Mexico City and Teotihuacan

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of MaryINFO: Mexico City is the Federal District, capital and largest city of the Mexico and Americas… Teotihuacan is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures. Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserved murals. Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas.

STORY: We arrived in Mexico City buss station after six hours trip from Vera Cruz. It was in the mid of the day and city was crowded with cars. Our hotel was located in the north part of the city ad we had to take a taxi. When we booked our hotel in Vera Cruz we had a plan to find a hotel somewhere in the city and we found one with similar description. But if you don’t know how big Mexico City was than you can be 50 km from the center of the city in any direction and still you are in the city. After almost two hours in taxi we arrived to our hotel from buss station and was still in the city… huh. We had plan to find some tours to explore area called Teotihuacan and some part of Mexico City. Teotihuacan map Teotihuacan map
Our tour started one hour earlier than usually with reason the we stayed on the opposite side of city. As usually crowded streets and many stops before we arrived in the right area to rejoin with the rest of the group. Weather was cloudy with chance of raining. First on the list was largest and oldest cathedral in the Americas and seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary. It was situated a top the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor on the northern side of the Plaza de la Constitución in downtown. Our guide explained whole history of this place during the walk around and later we visited a tourist shop with souvenirs.
Next place to visit was Teotihuacan. We arrived on the parking area where our guide collected tickets and quick explained what we are going to do and how long time was before a lunch. I wish I had my camera equipment as I have today but only camera I had was my Canon 20D and 17-85. It is not bad camera but today’s technology is much better than many years ago.
Teotihuacan - The Sun pyramid Teotihuacan - The Sun pyramidAfter guided tour at the complex it was the time for personal exploration. Teotihuacan was much bigger and impressive than expected. Just walking the Avenue of the Dead and seeing how big and enormous the Pyramid of the Sun was with all people on their way up to the top. The moon pyramid was smaller then the Sun pyramid and located in the end of the avenue. My plan was to climb on the top and take wide panorama shot. After climbing the Moon pyramid I was really exited and my attempt to climb the Sun pyramid was interrupted by heavy rain. Of the security reason climbing was canceled for many visitors and we left the whole site and want to the restaurant. After good vegetarian meal the adventure was over and it was time to go back to the hotel.

CONCLUSION: One day I will definitely return to this place and properly document with better equipment. If you are visiting the Mexico City than don’t miss the opportunity to visit this magnificent place!

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