La Quemada, Meso-American Ruins Near Guadalajara

La Quemada, the ‘burnt one’, is a ruined city just to the northwest of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Ticket to La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near GuadalajaraNot much is known about the inhabitants of this city other than the fact it was occupied from 500 to 900 AD and then abandoned.
La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, Mexico The only other visitors were a couple of Americans touring around with a guide and discussing empires. “This city lasted 400 years; I wonder how long the Bush empire will last?” the woman asked.
Columns in La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, Mexico La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, Mexico La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, MexicoLa Quemada, Meso-American ruins near GuadalajaraThe surrounding lands were very arid.A 'window' through the ruins of La Quemada looking out over the arid land Taking advantage of the American’s guide I asked all sorts of questions about the plants in the area. He told us this fruit is called ‘fake wild berry’ and it’s poisonous…'Poison Berry' plant…adding that most desert plants and animals are either poisonous or sharp and prickly in some way.
Prickly cactus survive in the arid land around La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, Mexico Burnt weeds in the arid land around La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, Mexico Prickly plants survive in the arid land around La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, MexicoPilotes are circling, “waiting for exhausted tourists,” cautioned our ‘borrowed’ guide.
Pilotes circle above the ruins in La Quemada, MexicoHe also told us that these were the bones of tourists but I suspect not. I have no idea why they are displayed like this; I guess that’s what happens when you ‘borrow’ someone else’s guide.
Bones hanging in a hut in La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, Mexico Apparently there were rattlesnakes kept ‘under the counter’ in the gift shop — guess the source of this tidbit. I didn’t try for any photos of the snakes though, just one of some pottery in the adjacent museum.
Pottery from La Quemada, Meso-American ruins near Guadalajara, Mexico

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