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“Beautiful site with a great view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco

Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco
Carretera Federal Xochicalco Tetlama, sin numero | Xochicalco, Municipio de Miacatlan, Morelos, Cuernavaca 62605, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Cuernavaca
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Owner description: Xochicalco was the oldest known fortress in Middle America and an important religious center.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Beautiful site with a great view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I'm really glad I went here. This is outside the Maya domain, but there are a lot of Maya styles used, as well as those of the Teotihuacanos. If one is not on an organized tour, one may take a bus from Cuernavaca. The site is on top of a very tall hill, and it is quite a distance to get to the hill from the main road, and then a lot of uphill walking. If one is not very fit, or is pressed for time, it would be best to take a taxi or bus all the way up the hill from Cuernavaca itself. There is a museum a couple hundred metres from the site entrance, from which site entry tickets may be purchased, and at which various artifacts may be viewed. Since it is high up, the site is a bit cooler than base of the hill.

At the site itself, there's a lot to see, including ball courts, the entrance plaza flanked by two lesser pyramids, the observatory (to see the sunbeam enter the observation chamber, it is best to visit around midday), the acropolis, the main plaza, and the main pyramid itself. Then there's the grand attraction at the main plaza: the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, which is covered with beautiful carvings that are in fairly good shape.

Visited November 2012
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Lajitas, Texas
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“Step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The most eye opening part of my visit to Xochicalco, were the game fields. I remember watching a Disney movie with my son where they played the game, and when I saw the actual field, I immediately took a picture and sent to my son. The stories about what the meetings that took place here were fascinating. Our guide took each engraving and explained what they meant. It really amazes you that all of this took place thousands of years ago. If you are in this area, please go, well worth the visit.

Visited February 2012
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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“Some unique views of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

As in all the ancient historic sites I have visited, Xochicalco offers its own unique look at life in the classic period. Particularly interesting at this site, are the ball courts, one of which still boasts the rings mounted in the walls (this was the first I have seen), the observatory that consists of a cave modified to include a 'chimney' about 27 feet long using the sun to determine specific points in time and the temple of the feathered serpent. The museum boasts a number of artifacts from the site and information signs are in english. A local guide can give you a better understanding of the site and the culture. Well worth a visit

Visited November 2012
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“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Well worth the drive from Cuernavaca - a highlight of our trip. Stunning views and don't miss the cave.

Visited July 2012
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“hire a guide to learn more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

It is a stunning site, being restored and has a fantastic museum and view. The guide to us into the observatory, had lots of history to share and made it very rich. Had also been in the spring of 2012 but this time there seemed to be a bit more english signage.

Visited October 2012
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