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  Excursions (cont...)   

XOCHICALCO RUINS (36 km from Cuernavaca) are topped by a pyramid on the peak of a rocky hill, dedicated to the Plugged Serpent whose coils surround the whole building and enclose fine carvings representing priests.Xochicalco was at its height between 650 and 900 AD. Itis one of the oldest known fortresses in Middle America and a religious center as well as an important trading point. The name means "House of flowers". It was the meeting place of northern and southern cultures and both calendar systems were correlated here. There are interesting underground tunnels; one has a shaft to the sky located at the center of the cave. There are also ball courts. Xochicalco is well worth seeing.

TEOTIHUACAN is located 45 km from Mexico City and has some of the most remarkable relics of an ancient civilization in the world. From around 300 BC until today, the builders of the site remain a mystery. Why they came and why the civilization disappeared is pure conjecture. The city housed 250,000 inhabitants and whose influence spread as far as Honduras.There are three areas: the Ciudadela, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.The ciudadela (citadel) is capable of holding 60,000 people and its main feature is the temple of Quetzalcoatl (the Plugged Serpent, Lord of Air and Wind). The Plaza of the Sun contains many buildings, but it is dominated by the massive Pyramid of the Sun and covers almost the same space as the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. he Pyramid of the Moon is only half the size of that of the Pyramid of the Sun.

TEPOZTLAN is an indigenous town surrounded by mountains... you can feel the magic in the air. This mystic town renders cult to Tepuztécatl, an agricultural deity, to whom the pyramid on the mountaintop is dedicated. You can climb the mountain or visit the arts and crafts market where the greatest varieties of arts and crafts are sold. You can also visit the fresh fruit and vegetable market or buy herbs to cure you from whatever ailment you may have (even if it is from a broken heart!).
If you want to have a gastronomical experience, we recommend "Los Colorines" for its Mexican food and atmosphere. It is not expensive and you will get a taste of real Mexican food. It is located on the main street that takes you up the pyramid. It will be easy to detect, as the exterior is decorated with bright colors. If you wish to go on your own, we will gladly give you all the information you need.

GRUTAS DE CACAHUAMILPA These caves were discovered in 1929 and opened to the public in 1940. They are one of the largest caves in North America. The guide takes you for a two-kilometer walk in the cave, where you can enjoy a great variety of figures (over 1000). The stalagmite and stalactite formations resemble Dante's Divine Comedy, the Virgin of Guadalupe, jungle animals, politicians, etc. Some excursions have gone 6 km inside. The estimated maximum depth is 16 km. The cave's formations are completely natural. A pathway has been built in order to walk through them. They have also been artificially illuminated.

   

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