What are the archaeological zones of Jalisco?


Two of these sites are open to the public; know all the details

Jalisco has very popular tourist sites, especially those found in the capital Guadalajara, the metropolitan area, and the Magic Towns. However, it also has more than 1,500 archaeological sites registered with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

But these three are the most prominent archaeological sites, if not the most popular. Two of these are even open to the public.

EL Grillo

This place is located in the municipality of Zapopan, in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Zone (ZMG), more specifically in the Villas de San Ignacio neighborhood. It is characterized by its typical structures of earthen architecture, originally from the Atemajac Valley. It is made up of 7 mounds, each with a height of around 7 meters.

This site is not visitable.


Another archaeological zone found within the ZMG, was in the past an important commercial area. It is specifically located 100 meters from the junction of the Periférico Ring and Mariano Otero Street in Guadalajara. According to the Cultural Information System (SIC) of Mexico, it is one of the most important archaeological zones in the west of the country. Here you can see a Teotihuacan influence, at least in the largest pyramid, 20 meters long, 16 meters wide and approximately 1.83 meters high, which dates from the 5th to the 10th century AD. The area was discovered in 1938 by José Corona Núñez and the first restoration works were carried out until 1955.

This area can be visited and entry is free.


This area is located in the municipality of Teuchitlán, in the Valles region. It is known as one of the most important in western Mesoamerica, and its iconic pyramids with a round structure are very recognizable. According to the SIC, this is one of the largest and most complex sites. It is distributed over an area of 6 square kilometers, and the site preserves around 166 mounds, 2 Ball Courts, some tombs and more; The tallest pyramid has a diameter of 127 meters and is 19 meters high.

This area has public access. The price of general admission is 50 pesos, and students, children and teachers, as well as Inapam card beneficiaries, enter for free.

Source: Informador