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Pyramid of the Sun

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  • Day21

    Teotihuacan

    January 2 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today we picked up where we left off on Monday and finally made it out to see the awesome pyramids at Teotihuacán. Our first brief stop was within Mexico City at Tlatelolco, which was the marketplace dating to the same period as the Templo Mayor in Centro Histórico. Next, and as is the case with most tours in Mexico, we made a pit stop for tequila and mezcal tasting and a demonstration of obsidian sculptures. We were then shown the importance of the agave cactus to the indigenous people. The point of the blooms were used as weapons and as sewing needles with the fibers of the plant acting as thread. Both the inner and outer layers of the leaves can be peeled off and used to write upon.

    Then we drove the 40 kilometres to the pyramids at Teotihuacán, which is known today as the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas. At its peak it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population estimated at 125,000 or more, making it at least the sixth-largest city in the world during its era.

    The city covered 8 square miles and is thought to have been established around 100 BC with major monuments continuously under construction until about 250 AD. The city may have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries AD, but its major monuments were sacked and systematically burned around 550 AD.

    We climbed the 217 treacherous steps to the peak of the sun pyramid and walked down the avenue of the dead toward the pyramid of the moon, flanked on both sides by a array of imposing altars. Not only is the architecture and size of these ancient structures impressive, the degree of detail that went into the builds is difficult to fathom. All the mortar between the large stones in the walls contains smaller decorative pebbles of volcanic origin, evenly spaced to be as appealing to the eye as possible. Walking down the avenue, one is almost transported back in time and imagines what the hustle and bustle of the day may have been like.

    We visited an ancient home and place of worship where many of the murals on the walls have survived the centuries, with their vibrant colours fully intact.

    When we left the pyramids we stopped for a quick lunch before completing the tour at the shrine to Our Lady of Guadeloupe, where it is said the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man in 1531. The original shrine, which is astonishingly beautiful, is unfortunately sinking into the clay and was replaced in 1978 with a new basilica that has a capacity of 10,000 worshippers.

    We still have one day remaining to explore this fascinating city and I feel we’ve barely scratched the surface. There is no doubt in my mind that we will return here in the not too distant future to continue our exploration of this vibrant metropolis.
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  • Day9

    Temple of the Sun

    June 3, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    When we got to the Temple of the Sun there were massive crowd's, a lot of them stopping at the intermediate platforms to catch their breaths. I went straight up, jumping the queues 😁

    The Temple of the Sun has 365 steps representing the number of the day's, the Temple of the Moon 144 steps. Although shorter, the ground slopes down from the north southwards. So that the top of both Temple's are at the same height. Originally they would have had some sort of building on the top. You get a tremendous view over the whole complex from here.Read more

  • Day1

    Teotihuacán

    September 30, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Sonnenpyramide, Mondpyramide, Straße der Toten.
    Warum ist das so hoch?! 😅

  • Day1

    Trip to Tehotihuacan

    October 29, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We woke up early in an attempt to avoid traffic in town. We caught a quick uber to the omnibus station (only $3 for 20 mins, the exchange rate is quite favorable at 19:1) and then hopped on a bus to Tehotihuacan. We chose this method of transport to bypass the tourist crowds and save money for better things (see: dinner footprint). We hit some traffic out of town so the drive took around 75 minutes. Along the way, we saw lots of colorful houses built up into the hills.

    Upon arrival at the archaeological site, we paid our $3 admission and headed towards the pyramids. The first thing we noticed was that a plethora of vendors were selling a toy/souvenir which made a loud, puma-like growl. It was persistent throughout our stay and quite obnoxious, but what can you do... The site was pretty impressive. The pre-Columbian and pre-Aztec city is estimated to have been home to over 100,000 people in the first centuries BC. What remains are a series of structures along a long road (the Avenue of the Dead), with a number of large plazas for gatherings, and two large pyramids: one in honor of the sun and the other in honor of the moon. One can climb up on both pyramids to look over the entire city ruins. At 216 ft, the pyramid of the sun is the third largest ancient pyramid in the world. Many believe that this was the western hemisphere's first great city.

