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Teuchitlán Things to Do

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    by anagrettel Written Apr 2, 2015

    The archaeological site of Guachimontones is probably the main reason why many people go to Teuchitlan.

    Believe me that the time and hiking will be worth once you are at the archaeological site. The first time that I saw it I was amazed to see the concentric structure and the beauty of it , but take your time and do a little more hiking to get to the small hill behind the main structure and and passing the ball court. the hills is no beauty by itself and the way there is one that should be made with caution specially with children, but do it!!

    The view from that hill is amazing, but there´s something else that is difficult to explain; the feeling of being there, the air, the atmosphere, the view, all together make that a unique experience.

    These concentric circular pyramids are unique in the world!
    Excavations of these started in 1996 and first opened to general public in 2003. So be aware that the place is rather small compared with most archaeological sites in México, excavations are still in progress.

    Entrance fee is $30pesos
    The entrance fee include entrance to the archaelogical site, museum (small museum) and clean restrooms ;)

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    by guachimontones Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    Hacienda Carmen Hotel & Spa

    Go back in time to a luxurious Hacienda from 1622. This gorgeous hacienda is filled with antiques and delightful decore, luxurious suites and rooms, a world class chef, spa, pool and everything you can possibly imagine to make your vacation complete. Located three hours from Puerto Vallarta and only 45 minutes from the Guadalajara International Airport. Wedding planning, reception area as well as business and convention center available.

    The archway of its corridors and the beauty of the chapel create a mood that inspires meditation, finding peace and harmony with nature.

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    by rafgys Written Jan 16, 2007

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    It's the biggest archeological area in the state of Jalisco... but if you are visiting Mexico, and you've been to other ruins like Teothicuacan or Chichen Itza... you may get a little bit disappointed. The pyramids are cool, they are circular buildings... which make them cooler. But still, they are small... and after all, you enjoy the view from atop the hill more than the own site.

    If you have a car, it's worth the trip... but if you're taking buses, you'll spend more time getting there... than there.

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    by guachimontones Written Apr 28, 2007

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    Menú Fix $250 pesos per person, or you can have only drinks (WHICH ARE NOT EXPENSIVE ¡?)

    Favorite Dish: THEY ALSO HAVE INTERNATIONAL FOOD.

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    by SergioyRosa Written Apr 27, 2007

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    Favorite Dish: Restaurant "Miraflores"
    Menú Fix $250 pesos per person, or you can have only drinks (WHICH ARE NOT EXPENCIVE¡?)

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    by rafgys Written Jan 16, 2007

    There are buses going to Teuchitlan from Guadalajara's old bus station (Central Camionera Vieja). They'll leave you in the highway, and from there it's a short 20 or 30 minutes walk up the hill to the archeological zone.

    The bus takes a little more than an hour to get there.

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Teuchitlán Off The Beaten Path

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    by guachimontones Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    TANK YOU, CELIA AND PHIL ¡¡¡
    Celia García an art historian and his husband Phil Weigand, an Archaeologist will leave us a legacy after decades of work. With a mix of enthusiasm, diplomacy, and dogged determination, the Weigands have helped rewrite the ancient history of West Mexico.
    In 1963, Celia was on vacation in the Tequila Valley near the small town of Teuchitlán, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. During the trip, she discovered a number of large obsidian blades at the bottom of a natural swimming hole. (Obsidian was highly valued in prehistoric cultures for its ability to hold razor-sharp edges.) The find intrigued Phil, then an archaeology field assistant in Zacatecas. Together the couple later located a huge nearby obsidian workshop, where millions of blades and sharp pieces of rock were piled up to three feet deep across two acres at the foot of the extinct Tequila volcano.

    After struggling up the flank of the volcano, Phil recalls, "We finally reached a circular compound whose beauty, symmetry, and monumentality far exceeded the expectations we had formed from the aerial photographs." Huge circular structures covered with vegetation sat on a natural platform overlooking a wide, well-watered valley. Though the site was known to local farmers, it was virtually unknown to the outside world, archaeologists included.
    The Weigands had discovered a new civilization, one to which they devoted the next 30 years of their lives. The Weigands lives in Michoacan.
    What they had found was a ceremonial center, the heart of what the Weigands named the Teuchitlán tradition. This complex society, responsible for the area's shaft tombs, reached its peak between 200 B.C. and A.D. 350, when more than 50,000 people may have lived within 15 miles of the Tequila volcano. At its height, the Teuchitlán tradition was the cultural center of West Mexico, with unique, complex architecture and a trade network that stretched from Guatemala to Arizona.

    Phil Weigand
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    by guachimontones Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    La UNESCO anuncio el año pasado, que la región agavera del Occidente México, a su vez con las históricas destilerías de tequila, se han convertido en el primer sitio Mexicano en ser seleccionado en la lista de Patrimonio Mundial, en la categoría de paisajes.
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    UNESCO announced that the agave region of western Mexico along with the historic tequila producing factories have become the first Mexican site selected for their World Heritage List in the Cultural Landscape category. (July-2006)

    Fields of orderly rows of agave tequilana surround the remote town, an hour north of Guadalajara. The prickly blue agave plant dominates the valleys.

    The drink tequila is a relatively new invention. While pre-Columbian Indians consumed various drinks made from agave plants, most notably pulque, the process did not include distillation. When the Spanish arrived they distilled the agave juice, naming the product mezcal.

    The mezcal produced in the town of Tequila enjoyed wide popularity, it assumed the special name of "tequila" by the end of the 19th century.
    Today, the drink has to be manufactured in one of two main municipalities, Tequila or Atotonilco, also known as Los Altos -- both northeast of Guadalajara -- to qualify as genuine tequila.

    Agave field around Teuchitlan-Guachimontones Agave field around Tequila Valley Don Eduardo doing it shepherd style.(Tequila town) Agave field around Tequila Valley AGAVE AZUL- WEBER. 100% TEQUILA
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    by guachimontones Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    El hecho de documentarnos sobre un lugar antes de visitarlo, agrega interés y entusiasmo por descubrir lo que ya nos fue revelado, pero más aun lo que descubriremos con nuestro interés.
    Aquí dos pequeñas guías que nos serán de mucha utilidad al visitar el lugar por primera vez. El primer libro cuesta 100 pesos y éste último costó 50.

    Si eres un verdadero entusiasta como yo de la tradición Guachimontones, y piensas volver cada vez que puedas, entonces podrás profundizar sobre la cultura Guachimontones , con el libro “Perspectivas del Antiguo México. Arte y Arqueología de un pasado Desconocido” Editado por el Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco en conjunto con THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, su precio máximo es de $450.00, pero bien vale la pena. No he podido encontrar un mejor libro sobre la tradición Guachimontones.
    Este ùltimo libro lo puedes comprar en el costado Oriente de la plaza de Teuchitlan- Guachimontones. Hay una casa donde dan platicas sobre la cultura Guachimontones.

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