CAñADA DE LA VIRGEN PYRAMID TOURS

Visit the Cañada de la Virgen pyramid & archaeological zone with guidance by the bilingual & extremely qualified Professor Albert T. Coffee, an anthropologist who was invited to work on the pyramid alongside the official INAH investigating team during the 2004 field season. 

The archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen is located just 25 kilometers West of San Miguel de Allende. Occupied between 540 and 1050 a.d., it is perched upon a small mesa surrounded by canyons and is made up of four patio/pyramid complexes, an ancient artificial pond and a ceremonial causeway covering the 16 hectares that is now government property.

Complex A, termed ‘The House of the Thirteen Heavens’, served as a horizon clock, an observatory and a burial ground for the elite. It is aligned to the rising and setting sun and the movements of Jupiter and Venus at auspicious moments related to the Otomi calendar, the people the researchers believe built the place. Also discover Complex B, ‘The House of the Longest Night’, and Complex D, ‘The House of the Wind’, and the many mysteries related to these structures.

Though there are guides on site at the pyramid, they are orientadores, locals trained by INAH that only speak Spanish and have only a basic knowledge of the pyramid complex. 

(Picture to the left by Steven Miller)



The picture to the right shows an amazing discovery made by the director of Coyote Canyon Adventures, Rodrigo Landeros, with the aid of an app in his smartphone. It shows the perfect alignment of the Sun, the Moon and all but one planets in our Solar System at sunset during the Otomi New Year's Eve, March 4 2011. The missing planet, Saturn, was located exactly 180º from the setting sun, just at the visual beginning of the ritual causeway to the site. 

Professor Coffee can tell you more about it and about the uniqueness of the ancient human remains discovered at the site. He has led more than 3.000 visitors to the Cañada de la Virgen pyramid & archaeological site since its opening, in February 2011.



He will also share his knowledge of the Otomi people and of other cultures of the Bajio region, as well as the Mesoamerican cultures in general. After visiting the Cañada de la Virgen site, we strongly recommend Professor Coffee's 1 or 2 day trips to Peralta and Plazuelas archaeological sites, both in the state of Guanajuato.

Professor Coffee is also contributor to a documentation of the wisdom and memories of the elders of the ranch communities around the zone and author of a series of articles in local newspaper Atención about the Cañada de la Virgen pyramid, site, and the various discoveries made.


***PYRAMID CLOSED ON MONDAYS***


Items to bring: hat; sunblock; extra bottled water --although included; comfortable, well padded walking shoes or sneakers.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Pyramid Tours require participants to leisurely walk a total of approximately 3-4 kilometers (2 to 2.5 miles) within approximately 2 hours in order for your tour to encompass all of the archaelogical site.



Below we have several options available for you to choose from in regards to Cañada de la Virgen Pyramid:

Option 1: Basic Pyramid Tour
Includes: transportation from San Miguel & back; entry fee to the pyramid;  bottled water; guided tour of the pyramid complex by archaeologist & anthropologist Albert Coffee; travel insurance. Cost: $55 USD / person. Approximate time: 5 hours. Minimum 4 people or contact us for more options.

Option 2: Pyramid Tour + Ranch Style Meal 
Includes: transportation from San Miguel & back; entry fee to the pyramid;  bottled water; guided tour of the pyramid complex by archaeologist & anthropologist Albert Coffee; travel insurance + transportation from pyramid to neighboring ranch for a delicious ranch style meal. Meal consists of fresh ranch style cheese prepared on site daily,  fresh tortillas al comal, rice,  beans, fresh salsas and guacamole.  Also on the menu are quesadillas, nopales (cactus), salad, potato patties and fresh fruit. Guaranteed to be one of the best meals you can possibly find in San Miguel de Allende! Cost : $65 USD / person.  Approximate time: 6 hours. Minimum 4 people or contact us for more options.

Option 3: Pyramid Tour + Hiking in Coyote Canyon
Includes: transportation from San Miguel & back; entry fee to the pyramid; bottled water; guided tour of the pyramid complex by Albert Coffee; travel insurance + transportation to Coyote Canyon for the Ranch Style Meal previously mentioned + leisurely guided hike to the canyon's upper rim and cliffs. Cost: $100 USD / person.  Approximate time: 7 hours. Minimum 4 people or contact us for more options. Please note that this hike is shorter than the regular hiking excursions we offer in the canyon

Option 4: Pyramid Tour + Half-Day Horseback Riding Excursion
Includes: transportation from San Miguel & back; entry fee to the pyramid; bottled water; guided tour of the pyramid complex by Albert Coffee; travel insurance + transportation to Coyote Canyon for the Ranch Style Meal previously mentioned + a two and a half hour guided horseback tour down into Coyote Canyon, with another meal awaiting at the end of the ride. Cost $160 USD / person.  Approximate time: 8-9 hours. Minimum 4 people or contact us for more options.

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Contact us for more details or call 415 154 4193 from 9am to 8pm for more info & reservations.


NEW! > Astro-archaeology session of the site with archaeologist Rossana Quiroz, add $150 pesos / person. Upon availability. Contact us for more information! 


Check out Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site on TripAdvisor and see that most of its reviews are about Professor Coffee's Pyramid Tour.





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