Zona Arqueológica De Tzintzuntzan

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Zona Arqueológica De Tzintzuntzan

Zona Arqueológica De Tzintzuntzan
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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George S
Chicago, IL133 contributions
There are bigger, more significant ruins, but this is a nice quickie
Feb 2020
There are bigger, more significant ruins, but this one is a nice 1-2 hour side trip. There is a small fee to enter, then you just walk up. No guides or instruction. The climb is very easy. The day we went it was slightly over cast and we were the only people there. Provides a nice view of the countryside and some great selfie opportunities. If in the neighborhood and looking to kill some time, I recommend it.
Written March 4, 2020
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Bruce L
Richmond, Canada119 contributions
Wonderful day trip!
Nov 2019 • Couples
We spent the day in Tsitzuntzan, travelling by combi from Plaza Chica in Patzcuaro. A lovely trip through agricultural areas (25 pesos), we got off in town and walked up to the archaelogical site. It is very interesting, and well cared for. The partialy restored ruins enjoy axgreat view from its hilltop location. A compact museum displays artifacts excavated on site. Get an English language guide for the interpretation.
A huge bonus in town are the two 500 year oldl churches and Santa Clara Franciscan Seminary. They are in a lovely park-like setting. In the spectaular
restored Seminary building are frescoes on the wall, and an extensive Exhibition on the Purepecha people. A real bonus for us! Even an art exhibition!
Written November 14, 2019
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Sooz C
San Diego, CA805 contributions
Really Large Area
Oct 2019
The view is spectacular from the ruins and the are is quite large with a museum. And I agree that having a guide helps understand how many people lived there.
Written November 13, 2019
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Clfarias
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico163 contributions
A glimpse of the Purepecha Empire
Nov 2019
I recomend to take a guided tour and learn about the history of the strongest empire of ancient "Mexico" before the Spanish colonization.
Written November 5, 2019
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VeronaFan1
Royal Oak, MD76 contributions
Nice to walk around, not much to see
Dec 2018 • Family
Not speaking Spanish, I had a hard time with what few signs there were. The museum is nice but again, no way to know what the display signs said. The pyramid structure is interesting and large. You can imagine what it was like, but I needed a guide or something.
Written December 30, 2018
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DMG
169 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct 2018 • Couples
Brilliant site. We visited on a Monday when the museum was closed so cannot comment on that but the site, and the views from the site are stunning.

We took the colectivo bus from Patzucura from the square where the busses stop. There are two places where the buses stop, one outside the library and one on the street on the square opposite the market and a right angle to the library, it's that one you take the bus from. The bus stops in the market of Tzintzunzan and you catch a bus back from the market too.

The town of Tzintzunzan is good to explore too.
Written October 1, 2018
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cmbtraveller
Canada501 contributions
Having a guide made it come alive
Mar 2018 • Couples
Having a guide made the difference between seeing a humungous pile of rocks and having a sense of the lives, traditions, conflicts, technologies and culture of the Purepecha people. Regardless, the area where the 5 temples were built is impressive in its scale. The perimeter of the 5 temples is easily 500 meters and even without a guide one can appreciate the various techniques used to build the temples. Down in the town itself there is a wonderful little artesan market that sells everything from wooden kitchen utensils to hats and clay pots. All very well made and very inexpensive. Definitely worth spending some time there shopping.
Written March 12, 2018
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kehoedds
Merida, Mexico388 contributions
Glimpse of pre-Hispanic Culture
Mar 2018 • Friends
Combined with the adjacent museum, these five odd-shaped,connected ruins that overlook Lake Patzcuaro help the visitor imagine this long-ago culture.
Written March 6, 2018
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Karina M
Los Angeles, CA58 contributions
Great ruins with an even better view!
Apr 2017 • Family
Arrived a little before closing, so there were only around 5-6 more people. The place is pretty big, so you never really run into anyone else. You're shown a brief video about the history of the ruins, and then you're directed to the small museum they have, and after that you check out the ruins (you can't climb on them). These are definitely more impressive than Ihuatzio, and the view of Lake Patzcuaro is beautiful! Definitely check these out if you're around the area.
Written August 14, 2017
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NVJoe
Reno, NV208 contributions
Small Town with a Big History
Apr 2017
Tzintzuntzan is a small town with two interesting historical sites, easily combined into a short half-day trip from nearby Pátzcuaro. From Pátzcuaro’s Plaza Grande, ubiquitous passenger vans (combis) make the 15 km (9.5 mile) trip for a fare of M$20 (US$1.10) each way.

Not always a small town, Tzintzuntzan was once the pre-Hispanic capital of the Tarascan civilization, rivals of the mighty Aztecs. From the center of town, I walked uphill to the east about 1 km (0.6 miles) to visit the remains of the Tarascan’s ceremonial center.

A visit to this archeological site costs M$55 (US$3.00), and includes entrance to a small attractive museum. The well-kept park features extensive lawns, fine views of Lake Pátzcuaro, and what is left of five semi-circular stone pyramids (yacatas).

When the Spaniards conquered the Tarascans in the early 16th century, they pilfered most of the yacata stones to build their nearby Monastery of San Francisco. Back in the center of town, on the west side of the main road, I easily located this ancient Franciscan church complex.

Passing through a stone arch into the tranquil church grounds, I admired the wide-open gardens with its rows of ancient olive trees. Planted by Vasco de Quiroga in 1530, these stout twisted olive trees are considered the oldest in Mexico.

The Tarascan archeological site and Monastery of San Francisco are two enjoyable and educational places, both within Tzintzuntzan, a small town with a big history.
Written May 4, 2017
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