We had decided to park our car in Teotihuacan Trailer Park while we went to Mexico City and then visit the ruins when we came back from the city. But with some time to spare on the Sunday we got to San Juan Teotihuacan, we walked to the ruins just to have a look because we had heard something about free entrance on Sundays. It was free entrance, but only for Mexicans.
From the entrance we could see a huge crowd of Mexicans had used this opportunity to visit the site. It was almost hard to see the top of “Pyramid of the Sun” with the crowd of people on top. We turned around and thought it was better to stick to our original plan and come back on Friday.
Friday morning we walked up the “Avenue of the Dead” to the Pyramid of the Moon almost by ourselves.
From the top of the Pyramid of the Moon is the best view down the 2 km long “Avenue of the Dead”, so named because the Aztecs that came to the site centuries later thought the platforms along the avenue was tombs. I heard somewhere that the avenue continues further on for 3 km more, but not enough research has been done on this part. Along each side of the “Avenue of the Dead” are houses for the priests and upper classes the common people lived spread around the city. Building of Teotihuacan started 100 BC and at its peak about 150,000 people lived in the city. The city fell in 7th or 8th century AD.
From the Pyramid of the Moon we walked down to the Pyramid of the Sun, the third largest pyramid in the world. After climbing the 248 steps we again had great views over Teotihuacan and the remains of the city is really impressive. What remain today are gray stone structures, but when one take into account that the whole city was painted red,
and with wall paintings as decoration, the city must have been amazing at its peak.
Our walk continued further down the “Avenue of the Dead” to the Citadel where we had a look at the “Temple of the Feathered Serpent” that is decorated with many stone sculptures and is a little different from the other pyramids in Teotihuacan.
Teotihuacan and especially the size of the Pyramid of the Sun is really impressive and the site is definitely worth a visit.
After climbing the third largest pyramid in the world we were ready to try to climb the third highest mountain in North-America, the volcano Pico de Orizaba 5635 meters above sea level. Or maybe it is just that as Norwegian we miss the snow and ice so much that we have to look for it one of the few places where it is possible to find it in Mexico……?