There are five small archaeological sites in Guanajuato. El Cóporo you know already from one of my last reports, today we will visit the site Arroyo Seco with it´s interesting murals.
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Interested in a nice hike? Some time ago I told you about my tour to El Cóporo . It was a nice short hike which I really enjoyed and which fit perfectly for a day trip from San Luis Potosí. But in Guanajuato you can find four more archaelogical sites: Arroyo Seco, Cañada de la Virgen, Peralta und Plazuelas. Before the shutdown I went on a tour to Arroyo Seco and visited also the Pueblo Mágico Mineral de Pozos with it´s nice Haciendas, which is close by.
Hint: Please inform yourself if the archaeological site was opened again (they closed it during Corona times) - just call: +52 415 109 2466
How to get there
The way to the site is quite easy. From San Luis Potosí you need to take Highway 57 in direction south (pass the BMW plant and continue direction Querétaro). After 131 km turn into the street 110 direction San Luis de La Paz (by the way if you drive in the other direction on that road you will arrive to the cradle of independence, to Dolores Hidalgo and from there e.g. to San Miguel de Allende). Drive on the 110 to the city Victoria and follow there the signs to the archaeological site Arroyo Seco. In total you will need to drive around 174 km (around 2h).
The map shows the way to the site, also you can find some additional sites for the article about Mineral de Pozos.
Where to stay
Falls ihr in der Nähe übernachten wollt, würde ich euch Mineral de Pozos empfehlen. Es gibt dort mittlerweile ein paar schicke kleine Boutique. Das Mineral del Cielo* befindet sich mitten im Nirgendwo, ist aber extrem schick und luxuriös – eine kleine Oase in der Wüste (Address; aktuell 203 5* Bewertungen bei Google). Wer auf einen tollen Pool, Billard und Spa steht, der sollte sich im Casa Diamante Hotel Boutique einbuchen – Besonderheit: Hier gibt es ein Bier-Spa (in einem Bierfass) (Address).
Archaeological Site Arroyo Seco
If you search pyramids you will be disappointed here. But lovers of hikes will enjoy the small tour. Similar to the site El Cóporo you will first visit a small museum which tells a few things about the history of the site and the early settlers (unfortunately in Spanish). Before or after the tour you can watch a short video about the discoveries. Every 30 minutes a tour with a guide starts.
Only about 25% of the site can be visited with the guide. The hike through the rocks brings you to interesting murals from different ages. There are painting of dancing people or about the hunt, but also from plants and animals.
In total you can see murals out of five different perios of settlements. The oldest paintings were created at least 7.000 (!) before christ and were painted by nomads. The nomadism took place till around 400 after christ. Then the colonization of the area started, mostly from Teotihuacán , between 400-1000 after christ. Some murals were painted during the period. Others are from the time of the Chichimekas around 1100-1500 after christ. The Chichimecas fought against the Spanish people and their allied Otomis, but eventually lost and run away to the Sierra Gorda, were missionized or died on hunger and diseases the spanish people brought to Mexico.
The small village Victoria, earlier known by the name San Juan Bautista Xichú, was founded 1580 and is located in a fertile valley. Wind and water formed the bizzare formations of the rocks on the hills around it.
In total 46 murals in white, red, orange, yellow or black color were discovered till now. Some of them even combine several colors.
- Opening hours: Tu-Su 09:30 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. (last tour starts 4:00 pm)
- Entrance fee: 39 Pesos for adults, 12 pesos for children
- Duration of the tour: Depending the size of the group (max. 15) about 1-2 h
- Required: enough drinking water, sun protection*, Hiking shoes* and a hat
- Address: Victoria, Guanajuato
- Mineral de Pozos: Pueblo Mágico with interesting old Haciendas and Mines
- Dolores Hidalgo: Cradle of the independence - here the Mexican independence movement startet with the Grito de Dolores
- San Miguel de Allende: Kolonial jewel with one of the most impressive cathedrals of Mexico.
- Querétaro: Big city, UNESCO world heritage and lots of history.
- Sierra Gorda: Impressive nature reserve in the north of Querétaro, filled with amazing sights and a breath taking nature.
Conclusion Archaeological site Arroyo Seco
No too picturesque, but still a nice hike in which you can learn new things (unfortunately only in Spanish). Combined with the Pueblo Mágico Mineral de Pozos, Arroyo Seco makes a very nice day trip from San Luis Potosí.