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Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco

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Address: Carretera Federal Xochicalco Tetlama, sin numero | Xochicalco, Municipio de Miacatlan, Morelos, Cuernavaca 62605, Mexico
Phone Number: 7373743090
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Xochicalco was the oldest known fortress in Middle America and an important...

Xochicalco was the oldest known fortress in Middle America and an important religious center.

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Xochicalco is the ideal archaeological site to learn and experience what Pre-Hispanic life was about. This is the place where several tribe leaders met to perfect the calendar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Xochicalco is the ideal archaeological site to learn and experience what Pre-Hispanic life was about. This is the place where several tribe leaders met to perfect the calendar. Hire an English speaking guide if possible. Guides are available on site but not always bilingual, so ask your hotel staff. The museum is well worth the visit and all facilities are... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breath taking would be words I would describe the Xochicalco ruins. I went in mid January of this year and it was perfect weather! I went with my mother and cousin and there were very few people (which made the experience feel even more intimate and magical!) You will need at LEAST 4+ hours to fully explore the area calmly.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been leaving for many years in Cuernavaca and I did not visited Xochicalco, but this month my wife convicted us to go. I was astonished to see this extraordinary ruins. The place is very nice and clean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most well known Prehispanic buildings in Mesoamerica. The museum is environmental friendly using mostly solar energy as well as rainwater collection for use in restrooms. The site it is very impressive in size, the observatory it is very cool. I learned a lot today and would like to invite you to come an visit XOCHICALCO.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not as huge as some sites, but the history of Xochicalco and the engravings on the pyramids are phenomenal. Get a guide, though, because just wandering around on your own is great, but you learn so much more when someone is pointing out and explaining things like the calendar and the symbols.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must see! We visited the site on a Saturday. We arrived around 11h and we were surprised to see that there was almost nobody, perhaps 35 persons on the site. Perfect to take pictures. The ruins are well preserved. Definitely worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Beautiful, extensive with many relief carvings still preserved. It's quite a walk around the whole site, but well-worth it. You'd need a car both to get there and move between the museum grounds and the archaeological zone itself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Very nice clean organized archeological site. The pyramids are beautiful, please don't expect it to be like Chichenitza, however the views are impressive, if you visit in June you will see the observatory light right straight into the caves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

visited with friends. great ruins, lots to see. you can climb the ruins which is great cause you cant in some sites. very little detail provided but do some research first and you will enjoy more. amazing bowls carved from basalt used in rituals.

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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

to visit the place takes about 4 hours. Xochicalco is the 3rd best archaeological zone in Mexico. Everything is to be seen. Try to visit the astr. observatory at noon in June. Exceptional.

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