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Guachimontones

Carretera Estatal 604 Guadalajara-San Marcos Gral. Lucio Blanco, Jalisco, 46762

The Basics

Little is known about the Teuchitlán tradition civilization that once lived at Guachimontones. It’s believed that the main pyramid was once used as a ceremonial site, with 52 steps corresponding to the Mayan calendar. Offering picturesque views of the town of Teuchitlán, the site also has some of the largest ball courts in Mesoamerica, on which ancient games were once played.

While travelers can make their own way to the pyramids, signage is typically in Spanish. If you don’t speak Spanish, consider booking a guided tour, some of which include round-trip transport and stop at other attractions in the region.

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Mascota and Guachimontones Archaeological Zone Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta
Mascota and Guachimontones Archaeological Zone Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta
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$245.00 per adult
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Great tour
If you are into archaeology, this is a great tour. I was highly impressed with the local company as they found a way for me and my travel companion to do this tour without anyone else. I would have expected them to cancel, but apparently this is what they will do for customers. Awesome. The drive is very very long. I had not understood that the site was closer to Guanajuato than Puerto Vallarta, but in the end I was very glad I went. I am committed to going to as many of the archaeological sites I can in Mexico.
andrewfH7561JZ, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Guadalajara

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Pyramid and Tequila
Glenn_C, Dec 2020
Tour of Guachimontones Archeological Site & Tequila from Guadalajara
Luis was super informative. The pyramid were amazing and Tequila (the town and distilleries) were a perfect end to the day. Luis knows about the history of the area now and then. He is well-read and engaging. Also he was super responsive and thorough with details. Highly recomend this tour.
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Excellent!
Morgan_A, Jan 2021
Private Full-Day Tour to Tequila and Guachimontones
I’m extremely grateful to the Irazú Travel Club and my guide Renzo for this activity! Normally the tour requires a minimum of two people but I’m here for work by myself and they made an exception. They also politely forewarned me that they only had a Spanish-speaking guide and asked if this was okay, and I agreed. My Spanish is basic and while I couldn’t have extended conversations with Renzo, we managed to get by and he was very patient and understanding. He’s an excellent driver and knowledgeable about the areas surrounding Guadalajara, taking me through the sugar cane fields to Guachimontones. The site is magnificent! The hike up from the museum is very steep but short and the views are spectacular. My distillery tour was at Tres Mujeres, a small artisanal facility and it’s fantastic! The showroom, cellars, the underground tasting room and surrounding agave fields are amazing. We then stopped at Cantaritos Cheche’s for a drink, another awesome stop that’s popular with locals. They have a large open patio and there was even a mariachi band performing but be warned, they free pour so if you’re a lightweight like me one drink if more than enough. We stopped once more for lunch before heading into Tequila itself. It’s picturesque but very touristy. The Jose Cuervo distillery has three tours a day that run 90 minutes, but the only English tour is at 11am so I skipped it. I’ll go back in the future because it seems like the kind of place that’s better to explore with friends rather than doing it solo. It was a lot to see in one day but worth it, especially with someone like Renzo to guide you along. Definite recommendation!
star-5
Very interesting site, a gem to visit
eruthruff, Feb 2020
Mascota and Guachimontones Archaeological Zone Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta
Good driver though we had trouble understanding his English at times. He was very considerate of needing a few additional bathroom breaks along the way. Mascota was a place we might visit in the future. Guachimontones was very good and the museum there was modern and it was nice that they ran a movie in English. Our party of three agreed that it was worth the trip and no one we knew had been here before. Be ready that the drive is 6-7 hours each way depending on traffic; a driver picked us up on time at our hotel and we returned at almost 10pm. Seeing part of Mexico away from PV was good; we had visited the botanical gardens south of PV the day before, and this was a nice follow up.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Guachimontones is a must-visit for archaeology and history fans.

  • Steep slopes and grassy pathways make Guachimontones challenging for travelers with mobility issues.

  • The exhibits at the small on-site museum are currently in Spanish only.

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How to Get There

The Guachimontones Pyramids are accessible by bus from the Old Bus Station (Central Vieja) in Guadalajara. If you have access to a car, follow the highway between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, turning off at Teuchitlán. Guided tours typically include hassle-free round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Guadalajara is the city of eternal spring, so there’s never truly a bad time, weather-wise, to visit Guachimontones; however, there are few shaded spots in the archaeological zone. To avoid the hottest part of the day, stop by in the morning or late afternoon. The site is closed on Mondays.

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Other Day Trips from Guadalajara

Centrally located in the heart of Jalisco state, Guadalajara makes an excellent base for day-tripping travelers. Guachimontones and the neighboring town of Teuchitlán are good choices for those interested in archaeology. Visitors looking for the source of traditional tequila should make a beeline for the town with the same name. Alternatively, take it easy in artsy Tlaquepaque or stroll around the lake in Chapala.

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