in the South, worth visiting it when it is in the South of the city, archaeological ruins, and is especially busy at the equinox.
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  • A Tzompantli located at the entrance is the first pleasant surprise very according to the season of "Todosantos" and excellent preamble to visit the enigmatic pyramid Circular which is located here and is the oldest in Mesoamerica. The visit is an interesting and relaxing, experience since you can walking the circular route where you appreciate the outline of the pyramid and its platforms, enjoying in addition to recreation which represents rest in the shade of a tree, or appreciate the calm of the site, despite being surrounded by urban sprawl. The pyramid has an ascent ramp and dating of the ceremonial center is pointing to the period 800-600 BC, which ranks it as the oldest in Mesoamerica. It is surprising that at this time its location meant accurately orientated towards the equinoxes. It is allowed to ascend to the top of the pyramid, where the ceremonial center with some niches and remnants of hydraulic structures. The archaeological site has been rescued since about 1600 years ago she was buried by the eruption of the Xitle. I recommend to visit the site, esto before the archaeological museum. The entrance is free and is open Monday to Sunday! Enjoy the Cucuilco archaeological museum. LIFE... is a trip!
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  • Hidden beneath a thick layer of hard black lava, Cuicuilco is an important, but mostly overlooked, archaeological treasure within the urban borders of Mexico City. The star of the site is a truncated ...  more »
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  • Not too much to see. Bring water because there's no place to buy. Nice for a relaxing walk among the roads. The small museum can explain more of what you will see there.
  • Unique archeological site. Not too many round "pyramids" in this area. Completely surrounded by lava fields, that can be viewed by walking down a sinewy path surrounding the site.. a little unkempt but worth checking out. Glad I came to visit.
  • A great place to feel surrounded by nature in the middle of the city. Bring a hat and get your suntan on.
  • Excellent site if you're a noob for mexican culture; entrance is for free, they have translated information in english, it's clean and a little "adventurous", and you get to see how the lava setled from the last volcano Xitle eruption. No guided tour, it's quite small and self explanatory.
  • The archeological zone is impressive but it's also important to note that there is a museum at the end of your walk grub the ruins. It's absolutely fantastic! Great artifacts and history right in the center of the city!

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