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“A ruin with a view!”

Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Zone
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Owner description: These ancient ruins were most likely once inhabited by the Totonac Indians.
Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

This is a possible day trip from Veracruz. The bus will drop you off at the road leading up to the site. It is a 40 minute uphill walk. The center of the site is reconstructed with a few low pyramids and earth platforms. All of the tiny structures and platforms are burial markers, which are unique to this site. Both above and below the main ruins are smaller structures, the largest of which are down a staircase. Among this lower level is a bit of wall that may have been a boundary for the extent of the ancient center. There are loads of pottery bits and a few obsidian flakes around. The views from the site are quite commanding.

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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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