And I don’t mean the American native people, if you thought so. This post deserves its own particular title because of a little single thing: forget our sun cream at home. You guys should always have it on mind: put sun cream on your skin every time you go to the ruins!
Teotihuacan is cause of mystery, legends and many theories. No wonder why it’s the archeological site with most tourist influx in Mexico, even more than Chichen Itza and Palenque.
Although personally I was more enthralled by the ancient maya cities, liveliness and brightness coming up from here makes Teotihuacan totally worth it. While the Anthropology and History National Museum’s got the most assorted Mesoamerican cultures old relics in Mexico, to make it real there’s nothing better than just see all pieces with our own eyes at the original place they lived at.
Once my friends and I were into the zone (which access is free on Sundays and really easy to reach from Mexico City) our first stop was Teotihuacan Citadel, political center of the old city. One of the features of pyramids in Mesoamerica is that many of them have highly towering stairs, which is kind of rum, as ethnically its old inhabitants were really short-height (you can find it out by just watching their former beds’ length).
Citadel Central Temple is what archeologists call the Feathered Snake Pyramid, figure that represents one of the main Mesoamerican culture’s godheads known as Quetzalcoatl. It’s not allowed to climb this building for its preservation, but it can be seen from the stage laying in front. So the most attractive views are the carving on its wall, where Quetzalcoatl’s face leans out from the stone. Historians say that the feathers placed around the snake’s face are quite similar and based on the quetzal, the Maya’s sacred bird, which lives in peninsula of Yucatan. The other human-shape sculptures alongside the snakes represent probably the rain’s god, Tláloc.
Once we began our way to the main pyramids we came upon with short platforms. We found out they were probably used by Aztecs for making human sacrifices (of course to thanks God).
When we were finally in the ground level of the Pyramid of the Sun (the second biggest in Mesoamerica) we just got shocked; saying that is usually compared with the Keops one in Giza is probably enough. So we decided to take the first step.
Walk up these stairs might seem as an extreme challenge, but totally worth it. A good advice is to go up in zigzag movements, and not straight to the top.
Once we finally reached at the third stage (as it’s not allowed to climb up to the last point) we had wonderful views of the Pyramid of the Moon, which shape resemble the mountain behind it. Actually teotihuacans based on the patterns of the mounts around the valley to build both structures.
After a few minutes at the top, under no shadow, but the sun rays, our skins started to feel bad by have forgotten our sun cream. Trust me, it’s not funny at all.
We descended and walk straight the next pyramid along the main old city avenue: the Calzada of the Dead. It was named by archeologists due to the corpses found at both of its borders. These street runs from the Main Citadel to the Pyramid of the Moon, smaller than its sister.
Top of Pyramid of the Moon is definitely the best viewpoint in the entire complex, as is the last point and every single place can be seen from here. It’s the perfect spot and moment to chill out and spend the last minutes in this magical site.