The primitive city of the north

This archaeological site is characterized by the long-abandoned adobe structures of its inhabitants, which were typical of the region. Next to the site you will find the fantastic Museum of Northern Mexico Cultures, which won a prestigious architectural prize from Argentina, in 1995.

¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The Paquimé belong to the group of arid-American cultures, distinct and different from those which flourished in Mesoamerica.
  • In the zone where Paquimé arose, rocks don’t exist. Their rocks were the earth. It’s a city constructed from clay and some rock brought from far away.
  • In the ruins of the city no angles or acute forms remain. The winds that have, over centuries, worn away the clay which composed their doors, have made of Paquimé a landscape like that of desert dunes.
  • The peculiar architecture of Paquimé is distinct from the rest of the prehispanic cities in Mexico. For many, its form and outline appear more like the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.
  • Because of its fragility, INAH, in collaboration with the municipality of Casas Grandes has created rigorous regulations for the maintenance of the site in concordance with the international rules established by UNESCO.
  • The construction and the design of the building which houses the Cultural Museum of the North received the Grand Prize for Latin America of the 1995 Biennial award for Architecture from Buenos Aires. It represents an example of contemporary architecture that was inspired by the old, was reinterpreted, and was then incorporated harmoniously into the landscape.
  • When the first Europeans arrived in the zone where Paquimé is located, some of the surrounding caves were still inhabited by inhabitants of the original culture. They called themselves Javas. Today, this people have completely died out.
Galería | Zona Arqeológica de Paquimé

Tour through this Archaeological Site with our photos

Zona Arqueológica Paquimé

Lean more about Paquime's history with this audio guide


Share this page

More about Chihuahua

More Archaeological Sites

We want you with us

Subribe to our newsletter and discovery Mexico with us