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Cuicuilco - One of the first communities in the Valley of Mexico

Cuicuilco – One of the first communities in the Valley of Mexico

I first visited Cuicuilco in 1999 when staying with friends on the UNAM Campus. It’s just a short walk from the main campus entrance and as you can see below it changes it’s appearance with he seasons.

The archeological zone of Cuicuilco was one the first towns and the first major religious civic center in the Valley of Mexico. This pyramid is located south of University City off of Insurgentes Sur next to the UNAM campus.

Cuicuilo reached its splendor in the period from the 600 b.C. to 200 b.C. with the most outstanding aspect, its conic form. The form could be because it was the first monumental building of the Valley of Mexico and for that the builders wanted to recreate the shape of the mountains that surround the site.

Paradoxically this prosperous town was destroyed by the surrounding mountains because around 200 B.C. the Xitle volcano erupted, burying this zone partially with lava and it remained hidden until 1922. Since then Cuicuilco is one the major attractions of the city and used in spring equinox festivals like Teotihuacan.

The small onsite museum inaugurated around 1970 houses artifacts from both religious and every day life


Cuicuilco Map
Cuicuilco Map

Cuicuilco Winter
Cuicuilco Winter

Cuicuilco Summer
Cuicuilco Summer

Cuicuilco Museum
Cuicuilco Museum

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