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  • Day5

    Piramidi del Sole e della Luna

    December 24, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    This early morning we visited the Teotihuacan pyramids, also known as the City of the Gods.

    We walked around the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Snapped memorable shots from the top of Sun Pyramid and Moon Pyramid, and then capped off your day trip from Mexico City with a visit to an obsidian factory.

    We had lunch in front of the Sun Pyramid.
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  • Day56

    Teotihuacan

    September 22, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Faith hat für fünf aus unsere Gruppe online einen englischsprachigen Tagesausflug nach „Teotihuacan*“ gebucht. Erstaunlicherweise ist dieses UNESCO Weltkulturerbe im Nordosten von México City nicht auf der Itinerary von Dragoman. Um 09:00 ist unsere kleine Gruppe mit einem Shuttle vom Hotel zur „Plaza de las Tres Culturas“ gefahren und haben uns die Ruinen des „Temple Mayor de Tlatelolco“* angesehen. Der zweisprachige Guide ist leider etwas nervig. Aber es macht eh mehr Sinn, sich die Details (evt.) noch mal bei Wikipedia durchzulesen. Danach sind wir Nordwestlich an diversen Favelas vorbeigefahren. Erst gegen Mittag waren wir an den Pyramiden, als der Touristen Ansturm am Größten war. Wir haben viel Zeit vergeudet schnell zu den Pyramiden zu kommen. Deshalb mein Tipp: Tour ohne Guide organisieren! Wer anschließend noch in den Souvenirladen will, kann das ja kurz vor der Rückfahrt noch machen. Dann ist der nervige Guide nochmal aufgetaucht und hat uns durch die “Basilika Unserer Lieben Frau von Guadelupe” geführt. Für die Mexikaner ist das was wichtiges. Ich fand das nur überflüssig.

    Wikipedia:
    * Temple Mayor de Tlatelolco ....
    * Teotihuacan /teɪˌoʊtiːwəˈkɑːn/ (Spanish: Teotihuacán) (Spanish pronunciation: [teotiwa'kan] is an ancient Mesoamerican city located in a sub-valley of the Valley of Mexico, which is located in the State of Mexico 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of modern-day Mexico City. Teotihuacan is known today as the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas. At its zenith, perhaps in the first half of the first millennium CE, Teotihuacan 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 epoch. After the collapse of Teotihuacan, central Mexico was dominated by the Toltecs of Tula until about 1150 CE. Not to be confused with Tenochtitlan.
    Teotihuacan is located in Greater Mexico City. The city covered 8 square miles; 80 to 90 percent of the total population of the valley resided in Teotihuacan. Apart from the pyramids, Teotihuacan is also anthropologically significant for its complex, multi-family residential compounds, the Avenue of the Dead, and its vibrant murals that have been well-preserved. Additionally, Teotihuacan exported fine obsidian tools that are found throughout Mesoamerica. The city is thought to have been established around 100 BCE, with major monuments continuously under construction until about 250 CE. The city may have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries CE, but its major monuments were sacked and systematically burned around 550 CE. Although it is a subject of debate whether Teotihuacan was the center of a state empire, its influence throughout Mesoamerica is well documented; evidence of Teotihuacano presence can be seen at numerous sites in Veracruz and the Maya region. The later Aztecs saw these magnificent ruins and claimed a common ancestry with the Teotihuacanos, modifying and adopting aspects of their culture. The ethnicity of the inhabitants of Teotihuacan is the subject of debate. Possible candidates are the Nahua, Otomi or Totonac ethnic groups. Scholars have suggested that Teotihuacan was a multi-ethnic state. The site covers a total surface area of 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico, receiving 4,185,017 visitors in 2017. After the collapse of Teotihuacan, central Mexico was dominated by the Toltecs of Tula until about 1150 CE. Teotihuacan exported fine obsidian tools that are found throughout Mesoamerica. The later Aztecs saw these magnificent ruins and claimed a common ancestry with the Teotihuacanos, modifying and adopting aspects of their culture. The ethnicity of the inhabitants of Teotihuacan is the subject of debate. Possible candidates are the Nahua, Otomi or Totonac ethnic groups. Scholars have suggested that Teotihuacan was a multi-ethnic state. The city and the archaeological site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico, receiving 4,185,017 visitors in 2017.

