The pyramids of San Juan Teotihuacan
San Juan Teotihuacan Travel Blog› entry 8 of 10 › view all entries
And so, I had this whole European flavoured theme going on since I got to Mexico, I was almost convinced that that was the history of Mexico - strong cultural Spanish influence. But I guess what even the Spanish didn't realise when they invaded Mexico 300 years ago, is that there was a far older culture, far stronger culture and a culture which would continue to live on, and actually get larger than life - the Aztecs. It's surprising that a lot of us forget that this is the Mexico that historians and archeologists have wondered at, and tried to make sense of, and still not succeeded.
And when you hear the word "historic", you know what that means - tourism! Almost every travel resource tells you to visit this place. Coming to Mexico City and not visiting the Pyramids is like going to Cairo, Egypt and not visiting the Pyramids! So I naturally booked the tour which usually clubs this as well as the city's flagship Church (more in the next blog entry).
We went to the Pyramids only around noon and it was fairly hot today. This area reminded me so much of the Pyramids of Giza - and not just because of the pyramids but also because of the numerous tourist and ice cream shops along the way.
From here, we went to the Pyramid of the Moon. Teotihuacan was a city of about 200,000 inhabitants and at one point was the epicentre of commerce and culture for the ancient Mesoamerica. The Aztecs believed that the Gods created the universe here, which is what Teotihuacan means ("places where Gods were born"). The Pyramid of the Moon, one such exhibit faces the north end of the Avenue of the Dead. This place is overly crowded, and not in a nice way. Tons of people, even more than the Pyramids of Giza.
From here, the Pyramid of the Sun: This is the world's 3rd largest pyramid, the other 2 being the one I saw at Cholula and the Pyramid of Cheops I saw in Egypt last year.
We left around 2pm, and had lunch at a nearby hotel. Obvious tourist trap. So bloody touristy they actually have separate menus for locals and the more expensive ones for the foreigners! But food was good, can't complain. Only annoying thing in Mexico is when you go to these kind of fancy resnts, you end up getting the noisy Mariarchi bands blaring the guitar into your ears. They not only play awful but expect you to tip them as well. *rolls eyes*. Talk about a misplaced sense of self importance!
From here to another of Mexico City's most popular Church and a symbol that means a lot to every Mexican...