At the top of a hill, in the community of San Juan El Alto Plazuelas, a few miles from the city of Penjamo, Guanajuato, lies Palazuelas, one of the state’s most important archaeological sites, between slopes separated by two ravines. Visit this unique archaeological site, because there you will find over one thousand carved stones, among which stands out a model of the site, also carved in stone ,unique in its type, on which you will be able to see the whole archaeological complex.
Walk among the remains of its buildings, built in stone. Walk through its seven buildings settled on the three slopes and discover the square where in ancient times its people came together. The “Casas Tapadas” (Covered Houses) building is the most important building in the site. Walk along its roadway and discover how it connects to a ball game court.
Walk under Penjamo’s warm sun, and listen to the flow of a river’s blue water. Watch the fauna and the flora surrounding the main pyramids and the ravine. Visit the site’s museum, where you will see several pieces found in the site during its excavations and restoration. If you visit Plazuelas on weekends, you will be able to enjoy an exceptional meal, with typical dishes prepared by a group of women from the region.
Plazuelas is just a sample of Penjamo’s and Guanajuato’s rich ancient past, as impressive as their colonial or vice royal past. More archaeological sites are located in Penjamo’s territory, especially in the mountainous areas of the sierras and close to some communities adjacent to other hills.
How to get there?
Take federal highway 90 until the Irapuato-La Piedad stretch. Approximately 7 miles from the city of Penjamo, at CICABA (SALVI), you will find the detour to San Juan El Alto Plazuelas.