The Saturday of our anniversary weekend getaway was spent, or half spent, visiting the ancient ruins of Xochicalco. It’s been a while since I’ve visited an new ancient site, that being Monte Alban back in 2006. It’s not that I’ve seen them all. But I have seen most of the important/fashionable/famous sites. Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Palenque, Monte Alban all spring to mind. After those four, anything else will pale into insignificance. Surely?
Actually, I loved Xochicalco, and I’m going to stick my neck out and proclaim it my second most favourite site. Second to the the quite magnificent Palenque in Chiapas. It’s not so much the scale that I liked, though it’s big enough. Nor the history, though it was an important city. Nor even the museum, which was excellent. What I liked about Xochicalco was the tranquility. It’s not terribly busy – and we were there on the last but one weekend of the school holidays. The air is clean. Butterflies and birds swoop around by the dozen. And then there’s the scenery. Lush, rolling hills. Green, green, green. A fabulous site for any visitor from Mexico City.
I won’t bore anyone with the history. Wikipedia has all you need to know. But I do have photos. Click here for the Xochicalco ruins, and click here for the museum. And of course I recommend you stop by there if ever you pass near Cuernavaca. It’s well worth a little detour.