•  INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
    INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
  •  INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
    INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
  •  INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
    INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
Palma Sola
The site has been given the modern name of the area, which means “solitary palm.”
Ceremonial center of the ancient inhabitants (800 BC-750 AD) of the heights above Acapulco bay, in the state of Guerrero, with 18 impressive carved rocks depicting myths, personages, the natural environment, agricultural cults and the measurement of time.
About the site
Palma Sola covers an area of approximately 9 acres of the “amphitheater” on the upper part of the Cerro El Veladero. It was no accident that this particular spot was chosen for a ceremonial center. This is where two streams emerge and there is a rocky crag; it is also a spot which overlooks not only the lower slopes of the hill but also the bay. This is where the local people from Hornos, Caleta, Puerto Marqués, Zapotillo and Tambuco used to climb up to celebrate their religious festivals. The site was also used for astronomical readings in order to determine the rainy periods, the sowing season and the dry periods.
Even though it has not been possible to determine exactly the dates the site was occupied, some of the archeological features can be dated to the Middle Preclassic and the Epiclassic (800 BC- 750 AD).

The archeological site, covering about half a mile in length, includes nearly twenty rock carvings made with a chiseling technique. Generally these are schematic outlines of human figures (anthropomorphic), animals (zoomorphic) and geometrical motifs, together with what might be calendar records. Rock carvings 1, 10, 11 and 15 are especially important because of their complexity and interpretation.
800 a.C. - 750

Preclásico Medio a Clásico Tardío

Did you know...
  • The Palma Sola rock carvings were made in an extremely hard stone, at a time when metal was unknown.
  • The site has been named Palma Sola after the spot where it is located. The original name and the identity of its inhabitants remain unknown.
  • Human figures, mythical themes, geographical references, lineages, agricultural cults and time measurement are the main subjects depicted in the rock carvings. 
Practical information
Temporarily closed
Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00 hrs. Last entry 15:00 hrs. Maximum capacity 15 people at time, 80 people per day

Free entry

Tiene una sala introductoria.


  • Extra fee for video cameras
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
Se ubica en los límites del Parque Federal El Veladero y las colonias Independencia y Palma Sola de la ciudad de Acapulco.

From the city of Acapulco, take the Costera Miguel Alemán to the junction with Escudero avenue, and continue along Aquiles Serdán and Constituyentes towards Palma Sola avenue; the last section of the route is done on foot.

Services
  • Centro de atención al visitante
  • Sanitarios
  • Tienda
  • +52 (747) 471 7121
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Directory
Jefe del Departamento de Protección y Resguardo de Bienes Culturales
Héctor Torres Calderón
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+52 (747) 472 2604
1730
202_A_000
202_A_palma_sola_mauricio_marat_1
INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
202_A_palma_sola_mauricio_marat_2
INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
202_A_palma_sola_mauricio_marat_3
INAH-DMC/Mauricio Marat
Occidente
Centro ceremonial de los antiguos pobladores (800 a.C.-750) del actual estado de Guerrero, en la parte alta de la bahía de Acapulco, donde es posible admirar 18 impactantes rocas grabadas, con representaciones de mitos, personajes, el entorno natural, cultos agrícolas y medición del tiempo.
Ceremonial center of the ancient inhabitants (800 BC-750 AD) of the heights above Acapulco bay, in the state of Guerrero, with 18 impressive carved rocks depicting myths, personages, the natural environment, agricultural cults and the measurement of time.
Recibe este nombre por el paraje en donde se ubica.
The site has been given the modern name of the area, which means “solitary palm.”

LEGAL NOTICE

The contents of this website belong to the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia de México, and may be downloaded and shared without alterations, provided that the author is acknowledged and if is not for commercial purposes.

Footer MediatecaINAH

Guardar
Lugares INAH

Idioma