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“Lesser known pyramid site, but well worth the visit”

Tula Toltec Archaeological Ruins
Ranked #14 of 77 things to do in Hidalgo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 22, 2012

Having travelled to seven different Mexican pyramid sites and counting, I'm impressed with the vast differences I've seen between all the sites. One of the most striking features of Tula are the "Atlantes," great statues which were originally erected as pillars to support a roof over the pyramid that no longer exists. The statues are stunning, carved in stone with great detail, and in amazing condition. They stand atop the main pyramid at Tula, which you are able to climb to get an up-close look at the marvelous details. The most interesting feature of the statues is that they are each holding in their hands what appears to be a laser gun. To me, this is evidence of the Toltecs contact with advanced cicilizations/aliens. I'll attach a picture to my review so that you can decide for yourself, or better yet, visit the site yourself. The site was built by the Toltecs, who preceded the Aztec civilization although like the Aztecs, clearly possessed a high degree of skill and knowledge. In addition to the structures on the site, I enjoyed the landscape: a semi arid climate with lots of desert vegetation. The site also contains a small museum with some really fabulous artifacts. Fee for entry was 40 pesos per person (~$3.50 US dollars). Well worth it.

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Reviewed January 10, 2012

I like the way we organized our visit: since Tula is very pretty but kind of small, it was our first step in a journey to Pachuca and Huesca.
Beware for not-so good walkers, it is a long stroll on a dirt-gravelly path, all flat.
Another tip: the vendors you see on your way to the ruins, are by-passed by the return way which is totally stupid - who wants to buy things before and carry them to the ruins?!
They should inverse the way they guide you in and out.
Actually we found sculptures that we had never seen before so we shopped, left our heavy stuff and went back the same way we went in (which is longer than the usual way out).

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Reviewed December 25, 2011

Very interesting to visit Tula and then visit Chichen Itza and see the influence of the Toltec culture there. Really amazing the amount of interaction between the various indigengous groups even ones living far away.

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Reviewed August 8, 2011

The "atlantes" in Tula are a great feature of this archeological site, however, too much walking to get there. People in wheel chairs or just old or tired, cannot make it and there is nothing like a golf-cart type transportation available. Also, indication on the roads to get there are contradictory and difficult to follow. Free on Sundays, which is good.

1  Thank Gumucio
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

If you are interested in pre-Colombian culture, archaeology or architecture, you really need to head out to Tula, because the Toltecs were the precursors of the more famous Mayans and Aztecs. Many of the architectural elements and artistic details that are found in the later civilizations began with the Toltecs. This is not the most impressive archaeological site in Mexico, but historically it is very important. There is also a small but informative museum that is worth your time.
If you are staying in Mexico City, you can take a bus from the Terminal Central Norte, which is on the yellow line of the metro system. It is about a 2 hour ride. Once you get to Tula, you get a taxi in front of the bus station (or walk---about 25 minutes) to the site.

1  Thank Maura_Patricia
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