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“Fascinating archeological site (Pyramid)”

Canada de la Virgen
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Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour
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Ft Myers, FL
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“Fascinating archeological site (Pyramid)”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

It's a hike to reach, but well worth it. Our tour guide Albert, an ex pat, was extremely knowledgable and interesting...he has a degree in Mesoamerican civilizations from LSU.

Visited July 2012
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Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Myanmar
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“Most northerly pyramid?”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

The pyramid at Canada de la Virgen is best visited from San Miguel de Allende about 15 miles away. It is approached up a newly cobbled road off a main road to Guanajuato. All private vehicles must be parked at the new entrance complex where entrance tickets are bought - 30 pesos at present. This includes minibus ride for 5 kilomoters through private land to access the archeological site.
There is then a one-kilometer walk mostly uphill to the pyramid site. Everyone must be accompanied by a guide, included in the ticket price.
The whole site was only excavated, and structures largely rebuilt in recent years since the 1990s. The pyramid itself is smaller and not as impressive as other such structures further south in Mexico and Guatemala. Remains of ritualistic burials were found on the site, including that of The Hierarch interned at the summit of the pyramid.
There are other structures on the site - a rectangular complex and a circular complex. A depression, now dry, traps water in a pool in the wet season. A garden of native shrubs, cactii and herbal plants has been set out nearby in a symbolic form used to represent the site.
The site itself is fairly flat and surrounded by canyons. To the east are the Picacho mountains and the west the Guanajuato mountains.

Visited June 2012
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eugene,Oregon
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“a fun and exciting discovery”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

Long walk to see the site, but you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and canyons , highly recommended

Visited April 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Albert Coffee is the real Indiana Jones!”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

With his wide brim hat and unstoppable knowledge, this guy is the real deal. Not only is he an archeologist/anthropologist who actually worked on the excavation at Canada de la Virgin, his knowledge of the history, culture, geography and medicinal plants is enormous. Touring the pyramid site with Albert was the highlight of our trip. And just when we thought it couldn't get better, he took us to out to lunch at a nearby Rancho for a delicious vegetarian meal. You can reach Albert through Coyote Canyon Tours. I wouldn't even dream of visiting the site without him.

Visited April 2012
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Atascadero
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“A Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Be sure to ask for Albert Coffee at Coyote Canyon tours. He is so interesting and knowledgeable. The ranch lunch included is a taste of real Mexico.

Visited April 2012
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