• CATEGORY: Archeological sites
  • PHONES: (443) 312 8838 y 313 2650, Centro INAH Michoacán


The pre-Hispanic city of Tzintzuntzan, was without a doubt one of the largest and most important populations when the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, being the capital of the Tarasco estate, the place from which the most important political, economic and religious decisions were made of a vast territory that covered almost completely the state of Michoacán, parts of Guerrero, State of Mexico, Guanajuato and Jalisco.

The ancient city of Tzintzuntzan was built with wide terraces and large platforms that are placed in the slopes of the Tariaqueri and Yarahuato hills, from where their houses, religious and administrative buildings were built.

In this city lived by the Uacúsechas Lords –Eagle Lords–, leaders of this important estate who ruled it through a hereditary dynasty. Tzintzuntzan was a city that contained the most important ritual spaces, squares and yácatas (pyramid bases), in addition to be the royal residence of the Irecha or Cazonci.


Las Yácatas Avenue w/o No. Downtown, C.P. 58440, Tzintzuntzán, Michoacán de Ocampo., Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán


From Monday to Sunday, 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.




Tel. (443) 312 8838 y 313 2650, Centro INAH Michoacán


From the city of Pátzcuaro take the Highway No. 120 northeast toward Quiroga at 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) away. Or, from Quiroga take the same road toward the south and at 8 km (5 miles) arrive to the archaeological site, which is located next to the town’s cemetery.