Xochicalco is an astounding archaeological site in the western part of the Mexican state of Morelos, close to Mexico city. The name may be translated from Nahuatl as “in the house of Flowers” and the patron of the city was Tlaloc, God of Rain
It is not easy to describe Xochicalco as belonging to any one particular culture, since the city was linked to many cultures. Although lost for centuries, the city was rediscovered and today is an amazing place to visit, even that only 10% of the city is been discovered nowadays.
Walking around the ruins will take you around two hours, and some of the buildings are surprisingly well conserve. The main square, with several step-pyramid temples, is the perfect spot to take some pictures and travel to the past when the city was an important commercial fortressed.
Many American ruins sites have a ball court: a large, rectangular space where a ceremonial ball game was played. Three different ballcourts has been discovered in Xochicalco, showing us the importance of this game.
One of the most impressive buildings at the ancient site, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, was only visited by priests and nobility. The relief carvings are clear and the Snake will tell you the old stories of the place.
Xochicalco also place a nice museum which houses some of the more important artifacts found at the site. Since you’ll have to go through the museum to buy your tickets, it makes sense to go there first.
From Cuernavaca. Pullman buses will take you really close to the ruins, but the bus at 10.04 am will drop you just in the ruins door for MXN $40
From the ruins. You can take a taxi, but the cheapest way is waiting for local bus Lasser, that only cost MXN $15, and will drive you to Cuernavaca again. Be patient because it does a lot of stops.
- The site is open every day from 9am to 17pm. The entrance cost MXN $59 (although Mexicans can enter for free on Sundays)
- Bring water and snacks, the visit will take you all the morning and it is only a small shop on the ruins (with tourist prices). Make sure to have your survival kit with you.
- I recommend going on the weekends because of the guide visits. The site organizes free guides every hour on the weekends. Visiting the site with a guide make the difference!!
- Clap on the main square and wait for the bird sounds. It is really cool to hear how the steps of the pyramids return the sound of a bird.