Teotihuacan – Standing in Awe of Prior Civilizations

When I travel, I decide on the primary location or the main attraction for the whole trip and then arrive a few days early in the first city so I can get the lay of the land and explore. Determining the must see places in or near Mexico was easy, Teotihuacan was top on the list. Not only did Natural Habitat Adventure, our travel company, recommend it, I had several other people and websites rave about the place. We were lucky enough to get Andres, a local guide, to take us there for a reasonable price with only two other travelers.

The day started with a bit of a hitch and a damaged tire. Andres took us to the local tire shop to get it fixed. I love unexpected detours. We had a chance to explore an area of the city we wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

Tire Repair in Mexico City

Some of the buildings are a hundred years olds, layered over the newer modern high rises of today.

Old and New Cityscapes Mexico City

 

After our stop, we headed on our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Teotihuacan. We were joined by new friends, Bobbie and Susan from Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. Once we arrived at our destination, Enrique talked about the culture and the importance of the agave plant. Paper like sheets, thread and needles, along with food and drink, were developed from the plants.

Agave Threads

Many of the sculptures we saw at the Museum of Anthropology were carvings from stone. Many of the tools were also carved by the Teotihuacans.

Jade Carvings

Teotihuacan was an active city with over 125,000 people from about 100-600AD. The pyramids are spectacular.

Pyramid of the Sun

And, as always, the people watching was wonderful also.

Teotihuacan

People Watching in Teotihuacan

The Pyramid of the Moon was also amazing, and there are still paintings and some remnants of the stone sculptures still existing.

Sculptures at Teotihuatan

One of my favorite parts was the Avenue of the Dead. It is jaw dropping amazing…

Avenue of the Dead

My only regret is that we didn’t have time to climb the Pyramid of the Sun. I would have loved to see the view from the top. Still, we had another wonderful day experiencing the beauty and history of Mexico.

 

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