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Guachimontones

A PRAYER TO THE WIND

Guachimontones is one of the most remarkable vestiges of the first civilization settled in Jalisco, as well as one of the most important archaeological zones of western Mexico.

Its name means "bunch of gourds", these are these bushes that give a fruit similar to a canteen. Here, in addition to circular pyramids, there are heaps of land, like little hills.

The architectural microcosm of Guachimontones is very special. The ceremonial center is constructed of buildings, buildings and round patios; some within others. Here it gives the feeling that nature inhales and exhales towards an archaeological sphere.

From this place you can see Teuchitlán, municipal seat and name of the creative culture of these constructions. The town had its apogee between the years 200 and 400 e. c., and disappeared around 900 e. c., possibly before the arrival of the Nahuatl colonists.

The archaeological ruins were discovered in 1970, but exploration and reconstruction began in 1999. Today, it has an adequate infrastructure and on January 13, 2012 the Phil Weigand Interpretive Center was inaugurated, in honor of the main researcher and promoter of this area.

Due to the uniqueness of its conical temples and concentric architecture, its solar calendars and other buildings dedicated to measuring and mediating between society, cosmos and nature, Guachimontones was declared a World Heritage Site in 2006.

In the heights you can also see the beautiful lagoon at the foot of Teuchitlán, and realize something ... the ceremonial center and the town settled on these mounds on purpose, because in this latitude the water, the wind, the land and the sun they accentuate as a gift of nature itself.

Galeria de Guachimontones

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