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Going to Guachimontones, you can feel like you're really discovering something, not just following a well-worn tourist route. By car, it is only 45 minutes from the beautiful Guadalajara city. It is also easily accessible by bus although it will take twice as long, as the bus makes frequent stops. (See paragraph below for more information on catching the bus.)
Guachimontes has only been excavated in the past ten years; it's now an UNESCO World Heritage site. Much less is known about Western indigenous history than about cultures from the south and the Yucatan. The site is over 2,000 years old, and the architectural style is unique to the region, and in the world. The amazing and main characteristic that distinguishes the Pyramids of Guachimontones from the rest of the cultures of Mesoamerica is its unusual architectural style, defined by ceremonial canters in the form of concentric circles. This is the largest and most complex site with this architecture, and is located in the center of the Tequila valleys. In the areas surrounding the Guachimontones- Teuchitlan there are also a great number of artefacts made of obsidian, a material that was utilized for the production of art pieces during the pre-Hispanic era. It is amply used in the production of tools during the period of the Guachimontones. More than 50,000 people may have lived within 15 miles of the Tequila volcano. At its height, the Guachimontones complex was the cultural center of West Mexico, with unique, complex architecture and a trade network that stretched from Guatemala to Arizona .
Going to Guachimontes by bus: Go to the old bus terminal (Camionera Central Vieja) just south of the center. Go to the second of three bus stalls and look for the stall called Servicios Enrolados, also known as Transportes de Pasajeros de Guadalajara, La Vega, Ameca, Cocula S.E. (Phone number: 33/3650-3033.) Ask for a ticket to Tehuchitlan, the town closest to the Guachimontones site. A round trip ticket costs (as of 1/1/10) 98 pesos. Buses run every twenty minutes until 8:00pm and the trip will take you about an hour and a half.
Once in Tehuchitlan, the easiest thing to do is take a taxi to the site. It will cost you the same as the bus (100 pesos round trip) but it is the fastest and easiest way to get there. Otherwise it is an uphill hike up a cobblestone pathway, following signs that are not entirely reliable. If you have a map and are up for the hike, the climb will certainly be worth it, as you can pass through the city square and move around a bit after the long bus ride. Or split the difference and take a cab up and walk down, once the way is clear. The cab ride is about 10 minutes, so plan on at least an hour if you are going by foot.