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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  • No doubt a magical place by the mere fact of having approximately 3000 years. They have incredible. Museum site with basics. Small parking.
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  • In this space you can explore the remains of an ancient pre-Hispanic Temple (in a circular motion) raised over 2 thousand years ago by a culture that left the region after the untimely eruption of the Xitle volcano filled with rocks the residential area now known as El Pedregal.
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  • Just a couple of kilometers south of the town Nurse is one of the oldest archaeological sites of the Federal District. What we see today was probably the ceremonial center, a large circular platform on which you can climb freely and if the weather is clear you get to see the volcano Xitle as close to Mexico City. The visit does not take a lot of time and recommend that you visit the site after the UNAM. It is open every day from 9 to 18 and requires no entry fee. Most likely you will be alone.
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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
  • Lots of positive energy.
  • Nice place very calm but also very small (only one pyramid). Free entrance
  • Excellent place for a sunny weekend spending with family or friends

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