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Chalcatzingo Tlahuica Archaeological Ruins

Chalcatzingo, Morelos, Mexico
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Cerro Chalcatzingo.
Chalcatzingo Archaeological Ruins Are Located On And Around Cerro Chalcatzingo.

Chalcatzingo Archaeological Ruins:

The name "Chalcatzingo" is of Náhuatl origin and it has three meanings "Place most prized by the Chalcas", "Venerated place of sacred water" or "Place of precious jades".

Chalcatzingo, located 120 kilometers southeast of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. It is located at the base of two large hills on the only good agricultural land for many miles in any direction.

The site was occupied from the Early Formative Period to the Postclassic Period, reaching its peak of cultural development between 700-500 BC during the Middle Formative Period.

Chalcatzingo's numerous bas-relief carvings date to the Middle Formative Period, and because of the similarities in style and symbols to the sculptures and monuments on the Gulf Coast, a relationship between Chalcatzingo and the Olmec People seems to exist.

This major site began to develop about 3,500 years ago when the Olmecs settled there, flourishing as a result of a form of agriculture based on terraces and hydraulic systems. From the year 1000 to 100 BC Chalcatzingo was a major political and religious center. A series of reliefs on the rock walls and in some of the constructions date from this period, the most famous being El Rey, Los Jaguares, and the stelae of El Cazador and La Reina.

The on-site museum contains the ceremonial square, a pyramid with a round base and a ball court. There were many beautiful white blossomed trees called "Tree Morning Glory," Ipomoea arborescens, growing in the area. These trees are also called, Palo del Muerto, Palo Santo Trees, or Trompillo.

The very small museum and restrooms are clean. We were there on January 14, 2004 at about 2:00 PM.

To visit this area we would suggest flying into either Mexico City or Cuernavaca and then staying at a hotel of your choice.

The Mexico City International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México or AICM), also called Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA: MEX, ICAO: MMMX) is the commercial airport that serves Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. It is Mexico's and Latin America's busiest.

The General Mariano Matamoros Airport (IATA: CVJ, ICAO: MMCB), also known as Cuernavaca Airport, is the airport located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, near Mexico City. It handles national and international air traffic for the city of Cuernavaca. It is part of the Mexico City Metropolitan Airport Group, as are the airports of Puebla, Queretaro, Pachuca, Mexico City, and Toluca. The airport is operated by the government-owned corporation Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA). It was recently renovated with the purpose of offering a fresh image, and modern facilities, and its composed of a sole building (excluding general aviation terminal, hangars, and control tower), with check in facilities, security check-points, a cafe, ATM, customs, waiting room and a sole boarding gate.


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Chalcatzingo Archaeological Ruins 'El Rey'. Also Known As Monument One. On Cerro Chalcatzingo. Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Chalcatzingo Olmec Style Archaeological Ruins.
"El Rey" Also Known As Monument One On Cerro Chalcatzingo.

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Cerro Delgado. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Cerro Chalcatzingo. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Looking West Toward
Cerro Delgado.
Looking West Toward
Cerro Chalcatzingo
About 1/3 The Way Up
Is A Straw Shelter
Protecting "El Rey."
Pyramid. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Chalcatzingo Museum. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Walking Up The Road
Is This Pyramid
On Our Left (North).
A Little Further Is Another
Small Structure
And The Museum.
Audrey DeLange Walking Up Cerro Chalcatzingo. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.George DeLange Walking Up The Trail. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Audrey DeLange Says
It's Only A Short Walk
Up This Hill
To "El Rey."
George DeLange Says
"Hey, I'm Only About
A Hundred Meters
And It Looks
A Long Way Up!"
Actually About A Half Kilometer!
Cerro Delgado. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Shelter On Cerro Chalcatzingo. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
View Of Cerro Delgado
From "El Rey" Shelter
On Cerro Chalcatzingo.
"El Rey" Shelter
On Cerro Chalcatzingo.
George DeLange At Monuments 6 And 7. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.View Of Chalcatzingo. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
George DeLange Says
Here Is The
"EL Rey" Shelter
But These Objects
Are Not "El Rey"
They Are Monuments
Six And Seven.
Wow! Look At The View
From "El Rey"!
Popocatepetl Volcano
In Distant North!
Audrey DeLange At 'El Rey'. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Monument 1. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Well George!
This Is "El Rey."
"El Rey" Also Known
As Monument One.
Monument 6. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Monument 7. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
This Is What George
Was Pointing At
Monument Six,
Squash Plant.
Definitely Not "El Rey"
Badly Eroded,
Monument Seven,
Animal Crouching
Atop A Scroll
Offering Or Paint Grinding Pots. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Tree Morning Glory, Ipomoea arborescens. Chalcatzingo Tlahuica  Archaeological Ruins. Morelos, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
George Has Seen
These Holes At Many
Sites In The USA.
They Are Used
To Make Paint.
Or To Hold Offerings.
They Are At
The "El Rey" Shelter.
This "Tree Morning Glory"
Ipomoea arborescens
Grew At The Base
Of Cerro Chalcatzingo.

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