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El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins

Near Tenochtitlán, Veracruz, Mexico.
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About 7km South Of The Tenochtitlán Municipality, Veracruz, Mexico.

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El Azuzul, is near San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, Veracruz, Mexico:

San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan (Tenochtitlán) is located about 35 km SE of Acayucan in the hot, swampy lowlands along the Gulf of Mexico, just south of Veracruz, near the small town of Tenochtitlán.

Tenochtitlán is a municipality (municipio) in in the Mexican State of Veracruz, southeastern Mexico, and the name of the main township which serves as the seat of the municipal government. It is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre, with the township lying at an altitude of approximately 2,953 feet.

In the year 2000 census, the municipality of Tenochtitlán reported a total population of slightly over 5,600 people. The same census also revealed that Tenochtitlán had no hotels, no restaurants,

Getting To El Azuzul, near San Lorenzo Tenochititlan:

If you visit San Lorenzo Tenochititlan and if you have about an hour of extra time to make the round trip, it is worth the drive to the site of El Azuzul. If you are pressed for time, then we do not think it is worth the drive over a rather rough road to El Azuzul.

The drive on a rather rough, but OK road will take you through an area that is covered with flora with river systems, swamps and marshes clearly in view. It can give you a slight impression as to what the area was like when the Olmec's lived there. Remember it was much wetter and the river were larger in those times.

If you drive about 6 1/2 km South of San Lorenzo Tenochititlan you will see in front of you a large "hill" that seems covered with trees. The GPS Coordinates of this Pyramid are about 17.691255, -94.767203. This appears to have been a large pyramid built by the Olmec people.

About 1/2 way up the pyramid under a shelter are some carvings located under a shelter. They are in very nice condition so they are thought to be modern instead of Olmec.

At about 7 km from San Lorenzo Tenochititlan there is a forked road next to the pyramid. One road goes left, take that road for a few feet. A small home is located next to the right side of the road and also on the left side of the pyramid. There is a sign on the side of the hill but it is unreadable.

The owner of the home located on the side of the hill (Pyramid) will give you a tour for a small fee. We did not take advantage of the tour so we can not comment on the tour.

Be sure to have a good deet mosqueto repellant on when there. We forgot to pack out deet repellant and had to buy the brands sold in Mexico, which are next to useless. We hurt for several days after the visit.

While El Azuzul is not as impressive to view as are many of the other ruins in Mexico; but it is important because of some of the monuments found there, and now in display in museums.

El Azuzul is best known for two pairs of monumental sculptures, now on exhibit at the Museo de Antropologia, Xalapa, Mexico. These statues were found on the south side of the large pyramid/hill on the site, intact and apparently undisturbed since they were placed there in Pre-Classic times.

The first pair of statues, described as "some of the greatest masterpieces of Olmec art", are nearly identical seated human figures.

When first discovered the two statues were facing east, one behind the other. Some researchers have suggested that these "twins" are the forerunners of the Mayan Hero Twins from the Popul Vuh, although their headdresses have led others to describe them as priests.

Each twin, like the figure in the San Martín Pajapan Monument 1, is grasping a ceremonial bar with his right hand under the bar and his left over, caught in the act of raising what has been described as an axis mundi or Mesoamerican world tree.

Facing these two humans was a feline-like statue, generally identified as a jaguar. Slightly larger than the humans it faced, the feline is about 1.2 meters high. Another 1.6 meter version of this feline was found a few meters away, to the northeast. Both of the jaguars show evidence of having been recarved from earlier monuments.

We have placed photos of these statues on the bottom of this page. The statues are located in the Jalapa Museo de Antropologia, in Jalapa. We have a link to their museum on the bottom of this page.

In addition to the large pyramid/hill, a long causeway or dike was constructed along the nearby waterway, possibly functioning as a levee and/or wharf.

El Azuzul also contains other possible structures, now completely overgrown.

