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Posted by Jessica on Apr 9, 2009
Nine of our Favorite Photos from Teotihuacan

Before Tim and I went to Mexico City last December, we made a list of things we hoped to see. The pyramids of Teotihuacán, located only an hour bus ride away from the city, were at the top of the list. Of course when we hit the ground, our itinerary had a way of changing and we never did get to see the pyramids on that trip. Clearly another visit was needed!

A few weeks ago, on our second trip to Mexico City, Tim and I had the pleasure of exploring Teotihuacán with my sister and her husband. As home to the third largest pyramid in the world (the Pyramid of the Sun – featured in the first photo below), the archaeological site didn't disappoint. We spent several happy hours at the ruins climbing up this set of stairs and down another. And, it goes without saying, we took several photos too.

'The third largest pyramid in the world: the Pyramid of the Sun

'Another view of the Pyramid of the Sun

'The colors of the stones were amazing to see

'Steps, steps, and more steps along the Avenue of the Dead

'The view from the Pyramid of the Sun with the Pyramid of the Moon in the distance

'Excavations taking place on one of the many pyramids in the complex

'Reptiles and lions and...robots?

'Among the huge pyramids, there were some finer architectural details too

'An iconic view of the Teotihuacán complex

April 10, 2009 at 12:27pm
Incredible. That humans were able to create structures as magnificent as these without the aid of sophisticated tools or machines…mind-blowing.

Also: Woo! I am thirty-five days away from my own Mexi-explorations!

April 10, 2009 at 6:59pm
Hi guys.
Was this built on a mound or was the mound created? Seems like a lot of fill was needed. Are there chambers? This facinated me as the stones used must have taken years to set.
Jessica the hedgehog
April 11, 2009 at 9:55am
Subpolka – *nodding* The ruins were really outstanding, one of the neatest things we've seen to date. And I am so incredibly excited for your upcoming trip! We can't wait to hear all about it. :)

Janet – Good questions; and I'm honestly not 100% sure of the answers. I believe the pyramids were just built on flat ground (but they definitely look like mounds in the photos) with stone that was quarried on site. (At first we had thought they brought the stones from the surrounding mountains, but we did a bit more digging – sorry, bad pun – and it looks like they didn't have to schlep the stone after all. Lucky guys!)

As for chambers, in 1971 they found one tunnel under the Pyramid of the Sun that led to a chamber with some religious artifacts in it. And from other excavation work they've been able to detect additional chambers, but they haven't been able to access them and/or determine what they were used for. Cool, eh? :)

Emerald Flame
April 11, 2009 at 11:27am
My goodness you two must be in great shape to climb up all those stairs and then back down again! I don't think I could do it just yet but I am up to at least two seven minute sessions on the elliptical machine in Charlie's gym. So I'm getting there and before you know it I'll be just as fit as you two. Yea!
Jessica the hedgehog
April 12, 2009 at 6:40pm

My goodness you two must be in great shape to climb up all those stairs and then back down again!

Trust me, we avoided as many of the stairs that we could! :)

April 14, 2009 at 7:10am
There are two sorts of sights one may view when traveling which are particularly attractive to me. One is the ocean (and rocky coastlines in particular). The other is the vantage from a high point. The view from the tops of the pyramids must be outstanding! And well worth the climb, too.
Jessica the hedgehog
April 14, 2009 at 8:27am

One is the ocean (and rocky coastlines in particular).

You're in luck, good sir. We happen to live on one of those. *hint* *hint*

The view from the top was really spectacular. Windy, but spectacular! :)

April 15, 2009 at 7:53pm
I've been there! Yea! :D It was a great visit, and hard to leave the site, when the time came.

Gorgeous pictures, as always -– you were there on a beautiful day!

Jessica the hedgehog
April 17, 2009 at 12:30pm
Yeah! It is a really neat place, isn't it? :)

The weather worked out perfectly: the first few hours were super sunny, but then the clouds came out just a touch. So we were able to take photos in two different lights. Good stuff. :)

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