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Coatetelco
Place of the serpents on the stone mounds
This city was a dependency of Tula, attaining an important role through trade and religion. When Tula fell around 1000 AD, Coatetelco took its place in the west of the present-day state of Morelos.
About the site
Coatetelco was built on the shore of the lake of the same name. The site flourished most notably in the Late Preclassic, and was later linked to Xochicalco. After its period of domination by Xochicalco, Coatetelco became the region’s principal center. In the Postclassic it was involved with Tula, which is evident from the presence of a Chac Mool.

The complex includes pyramidal plinths, platforms and a ballcourt with stone facing over an earth and stone core. Associated with the ballcourt there is a tzompantli with a large quantity of stone “nails” which were used to pierce the skulls of the people who were sacrificed. There are vestiges of stucco in the court as well as in other parts of the site.
500 a.C. - 1500

Preclásico Medio a Posclásico Tardío
900 - 1200

Clásico Tardío a Posclásico Temprano

Did you know...
  • The settlement was originally called Quahtetelco, according to the archeologist Jorge Angulo. It seems that the place was represented by a glyph of a tree (quahuitl) on top of a pyramid (tetelli).
Practical information
Temporarily closed
Monday to Sunday from 10: 00 to 17:00 hrs

$45.00 pesos


  • Extra fee for video cameras
  • Extra fee for professional cameras
  • Sundays free for Mexican citizens
  • Free entrance for Mexican students and teachers
  • Free entrance for Mexican senior citizens
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
Se localiza dentro de la población de Coatetelco, a 2 km de Alpuyeca, Morelos.

From Mexico City or Cuernavaca, take federal highway 95, Mexico-Acapulco, as far as the exit for Alpuyeca-Miacatlán. Coatetelco is 2 km from Alpuyeca.

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Salvador Castro Gómez
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Altiplano Central
Museo de Sitio de Coatetelco
Esta ciudad dependiente de Tula tuvo una gran relevancia comercial y religiosa. Al caer ésta en el año 1000, tomó su lugar en el oriente del actual estado de Morelos.
This city was a dependency of Tula, attaining an important role through trade and religion. When Tula fell around 1000 AD, Coatetelco took its place in the west of the present-day state of Morelos.
Lugar de las serpientes en los montículos de piedra
Place of the serpents on the stone mounds

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