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Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco
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Owner description: Xochicalco was the oldest known fortress in Middle America and an important religious center.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

A large site with important calendar significance. Great vistas and very few people. Be sure to see the caves with a shaft of light to indicate the solstice.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

This site has something really special. No it doesn't have big pyramides or big temples. But this is an "all". The constructions are really well preserved, the both ballcourt are like new or almost. And what to say about the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. This is a masterpiece! The site is build on a hill, this folk worked this hill like a pyramide. At the top, you have a good view on the valley.

The museum is really well too. It has many impressive pieces. If you've see Teotihuacan, this site is the logical suite and must be seen. No many tourist go there, simply because it's situation is not favorable. No beach near and Mexico city is quite far. It have direct bus from Cuernavace only the weekend. You can take a taxi for 400 pesos to go there.

We went at this site in april, this was really hot these day (don't forget water bottle) and a little fog of humidity masked the view of paysage. That was most yellow than green because everything was dry. This site must be really beautiful after the rain season.

It only had one thing sadly about this site. During our visit, we've see a colomn of black smoke near of the site. An employed of the site explain us than it have a mine just beside and that will made a lot of polution an destroy the view of the paysage. We find this really sadly for this site who is a Unesco site. Than I encorage you to visit this site, if this touch you, write at the museum No a la Mina. It will made an other argument against the mine for protect this site.

5  Thank DiniG
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Another great archaeological site well worth a day trip from Mexico City and environs. The buildings are nicely restored and the hilltop setting is impressive: you can see why the founders chose this important location overlooking the surrounding area. The museum is small and nicely organized.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

The archeological site is great, there's an awesome view and a very informative museum. In spring it can be too hot, so try and go early in the morning.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Our tour guide Angel Flores drove us here at our request. Had to pay $57 pesos/ea and another $400 for a guide. Twice what I was expecting, but in the end we were satisfied. Our guide, Hugo spoke English well and knew lots of cultural history. (He studied history and archeology in the States). He answered all of our many questions and we did not feel rushed through the tour.

They now have some lighting in the observatory, but there isn't that much to see there. There are enough ruins to climb up to work up a sweat, but the view from the top is spectacular. Learned that the human sacrifices were not slaves, but the priests themselves would sacrifice their organs or lives.

We chose this over tehuacalco thinking there was more to see. I can't tell you how they compare, but we really enjoyed our time here. FYIW Hugo said that tour guides are not paid a salary but work strictly as "work for hire" for visitors. I would've been disappointed to be w/o an English-speaking guide who knows the ruins well. There may be better guides but Hugo exceeded my expectations. You can find him at goxochicalcotours.com.

2  Thank Jeff T
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