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Tula De Allende

Tula de Allende is a bustling modern city about an hour north of the capital, in the state of Hidalgo. Its main claim to fame is the Toltec archaeological site two kilometers north of the city center, a vast site crowned by a towering pyramid upon which stand giants five meters tall known as the Atlantes.


Set 2,020 meters (1.25 mi) above sea level, this city of 100,000 inhabitants is quietly prosperous, benefiting from its proximity to the capital and famous ruins. There’s not a whole lot going on, but it’s pleasant enough to wander around for the day and the friendly locals are eager to help with directions, etc.


Like all Mexican cities, the zócalo is the beating heart of the city and the best place to come for lunch. The Plaza de la Constitución has relaxing cafés where you can get good breakfast deals, coffee and cake and overlook the gardens in the middle of the square.


Afterwards you can go to the corner of the square with Zaragoza and have a look at the Sala Histórica Quetzalcoatl, a small museum with interesting temporary displays of modern art downstairs and various mammoth tusks, pottery and Toltec carvings upstairs (free, open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m- 5 p.m.). Opposite is the castle-like 16th century cathedral.


If you want to stay, there are a couple of hotels around the zócalo and towards the bus station. Budget travelers may hit a snag here though as most places in town cater to Mexican businessmen and rooms for less than $50 are rare.


Neighborhoods in Tula De Allende: The Archaeological Site,

Other places nearby Tula De Allende: Teotihuacan, Tepotzotlan and San Angel.

29 Apr 2009

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The Archaeological Site

The archaeological site at Tula is huge and rambling, and the different types of cacti growing everywhere make you feel like you’re in a western. You have to walk a while to get to the interesting ...
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Things to do in Tula De Allende

Ball Courts

The presence of two ball courts in the ceremonial center of Tula is the biggest ace in the hand of the “Toltecs fled to Chichen Itza and established a regime there” camp of historians. Although ...
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Templo de Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli

The pyramid dedicated to the god Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli (the Morning Star), is the pride and joy of Tula’s ceremonial center. It’s not as big as the ones at Teotihuacan, but you can climb up it ...
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Site Museum

Included in the $2.50 entrance fee, the site museum at the entrance is well worth half an hour of your time for its detailed explanations on Toltec politics, society and history, although non-Spanish ...
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Palacio Quemado

The Palacio Quemado, or Burned Palace, lies on the western side of the pyramid. It was destroyed by, that’s right, fire, towards the end of the city’s heyday. Despite it’s name, it probably ...
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The Toltec tradition of building a Coatepantli, or snake wall, was later enthusiastically adopted in Aztec cities all throughout the empire. In Mexican cosmology, the walls determined the boundaries ...
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