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Guachimontones: Worshiping The Old Gods

Guachimontones, Jalisco, Mexico.

Guachimontones is a prehispanic archeological site dating from 300B.C. to 400A.D. Actually, it is the main Teuchitlan Culture settlement, and it was built as a political centre and a place to worship the gods.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands out for the circular stepped pyramids. In fact, it is believed that such structures were used to honor the wind God Ehecatl, in a ceremony called Volador. This ritual still exists today, and it consists of five men climbing a pole from which four of them descend to the ground tied with ropes, while the fifth one remains on the top, dancing and playing music.

Main Circular Pyramid
Main Circular Pyramid

How To Get There

  • By car. Take the road 70 from Guadalajara and exit in Teuchitlán. It’s about an hour ride.
  • By public transport. Go to the Antigua Central Camionera (Old bus station) in Guadalajara and take a bus to Teuchitlán. Trasportes Etzatlan has a regular bus service. From 5:20 to 21:00, every 20 minutes. It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes and the cost is 46 MXN (2.2 USD).

Where To Stay

Go to Guachimontones as a day trip from Guadalajara. Many choices for any budget and preference there.

Where To Eat

Hacienda del Carmen is an ancient colonial hacienda (mexican ranch) rehabilitated as a restaurant and hotel. Sitting on its portico is the best way to views of the gardens and fountains. A place to enjoy a tasty meal surrounded by history. There are cheaper options around but none as charming as this one.

Hacienda Del Carmen
Hacienda Del Carmen

 

  • Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00. All year.
  • Entrance fee:
    • General: 30 MXN (1.5 USD)
    • Students / Teachers: 15 MXN (0.75 USD)
    • Senior citizens & Kids (below 12): free
    • Tuesday: free
  • If possible, go from July to November. Since it is rainy season, the site is much greener.
  • Visit Centro Interpretativo Guachimontones. It’s the museum of the site, and it has tons of information about Teuchitlan Culture. Very interesting.
  • If you want to learn more about Teuchitlan Tradition.

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