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I hope nothing comes to develop this place or put up the ugly signs so beloved to Mexican sites... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2015
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New York
This review is about the archeological site "El Cuajilote" on Rio Filobobos

The river "Rio Filobobos" is a beautiful natural attraction for wild water and landscape lovers... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2015
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Reviewed 2 April 2015

I hope nothing comes to develop this place or put up the ugly signs so beloved to Mexican sites. We drove down a bumpy dirt road, across a bridge that was actually a few inches below the surface of the water, and parked among the meandering friendly cattle. We dared to do this because a young man on a motorbike led us down like someone in a fairy tale, and we paid a small fee (about $3) to bring the car past a gate. Several people were gearing up to ride rubber boats toward the waterfall hidden by the canyon walls. The two of us had our own boatman/boat, and were ferried up the canyon a short distance. Our man held the boat in place in a bubbling seething pool where the falls landed for as long as we wished, about 15 minutes. The spray was moistening our faces and clothes, but it was light and warm. We paid a very small per-person amount for this, compared to how fantastic it was. Afterwards we lay by the side of the river and read. Do this but keep it a secret.

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

The river "Rio Filobobos" is a beautiful natural attraction for wild water and landscape lovers, but I do not know it well enough to discuss it. I will concentrate on the archeological site "El Cuajilote" on the rivers bank.
Getting there is not trivial, as names are repeated and the river itself is quill long and deep in the mountains. Google maps gives no unique answers but in the town of Tlapacoyan any cab driver knows the place but under the name "filobobos" which also appears on some roadsigns as you approach.
The paved road becomes a dirt road and finally a farm path. There was a gate that was closed but could be opened. Any touristic amenities mentioned in guide books and articles are inexistent!
Yet one can get to the very edge of the site with any car, at least in the dry season!
The site has very few visitors except between Christmas and new year and during easter week, as I was told by the guards. This allows to visit a rather remarkable with a main plaza with pyramidal platforms arranged in an amazingly beautiful way, and in a gorgeous Jungle setting.
Yet there is a nicely tended grass area between the excavated parts so one can easily appreciate the very fie geometrical setting of the main part of the site. I would say it is a very beautiful place and worth a visit for any fan or archeological sites also because the architecture is an interesting amalgamate of Tajin style and Theotihuacan influence.
It is not one of the topflight sites (like theotihuacan, Tajin, Monte Alban or the top Mayan sites,
but has a good place in the next lower league!
Another site, Vega d lea Peña which can be visited nearby after a medium hard walk. The path is not well defined and marked, and we made quite a detour. If you go, remebr that this site is also next to the river. So don't go more then say 50meters above the riverbed.
The site itself is quite unremarkable, but if you want a hike in an amazing setting, it is a good idea to go.

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

a long drive & unless your a extremest stay away nothing there except a cow pasture & boat ride everyone trying to take you many different prices dont reccomrend

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