Xochicalco is an archeological site in Morelos, Mexico. It is the fourth most visited archeological site in Mexico and it is a fascinating place. It has a museum and the actual grounds of a city from around 700-900 BC that tourists can explore.
The museum explains in great detail the history of the city and its 20,000 people. The museum is unique because it was built in a way that uses solar energy for its operation. As a new Spanish student, I didn’t read much or understand all that our guide was sharing. However, the artifacts told a story of their own with details of religious beliefs, power within the community and games they played.
Walking around the site gives you an idea of how people lived and what was important to them. Climbing up the steps wasn’t too difficult, but getting down could easily cause a problem for those people who aren’t steady on their feet. The view from any part of Xochicalco is absolutely incredible. No matter in which direction I looked, I could see deep green mountains, blue waters and little modern communities. Between October and May, a spectacular light show is shone on the stone walls of the site.
While we were there, a group of people dressed in all white were working. From what I understand, they were practicing a form of music therapy that included setting up a blanket with incense and offerings of food. They also had bowls that they filled with liquid and then used to make sounds. Sadly, we did not stay with them long enough to see them perform. Instead, we climbed the pyramids of Xochicalco and explored the rest of the site. Although the sun was shining directly on us and barely a breeze cooled us off, this was an excursion I’m so thrilled I didn’t miss!