martes, 10 de julio de 2018

The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán


Among the archaeological sites to visit near Pátzcuaro, you will find the archeological site of Ihuatzio, nestled in the Lake Region.
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio

For our guests at Hotel Mansión Iturbe who seek a cultural tourism experience, to learn and to enjoy our region's archaeological heritage, a visit to the archaeological site of Ihuatzio is a must-do.
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán

To get there from Pátzcuaro, take the Road 120 towards Quiroga.  On the way, you will find a detour to Ihuatzio.  The distance between Pátzcuaro and Ihuatzio is approximately 16 kms (7 miles).  There is a sign for the site before you enter the town.  The archaeological site is located north of the village, approximately 800 meters from the square. (You can also get there as if you were going to Tzintzuntzan; there is a sign for Ihuatzio about half way to Tzintzuntzan.) 
According to research, it appears that Ihuatzio had two inhabitants at different times. The first was the Nahua people, and the second was that of the Purépecha.
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán

The Nahua had a rudimentary technology to produce food. The natural characteristics and abundance of food allowed the culture to blossom.
During archaeological investigations in 1938, a Chac Mool was found, which pointed to the Nahua.
Subsequently, the Purépecha managed to control the area, along with Pátzcuaro and Tzintzuntzan.
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán

Ihuatzio means "place of coyotes." It is located in the basin of the Lake Pátzcuaro and had its time of splendor around 1450 A.D. It is estimated that Ihuatzio came to have a population of 40,000 inhabitants. Several important historical sources, such as “Relación de Michoacán” and “Lienzo de Jucutacato,” make mention of this important settlement of the Purépecha.
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán

Ihuatzio was a ceremonial center with an astronomical observatory, with a system of landmarks with basalt slabs called xanamús, which completely covered  the structures, where some engravings were observed.
This pre-Hispanic settlement covers approximately 1.7 square kilometers.
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán

In addition to Ihuatzio’s historical importance, you can enjoy the relaxing surroundings, unwind, and connect with nature.
From this archaeological site, you can see the island of Janitzio and its famous statue of Don José María Morelos y Pavón.
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán

This is also a great opportunity to visit some of the craft workshops in and around Ihuatzio, known for its durable chuspata (shaped iron wrapped in reeds).
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán
The Archaeological Site of Ihuatzio, Michoacán

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