Archaeological sites close to Mexico City
Collected by Sergio Zepeda
They may not be as famous as Teotihuacán, but there are many other small (and not so small) archaeological sites near Mexico City that are worth the day trip.
Basamento Pirámidal, Sta Cecilia Acatitlan, 54130 Tlalnepantla, Méx., Mexico
Compared to other other pyramids in the area, the one in Santa Cecilia is relatively small. But archaeology buffs may find it interesting. It is the only surviving structure of a Chichimeca settlement in the zone, and its architecture is similar...
Av hidalgo s/n, El Pueblito Zapata, El Pueblito, 76900 Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., Mexico
When I was a kid, the El Pueblito pyramid, in the state of Querétaro, looked more like a hill. It was covered by vegetation and dirt. I couldn’t believe it when I learned that beneath all that lay a pyramid! It took more than two decades of...
Zona Arqueológica San Andrés Cholula, San Andrés, Zona Arqueológica San Andrés Cholula, 72760 Cholula, Pue., Mexico
When I was in college in Cholula, the top of the pyramid and the church that was built on top of it where the end point of many of my morning jogs. I must’ve climbed it at least 50 times. On a clear day, you can even see the Popocatépetl volcano...
Circuito Perimetral S/N, San MIguel del Milagro, 90720 Natívitas, Tlax., Mexico
Nearly 1,000 years after the once-powerful central Mexican city of Cacaxtla was abandoned, would-be looters of the hilltop palace ruins came across fantastically well-preserved and still colorful murals painted in a somewhat puzzling Mayan style....
Xochicalco is a fascinating archaeological site located a few hours south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. The site came to prominence after the fall of Teotihuacan and may have played a part in Teotihuacan's demise by blocking valuable...
Tollan, El Salitre, 42800 Tula de Allende, Hgo., Mexico
Tula is an important archaeological site located a couple hours due north of Mexico City in the state of Hidalgo. Tula was the capital of the Toltec empire, which was characterized by long range trading and the beginning of pan-Mesoamerican...
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