La Venta Olmec Ruins
La Venta, Tabasco
La Venta is one of the cradles of the ancient Mexican civilizations. The settlement was populated by the Olmecs, the culture that predates both the Mayan and Aztec and influenced both regarding religion, health and medicine, astrology, city planning and mathamatics.
Culture – Olmec
Dates of Occupation – Tribes occupied the site as early as 1600 BCE. for hundreds of years, however the Olmecs and the city of La Venta reached its zenith between 1000 BC and declined by 400 BC.
Location – coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico. Coastal marsh area. in the state of Tabasco.
Estimated Population – 1,800 people.
Elevation – Near sea level.
First Discovered – La Venta was first discovered and excavated by Matthew Stirling, (anthropologist / archeologist from the Smithsonian Institute.)
On Mexico Highway 180D drive to KM signed for La Venta. Turn North and through town. Clear signs direct you to the Archeological site.
Admission – 43 pesos