viernes, 24 de enero de 2014

Archaeological Zone of Tzintzuntzan

The Archaeological Zone of Tzintzuntzan (another magical town of Mexico), more commonly known as the Yácatas, is one of the top destinations we recommend to our guests at Hotel Mansion Iturbe. 


Tzintzuntzan Pyramids
Tzintzuntzan Pyramids

Tzintzuntzan is a scant 18 kilometers (12 miles) from Patzcuaro.  It’s an easy but scenic drive on Highway 120, with Lake Patzcuaro appearing intermittently to the west during the ride.

View of Tzintzuntzan from las Yacatas pyramids
View of Tzintzuntzan from las Yacatas pyramids
You can’t miss the Yacatas to the east (to your right, driving from Patzcuaro) as you approach Tzintzuntzan.  Once at the site, you have a gorgeous panorama of Lake Patzcuaro and of the town of Tzintzuntzan.


Lake Pátzcuaro panorama from las Yacatas in Tzintzuntzan
Lake Pátzcuaro panorama from las Yacatas in Tzintzuntzan

The Yacatas were constructed on the hill Yahuarato for a good reason:  High above the Lake, it gave the ancient townspeople an excellent vantage point, and made surprise attacks by enemies virtually impossible.


View from the Yacatas in Tzintzuntzan
View from the Yacatas in Tzintzuntzan

When you enter the site, you will have an instant view of the five Yacatas, laid out in a row, and you will immediately note the unusual architecture – a circular structure built atop a rectangular platform, reach upward approximately 12 meters (3 yards).


Yacatas pyramids in Tzintzuntzan
Yacatas pyramids in Tzintzuntzan

The Yacatas were used by the Purépechas indigenous as temples to worship their many gods, such as Curicaveri, God of Fire.


Tzintzuntzan Pyramids
Tzintzuntzan Pyramids

Tzintzuntzan was the capital of the Purépecha Empire; it was the political, economic, and religious center in the region.  It was founded by Tariacuri, circa 1325 a.d.  “Tzintzuntzan” means “Place of Hummingbirds.”


Yacatas Pyramids in Tzintzuntzan
Yacatas Pyramids in Tzintzuntzan

You have to pay your admission at the entrance to the Museum (Sunday is free).  Hours are daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   The Museum contains much information about the Purépecha culture, and also artifacts discovered on site.  Learn more about this important indigenous group, which grew to be the dominant player in the Mesoamerican east.


The Arqueological Site of Tzintzuntzan a Cultural Heritage of Mexico
The Arqueological Site of Tzintzuntzan a Cultural Heritage of Mexico


The famous Yacatas – don’t miss them your next trip to Patzcuaro!
 
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