Off to the Pyramids

June 25, 2013 – Post-Peru Day 002

The Family is in the midst of our nomadic existence between stops on our international adventure. For the first week after our departure from Peru, we spend those seven days in Mexico.

Our second day in Mexico City saw our family unit visit the ruins of Teotihuacan. To be completely technical, the family unit minus myself partook of the majesty that is this site. I, on this Tuesday, was suffering through my second day of dealing with the same high-altitude symptoms (e.g., headache, dizziness) that leveled me in Puno, Peru. I have now learned that my ceiling for visiting high-altitude locales has been lowered to 2,241 meters (7,352 feet), which is the height of Mexico City.

So, Denver, Colorado, at 1,564 meters (5,130 feet) is still open to me.

Good thing Bangkok clocks in at an average elevation of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet).

For your viewing pleasure – and for mine, since I missed it this time around – here are some of the pictures from that visit.

The centerpiece of the Teotihuacan complex is the Pyramid of the Sun.

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It is possible (and permissible) to climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. From there, you can see another large pyramid entitled the Pyramid of the Moon.

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Now, while it is indeed possible to walk to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, you must take care. Below shows you the steepness of the some of the stairs you need to traverse.

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One of the other main structures at Teotihuacan is called the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. No one in my group took any pictures of this place, but during the next day we all (I got better) visited the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City. In that venue, they have a reconstruction of some of the statues that adorn the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.

DSCN4564Stay tuned to this page for the further wanderings and ramblings of yours truly.

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Xavier Humes is the psuedonym of an American living in Lima, Peru, with his wife and family. That's about all's ya need to know concerning me...except to enjoy the posts.

Posted on July 3, 2013, in Mexico and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The pyramid now has five stages , initially there were only four. The archaeological layman Leopoldo Batres in 1906 tried to expose, to restore the pyramid and it went out of the existence of five levels. Indeed, today’s fifth stage was the first place by Batres’ Working on this assumption.On the side which faces the street of the dead, a staircase leads on the device connected to the pyramid plataforma adosada on the top. There was a small temple, which is no longer visible today. At its core is the pyramid of adobe and basalt , while the outer skin of stucco was painted and covered, which is now nothing but get more. In 1968 the entrance to a cave was discovered, which led to the Pyramid of the Sun. There, in addition to artifacts from the period Teotihuacán also objects were found in Aztec times. Moreover, since in later Mesoamerican religions were always caves as places of creation, it is assumed that the pyramid was used for religious purposes. Which God had ordained the Pyramid of the Sun is not yet assured. Today, no paintings, there are more that could prove the worship of a particular god, it was (often with the later Aztec God merely a vessel with a picture of the “storm god” Tlaloc identified) found, but this alone is also no conclusive evidence that This god was worshiped here as well.

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