Los Toriles Ruins (Ixtlán del Rio)
Explore the Archaeological Site of Los Toriles
As part of Ixtlán, one of the most studied archaeological zones in Nayarit, Mexico, the Los Toriles ruins in the town of Ixtlán del Rio are part of the Aztlán tradition that flourished in the region from 300 BC. Once inhabited by a Mesoamerican civilization thought to be predecessors of the Cora and Huichol tribes, this ancient city is the only comprehensive site of Mesoamerican ruins in the northwest region of Mexico.
In its heyday, Ixtlán del Rio was a thriving city consisting of more than 85 buildings. Currently, there are 15 structures that can be seen, one of the most popular which is an unusually shaped, round temple that historians believe was built for their god of wind, Quetzalcoatl. The city’s tombs, Tiros de Tumba or shaft graves, are also uniquely shaped in which the dead were buried on the sides of deep holes.
Los Toriles ruins are located in southeast Nayarit in the town of Ixtlán del Rio just two kilometers inland off of Highway 15 between Tepic and Guadalajara. The site includes a museum containing unearthed artifacts and their corresponding historical summaries.
Open daily from 9:oo a.m. to 5:00 p.m., admission is $30 MXN to the general public or free to the disabled, seniors, children, students, and professors. On Sundays, entry is free for everyone.