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Cantona Archaeological Ruins.

Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México.
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George & Eve DeLange

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Cantona Temple Looking South.

Cantona: A spectacular newly excavated archaeological site believed to be the largest urban center yet discovered in Mesoamerica. Cantona covers 12 squares kilometers that are divided into three urban areas. The ruins includes a roadway network of over 500 cobblestone causeways, over 3,000 individual patios, or residences, 24 ball courts and an elaborate acropolis with many ceremonial buildings and temples. These remarcable buildings were assembled by carved stones being placed one atop the other without any stucco covering or cement mortar being used in their construction.

The Cantona archeological site, is located about 90 km West of Jalapa, but within the state of Puebla, about 4.5 km north of the small town of Tepeyahualco. It lies in an old lava bed which is surrounded by yucca and pine trees. Cantona is considered to be one of the largest and most urbanized cities in pre Hispanic Mexico. You can not possibly tour the entire town. First it is not excavated. Second, it is huge. If you have any doubts, look around the excavated area on the Google Map. Look how many square or rectangular structures there are on the map. Then look to see if you can see paths around them.

Our GPS marks the entrance to the Visitor Center at about; 19o 32' 57.50" N 97o 29' 53.80" W.

Cantona existed from about A.D. 600 to 1000. It had a population of about 80, 000 inhabitants at its peak of power. It depended upon commerce and trade. There were some agricultural efforts also taking place. It also seems to have been built with a definite urban plan and walled walkways connecting each and every part of the city. The main roadway called "First Avenue" is 563 meters in length.

Cantona was a contemporary civilization to Teotihuacan. It looks today much as it did 1,000 years ago. This rugged outpost is surrounded by dry, arid land dotted with old haciendas. It was abandoned 300 years before Cortes. It was occupied by the Toltecs.

It takes over three hours in a car to travel the short distance from Puebla to Cantona. A lot of the time is spent driving the last few kilometers on a raised gravel road that is awful. We caught on to the fact that the local people do not use the road that the government built. They use dirt side roads and drive in a lot less time with little wear and tear to their cars. We drove back that way and recommend the dirt side roads.

We visited this site on January 17, 2004. During that time the wind blowing over the site was very strong and it stirred up a lot of dirt and sand. We actually wore face masks to filter out the dust during most of the tour of the site. Goggles would have been nice to have to keep the dust out of our eyes.

The museum and restrooms are clean.

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To visit this area we would suggest flying into either Mexico City or Puebla and then staying at a hotel of your choice. We would probably choose to stay at Puebla.

There are many very good hotels and motels in the area, and if you need a place to stay; Priceline.com can arrange that for you. In fact, we think they are the best way to do it!

We have personally, booked flights, hotels, and vacations, through Priceline.com and we can highly recommend them. Their website is very easy to use!

We have some links to Priceline.com on this page, since they can arrange all of your air flights, hotels and car.

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We also have links on this page, that will connect you with several of the best hotels in Mexico City. Hotels that we have personally used!

We could, also suggest getting a hotel, and then letting them arrange for either a car, or a tour of Mexico City. If you call their Concierge Services, ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.

We have used this method, many times, when traveling in Mexico. We have found it to be safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!

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Patio Number Two. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Patio Number 2. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Patio Number Two.Patio Number Two.
Pines & Yuccas. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.First Avenue. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Pines & YuccasAlong "First Avenue."
Sunken Patio. Patio Thirteen. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Sunken Patio. Patio 13. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Patio Thirteen.Patio Thirteen.
Sunken Patio. Patio Thirteen. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Sunken Patio. Patio Thirteen. Altar. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Patio Thirteen.Patio Thirteen.
Sunken Patio. Patio Thirteen. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Sunken Patio. Patio Thirteen. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Sunken Patio,Another View
Patio. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Patio. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Patio EastPatio West
Cluster Twelve. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Cluster Twelve. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Cluster Twelve.Cluster Twelve.
5771 Square Meters In Size.
Cluster Twelve. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Cluster Twelve. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Cluster Twelve.Cluster Twelve.
Audrey DeLange At The Ball Court. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Ball Court & Temple. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Audrey DeLange At
Ball Court
Ball Court
Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Audrey DeLange At Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
From The Position Of
The Setting Sun
In This Picture
On 1-17-2004
"First Avenue"
Could Have Been
Aligned With
Setting Winter Solstice.
Audrey DeLange
Demonstrating The
Possible Alignment.
Hacienda. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Hacienda. Cantona Archaeological Ruins Near Tepeyahualco, Puebla, México Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Part Of Old Hacienda.Close Up Of Hacienda.

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