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A prehispanic journey to the stars

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 56 reviews.San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Experience hosted by Rossana

6 hours
Includes food, tickets, transport
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Start your day visiting a unique prehispanic ceremonial site while learning how it's ancient astronomers designed the architectonic features in order to follow the cycles of the sun, the moon and Venus. Through the eyes of Dr. Rossana Quiroz, who was part of the excavation team, we will explore the original pilgrimage route, understand how archaeological spaces, materials, burials, carbon dating, DNA and landscapes tell a long untold story, and submerge ourselves under the cosmological spell of Mesoamerican sacred entities and philosophical concepts. We believe that the astronomical features of this temples are best understood when explained by the same researcher that actually discovered such features.
The visit will be folowed by a prehispanic lunch at the Museum of Prehispanic Astronomy, featuring local and seasonal fresh ingredients. Vegan or vegetarian dishes are available under advance notice. The menu is inspired in the Mesoamerican calendar and diet.
After dessert, we will visit the museum and round up basic astronomical cycles and count used by the ancients. Tune in to the sky!
Start your day visiting a unique prehispanic ceremonial site while learning how it's ancient astronomers designed the architectonic features in order to follow the cycles of the sun, the moon and Venus. Through the eyes of Dr. Rossana Quiroz, who was part of the excavation team, we will explore the original pilgrimage route, understand how archaeological spaces, materials, burials, carbon dating, DNA and landscapes tell a long untold story, and s…

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What's included

  • Food
    at Museo de Astronomía Prehispánica
  • Tickets
    Entrance fee to Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site
  • Transport
    Provided by Bestur
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Meet your host, Rossana

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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After 25 years of archaeological field experience, I decided to found the Museum of Prehispanic Astronomy as a way to share a special kind of knowledge related to the Mesoamerican cosmovision and its relation to the ancient calendar systems, natural and agricultural cycles, as well as the prehispanic architectonic design and iconography. The Museum is the result of my Phd degree and more than 10 years of astronomical research at Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site.
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Where you'll be

Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site is one of the most enigmatic places I have had the opportunity to work at. There is a sense of secrecy in its location, a silent and yet powerful atmosphere that blows through the different temples. Since just a certain number of persons are aloud at the site every hour, one can truly submerge into the spiritual nature of the place.
The Museum is just 3 km (2 miles) from the site's parking lot..

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 56 reviews.

Kristina
March 2020
Rossana was the perfect guide for my visit to Canada de la Virgen. As one of the team members who excavated the site, she has immense knowledge of the place, and her background and passion in astronomy made the tour that much more interesting. I learned a lot of things from Rossana - especially about the Meso-American culture and astronomy in relation to their culture and civilization. The lovely Meso-American lunch (made by her husband, Jesus, at their restaurant) following the tour was a delicious surprise!
Rossana was the perfect guide for my visit to Canada de la Virgen. As one of the team members who excavated the site, she has immense knowledge of the place, and her background and…
Janice
March 2020
We enjoyed a special and unique experience with Rossana, whose deep knowledge and passion for the history and culture inspired us. Her husband is friendly and charming, and arrived to pick us up promptly and then served us a wonderful lunch after the tour. We left feeling a special connection to the culture and place. We had to reschedule the day of our visit based on a last minute change in plans, and Rossana was very accommodating. Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge and hospitality with us.
We enjoyed a special and unique experience with Rossana, whose deep knowledge and passion for the history and culture inspired us. Her husband is friendly and charming, and arrived…
Leigh
March 2020
Touring the pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen with Rossana is a must do experience when visiting San Miguel de Allende. The experience offers a unique way to learn about prehispanic culture and Rossana is incredibly passionate and educated about the subject matter. On top of visiting the pyramid, Rossana provides a prehispanic meal which was also a unique highlight of our trip! The entire experience made for a memorable day and we returned home with some knowledge of how to do some astronomical mapping in our own backyard! I highly recommend this experience!
Touring the pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen with Rossana is a must do experience when visiting San Miguel de Allende. The experience offers a unique way to learn about prehispani…
Christine
February 2020
Rossana is an inspiring guide. Her personal experience working at the archeological dig and her great story telling ability make this a unique tour. Lunch back at her astological museum was delicious. She was able to accommodate my vegetarian diet no problem. She gave a lecture explaining her culutural astronomy research about the site. She is clever, warm and engaging.
Rossana is an inspiring guide. Her personal experience working at the archeological dig and her great story telling ability make this a unique tour. Lunch back at her astological m…
Kathe
February 2020
With so many of these sacred sites being commercialized, filled with trash and slowly being dismantled, it was such a special experience to walk up to the site slowly and see it come up over the horizon as it would have been experienced in its original manifestation. Rossana's odyssey with the site and its relationship with the sun/moon and other planets was so alive and fascinating. And the pre-hispanic meal was perfect and delicious. I had never experienced a meal like that before in Mexico.
With so many of these sacred sites being commercialized, filled with trash and slowly being dismantled, it was such a special experience to walk up to the site slowly and see it co…
David
February 2020
Having actually worked at the site, Rossana provided a rich historical background of the site. Both in it's day as well as after rediscovery. She is a very gracious and pleasant host whi always answered the questions from this "loco gringo" with a smile. The time there was very helpful and enlightening ... a learning experience. The lunch provided was also an important part of the day and the food was amazing.
Having actually worked at the site, Rossana provided a rich historical background of the site. Both in it's day as well as after rediscovery. She is a very gracious and pleasant h…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

There is a 1 mile walking trail to get to the archaeological site. All though the inclination is not very steep, it can turn difficult under a blazing sun.

What to bring

Walking shoes, hat and/or sunscreen, water

Backpacks are not allowed at the archaeological site