Quirky Attraction: Plaza de las Culturas

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Plaza de las Culturas
Location: Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico (intersection of Libramiento Sur & Gra Trevino)
When to visit: Anytime during daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 10-20 minutes
Website: wikimapia.org/1815901/Plaza-de-las-Tres-Culturas (unofficial)

The border city of Piedras Negras, Mexico does not have any ancient Mayan, Aztec or Olmec pyramids, but the city decided to honor these cultures by re-creating pyramids from each in the Plaza de las Culturas, a park that’s one of the first things you’ll see if you walk or drive across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.

The park is less than ten years old and offers an introduction to Mexican culture via its artwork and statues.

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The best time to visit is during daylight hours. At night, the pyramids apparently look great when they’re all lit up, but as an American tourist, you’ll probably want to be heading back into the USA once the sun goes down (even though crime in Piedras Negras is lower than in other border towns.)

The three pyramids are smaller replicas of the Castle of Chichen Itza, the Pyramid of the 365 Niches and Pyramid of the Sun.

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Signs indicate that visitors are not permitted to actually climb the pyramids. But Felip and I may have snuck in a yoga pose or two.

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In summary: The Plaza is a cool place to check out if you make it to Piedras Negras.

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Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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