AAA Editor Notes
Malinalco is about 25 km (16 mi.) e. of Tenancingo via a graded road to the village of Malinalco, then approximately 2 km (1.2 mi.) w. on a good dirt road. Buses from Toluca travel to Malinalco. Partially restored, the site is hewn into a cliffside.
The Temple of the Eagles and Jaguars, one of the world's few archeological remains carved from solid stone, has a reconstructed thatch and wood roof entrance, in front of which sits a headless stone figure. The doorway resembles an open-mouthed serpent. A beautifully carved wooden drum retrieved from the Temple of the Sun (Building IV) resides in the Museum of Anthropology at the Mexiquense Cultural Center in Toluca .
The staircase that leads to the site is carved into the mountainside. It's an arduous climb of more than 400 steps that takes 30 minutes, but the view of the surrounding valley is magnificent.