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During our stay in Mexico City we took a day trip  to Teotihuacan, one of the world’s most famous pyramids. The remains of the ancient city, which is believed to have housed up to 250,000 people, is located around 30 miles / 50 kilometers north of Mexico City and buses run every 30 minutes from the Terminal del Norte (At the station, look for ‘Sala 8’ and buy tickets there). Researchers remain unsure why Teotihuacan was deserted  by its inhabitants – though a commonly held theory involves  a big fire which may have destroyed a large part of the town.

The name Teotihuacan means “City of the Gods”, a name given to the city by  by the Aztecs who populated the city in more recent history.  The site houses two large pyramids (Pyramid of the Sun & Pyramid of the Moon) and various smaller temples and residential complexes.  Teotihuacan is said to have a very strong spiritual energy, and sun worshippers flock to the site on 21 March, the spring equinox, when the sun aligns with the west face of the Pyramid of the Sun.

More photos of our visit at Teotihuacan can be seen here.

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3 Comments

  1. I remember visiting the Teotihucan Pyramids for the first time and was blown away by their size. Also as you mentioned in your post, they were very easy to visit on a day trip from Mexico City. From memory the Pyramid of the Sun was one of the largest in the world, and on a scale with those found in Egypt, a fact few people know until visiting.

    1. Jason, it’s true – the Pyramid of the Sun is actually the 3rd largest in the world – 2nd biggest being the Pyramid of Giza and the biggest: the Great Pyramid of Cholula, a small village near Puebla in Mexico. We didn’t know that until we got there and are still surprised by that fact! We’re looking forward to seeing more Pyramids on the Yucatan peninsula and in Guatemala.

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