From a distance, it looks like a hill or a mound of dirt. Built on the top of this hill is the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Remedies. This church was built in 1594 when the Spanish were colonizing the area. It is painted yellow and hard to miss. Buried underneath this man made mountain is the Tlachihualtepetl, a massive pyramid dedicated to Quetzalcoatl. It is the largest pyramid in the world; twice the volume and four times the base of the Great Pyramid at Giza. One of the most exciting reason to visit the Pyramid of Cholula; you can actually go inside and travel through a narrow passage traveling through the center.
This ended up being on of the highlights of our trip through Central Mexico. Cholula is a small town outside of Puebla. The boundary between the two places has been blurred by expansion on both sides. The town of Cholula is a Pueblo Magico, a designation given by the Mexican tourism board denoting a town of significance. The highlight is definitely the towering pyramid. Much of the surrounding area below the pyramid has been excavated. It was worth spending an hour or two exploring. There are several nearby museums to visit to learn about the history of the region.
We started our adventure by walking the staircase to the top of the hill. This is where the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Remedies was built by the Spanish in the 16th Century. This is a major pilgrimage site and during our visit there was a ceremony, which means we couldn’t go inside.
After visiting the church we walked around the pyramid, exploring the ruins of the city which existed here. This was an important city and the pyramid was modeled after the pyramids at Teotihuacan. By the time the Spanish arrived, the city had been abandoned and the pyramid had been taken back by nature. After exploring the ruins for just over an hour, our final destination was a trip inside the pyramid.
As far as we know, there are not many Pyramids around the world that you can go inside. Much of the pyramid has been excavated and there are many passageways that have been opened up to tourists. With only one route you can travel along, there is no way to get lost. Through a dimly lit corridor you can travel through the heart of the pyramid, exiting on the other side.
We hope you enjoy our latest video! We didn’t take a lot of footage from our recent trip across Central Mexico, but we had to share our experience at Cholula. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!