Teotihuacan: Pyramids Close to Mexico City
Teotihuacan: Pyramids Close to Mexico City.
The house got moving around 10:00. I thought Irmante, Clint and I would tackle the day earlier, but everyone was tired. Irmante made breakfast and we headed for the Teotihuacan pyramids close to Mexico City.
Teotihuacan was an ancient Mesoamerican city which was the largest city in the Americas…pre-Columbus. The city is thought to have been of 125,000 inhabitants and was built from 100 to 250 CE.
To get to the pyramids close to Mexico City from the district of Condesa in Mexico City, we rode the MetroBus to Potrero for 5.50 pesos ($0.26), and then we walked through a really dodgy area of the city to Terminal Central de Autobuses del Norte. It was a huge bus station and from there we caught a 46 peso ($2.30) bus for an hour to Teotihuacan.
Most of the drive is getting through Mexico City itself. This city is a monster. It just keeps on going as it lines all the way up the mountainsides in a flurry of vibrant Latin-American expectant colors.
When we arrived in Teotihuacan, the ancient city ruins and pyramids close to Mexico City, it cost us 65 pesos ($3.25) to get in. Boner Maker got off the bus where we did, but she did not seem to want to be best friends or kindle the romance that had bubbled in my mind. I could tell she did not want to because she was in no hurry to acknowledge my existence. I guess I will not be moving to Tokyo…
When Clint, Irmante and I walked into Teotihuacan, we just stood and stared at the majestic force it imposes. There are three main pyramids on the massive ruins: The Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, and The Temple of the Feathered Serpent.
Interestingly, the pyramids were named thus by the Aztecs who arrived centuries later. There is little known about the people who actually built these incredible pyramids and lived in Teotihuacan.
The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the world. (The Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the second biggest.) The largest pyramid in the world is the Great Pyramid of Cholula here in Mexico, but in 1594 the Spanish built a church on top of it when they invaded, so it has not been excavated. The Spanish…Conquer and build a church on top of what was most precious to that newly destroyed culture…
Since the world is not going to let anyone knock down a 400 year old church to excavate a pyramid, so the largest pyramid in the world remains hidden under the earth. Perhaps in 300 years innovation and invention we will have created some kind of machine that will cut a thin layer of earth under the church to pick it up and move to somewhere else and the pyramid will be revealed to humanity. I will probably not be interested in the process by the time 300 years pass, but perhaps my descendants will be extremely pleased and fascinated…
So, we got to marvel at, look at, and climb the third largest pyramid in the world. There are many smaller pyramids all over the ruins area, but they have also yet to be unearthed. They pyramids are curious themselves as the insides are filled with dirt and soil. There are other mounds everywhere in the area.
I climbed on top of one of the pyramids that tourists are not so busy or concerned with. Alone on top, I felt strange emotion come through me so I asked for the things that I want in life. I also took a moment to lie down on the rocks in the center of the pyramid to absorb any of the energy that I could. Maybe it will all come….
It was a great day and it is truly incredible to peer at ponder at something so precise, built nearly 2,000 years ago in a way that we would be incapable of replicating today with all of our advances in technology. Ancient societies…so fascinating.