The Guachimontones Archeological Site and Pyramids in Jalisco

The pyramids of Guachimontones in Teuchitlan, Jalisco is one of Mexico’s lesser know archeological sites but when taken in context with the Tequila Volcano and the Tequila Valley, it becomes one of the most interesting things to do in the region. The combination of living prehispanic history, the history of the colonial empire, and modern economic history has a very interesting story to tell.

The Guachimontones Pyramids are located at the base of the Tequila Volcano. The valley around the volcano is famous for Spanish-era haciendas and ranching culture. Today, the most important crop grown in the region is the blue agave used to make tequila.

I think that the best way to see the area is to visit the archeological site, eat lunch or stay the night at one of the boutique hotel haciendas, and take a tequila distillery tour. There is more than 2000 years of living history that you can experience in a weekend. While it is possible to see the pyramids in one day, I recommend taking your time and staying at least one night in the valley. Many of the boutique hotels have restored old mansions and reflect the extreme wealth of the colonial era. And you can’t come to the area without buying a bottle of fine tequila that isn’t available in your home country.