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Paquimé
Place of the great houses
This site is famous for its adobe constructions and its T-shaped doors, which demonstrates the architectural skills of its ancient inhabitants. Toward the west of the city there is a row of structures built with stone and mortar which were probably coated in painted lime, and functioned as a ceremonial center.
About the site
Paquimé is located in the north of Mexico, in the geographical region of the Chihuahua Desert, where the Casas Grandes, Santa María and El Carmen rivers act as the arteries of life. In 1998, it was enrolled in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as its remains tell us not only about the cultural value of this archeological site, but also provide a unique and exceptional testimony of the connections between Mesoamerica and the north of Mexico. They provide an excellent example of the building’s typological development and architectural design.

The traces of a history framed in a magnificent setting of earthen architecture are found here. This history began around the year 600 AD with the first trench house villages, located near the natural springs in the riverside areas. These villages were abandoned around the year 900 and substituted for buildings made from clay, or mud, walls. The first multi-family sites are houses with internal courtyards used as domestic areas and workshops.

Thanks to the development of irrigation agriculture in around the year 1200, the wealth acquired allowed for the architectural development of the family unit and building began for a population center comprised of large family settlements up to three floors in height with storerooms, living areas, bedrooms and reception rooms, intended for use by the ruling class. Workshops were also built for craftspeople and temples for religious worship, squares for markets, ballgame courts and hydraulic systems with wells and canals, for the convenience of the village.

During this period, trade with the peoples further north and the cultures of Western Mexico considerably increased regional interaction, and various artisan trades prospered. They imported macaw from the south, turquoise and copper objects from the north, salt from the Samalayuca desert and shells from various animal species traded from the Pacific coasts. They exported high value luxury objects to these same regions: polychromatic ceramic, anthropomorphous vases or figurines, and turquoise and copper objects, as well as raw clay, among many other materials. Today, these are exhibited in the Museum of Northern Cultures located in the same archeological area.
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Did you know...
  • The buildings in Paquimé present elements which are characteristic of both Oasisamerica and Central Mexico.
  • Montículo de la Cruz (“Mound of the Cross”) was used to record the equinoxes and the solstices which marked the harvest cycles.
  • The Museum of Northern Cultures houses a magnificent collection which not only reveals the most important cultural aspects of Paquimé, but also its prehistory.
An exert point of view
Archeological site
Paquimé
Practical information
Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00 hrs

$80.00 pesos


  • Extra fee for video cameras
  • Extra fee for professional cameras
  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexicans under 13 years old
  • Free entrance for Mexican students and teachers
  • Free entrance for Mexican senior citizens
  • Admission includes museum fee
En las inmediaciones del poblado de Casas Grandes en los límites de la Sierra Madre Occidental.

Desde la ciudad de Chihuahua, tomar la carretera de cuota Chihuahua-Cd. Juárez. En el km 103 tomar la desviación que conduce al poblado Ricardo Flores Magón, donde se retoma la carretera a Buenaventura, rumbo a Nuevo Casas Grandes, que se encuentra a 8 km de Casas Grandes. Desde el centro histórico, avanzar por la calle Allende 1 km hasta llegar a la zona arqueológica.

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Director de la Zona Arqueológica y Museo de Sitio
Mauricio Salgado Servín
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Eduardo Gamboa
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Museo de las Culturas del Norte en Paquimé
Este sitio es famoso por sus construcciones de lodo y sus puertas en forma de T, lo cual demuestra la destreza arquitectónica de sus antiguos pobladores. Hacia el oeste de la ciudad hay una hilera de estructuras construidas con relleno y piedra que probablemente estuvieron cubiertas de cal pintada y desempeñaron la función de centros ceremoniales.
This site is famous for its adobe constructions and its T-shaped doors, which demonstrates the architectural skills of its ancient inhabitants. Toward the west of the city there is a row of structures built with stone and mortar which were probably coated in painted lime, and functioned as a ceremonial center.
Lugar de casas grandes
Place of the great houses

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