Mexico is a fascinating country. Archeological zones such as Teotihuacan or the impressive citiesMayas in the Yucatan Peninsula make clear the beauty and history of this country. Teotihuacán itself is impressive, especially for its two great pyramids that emerge as two skyscrapers not far from the capital of Mexico, Mexico City. Visiting a place like this is seeing the greatness and power of an already extinct culture from which we can still learn many things.
Visit to Teotihuacán
A little history
The archaeological zone of Teotihuacán became the New York of Mesoamerica, since it was the largest city at that time. It was also the capital of ancient Mexico and the pre-Hispanic era, having no less than about one hundred and fifty thousand inhabitants.
This huge city was designed in grid mode, divided into four large parts and joined by two large avenues, one of them the famous street or road of the dead.
Curiously, this city had its apogee between the second and seventh centuries, since its slope and fall came in the eighth century, possibly due to environmental or economic factors. Later and with the arrival of the Aztecs, Teotihuacán became a place of worship and pilgrimage, a pilgrimage that continues today because of the possible energies that arise from this fascinating place.
Resorted by the archaeological zone
Teotihuacán is usually traveled from south to north, by the call street of the dead. The tour is simple. The first monument you see is the Citadel and the Quetzalcoatl Temple. Then going up the street of the dead to the left appears the Pyramid of the Sun, which deserves to ascend to the top, since the views are exceptional. From there you go back up the street of the dead until you reach a group of jaguars and the Pyramid of the Moon, from where you can get a beautiful panoramic view of the archeological zone. Later we describe each place, so that you miss the details of each one.
From the top of the Pyramid of the Moon
Citadel and the Quetzalcoatl Temple
It is worth looking for the Tlaloc, a creature with four eyes and two large fangs. It is said that this place should have housed the top leader of the city, since it seems rather an administrative center guarded by huge carvings. There are snakes, felines and it is worth approaching one by one to see the detail of their reliefs.
Pyramid of the Sun
It is the third largest pyramid in the world, second only to that of Cheops in Egypt and that of Cholula, in the south of the country. Its dimensions are colossal, since it measures 70m high by 222m wide. It is almost 2,000 years old, so to have so much time is not bad.
Teotihuacán (Pyramid of the Sun)
Pyramid of the Sun
Got to be painted red, which could be more than spectacular in those times in the sunsets. Today it is still allowed to climb it, but in order to reach the top you have to climb the negligible 248 steps.
Pyramid of the Moon
Smaller than the sun, but more spectacular in appearance. Their proportions are more elegant and its location is more visible. Its construction dates back to the year 300, 200 later than its neighbor the Pyramid of the Sun. It seems the same or even higher, but this optical effect is due to the fact that it is located on a small hill.
In front of her is the Moon Square, where the central altar celebrated rites, religious dances and who knows, sacrifices like the Aztecs ?.
Personally from this pyramid you can get the best views of the archaeological complex. In the background on the left the Pyramid of the Sun and in the center the long street of the dead. It is a picture to be sitting and admiring for hours, because it is simply unique.
Teotihuacán (Pyramid of the Moon)
Street of the Dead from the Pyramid of the Moon
How to get?
Teotihuacán is about 50km north of Mexico City. It is convenient to arrive soon, since it is a very visited place. Luckily it is huge and is only noticeable at the entrance and at the beginning of the main street.
When does the entrance cost?
The entrance costs about 51 pesos, but if you take a camera you have to pay an extra 40 pesos. In addition, if you go by car parking is paid and its rate is around 40 pesos too.
Can I hire a tour from Mexico City?
It is not easy to get to Teotihuacán. If you do not have a car and prefer the comfort of your, you can hire one without problems. From € 40 you have one.
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