Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yohaulichan......













There is undoubtedly a wealth of archaeological sites to visit here in Mexico, but you really are spoilt for choice when you start researching and visiting those well off the beaten track!! This is Yohaulichan near the magic village of Cuetzalan, a site founded in 400 AD by the Totonacs who also built the pyramids at the more well known site of El Tajin. In Nahuatal, Yohaulichan means "Casa de la Noche" ( House of the Night ) and similar to El Tajin, the architectural style is characterised by all the niches....




















The site contains buildings for administrative, religious, ceremonial, and housing purposes, as well as a ball court















The Totonacs were succeeded by the Toltecs in 800AD and the Chichimecas in 1200AD....



















It is a really peaceful and beautiful place to visit and only twenty minutes away from Cuetzalan. There is also a very interesting church at the entrance to the site....
















If, like me, you like using local transport, then track down the little transit shed in Cuetzalan, and take a pick up colectivo which will bring you there and back to the site for 7 pesos (50cents) each way. It is a little bumpy on the cobbles, but a fun afternoon out exploring the scenery around Cuetzalan.