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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  • August 3, 2017
    Excellent place to take laziness of Sunday lying on the top of the basement, unique in the world of round shape.
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  • August 3, 2017
    This site was across the road from our hotel. There's no cost for admission and a tour guide who spoke English and Spanish lead us through with a group. It's a fascinating site, with pyramids still be...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    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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  • December 23, 2016
    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!
  • June 6, 2017
    An escape in the middle of a busy city, great visit
  • June 18, 2017
    Lots of positive energy.
  • October 27, 2016
    Nice place very calm but also very small (only one pyramid). Free entrance
  • March 9, 2016
    Excellent place for a sunny weekend spending with family or friends

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