Pyramids of Teotihuacan | Mexico City, Mexico | During my recent visit to Mexico City, one of the hightlights. Located approximately 40 minutes drive away from Mexico City. Doors to this UNESCO World Heritage site and landmark. Teotihuacan, is commonly known as the City of Gods, but as my local Nahuatl-speaking guide explained to me, the original inhabitants, later followed by the Aztecs, did not believe in Gods, but in Energy. So the correct translation should read at ” City of Energy “. Established around 100 BC, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population estimated of 200,000, located in a sub valley of the Valley of Mexico, located in the State of Mexico.
Teotihuacan, other than being considered the main archeological site of Mexico, it is considered to have the second largest pyramid in the world – Pyramid of the Sun, right after the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Puebla and followed by Giza in Egypt. I climbed it myself and it took my at least 1o minutes to get to the top.
Following the universal law of “3” in the layout of the city, you will find three, so called pyramids, which indeed are three temples, Pyramid of the Sun (my favorite and the reason why I wanted to visit), Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, with incredible images of Quetzalcoatl. All interconnected by the Avenue of the Dead, and a circuit to allow the flow of energy.
The way they are placed, represent the human body, where the Moon is the head, the Sun the heart and the Feathered Serpent the feet. As my guide said, Think with a cold head, live with a warm heart and move like a serpent flying away. You will also be able to visit the Citadel and the area of the residences.
Again the so called Avenue of the Dead, is a name given by the colonizers , which originally was translated from the Nahuatl as ” Avenue of the Stars “. The reason of this name was because during the rainy season, this avenue would flood with water and serve as a mirror for the original inhabitants to observe the cosmos. Much of what we see and what we were told for many years, obviously do not match. And I like to mention this line my guide shared with me…. after looking at several representations by the original inhabitants, depicting the earth as rounded. He said “… the colonizers used to call the inhabitants as savages and ignorants, that needed to be civilized… well how is that they knew many decades before them that the earth was rounded, while those colonizers arriving on their ships, were still afraid of the fact that the earth was squared…. ” ha ha ha …. no need to further comments right ?
Ok but enough of history, you can find out more on your own. The best way to visit Teotihuacan, is to take a taxi ( MEX$ 1300 ) or private car with a guide (MEX$ 2700). If you take a taxi like I did, then once there you will have to hire a local guide (MEX$ 300), which I preferred over a private one, since once there you are mostly to have a local Nahuatl-guide, who will share with you all the local myths and secrets. I would recommend arriving around 8.30AM to avoid the masses (for that you will have to leave Mexico City around 7.50AM ). Allow at least 3 hours to visit all pyramids. By 12.30PM you will be back in town, ready, as it was my case, for Brunch at the Four Seasons Mexico City, with lots of interesting stories to share. Another option is to do the Hot Air Balloon experience over the site.
We aware that Sundays, is a major day for local Mexicans, since most sites, museums and attractions are free of charge. If you need more information or would like to book this experience, do not hesitate to contact me. This journey was made possible thanks to the support of the following companies: Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel + St Regis Mexico City + United Airlines and First in Service Travel. I will be posting much more on the next few days on my five days visit to Mexico City. ( FYI the little rounded stone I am using to observe the sun, as the Teotihuacan original inhabitants used to do, is called Obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass rock. You can get them at the site). Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com +
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