Let´s explore the Ceremonial Center Otomi and the archeological site of Calixtlahuaca.
Centro Ceremonial Otomí or Otomi Ceremonial Center:
This center is the result of efforts to create a recognized space to preserve and promote the Otomi culture.The foundation was formally established in 1980 and construction of the monumental facility began in 1988. The site and organization aims to recreate Otomi ceremonies of centuries past even though the written and archeological evidence as to what they were is scarce. The complex is constructed on a mountain called Cerro La Catedral. At the entrance of the center, there is a sculpture of a warrior of the Botzanga Otomi who fought against the Aztec emperor Axayacatl.
The first plaza is called the Plaza del Coloso (Plaza of the Colossus), and is named after a giant figure of Tahaay, the lord messenger of fire and life. At the back is a mural of Da-mishi, the jaguar that walks and talks done by Luis de Aragón. Ascending the hill is the Glorieta del Centinela (Roundabout of the Sentinel) to which indications of the four cardinal directions meet. Next is the Plaza del Sagitario, the main one, which is surrounded by 45 enormous sculptures which act as guards. On this plaza as well is the Assembly Hall, with its seven columns. These total 52, the number of years on the Aztec calendar. This building houses the Otomi Supreme Council and the seven columns are thought to be associated with the seven musical notes, the seven colors of the rainbow and the seven days of the week.
At the most elevated spot are twelve silos or cones, each representing a generation of Otomis on which is a sculpture of Tata Jiade, the Sun. While the construction is meant to reflect Otomi culture before the 9th century and Nahua influence, this latter influence is acknowledged by an image of Quetzalcoatl.The Otomi Ceremonial Center has a small teaching museum with a permanent exhibition of artifacts, history of the Otomi people and past and present crafts. The complex is located on an ecological reserve called the Otomi-Mexico State Park. This park extends over fifty hectares, most of which is covered in pine, oyamel, and holm oak forest.The complex is notable for appearing in the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill.
Calixtlahuaca archeological site:
Calixtlahuaca (from Nahuatl, where calli means "house", and ixtlahuatl means "prairie" or "plains", hence the translation would be "house in the prairie") is a Postclassic period Mesoamerican archaeological site, located near the present-day city of Toluca in the State of Mexico. Known originally as "Matlatzinco", this urban settlement was a powerful capital whose kings controlled a large territory in the Toluca Valley.
The price is 600 Mexican Pesos and includes private transport for our group, experienced driver and explanations in Spanish and English.
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