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Las Yácatas archaeological site and Museum

Tzintzuntzan

Tzintzuntzan, “lugar de colibríes” (place of hummingbirds), takes its name from the Purépecha language and historians say that it became so powerful that even the Aztecs tried to subdue it without success. Its glorious past remains alive in Zona Arqueológica y Museo Las Yácatas (Las Yácatas Archaeological Zone and Museum), which you will see rising above a plain with its rectangular and circular shapes.

This place, also known just as “Las Yácatas”, served as a ceremonial and political control center for the Purépecha people. Getting there will take you 5 minutes from downtown.

The Archaeological Zone is divided into: “La Gran Plataforma”, “El Barrio de San Pablo” and “El Barrio de Santa Ana”.

The volcanic stone bases that you will see have been recently restored, respecting their shapes that distinguish them from other pre-Hispanic sites in Mexico.

It is also possible to observe a collection of archaeological pieces that have been recovered through intense exploration works that are continuously carried out in Tzintzuntzan, opening the possibility of finding more jewels under the earth.

At the end of the tour, be inspired by the views of Lago de Pátzcuaro that this place offers. Waiting for the sunset is a perfect excuse to capture the tones that the clouds and sky give you for a dreamy snapshot.

Tzintzuntzan, “lugar de colibríes” (place of hummingbirds), takes its name from the Purépecha language and historians say that it became so powerful that even the Aztecs tried to subdue it without success. Its glorious past remains alive in Zona Arqueológica y Museo Las Yácatas (Las Yácatas Archaeological Zone and Museum), which you will see rising above a plain with its rectangular and circular shapes.

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This place, also known just as “Las Yácatas”, served as a ceremonial and political control center for the Purépecha people. Getting there will take you 5 minutes from downtown.

The Archaeological Zone is divided into: “La Gran Plataforma”, “El Barrio de San Pablo” and “El Barrio de Santa Ana”.

The volcanic stone bases that you will see have been recently restored, respecting their shapes that distinguish them from other pre-Hispanic sites in Mexico.

It is also possible to observe a collection of archaeological pieces that have been recovered through intense exploration works that are continuously carried out in Tzintzuntzan, opening the possibility of finding more jewels under the earth.

At the end of the tour, be inspired by the views of Lago de Pátzcuaro that this place offers. Waiting for the sunset is a perfect excuse to capture the tones that the clouds and sky give you for a dreamy snapshot.

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