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From Acapulco: Archaeological Tour to Tehuacalco Site

Activity provider: Tour By Van - Day Tours

From Acapulco: Archaeological Tour to Tehuacalco Site

Activity provider: Tour By Van - Day Tours
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Long lost to the Sierra Madre Mountains of southern Mexico this pre-Columbian archaeological zone is the most recent addition to the cultural attractions offered to visitors in Acapulco.

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Duration 5 - 10 hours
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Spanish, English, French
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Private or small groups available


  • Explore the Tehuacalco archaeological site of the ancient Yope civilization
  • See the pyramidal structures, petroglyphs, and man-mades caves in the area
  • Uncover the mysteries of this newly found archaeological site
Full description

Choose from a shared or private experience to enjoy an archaeological tour to the Tehuacalco site. Explore the ancient, excavated site and learn about its history. Identified by historical sources as Yopitzingo, Tehuacalco is the first explored and excavated archaeological site of the ancient Yope civilization. Tehuacalco remained independent of the Aztecs because of its remote location and difficult access the area.

In addition, the Yopes had a reputation as being fierce warriors. During the excavations, archaeologists learned that the Aztecs never managed to conquer the city either due to the Yope's warrior reputation or because the Yope territory had little to offer the Aztec Empire. 

The name Tehuacalco in the ancient Nahuatl tongue has at least three different interpretations: a place of the stone box, a place of the priest's house, or a place of the sacred water house. However, others have said that Tehuacalco is a word related to Nahuatl tehuacalli, which means "artificial ritual caves." Also, there are legends about a giant named Tehua, who lived here and used the stone blocks to build his huge houses. People often point to his large footprints in front of one of the structures still visible today saying, "It’s where the giant walked." 

Pyramidal structures, petroglyphs, and caves where sun cults were celebrated are the remains left in this ancient city. Many of the pyramidal structures are constructed facing east in the direction of the rising sun. The 57 caves discovered so far are all man-made and places where ritual food was offered to the gods. 

The petroglyphs represent circles and rectangles as well as astronomical constellations, including celestial and solar markers and water rituals, dominated by carved human footprints.

 An outstanding example is Piedra de los Pies Pintados (Painted Feet Stone), a 65 million-year-old volcanic rock, which presents carved human footprints.

Discovered in 1991, it was the first site of Yope culture that had been discovered. However, excavations only began at the beginning of 2006. After three years of work, the site was inaugurated on December 16th, 2008.

  • All admission/ entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Energy bars
  • Round trip transportation
  • Tour guide
  • Driver
  • Meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  •  Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the start time of the tour, therefore you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick-up time

Product ID: 73656