    For lunch, we decided to try a restaurant recommendation Brittany had found in a travel blog. The blog had noted that it was just outside of Puerta 1 but we soon found out it was actually outside of Puerta 5, a half mile walk away. Although a bit touristy for its location in a cave, La Gruta was tastefully decorated with an altar for Día de Muertos. Vegetarian options were scarce but our waiter kindly suggested the pollo fajitas... without the pollo and with oyster mushrooms instead. The atmosphere and cold beers made it a fun experience.
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  • Day77

    Ciudad de México - los últimos días

    August 19, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Wir sind zurück in Mexico City und wir haben für die letzten Tage in der Stadt einen Reisegefährten. Cornelius (Tessa's Bruder) wird uns die nächsten drei Wochen begleiten und wir zeigen ihm viele Dinge die wir in den letzten Wochen hier gesehen oder auch selbst noch nicht gemacht haben.
    Gleich am ersten Abend geht's zum 'lucha libre' dem mexikanischen Wrestling. Super witzig und eine riesen Unterhaltung. Die luchadores lassen die Fetzen fliegen und die Zuschauer feuern begeistert an (nicht ganz jugendfrei 🙉🙊).
    Nach einem gemeinsamen Rundgang im Centro histórico essen wir zu viele Tacos und unser Bargeld reicht nicht mehr für den Eintritt zum Torre Latinoamérica. 🌮🌮🌮💸💸💸😋😳😂
    Auch mit Corni geht's wieder zum Radeln am autofreien Sonntag.
    Und zum Abschluss unserer Zeit in CDMX geht's zu den nahegelegenen Pyramiden von Teotihuacan. Wir laufen sie hoch und wieder runter... Bestaunen sie von unten und von oben...
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  • Day186

    Teotihuacan

    February 4, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We arrived at Teotihuacan at 9 am on a chilly morning and got some exercise climbing the massive Pyramid of the Sun and huge steps of the Pyramid of the Moon for views that would be far more impressive if they weren't limited by Mexico City's smog. Karl was feeling weak after a rough night so sat out the elective walks around the sprawling ancient city to save energy for the second half of the day, while Holly, Helene and Francois visited the Avenue of the Dead, the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, and got a great explanation about the cosmic significance of the site by a helpful information ambassador. Needless to say, the vast scale of the site and the pyramids and temples is mind boggling, as is trying to imagine what this sacred city looked like in it's hayday.Read more

  • Day57

    Teotihuacán

    September 1, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Als letzte Ruinenstadt und archäologische Stätte besuchten wir das knapp 2000 Jahre alte Teotihuacán 50 km nordöstlich von Mexico City. Auf diesem einstigen 20 Quadratkilometer großen Areal bewunderten wir die im Zentrum stehende, erklimmbare, drittgrößte Pyramide der Welt "Templo del Sol" in ihrer wuchtigen Pracht samt Gegenpart "Templo de la Luna" und huldigten ein letztes Mal den Gottheiten Quetzalcóatl, Tláloc, Quetzalpapálotl und Huitzilopochtli ;)Read more

  • Day3

    Piramides Teotihuacán

    November 8, 2015 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Regen und Wolken waren angekündigt; wir entschieden uns trotzdem zu den Pyramiden nahe der Hauptstadt zu fahren. Durch das Wetter wirkte die grosse, über 2500 Jahre alte Azteken-Stätte noch mystischer.
    Zudem besuchten wir die Basilika De Santa Maria De Guadalupe mit dem berühmten Bild 'Our Lady of Guadalupe', welche via Rollband besichtigt werden kann (so kann niemand vor dem Bild stehen bleiben, sondern fährt daran vorbei - witzig!)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Pyramid of the Sun, Sonnenpyramide von Teotihuacán, هرم الشمس, Ҡояш пирамидаһы, Піраміда Сонца, Piràmide del Sol, Pyramida Slunce, Πυραμίδα του Ηλίου, Piramido de la Suno, Pirámide del Sol, هرم آفتاب, Pyramide du Soleil, Piramida Sunca, Piramide del Sole di Teotihuacan, მზის პირამიდა, Saules piramīda, Piramide van de zon, Piramida dau Soleu, Piramida Słońca, Pirâmide do Sol, Пирамида Солнца, Піраміда Сонця, Kim tự tháp Mặt Trời, Piramide han Adlaw, 太陽金字塔

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