Ranked #3 in Mexico Tourism
Ancient ruins of all sorts attract hundreds of tourists every year to come bask in their yester-year aura. This is what a place 30 miles north-east of Mexico City has accomplished. Teotihuacan is one of those locations where you’ll not only feel you stepped into a parallel dimension but where you’ll literally sense the press of all those ages in a spot so well preserved it goes against the fact that this place had the highest population in 500 AD, beating Rome in this regard.
Teotihuacan History & Attractions
Although nobody knows the exact origins of Teotihuacan, history puts its roots in the first two centuries BC and records the civilization as having reached its zenith somewhere between 350 and 650 AD. Having enjoyed all that time being the largest city in the Americas, it’s no wonder Teotihuacan is riches to offer today in the form of culture, heritage, architecture and more besides.
Most people know that it was at Teotihuacan where the pagan practice of human sacrifice was followed, in accordance with astronomical events, imparting a sort of macabre obeisance to the Divine. Although modern-day tourists and spiritualists don’t condone the act, they resort to meditations atop The Pyramid of the Sun and The Pyramid of the Moon. If you’re into this kind of thing, you can join in. The views from atop here are stunning in their own right.
This key archaeological find is a tourist favorite when it comes to Mexico City and its environs. It may be only 1 square mile today and in ruins, a vast reduction from the 10 square miles Teotihuacan once enjoyed, but this place still holds wonder and mystery. The Avenue of the Dead, or Calzada de los Muertos, is the central zone here and it connects all the attractions.
The site’s southern end is occupied by The Citadel, or La Ciudadela, where you’ll find the spell-binding Temple of Quetzalcoatl. According to history, this was also the place where the main ruler once resided and the city’s administrative center sat.
The world has three pyramids it lists under the ‘largest’ category. Cheops in Egypt is the largest. The Pyramid of Cholula in Mexico is the second largest. Pirámide del Sol, or The Pyramid of the Sun, is the third largest and it’s in Teotihuacan. It has some of the best views, so be sure to take plenty of photographs. You do need to pay a small fee for a camera, though.
These aren’t the only sights. The Palacio de Tepantitla is one. Then there’s the Palace of the Quetza Butterfly, or Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl. Also, there’s the Palace of Jaguars, or El Palacio de los Jaguares. Speaking of all these pyramids and ruins, it makes you wonder what type of clothing to wear on such a visit.
The perfect outdoor shoes must be your focus. As long as they help keep you comfy for a few hours and impart a good grip on your ankles, you’re all set. Summer wear is best and take bottled water with you.
Teotihuacan is an affair in ancient beauty. Merely standing on site will give you the impression of a lifetime.