An imposing city with a long history before our era, it rises from the Altiplano (high plateau), with outstanding reliefs, clearly influenced by the Olmecs from the distant Gulf coast. The buildings display a strength that has outlived the centuries.
Surrounded by springs, its inhabitants were highly adept in the management of underground water and they built a complex system of channels for collecting and storing water. It was a site for the worship of water, with remarkable burials in the channels.
This site was inhabited from 1500 BC up to the seventeenth century, serving as the center of government of the region, in one of the most fertile parts of the present-day state of Morelos. A great plaza and two sixteen-foot-high platforms testify to its past splendor.
Engulfed in the urban sprawl of present-day Cuernavaca, and originally inhabited possibly by Tlahuicas, when the Mexica dominated the region they built new palaces, temples and houses. The principal pyramid survives, surmounted by two temples, one dedicated to Tlaloc and the other to Huitzilopochtli.
Administrative center of the domain of Tepoztlán, perched high in the sierra of the same name, the construction of houses, palaces, temples and housing complexes was started around 1200 AD. Here they worshipped Ometochtli-Tepoztecatl, god of pulque, fertility and the harvest. A superb view of the surrounding valleys.
The inhabitants erected beautiful pyramids and palaces upon impressive platforms in the mountains. Its extraordinary observatory is one of the most studied in Mesoamerica. The level of intricacy they achieved in the visual arts and their knowledge of engineering are plain to see. It is a World Heritage Site.
The settlement’s development was influenced by Teotihuacan, the Toltecs and the Nahua. When it was occupied by the Tlahuica, who spoke Nahuatl, it dominated. Once the Triple Alliance was formed the Mexica conquered Yautepec and forced it to pay tribute. A beautiful pyramid has been preserved.
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