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North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico » Teotihuacán February 17th 2015

Feeling well-rested after yesterday's diversion we showered and headed to Mercado Roma in the Roma neighborhood, which is known as D.F.'s bohemian neighborhood. The market itself is higher-end and consists of two floors of food stalls from various local restaurants and businesses. The third floor is a beer garden. While the market was open at 10 when we went, many of the vendors didn't start serving until 11:30. Luckily El Moro Churrería was serving, so we sat down to café con leche and some churros with cajeta (a thick, Mexican syrup of sweetened caramelized milk)for dipping. I'd never actually seen how churros were made - they pump the dough through a contraption similar to a sausage-making machine and directly into a vat of oil for frying. They then cut them into smaller pieces. We are hoping ... read more
Almeja chocolata
Maguey
View from the Pirámide del Sol


I had to temper my expectations upon visiting Teotihuacán and learning the origin of the site's name. Very impressive place and a great way to wrap up 5 weeks in Mexico and the last 5 weeks of The Trip To End All Trips. I was back in the US for ~3 weeks, slightly shocked and chagrined, bouncing around between Seattle, Florida, and Phoenix. The shock and chagrin was fleeting as I took off for The Next Trip To End All Trips at the end of May. US$ ≈ 13 Mexican pesos (M$) Accommodation and food I reserved a couple of nights at Hostel Amigo Suites through booking.com then extended for 4 more in person. The location was great, a few minutes walk from the zócalo and metro stop. A night in a 4 person ensuite dorm ... read more
Pyramid of the Sun
Looking Across to the Pyramid of the Moon
Pyramid of the Moon

North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico » Teotihuacán August 25th 2013

Wow what a day! Well, even though it was pretty cool the whole day and it was mostly cloudy, I got sunburned...figures. Anyway, we had an amazing tour guide named Bernard, who was 82, but he looked and acted like a guy in his fifties! Or better, I mean, he was climbing the stairs of the pyramids better than any of us! Although, he did pass on the Pyramid of the Sun, I think because the steps are fairly steep in spots. The pyramids of Teotihuacan are not quite what people imagine them to be...they are better :) The ancient peoples (Mexica) of Mexico, who called themselves Mexica, not Aztec (this word is wrongly used, as it was given to the people by a german. WRONG. These people had an extremely elaborate system of time and ... read more
Where Pulque comes from...
Needle
Temple of the Sun and Moon

North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico » Teotihuacán March 26th 2013

Teotihuacan – Echoes from the Past ... read more
Avenue of the Dead

North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico » Teotihuacán October 7th 2012

Two hours after landing in Mexico City on a lovely Sunday afternoon, I was cruising with my local colleague towards Teotihuacán which is located in the shadow of the massive mountain Cerro Gordo about 30 odd miles outside Mexico City. 40 minutes later we reached our destination after a brief stop for gas. There was a two mile long cobblestone road from the main entrance of Teotihuacán to the actual archeological site which made the ride to the parking lot quite bouncy and seemed to be never ending. Teotihuacán was the capital of Mexico's largest pre-Hispanic empire. “Teotihuacán” is ancient language means “the place where men become gods". On this archeological site sits the "Piramides del Sol y de la Luna" (Pyramids of the Sun and Moon), as well as the Temple of Quetzálcótl. The pyramid ... read more
The Sun Pyramid
The Moon Pyramid located in the shadow of the Cerro Gordo mountain
The platform in the middle of La Ciudadela


Leslie and José Luís picked us up today at 9am and we went to the pyramids of Teotihuacán. We explored the foundations of demolished pyramids and climbed those that are still intact. The first we climbed is called the pyramid of the moon and is at one end of the central walkway, called the avenue of the dead. At the other end is the pyramid of the sun. From the top of the pyramid of the sun, we could see the ruins of the ancient city below and around us. The zapotec people lived, worshiped, and did business in the pyramids. We also visited the museum that had artifacts found in the pyramids and gave information about the zapotec people. Then, we drove to a town on the outside of Mexico City called Cuyoacan. It was ... read more

North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico » Teotihuacán January 15th 2011

I didn't get a chance to write yesterday because I was out in the evening, so there is a bit of catching up... Let's start with some things that have surprised me or caught my attention so far: The police presence in Mexico City is quite astonishing, I'm guessing it's to try and tackle the security problems and help the tourism, but that's just my guess because they are everywhere in the tourist zones: basically you will find 2 or 3 on every street corner and when you get to the really busy streets, there is just about one in front of every shop. On the first day, because we were trying to get to the centre without map and therefore had to ask for directions quite a few times, we asked the police whenever we ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico » Teotihuacán November 5th 2010

Classical Period Pyramids. I had to go! Probably the first pyramids in the Americas, built sometime around 200BC, these ruins were interesting. Having seen Macchu Pichu, Angkor Wat, Chichen Itza, the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army, I was not expecting to be wowed at all by these Central Mexican pyramids. I was mistaken, they were awesome and impressive! The Pyramid of the Sun was huge, and symmetric layout of the area was incredible, but even more incredible was the views from the tops of the pyramids (though the proximity to Mexico City meant smog was one of the things to view). I went with two of my new friends and we sat in the super powerful and hot sun and I talked way too much about what I knew about the Aztecs and ... read more
Me and the Pyramid of the Sun
Pyramid of the Moon
View From the Pyramid of the Moon


We decided that it would be a great idea to go on a guided tour to Teotihuacan whilst we were staying in Mexico City. We stopped at an Agave farm on the way and were amazed by the use of these plants. Did you know that you can get 5 - 6 litres of a 7% cider-like drink a day from each plant?, you can make various other drinks, use it for cooking, washing, sewing, paper, medicine etc Sounds like the perfect plant for your back garden! we also had our first tequilla shot here and it was really really nice and the perfect way to kick off a walk around some ancient ruins Teotihuacan is about a 45 minutes drive from the city so the journey out there gave us a chance to see more ... read more
A reflection of the Sun pyramid
Sitting on the Sun looking back at the Moon
The Pyramid of the Sun


Above panorama: view from the pyramid of the moon About 50km from Mexico City lies the ancient city of Teotihuacan. It is still debated who built it, but it were the Aztecs who gave the city the name we now know it by, after they rediscovered the city centuries after it had been abandoned. The cities oldest structures date from 200 BC and the largest pyramid was completed by 100 AD. I took a bus and arrived early to avoid the tourbuses and to enjoy the site more quiet and at a more bearable temperature! A Japanese guy was on the same bus as I was, so we explored the site together. Most of the site is still unexcavated, but the pyramids that dominate the landscape here, are restored in full glory. The biggest pyramid, the ... read more
Pyramid of the sun
People climbing the Pyramid of the sun
Me on top of the Pyramid of the sun




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