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Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Zone
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Owner description: These ancient ruins were most likely once inhabited by the Totonac Indians.
Reviewed 22 January 2014

I thought this was a great site, well worth the trip if you're in the area. It was nice to go to some ruins that weren't really overcrowded with tourists and vendors. I loved imagining what the people round here thought about Cortes and the other spaniards.

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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We stopped quickly at this site, which is at the foot of a very tall and steep volcanic plug. There were a number of other visitors, so we followed a trail upward. We soon found ourselves going up the peak on a steep trail up the peak. Fortunately there were good footholds and trees to hold onto. I was just wearing Tevas so we turned around part way up, but the view of the coast was amazing. I would recommend the climb if you realize what you are getting into. From other reviews it seems that you can go all the way to the top, which would be incredible. The tombs down below are interesting. All in all, this was a very nice stop on our way up the coast.

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Reviewed 27 July 2012

this is a sort of cemetery very close to the gulf, with a great view of it. it consists of a ton of small structures, that kind of look like little houses, set out row after row, many if not all with a view of the gulf, in which remains were placed. It is likely you will be the only person there. i visited right around sunrise and it was beautiful. you drive up a winding road from the gulf highway to get there, which itself has some very pretty views of the stone monolithic mountain that sits aside the site. Towards the back, more wooded part of the site there is a trail you can climb that takes you tot the top of the mountain. different than any other site I have seen in Mexico, recommended for ruin hounds for its uniqueness and setting.

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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.

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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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