SnapShots // Guachimontones: The World’s Only Circular Pyramids

October 4, 2017

Coming in 6th in the world of the most UNESCO World Heritage sites, Mexico is no slacker when it comes to memorable landmarks. And on our first weekend out of Guadalajara, we got to check one off the list. Visiting Guachimontes was a sneak peak of all we could expect living in Mexico.

heading out of town

We spent our weekend in a nearby town with a big group of new friends. There was light traffic but it only took about an hour and a half to get there from Guadalajara. A view of the mountains, open space, bike trails, wildflowers and a donkey on our porch… I’d say the kids liked it.

Visiting Guachimontones

The majestic feel of being in the mountains was a preview to Sunday when we headed to Guachimontones. It’s said to be one of few circular pyramids in the world – though some would argue the only circular pyramids. (Cuicuilco in Mexico City could also be considered.)

Located in Teuchitlán, Guachimontones was only recently discovered in 1970 but is known to be more than 2000 years old and predates the Incas and Aztecs. It’s believed that the pyramids were used for ceremonies to honor Ehecatl, the wind god, wherein a pole was placed on top of the pyramid and a priest climbed the pole. This was called the Volador Ceremony which is still performed today in certain pockets of Mexico.

What to Know if Visiting Guachimontones

  • There was a 30 peso entrance fee paid at parking. Children under 12 are free.
  • The 15 minute uphill walk will get your heart pumping. The kids did it without much complaining but it could be difficult for some. However, I did see a few cars drive up. This might be an option for the elderly or handicapped.
  • There is a museum located at the base worth checking out. There is information in both English and Spanish.

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