Pilgrimage with Researcher to Cañada de la Virgen, Hill of the Ancestors

Pilgrimage with Researcher to Cañada de la Virgen, Hill of the Ancestors

Alberto Aveleyra has been doing research on the site since 2017, when he presented a paper about the prehispánic routes of access to the site in the 3rd International Congress of Ethnohistory. This year, 2021, an article where he shows his first research results is going to appear in a book about the Royal Road of Guanajuato.
His research proposes that this site probably is the sanctuary of Chicomoztoc, a place referred in multiple indigenous historical sources, this discovery drove him to start a PhD in Mesoamerican studies in the National University of Mexico, he is now in the selection process, if he is succesful, he´ll start his degree in August 2021. The last 4 years of fieldwork and codex analysis have been founded through the tours he runs in the site. When you hire his tours you are contributing and supporting his research, creating a new way to do cultural anthropology in Mexico.

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Stop At: Canada de la Virgen, San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Walk with me through this indigenous sanctuary founded in the VI century A.D.
While we walk through this beautiful natural landscape, learn about the 30 centuries old pre-Hispanic native civilizations, their rites, the cult to the ancestors, the archaeological excavations on the site and the research I´m doing there. My resarch is about the Prehispanic routes used by the ancient pilgrims and the cultural meanings of the processions performed there.
The DNA research reveals that this archaeological site was a multi-ethnic sanctuary, it was the goal for pilgrims coming from different parts of Mexico for a period of 500 years between the VI and the XI century of our era.

Duration: 3 hours

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"The starting hour of the tour depends on the confirmation from the Archaeological Site Visitor´s Center. There is a limited number of travelers aloud to enter the site each hour, from 10 am to 3 pm. We always ask to enter at 10 am (tour starting at 9am) but that depends totally on the available spaces in the Archaeological Site for that specific day. Because of this, it is common to enter the site and start the tour in later hours (11am, 12 pm, 1 pm). We confirm you the starting time of the tour after we receive the confirmation from the Archaeological Site Visitor´s Center."
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival"

Hora de Inicio: Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4/8/2021 - 6/24/2023
Tuesday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 01:30 PM

Duración: 4 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: El Cardo, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


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  • Entry/Admission - Canada de la Virgen

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