a circular pyramid at Guachimontones

A circular pyramid at the Guachimontones ruins site.

The reality that Mexico is home to some of the world’s most enchanting – and in some cases, most famous – ruins is no secret. From the Palenque ruins in northern Chiapas to those on the Yucatán Peninsula including Chichén Itzá and Calakmul as well as those along the Ruta Puuc or smack on the Tulum coast, the country is bursting with various phenomenal examples. What many do not realize, however, is that just outside of Guadalajara sit some of the most unique the world over has yet to offer. Word has it that, with the exception of the Cuicuilco Pyramid in Mexico City, the ruins that we’re referring to here in Jalisco are the only circular pyramids to be found anywhere. Moreover, the site of these ruins, known today as Guachimontones, is just a hop, skip and a jump from the city, making for a great side trip on the way to the coast to spend some time on the playa or a wonderful way to spend at least a half-day satisfying that archaeological craving and nicely rounding out your time in Guadalajara.