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Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Zone
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins
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Owner description: These ancient ruins were most likely once inhabited by the Totonac Indians.
Veracruz Mexico
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“Amazing place, Un lugar increible.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

This is one of the places that you will find all to your self since very few people know about it, it is also near the ruins of Zempoala Veracruz and it is in the small city of Villa Rica Veracruz, most people do not even know the history of this place and it will amaze you the way it was built and where they build it. Quiahuiztlan better known as El cerro de los Metates was an ancient city built by the Toltecs and was one of the many cities that joined Cortez on it's way to defeat the Aztecs, very little is known about this place since very little work has been done to it. It is located way up the hill and a modern road was built, but with many turns a curves and if you are waking like i did, make sure to bring an umbrella or hat and lots of cold water. The best way to get here is from the city of Cardel, from there you can just take a taxy all the way to the top (it will cost you about $10 to 12 US Dollars) or take a regular bus also from Cardel and cost about $3 US Dollars. and walk all the way up. There are many buses coming also from the port of Veracruz to Cardel or take the bus to Poza Rica and will leave you right at the Highway's entrance. will cost around $7 US Dollars From Veracruz City. The ruins we're built at the middle of the hill and it is divided in 3 diffrent Locations. At the entrance the main city. up the hill to some tombs and down hill to another complex. also make sure to be well rested cause it will take lots of walking all around and up and down and down and up. Make sure to check all my photos of this amazing place in Panoramio my nick is Jarocho1. and i will be posting pictures from other Ruins and interesting palces as i travel more. There are many many other places with so much history in Mexico but sadly there's very little interest in the preservation of this beautiful buildings, I live In Veracruz city near Jamapa and here they found a piramid with unknown history but sadly about 75% of the whole structure was destroyed for brick making, that's right the people did not care about it and they kept making construction bricks with it. now very little is left of it. But anyway's if you are around the area of Cardel or planning to visit Zempoala make sure to visit this hidden jewel of ancient history.

Visited May 2012
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McAllen, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2010

This archaeological zone is perched on a mountaintop overlooking tiny Villa Rica where the Spanish first set up shop before heading inland to conquer the Aztecs in 1519. In the village of Villa Rica directly BEHIND the pretty hotel with the swimming pool (that never has any business) is a pasture where by carefully scaling the barbed wire fence you can see the perfectly preserved footings of the 15 or so original Spanish forts and buildings. If you luck into visiting after the locals have cleaned this pasture with machetes the foundations are clearly exposed and you can walk on them. They stand around 3 feet tall and in their centers where the wooden buildings would have been is a fine red volcanic silt. The pyramid site on the mountain is fabulous. There are upon ocassion several young guides and the govt. paid caretaker on duty formally was the owner of the pasture that was taken over by the state govt. when this was cleared and excavated in the 1990's. The mountainous pastureland had been in his family for ages. The tiny tombs are amazing and the overlook at the edge of the barbed pasture fencing gives a birds-eye view of miles of beach and wave-crashing coastline and cocoanut plantations. The ground is covered in fine Bermuda grass and would be ideal for picnics. Normally, the place is quiet other than the occasional tour bus filled with students from nearby schools. Americans do not travel the "emerald coast" and have no idea that this long strip of coastline is so historic and gorgeous. The locals have told me that behind the semi-attached island in front of Villa Rica the cement staircases that Cortes had constructed to unload everything off of his ships before he burned them here are still visible and in fine condition. I was also told that behind the large white clump of rock covered with birds the mooring column is still there from the Conquest where ships would tie up anchor. Around the ruins is overgrown mesquite and jungle but in 1519 this was all clear and populated with the large Totonac town. The only thing that has survived the 500 years of nature is the stone religious area in the park at present. The young guides offer a tour at the top of cerro del Metate and say that there is a Totonac water storage tank up there and some other man made ruins. Its a wonderful place to visit...many times!!!

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“Very close to Veracruz and part of the Cortez route”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2008

This arquelogical zone can be viewed from the sea. This is a necropolis in the carretera 180 Cardel Nautla. Before the spaniards it is belived it had 15,000 inhabitants. It is called Lugar de la LLuvia. You can get very close to the top, but the road is a little rough in some places. There is an easy walk to the main area, however if you want to visit the entire site, get your energy as there are a lot of steps. While there, continue to Antigua and Villa Rica both places are very close by. There is a nice beach in Villa Rica and also a waterfall. You have to walk a bit to the waterfall.

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