Cerro de la Estrella, Mexico City

Cerro de la Estrella is a mesoamerican archaeological site located in southeastern Central Mexico's Valley of Mexico, in the Iztapalapa delegación (borough) of the Mexican Federal District at an elevation of 2460 meters (8070ft) above sea level, hence its Summit is 224 m over the Valley of Mexico level. At the southeast edge of what was the Great Texcoco Lake.Historical sources establish that ancient inhabitants of the Mexican Plateau knew this place as Huizachtecatl. The site was very important since the “New Fire” ritual ceremony was performed here; it had a profound meaning for the population here and in surrounding regions.Occupation stagesThe oldest traces of human occupation in the Iztapalapa territory originated at Santa María Aztahuacan village. In 1953 remains of two individuals were found and, according to analysis performed by National University of Mexico (UNAM) and by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, these human remains are approximately nine thousand years old.More recent archaeological materials indicate continued occupation of the Cerro de la Estrella slopes, at least from the Preclassical period. At that time, a village related to the Cuicuilco culture was established here. Cuicuilco, in the South of the Valley of Mexico, declined approximately in 8th century CE possibly due to the eruption of the Xitle volcano.
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  • The view is very dependent on the pollution levels in Mexico City, without a doubt it would be worth looking this up before taking the trip to the hill since it is a bit of travel to the south of the....  more »
  • This is a hill where you can see all the pollution around Mexico City, I will not recommend anybody running or exercising because you will be polluting your lungs, we did see a lot of people running.....  more »

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