Carretera Estatal 604 Guadalajara-San Marcos, Gral. Lucio Blanco, 46762 Teuchitlán, Jal., Mexico

Right outside the town of Teuchitlán, Jalisco—about an hour west of Guadalajara—is one of western Mexico’s most impressive archeological sites. Discovered in 1969, Los Guachimontones includes a series of unusual conical pyramid structures, built around 2,000 years ago by the relatively unknown Teuchitlán people. The largest pyramid is nearly 60 feet high, with 52 steps to the top. You can visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site for free but the on-site museum charges a small fee.

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Teuchitlan Pyramids

We stopped by here while traveling through Jalisco. I hadn’t realized prior to my travels that there were so many archaeological sites in this area. This particular site goes back possibly as far as 300 BC. The most notable feature of this site is the pictured 60 foot high circular stepped pyramid structure. It was originally topped by a pole and was used for ceremonies honoring the wind god. There were originally a few of these structures. They were surrounded by rectangular mounds in circle around each pyramid. In addition to be an interesting education/insight into this ancient culture, it was also a beautiful spot.

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