The Carlos Rovirosa Pérez International Airport or Villahermosa International Airport (IATA: VSA, ICAO: MMVA) is the international airport located at Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. It handles the national and international air traffic for the city of Villahermosa.

To easily get to the El Azazul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, we suggest flying into Villahermosa, renting a hotel to stay in and a car to drive to the ruins. You could also rent a taxi through your hotels Concierge Services to drive you to and from El Azazul.

A great place to stay when visiting the San Lorenzo Ruins, located near El Azazul, in Veracruz, Mexico is the Crowne Plaza Hotel VILLAHERMOSA, TAB. PASEO USUMACINTA 1708 TABASCO; VILLAHERMOSA, 86035 MEXICO.

It may seem strange to stay in Villahermosa to visit El Azazul Ruins but it really is just about your only choice. You could perhaps stay at Lake Catemaco. We recommend Hotel La Finca there.

The Crowne Plaza Villahermosa Hotel is ideal for business and pleasure.

The Crowne Plaza Villahermosa Hotel is a modern style hotel offering full services in the city.

It is about 2 miles from the La Venta Park.

We have links on this page that will connect you with the Crowne Plaza Villahermosa Hotel.

Another great place to stay when visiting the San Lorenzo Ruins, located near San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, in Veracruz, Mexico is the Holiday Inn Express VILLAHERMOSA TABASCO 2000 PERIFERICO CARLOS PELLICER C. #4000; VILLAHERMOSA, 86035 MEXICO.

It also provides complete services at a great price.

It is about 1.5 miles from the La Venta Park.

We have links on this page that will connect you with the Holiday Inn Express Villahermosa Hotel.

We suggest getting a hotel in Villahermosa and then letting them arrange either a car or a tour of Villahermosa and/or the PARQUE LA VENTA. You also could arrange for a tour of the LaVenta Archaeological Site near Huimanguillo. You will need a full day for that tour. If you call the hotels Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.

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El Azuzul Pyramid. El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
El Azuzul Pyramid.
Overgrown With Trees! North Side Looking South.

El Azuzul Pyramid. El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.El Azuzul Pyramid. El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
El Azuzul Pyramid,
SE Side
Home Built On
Side Of Pyramid.
The Fork In The Road.
Pyramid Is In
Center Of The Fork.
El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
If You Follow The
Left Fork To This
House With The
El Azuzul Sign
You Have Gone Too
Far On The Road.
But, There Are
Many Structures That
Are Possibly Ruins
On The Wrong Road
Just A Few Feet
Past The House.
El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Possible Structures.
El Azuzul Olmec
Archaeological Ruins.
Possible Structures.
El Azuzul Olmec
Archaeological Ruins.
El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Swamps.
El Azuzul Olmec
Archaeological Ruins.
Rivers In Distance.
El Azuzul Olmec
Archaeological Ruins.
El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.El Azuzul Olmec Archaeological Ruins, Near Tenochtitlán Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Bridge Over River.
El Azuzul Olmec
Archaeological Ruins.
Marshes.
El Azuzul Olmec
Archaeological Ruins.
One Of The 'Twins' At El Azuzul. Museum of Anthropology, Museo de Antropologia, Jalapa Or Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.One Of The 'Twins' At El Azuzul. Museum of Anthropology, Museo de Antropologia, Jalapa Or Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
One Of The "Twins"
At El Azuzul.
One Of The "Twins"
At El Azuzul.
El Azuzul Jaguar Statue. Museum of Anthropology, Museo de Antropologia, Jalapa Or Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.El Azuzul Jaguar Statue. Museum of Anthropology, Museo de Antropologia, Jalapa Or Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
El Azuzul
Jaguar Statue.
Found With
"The Twins"!
El Azuzul
Jaguar Statue.
Found With
"The Twins"!

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Jalapa Museo de Antropologia, Page One


Jalapa Museo de Antropologia, Page Two


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La Venta, Olmec Ruins, Tabasco


Izapa, Olmec / Maya Ruins, Chiapas


San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan (Tenochtitlán)
Olmec Archaeological Ruins Museum


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