When you think about the pyramids, the first ones that come to mind are the Egyptian pyramids. The only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still exists. But people often forget that the Egyptian pyramids are not the only ones our planet carries. Today we will turn our head to the other part of the world, where the breathtaking Teotihuacan pyramids rule.
Well, to begin with, Teotihuacan is a city that’s situated 50 km away from Mexico City. It emerged between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D. Wow, that is quite a gap. The thing is that nobody knows for sure, when this city was built. As well as why it was built and by whom. But the thing that the scientists are convinced of, is that the city was one of the most powerful and big centers in the Mesoamerica. This gigantic city has often been compared to ancient Rome!
Of course, there are plenty of mysteries about Teotihuacan. But the main sights that attract millions of tourists every year are, certainly, the pyramids. These are considered to be one of the most unbelievable places to see in North America.
How to Get There?
There are two roads that head from Mexico City to Teotihuacan. If you want to enjoy the scenery and all-in-all have the best view – take the 132-D freeway. The journey would take over an hour. Or, maybe, even more, if you decide to pull over and take a few amazing pictures. If time is money in your case, take the 85-D toll road. Then get to the pyramids in about 50 minutes.
You can always take a bus from Terminal Central del Norte. You will be able to find the necessary bus without any problems, as they are clearly marked and leave at least every hour.
What to See?
The rich stone temples that are covered with detailed statues and fading paintings really do deserve a whole day to be explored. There are plenty of guided tours that you can pick from. Better choose an early morning, one with an experienced archeologist. You can also admire the pyramids while flying in a hot air balloon or riding a bike.
Avenue of the Dead is the city’s main street. It is more than two miles long and has three grand pyramid complexes.The Pyramid of the Moon is nearly 50 meters high (150 feet) and is thought to be the main place for sacrifices and rituals.The Pyramid of the Sun – one of the largest structures created in the New World. The Temple of the Feathered Serpent or ‘La Ciudadela’. The structure has numerous heads of the ancient god of storms.
Don’t forget to admire not only the giant pyramids, but also the fascinating mural art of the ancient people. These wall paintings can be found all over the apartment compounds, as well as in temples and palaces. You can now easily recognize the storm god, Tlaloc. Paradisiacal birds, wild coyotes, jaguars and serpents can also be distinguished.
Your heart is beating faster for another mystery? Try studying the pictographic figures found in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Whether these pictures and symbols comprised a whole writing system still remains an issue of debate for a lot of scientists.
Address: Carretera Mexico Teotihuacan KM 46, San Juan Teotihuacán, Mexico.
Operating hours: daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission fee: 51 pesos
Hints: the entrance to the pyramids is free for the Mexican citizens on Sundays. Maybe it would be wise to avoid going to the ruins on this day, as the ancient city is always packed. From April to September you are able to see the Light and Sound show – another breathtaking experience.
The Teotihuacan pyramids remain one of the secrets of our world. No one knows, why the flourishing city has been abandoned long before the Aztecs came there. They named the marvel ‘the Birthplace of Gods’. And no other name could have been more precise for this fantastic structure.