    Koordinaten: 19°41′24″ N 98°50′23″ W
    Höhe: 2.280 müN

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  • Day205

    Viva México

    July 20, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Gemeinsam mit Laura stöbern wir im wohl weltbesten anthropologischen Museum durch die Zeit der Azteken und Maya. Wir brauchen eine Weile, um uns in die Geschichte einzulesen, stolpern durch wundersame Grabfunde in Form von Schmuck und kleinen Kunstfiguren, die aus Ton, Holz und Knochen hergestellt wurden. Leichenfunde zeigen tatsächlich Knochenketten aus Gebissen und im Mittelpunkt aller Anordnungen steht immer die Sonne.
    Der Legende nach waren die Atzeken zunächst ein Wandervolk. Im 14.Jahrhundert betraten sie eine Insel und sahen einen Adler auf einem Kaktus sitzend eine Schlange fressen. Da eine Prophezeiung genau dieses Bild beschrieb, ließen sie sich an dem Ort wie vorhergesagt nieder und bauten Tenochtitlán an der Stelle der heutigen Mexiko-Stadt. Der Adler auf dem Kaktus ist bis heute zentraler Bestandteil der mexikanischen Flagge.
    In den Mythen der Azteken werden vier große Zeitalter beschrieben. Das fünfte, aktuelle Zeitalter wurde durch einen Helden eingeleitet, der sich in die Sonne verwandelte.
    Um 400 nach Christus war Teotihuacán dominierendes wirtschaftliches Zentrum. Mit bis zu 200.000 Einwohnern war die Stadt wahrscheinlich die größte des amerikanischen Kontinents der damaligen Zeiten. 750 n.Chr. wurde die Stadt aus ungeklärten Gründen verlassen und erst von den Azteken bei ihrer Einwanderung in das Gebiet vorgefunden. Diese haben der Stadt auch den Namen gegeben, der so viel bedeutet wie “wo man zu einem Gott wird”. Viel Wissen bleibt uns nicht über die mesoamerikanischen Kulturen der damaligen Zeiten, da das meiste Material während der spanischen Eroberung des Landes zerstört wurde. Die Geschichte muss allein aus archäologischen Funden rekonstruiert werden.
    Wir erklimmen die Sonnenpyramide (die übrigens die drittgrößte Pyramide der ganzen Welt ist) bei brennender Hitze im Menschenstau und gelegentlichem Schweißaustausch mit nähebedürftigen Mexikanern. Die Aussicht von oben auf die komplexe Anlage entschädigt jedoch für alle Mühe und Ekel. Zu ihrer Blütezeit erstreckte sich das gesamte Areal über 20km2. Unvorstellbar wie vor so vielen tausenden Jahren mit bloßer Menschenhand solche Bauten geschaffen und sogar der Flussverlauf zur Perfektion angepasst wurde.
    Wir marschieren auf der Straße der Toten entlang zur Mondpyramide. Unter dieser wurden mehrere menschliche Überreste gefunden. Nebenan finden sich Ruinen der Wohnkomplexe mit uralten Wandmalereien. Die Häuser müssen einst ein einziges Kunstwerk gewesen sein. Wie man hier wohl um die Zeit gelebt haben muss?
    Wir bleiben bis zum Schluss der Tore in diesem wundersamen archäologischen Gebiet. Ich frage mich immer wieder, wie man sich fühlen muss, solche Funde zu machen und ein Stück mehr der Geschichte dieser Welt freilegen zu können durch die vorsichtige Ausgrabung und genaueste Untersuchung zum Teil kleinster Stofffetzen oder Schnitzereien.
    Wir lassen den Abend in einem Restaurant mit Blick auf die Ruinen ausklingen.
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  • Day13

    Mexico city and Teotihuacan

    January 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    It took 10 years but I hold my promise. Here I am in Mexico City visiting an old friend. There is nothing that meeting and holding an old friend after that long. Thanks for this warm welcome 🙏

  • 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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  • Day40

    Piramides de Teotihuacán

    February 15, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Die prähistorische Stadt Teotihuacán ist UNESCO Weltkulturerbe und besteht heute im Wesentlichen aus zwei großen Pyramiden: Die Sonnenpyramide (Pirámide del Sol) und die Mondpyramide (Pirámide de la Luna), die durch die "Straße der Toten" verbunden sind.
    Früher (um das Jahr 0) lebten hier Zehntausende Menschen und die Stadt war die größte und bedeutendste Amerikas.Read more

  • 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 3 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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Santa María Coatlán, Santa Maria Coatlan

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