Zona Arqueológica Cuicuilco, Mexico City

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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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  • Cuicuilco is really ancient for a Mexican ruin, dating to more than 2000 years ago, around the time of Monte Alban. The amazing thing about this ruin is that it is not out in the middle of the jungle ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful temple site in the south of Mexico city. Definitely worth a visit and free entry. Also nice grounds to walk in and a museum.  more »
  • This site pre-dates Teotihuacan and is thought to be the oldest run in the Valley of Mexico. It is believed that the site was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of the Xitle Volcano around 30 CE and tha...  more »
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  • 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!
  • An escape in the middle of a busy city, great visit
  • Nice place very calm but also very small (only one pyramid). Free entrance
  • Excellent place for a sunny weekend spending with family or friends
  • Preclasico rules