Cuicuilco is an important archaeological site located on the southern shore of the Lake Texcoco in the southeastern Valley of Mexico, in what is today the borough of Tlalpan in Mexico City. The settlement goes back to 1400 BC.For Zona Arqueológica Cuicuilco and beyond, use our Mexico City trip app to get the most from your Mexico City vacation.
Cuicuilco flourished during the Mesoamerican Middle and Late Formative (c. 700 BCE – 150 CE) periods.
Today, it is a significant archaeological site that was occupied during the Early Formative until its destruction in the Late Formative. Based on its date of occupation, Cuicuilco may be the oldest city in the Valley of Mexico and was roughly contemporary with, and possibly interacting with, the Olmec of the Gulf Coast of lowland Veracruz and Tabasco (also known as the Olmec heartland).
Based on known facts, it was the first important civic-religious center of the Mexican Highlands, its population probably including all the social strata and cultural traits that would characterize the Altépetl of classical Mesoamerica.
Cuicuilco was destroyed and abandoned following the eruption of the volcano Xitle, causing migrations and changes to the population and culminating in the consolidation of Teotihuacan as the ruler of the Central Highlands during the Early Classic period.
Zona Arqueológica Cuicuilco Reviews
This was my first time in here and I just loved it. Its a place to relax and feel the energy of the city.
Small but interesting archeological site right in the middle of the city. Although is next to a highway, you can get lost in nature and enjoy the view if the mountains of the south of the city. There's also a clean restroom and a small site museum showing what was found during the various excavations, including the recent ones.
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