Acambay is a town and municipio (municipality) located in north of the State of Mexico. The township of Acambay is the municipal seat of the municipio of the same name. The origins of Acambay date back to the settlement of the area by the Otomis who founded a ceremonial center called Huamango, which was occupied from 850 to 1350. It was the most important cultural center before the rise of the Tula civilization.
The area is now known as the San Miguel plateau. While the cause of the center's abandonment is not absolutely known, some legends indicate that it was destroyed by an earthquake, forcing the population to move. The nearby town of Benguitu, which was subsequently named Cabaye or Acambay was founded by the same tribe of Otomis soon after the abandonment of Huamango. After the Spanish conqust, the area now known as Acambay was originally entrusted to Capt.
Juan Jaramillo de Salvatierra, who belonged to Hernan Cortes's army. Later the area was granted to Don Mateo de San Juan Chimalpopoca Izcoatl of San Miguel Cambay and descendent of Cuauhtemoc. "Acambay" is derived from "San Miguel Cambay". The area was then evangelized by the Franciscans, building the parish church, and the monastery of San Miguel in 1623.
The location of the Parroquia de San Miguel (Parish of Saint Michael) has been a church for the town since the 17th century; however, nothing of the original structure remains. In 1912, an earthquake devastated the town, and it, like everything else was completely rebuilt. Aside from the town church, the Otomi Ceremonial Center is without a doubt the most important venue in Acambay; it is influenced by Mexica and Toltec prehispanic cultures. It is located in the "Casa de Cultura Dr. Maximiliano Ruiz Castañeda"