Los Toriles, an archaeological treasure and a window to the past in Nayarit

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The Los Toriles archaeological zone, also known as “El Antiguo Ixtlán” (The Ancient Ixtlán) located in Nayarit, is a window to the past that allows you to explore the life of the ancient civilizations that thrived there from 700 to 1200 AD, an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history and fascinating Nayarit culture.

This area has one of the few circular temples in Mesoamerica, and you can also explore the underground shaft tombs that reveal the funerary practices of the time, admire staircases and houses, altars used for rituals and drainage systems and work tools, all showing the ingenuity of these ancient societies.

During the Epiclassic and Postclassic Mesoamerican periods, this urban settlement was a key point on the Copper Route, which connected the American Southwest with the Central and Southern regions of Mesoamerica along the Pacific coast.

The site extends over wide terraces arranged on the slopes of the land, with at least fourteen architectural complexes around large plazas surrounded mainly by rectangular foundations, totaling 93 mounds distributed over just over eighty hectares.

The area has four large plazas with partially restored enclosures, divided into four large sections: A, B, C and D. Section A stands out for the circular temple, known as Ehécatl-Quetzalcóatl, recognized by its circular parapet with cross-shaped loopholes.

Los Toriles is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The entrance fee is approximately 70 pesos. They offer guided tours by archaeology experts that provide a deep understanding of the history and discoveries of the site.

Source: sinembargo