Village Of Teuchitlan
Ride In The Taxi To Pyramids
After exiting the taxi we made our way to the entrance where we were asked for a $2 entrance fee, although Clyde was old enough to get in for free. We began the walk up the steep path not expecting much other than some old ruins and a round pyramid. But what unfolded before our eyes was as astonishing array of platforms, pyramids, ball fields and more. The well preserved ruins proved the existence of a civilization that lived here some 2000 years ago.
Visitor Center And Museum
View From The Top
Discovered in 1970 by US archaeologist Phil Weigand. the pyramids are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At first there was little known information about the ruins but further investigation proved the existence of an ancient civilization. Dating back to 300 B.C. to 900 A.D. the civilization was called Tradicion Teuchitlan. During its peak times there were thought to be around 40,000 people living there between 200 and 400 A.D.
Hot, Sweaty Couple
Pyramid From Afar
Striped Neon Lizard
According to Weigand the unique round design of the pyramids are a type of Mesoamerican architecture not found anywhere else in the world. The massive pyramids have 52 steps leading up which represents the number of weeks in the year on the Mayan calendar. The main pyramid was built on a hilltop and used as a platform for worship. The site also features several other platforms used for homes and other buildings. Also there are several ball courts with a unique "I" shape design. The game was played by moving the ball around using only their hips to move the ball from one end of the court to the other and sometimes through a hoop too.
"I" Shaped Ball Field
Benches On The Side Of Ball Court For Spectators
We expected to see maybe one pyramids amid some rubble of ruins but were surprised at how lovely the whole area was. There was many pyramids, platforms and two ball courts that were well marked out and manicured. We explored the area from bottom to top in the hot, arid sun before we'd seen enough. I suggested that we walk back into town since the taxi ride seemed so short that it wasn't worth the money. We stopped to check out a church along the way that had beautifully landscaped grounds around it complete with decorative topiary bushes.
On Our Walk Down The Hill We Spotted These
Topiaries On Church Grounds
Arriving back at the bus station just in time to catch the bus as it was pulling out. We settled in to our seats for a long, two hour ride back to Guadalajara tired but content with our adventures of the day. We thoroughly enjoyed our day spent exploring the ancient ruins and pyramids of Guachimontones in the tiny town of Teuchitlan.......along the gringo trail.