We took a day trip from Mexico City to visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican city believed to have been established around 100 BC (well before the Aztecs). It was the largest city in the Americas at its peak with an estimated population of more than 125,000. Today, it is the most visited site in Mexico and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trying to capture the size of Teotihuacan’s 83 square kilometres. View from the Pyramid of the Moon of the Pyramid of the Sun (left) and the Avenue of the Dead.
At the entrance:)
View of the Avenue of the Dead and the Pyramid of the Moon.
Walking on the Avenue of the Dead heading towards the Pyramid of the Moon. The Avenue was once lined with ceremonial platforms topped with temples.
The temple of Quetzalcoatl in the Ciudadela (enclosed compound that could hold 100,000 people) which was likely the city’s marketplace.
Looking up at the Pyramid of the Sun, the third largest pyramid in the world after the Great Pyramid of Cholula (in Puebla, Mexico) and the Great Pyramid of Giza (in El Giza, Egypt).
There were a lot of steps to climb!
Proof we climbed the Pyramid of the Sun:)
Close up of the Pyramid of the Moon. The upper portion is closed to visitors.
We were fortunate to share our visit to Teotihuacan with our friends in Mexico. Our children and we were grateful for their friendship and company during our whole visit in Mexico.
The reward after hours of walking and climbing:)
Visitors can easily visit the archaeological site on their own but we chose to hire a personal tour guide. One of the things we have learned in our travels is that sometimes a tour guide is worth the cost as it helps you get more out of a visit then you could on your own. This was true for our visit to Teotihuacan. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made the history of Teotihuacan even more fascinating.