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Don’t overlook the Guachimontones pyramids

If you’re in the Guadalajara area (perhaps on a Tequila pilgrimage), don’t overlook the pyramids of stacked disks at the Guachimontones archaeological zone to the southwest of the city. The site is on both the UNESCO World Heritage List and the World Monuments Fund’s list of most endangered sites (due to looting).

The archaeological zone is uphill from the small town of Teuchitlan, which is about a 40-mile drive from downtown Guadalajara.

Believed to have been inhabited for the 1200 years between 300 BCE and 900 CE, the site features pyramids of stacked disks, upon which were placed tall poles that served the kind of aerialists that you commonly see in tourist destinations around Mexico, who spin down around the pole suspended from long cables.

One of the ball courts at Guachimontones.
The grass-covered tiered sides of a pyramid at Guachimontones.
Young trees sprouted from one of the pyramids at Guachimontones.
One of the smaller pyramids of Guachimontones, with wider tiered levels.
The Guachimontones symbol on the on-site museum at the archaeological zone.
A road sign pointing to the Guachimontones archaeological zone near Teuchitlán, Jalisco, Mexico.
The grass covering the pyramids of Guachimontones is carefully groomed to keep the natural flora from overgrowing the site.