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Chimalhuacán (Spanish ) is an archeological site located in the city and municipality of Chimalhuacán Atenco in the eastern part of Mexico State, Mexico. It lies just outside the northeast border of the Federal District (Distrito Federal). The name derives from the Nahuatl words “chimalli” (shield), hua (possession particle) and can (place), this would mean "Place of Shields".The ancient name of the city by its founders was “Chimalhuacantoyac”.The word Atenco, is also Nahuatl; A, “water”; tentli, “lip” and co, “place”, hence would mean “at the water side”. The Chimalhuacán glyph appears on the Quinatzin codex, symbolizing a round shield on a hill, has an alternate interpretation, the name Chimalltepetl = "Hill shields" or "shields site"; most probably referring to the "Chimalhuache" hill, mountain located within the municipality and near the site. It is considered one of the cradles of Mesoamerican civilization due to the finding in 1984, of the "Chimalhuacán Man", whose remains are some 12,000 old.


Home to pretty treasures, Chimalhuacan is Mexico's best kept secret. When planning a trip to Chimalhuacan, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Mexico City. Attractions in Mexico City include Muse De Templo Mayor, Chapultepec Castle, Zocalo. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Chimalhuacan.

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Facts and Stats for Chimalhuacan*

  • Pollution Statistics in Chimalhuacan

    Know the pollution level of Chimalhuacan before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 82.39 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 71.6 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 64.02 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 68.29 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 60.19 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 64.38 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 66.47 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 51.88 (Moderate)
  • Chimalhuacan: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Chimalhuacan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Chimalhuacan.

    • Burglary and Theft 59.28 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75.48 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 78.92 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 87.55 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 65.04 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 67.68 (High)
    • Attacks 60.6 (High)
    • Drug offense 68 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 19.96 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50.58 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.79 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 73.61 (High)
  • Living in Chimalhuacan - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Chimalhuacan is 90.49 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 32.16 (Low)
    • Climate Index 92.37 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 84.26 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 51.61 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.06 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 64.46 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.17 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 48.99 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Chimalhuacan

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Chimalhuacan

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.17 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.07 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.87 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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