Pirámide del Ixtépete
Ixtepete, Zapopan, Mexico
Pirámide del Ixtépete Zapopan Reviews
Worth the visit Mar 20, 2011
Not a lot of people know there is an archeological site within the GDL metro area. It's the small pyramid of Ixtepete, a ceremonial site built sometime between the V and VII centuries.
It is not known what culture built this pyramid, but there are traces of Teotihuacán culture, so it might have been the same people who built those great pyramids near Mexico City. The Ixtépete pyramid is not all that impressive, and of course not even close to the magnificence of the Teotihuacan or Mayan sites, but it's a nice place to see if you have a free morning in Guadalajara. You'll walk the whole place in about 15 min.
Even the name of the place is disputed. Scholars can't agree if the correct spelling is "Iztépete" or "Ixtépete". But, I'll go with Ixtépete as it is the most widely used spelling.
There is a big festival to celebrate the Spring equinox, on March 21st each year. Even today there were a few people "taking sunshine energy" because of the equinox, lol. I was lucky to find out about the festival just one day before it happens. Actually the lady "taking the sunshine" later nicely offered to take a picture of me, and she said that I was lucky to be there today, as the equinox is today this year, and not on March 21st. I will still be there tomorrow for sure, and expect a blog about my visit. Stay tuned for more!
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