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Guachimontones Pyramids

About 45 minutes from the second largest city in Mexico are the Guachimontones Pyramids and appear to not be getting much attention at all.

In 2008 the archaeological site was put on the World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites due to heavy looting in the area. It’s been several years since then so things may have changed dramatically. The clean and modern building and several employees throughout the park tell me there’s been some major funding in the area recently.

The site was discovered in 1970 but important research had only begun in 1996. It’s a relatively new site that doesn’t seem to be very popular despite it being a really cool place to visit.

You can visit as part of a day trip from Guadalajara. We drove there with our rental car from on our way to Puerto Vallarta which was a very easy drive with only a few minutes detour..

Entrance was inexpensive at only $30 MXN (~$2.30 USD) and even cheaper for students.

You only need about an hour to see the whole site. There’s only a few monuments and areas you could go to including a museum but it doesn’t take that long to see it all. There were many couples sitting on the top overlooking the view with a picnic which looked like a great idea had I known. I recommend staying at least a couple hours to take in the peaceful environment and views.

The town below is called Teuchitlán. There seems to have been some funding in the town square area as well with well-kept gardens and new looking street lamps and benches. Perhaps the tourists that come to visit the site are bringing in money to the town. There isn’t much to see in the town itself besides the pyramids so I don’t recommend staying in town for the night. There isn’t much for food options either but a few street vendors along the town square.

Unfortunately the Guachimontones Pyramids has no official website. Your best bet is to review the Wikipedia entry and look where it’s located on Google Maps.

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An empty museum with plenty of information about the area. The museum itself was nice. Keep in mind all the information is in Spanish.
Ballgame Court
Ballgame Court
Circle II
The most well preserved pyramid and is the second largest out of the three.

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Surrounding the pyramid
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Smaller pyramid
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The entire town of Teuchitlán.

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On top of the largest pyramid overlooking the second largest pyramid. In the background you have the town of Teuchitlán.

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21 thoughts on “Guachimontones Pyramids

  1. I love the
    view from the park. are you allowed to do picnics in there? It would be a lot
    of fun!

    1. It looked like other people were doing picnics so I assume it’s okay.

      1. No picnics are not allowed inside of the park, it is forbidden but there are existing areas nearby where you can do it….!

  2. Maybe a dumb question, but there doesn’t seem to be an entrance to these pyramids? I don’t mean for tourists to go in, but just in general.

    1. They were not made to go inside so there’s no entrance to go inside of them. You can go around them. They don’t let you climb on top of them (besides the larger which I’m standing on top of to take the last picture) because of preservation and they’re still doing studies.

      1. Interesting. I’m wondering what they were used for.

  3. these pyramids seems very different from Egypt pyramids, are there more pyramids like these ?

    1. There are several different types of pyramids. The word pyramid can be any structure with a large base in the bottom and reaches a single point to the top.

  4. Fascinating blog, Michael! Just started following you on twitter & Google+ as well. Keep up the great work & travel safe!

  5. Never heared about these pyramids before. Nice blog and need to put them on my “things to do next time in Mexico” list.

  6. Cool. Never heard of this one before.

  7. The surrounding area looks beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever seen circular pyramids before either.

  8. These structures make me think of the Peruvian Moray site. But those are rather like craters, they’re dug into the ground, while these are rising out. It’s quite the opposite!

  9. I’ve never heard of them before. They look really cool. They are now on my things to do in Mexico list.

  10. Great pictures! I’m glad the area is getting more funding to preserve them.

  11. I’ve never heard of them before….these pyramids seems very different from Egypt pyramids,

    1. Yes they are….They are considered the only “round-shape” pyramids in the whole world….They are unique….! The empire that lived there reached from west México up to Central America…!

  12. I am feeling a bit bitter because I never heard of such a place while in Mexico. I would have loved to go.

  13. Great post, I can really understand why they would choose to build the pyramids there. It is such a beautiful place, well watered, and appears to have all of the resources needed to thrive. This sounds like a very peaceful and fun trip to plan in the future. Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Looks awesome! Can’t say I had heard of the pyramids before I saw this. Wish I would have known before! Thanks for the heads up.

  15. These pyramids are really fascinating. Like everyone else has said in the comments, I’ve never heard of them before. Thank you for sharing!

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