Located just outside of the modern-day metropolis of Mexico City, is one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico, the ancient city of Teotihuacan. It was one of the largest cities on the pre-Columbian American continent and was an important cultural center from around 1 AD to around 700 AD. During its peak, Teotihuacan would have ranked as one of the 5 largest cities in the world, home to an estimated 125,000 people.
Even today, 2000 years after it’s construction, the size of this complex is still awe-inspiring. We only had 2 full days in Mexico City, and we were very happy that we dedicated one of those days to visit the ruins. Teotihuacan is only 40-km from Mexico City and an easy day trip from the city; the bus takes about an hour each way. Once you arrive and set your eyes on this amazing place, you know you’ve arrived somewhere important.
Teotihuacan means “the place where the gods were created”. It was a religious and ceremonial center. The city was massive and what remains today is a huge sprawling complex; you could easily spend hours wandering around and still not appreciate everything. Not much is know about the original inhabitants of the city. It pre-dates the Aztecs but influenced all of the civilizations that would come after it. The Aztecs even claimed to be the descendants of the original inhabitants, and it’s easy to see why they would have wanted to associate themselves with the original builders.
We visited on a perfect day. The sun was shining and the skies were blue, perfect day to take photographs. The two main attractions here are the two pyramids, dedicated to the Sun and the Moon. One of the reasons we needed to visit the ruins, is that you can still climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. While it’s not an easy staircase to climb, the views from the top are amazing, especially looking across the Avenue of the Dead at its neighbor; the Pyramid of the Moon.
It is rumored that in the next few years, the Mexican Government will close the staircase, both for safety and to preserve the site. So it’s important to visit this place while you still can. Climbing to the top of the pyramid is an experience we will never forget.
Two thumbs up for making it to the top of the Pyramid. 2017.
Staircases and the Pyramid of the Sun. 2017.
Cacti in front of the Pyramid of the Sun. 2017.
A staircase along the Avenue of the Dead. 2017.
Pyramid of the Moon. 2017.
Mysterious Rocks on the top of one of the smaller temples. 2017.
Teotihuacan Pyramids. 2017.
Pyramid of the Sun as seen from the Avenue of the Dead. 2017.
Pyramid of the Sun dominating the other ruins of Teotihuacan. 2017.
Avenue of the Dead with the Pyramid of the Moon. 2017.
The beautiful Norma posing in front of the staircase. 2017.
Even the stray dogs of Teotihuacan can’t help but admire the Pyramids. 2017.