In Pictures: Cacaxtla and Xochitécatl

Cacaxtla and Xochitécatl are two adjacent Olmec ruins situated on a hilltop near Nativitas, a town close to Puebla, Mexico. Cacaxtla has some fascinating and very well preserved colored murals, and Xochitécatl has a few pyramids, one of which has the “fourth widest base in Latin America.” Ooooh. But what’s most impressive about this pair of sites it the incredible views of three volcanoes in the Puebla valley, including the towering Popocatepetl and Itzaccíhuatl (shown below).

and this spectacular view of Itzaccíhuatl (left) and Xochitécatl (right).

Itzaccíhuatl (left) and Xochitécatl (right)

The day of the trip to see these ruins also happened to be the spring equinox, a day on which Mexicans traditionally gather and visit pyramids. In some of the pictures below, especially those of Xochitécatl, there are dozens of families all decked out in white (their Saturday equinox best?). More about that in the next post…

México, D.F.


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