By the time the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, this ancient city was already a ruin. The site's original name, Chicomostoc, means "place of the seven tribes." It was previously believed that seven Native American cultures had occupied the area, one community building atop the other. The principal draw is a group of rose-color ruins containing 11 massive round columns built of the same small slabs of rock. Interesting artifacts are housed in the site's impressive
museum. To get here, take a bus toward Villanueva, get off at the entrance to La Quemada, and walk 3 km (2 mi). The bus ride takes about an hour. Alternatively, take a taxi or guided tour.