The amazing Paquime, an archaeological site that seems out of a movie, with a totally different and unique architecture that blends with the landscape.
The wonderful place was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It was a city built as a maze, nowadays, in my opinion, it seems like a magical place. Maybe I have a great imagination, but I imagine Paquime on a futuristic movie in the desert.
Where is Paquime located
Paquime is located 260 km from the city of Chihuahua, Mexico. The name Paquime means “Casas Grandes”, (Big Houses) in Nahuatl language.
Casas Grandes is also the name of the town where this Archaeological zone is located.
There are some tours that take you from Chihuahua to Paquime, with a guide, lunch, and transportation included.
History about the Ancient City Paquime
It was a Pre-Hispanic settlement located most of western Chihuahua and some of the states of Sonora, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
The city began around 700 AD and had its end around the year 1340 AD.
The researchers estimate that the population probably had 3500 inhabitants. It is believed that the site had at least 2000 rooms.
What makes Paquime a unique and fantastic site are its adobe constructions, so different from most of the Archaeological places in Mexico.
There were two ball game courts and the experts think it was an observatory.
At the end of its days, around 1340 AD the city was vandalized and burned, this caused that the population had to emigrate.
At the site, the most important constructions are:
· Snakes House Was used to breed macaws and turtles.
· Macaws House 122 buried macaws were found here.
· Ovens House Here is the place where the agave used for mezcal was cooked.
· Dead House The biggest amount of human rests was found here.
Museum of Northern Cultures
The museum is on one side of the ruins and the entrance ticket gives you access to the archaeological site and the museum.
The entrance fee is cheap and has a cafeteria, store, toilets and parking space.
At the museum, you can learn all about this fantastic ancient city and also see textiles, vessels, ornaments, necklaces, bracelets, and many other beautiful things.
Don’t forget as always in these places, sunblock, comfort shoes, sunglasses, and maybe a hat.
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