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“No entrance”
Review of La Campana

Ranked #13 of 32 things to do in Manzanillo
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Owner description: A 25,000-acre complex of stone pyramids on the northern edge of Colima.
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We drove up the hill to visit the site. All gates but one were closed. We wanted to enter the site but where stopped by an offical. It was closed, we were not even allowed to take one picture. In our case, a two hour drive for nothing. Make sure to contact the organisation in Colima before you make your trip. We drove around the site but it does not look authentic, especially with all the building that is going on.

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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We were nearing the end of a road trip, returning from Morelia, and were surprised that our guidebook had no recommendations for archaeological sites in Colima state. We found La Campana in a web search and were surprised that it was within the city limits of present day Colima, the state capitol (not in Manzanillo). The site has about a dozen re-constructed structures ranging from relatively small platforms to modest pyramids with multiple tiers. We were pleased that most of the structures were described in panels in Spanish and English, as well as a native language. What a peaceful feeling we had walking through the ruins. The site can be done justice in about one hour. Pottery from the site dates back to 1500 BC. The site had been inhabited for up to 3000 years! Entrance fee 43 pesos per person.

4  Thank Richard289
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Take a cab. It's 15 minutes from any place in the city. We've been to Mexico City for the ruins and this doesn't compare. However, if you are in the area please visit. Even my 11 year old enjoyed. Not a suggested trip if coming from Manzanillo or Guadalajara. Would be long drive for a day trip.

1  Thank Wavefarmer
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

I've visited La Campana several times over the years. The site is very interesting because it is huge - and they have only uncovered a small portion of it - and because it is constructed of smaller sized rocks cemented together, not giant blocks of stone as are many of the prehispanic ruins in Mexico. It surprised me that they had some sort of cement way back then that not only held the rocks together but also lasted this long - some of the structures are quite high and quite large - and I was also surprised by the fact that, visible on many of the structures, is a built in drainage system. It is fun to wander through the pathways and climb the structures (staying on the stairs and pathways please) and enjoy the different views, the volcanoes are quite visible in the background on clear days. La Campana is located very close to shopping centres and other businesses and accessible from a main traffic route so it is quite 'urban' in setting. For this reason I prefer the slightly more remote and very similar El Chanal ruin that is a few kilometers away and currently in a more rural setting, though the city of Colima is encroaching. Both sites are worth a visit if you have an interest in prehispanic architecture.

13  Thank Nan N
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

The tour was nice but stops were too short. Lunch was awesome.

2  Thank waylyndavis
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