Discover the secrets of Alta Vista, the important archaeological zone in Chalchihuites, Zacatecas

High view is Ua fascinating place that offers a unique experience of archaeological exploration; If you are interested in knowing this place, it is located in the municipality of Chalchihuites, Zacatecas.

It is famous for its archaeological zone, where you can find ruins of ancient civilizations prehispanic Tourists can visit the area yexplore ancient structures and cave paintings dating back more than a thousand years.

It’s about a important ceremonial center in northern Mesoamerica. For this reason, we recommend that you tour the site and discover the two regular-sized civic squares, each with an altar in the center.

Important places of Alta Vista

To the north is the moon square, the oldest structure on the site, also known as the Hall of Columns, related to the 28-day lunar cycle.

The Gamio Laddera possible entrance to a higher structure, revealed a multiple burial with rich offerings including ceramic vessels.

The temple of the pyramid of the sun It has a crypt with three sequential burials that belonged to high-ranking people related to the solar cult.

He Temple of the Skull, with a small entrance on the south-east wall, it seems to be related to human sacrificesince there are skeletal remains scattered on the floor of the atrium, mainly skulls.

The labyrinthconsidered by archaeologists as a solar calendar instrument, It consists of a corridor surrounded by walls with several pilasters aligned with the Picacho hill, behind whose peak the first rays appear during the equinoxes, projecting precisely inside the Observatory.

What else to do in Alta Vista?

The site has the Site Museum of Alta Vista Chalchihuites, which isexhibits more than 350 pieces recovered on site in a large circular room.

The location of Alta Vista allows us to observe the annual movement of the sun (Courtesy)

Of these pieces, the cups decorated with the eagle and the serpent made with the pseudo-cloisonné technique, gourds decorated with natural pigments, rings made with walnut shell and turquoise and malachite inlays, a ball game marker and remains stand out. human bones, among others.

The museum features four themes: background, daily life, heyday and terminal period. Aspects such as the importance of astronomy in the ceremonial center and its relationship with the Mesoamerican worldview are also explained.

Where is Altavista?

The Archaeological Zone High view It is located 229 km northwest of the city of Zacatecas (approximately two and a half hours) and 6 kilometers west of the municipal seat of Chalchihuites, on the road to Rancho Colorado-Chalchihuites, Zacatecas.

Get to know this archaeological zone on your next visit to Zacatecas (Facebook: Secturz)

Visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a general admission of $65.00 Mexican pesos.

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