Why you shouldn’t miss Teotihuacan when visiting Mexico City.

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I must confess. Again. – I confess a lot on this blog – Before I flew into Mexico, I had never heard of Teotihuacan. Not the easiest name to pronounce either. Still, you might want to learn it by heart, so you’d definitely find the bus headed to this majestic site. With majestic I also mean huge. More than 4 kilometers of Mayan greatness, waiting for you to set foot on ancient steps and admire the view with shaking knees.

Another confession. Teotihuacan was my first Mayan site. – oh no, for real? – I couldn’t have wished for a better experience than wandering around and climbing this immense site, enjoying a wide open panoramic view. Completely opposite to my other Mayan visits, hidden in the jungle and only a tiny part uncovered. – pretty awesome as well – The visit starts with a group of small buildings. Some are rebuilt almost completely, others still carry the touches of people breathing and living in them. Pretty impressive are the murals inside, although you have to peek very well before discovering them. The old living area is only the foretaste of more to come. To the left appears the silhouette of the Pyramid of the Moon, one of the two highest temples on site. Although you can only climb halfway up, you still have a magnificent view of your surroundings: mountains in the back and 4 kilometers of residential remnants and a Pyramid of the Sun in the front. I think I could’ve stayed there for hours. Just watch people pass by, like little ants beneath your feet. Imagine how it must’ve been to live there, in the city called ‘birthplace of the Gods’ which was once the largest and most populated of the New world.

Once back down again, you can only move back up. There’s still a second Pyramid to climb, remember? The Pyramid of the Sun is the highest one of Teotihuacan and gave me the most magical feeling ever to be had on top of an ancient pyramid. Not that I climb ancient pyramids that often. Once all the way up – steep stairs and five little breathing breaks later – not only the view brightens your day, the air is also filled with butterflies. Big blue ones flutter around small black ones, who suddenly dive down and swerve in front of your face. Sometimes they take a break and land on the stones, but only if you’re quiet. Both pyramids were the highlight of my visit. The rest of the road left me silent and impressed, walking through the heath, between a chain of residential ruins, dotted with brown grass and giant cactuses. Fun fact of the day: a jaguar’s roar and the cry of eagles surround you. Not that there’s an animal closeby. The sounds are originating from several flutes, made by local craftsman. For a small price, they’re yours. Don’t forget to haggle though.

Since Teotihuacan is only 48 km away of northern Mexico City, there’s no reason not to go. Amazing views, pretty pictures, physical exercise – this counts for a whole week – and local souvenirs. Everything you could wish for, no?

Anybody ever been to Teotihuacan? Yes? What do you think, must see or not? 

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View from a distance.

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Family visit.

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Butterfly.

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Small part of a big site.

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Can’t get enough of the view.

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Pyramid of the Moon.

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People and excavations.

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Pyramid of the Moon.

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Steep stairs.

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Pyramid of the Sun.

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More Pyramid of the Moon.

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