Home of the Gods
Near Mexico City, Mexico
The ancient city of Teotihuacan is the product of a lost
civilization, which had no writing, and left little behind,
other than Teotihuacan itself. They abandoned it many
centuries ago. The Aztecs called this mysterious, empty
city "the Home of the Gods", and the name stuck. Even
from a distance, the Pyramid of the Sun looks impressive.
Now it becomes more obvious that the Pyramid of the Sun is
the largest monument of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
This is not the tallest pyramid, but contains more volume
than any of its Maya rivals. The stairway is on the left, and I
was happy to discover wider steps in Teotihuacan than those
used in Mayan pyramids. Easy climb, both up and down.
From the Pyramid of the Sun's summit, the best view, as
shown above, is to the Pyramid of the Moon, second
largest structure at Teotihuacan. At its base are half a
dozen smaller pyramids. This clearly used to be a vast
city, whose origins may forever be lost. Obviously the
Spanish met no opposition here, leaving things intact.
Pyramid of the Moon, the sixth and last pyramid I
climbed on this trip. Wide steps again, and a glorious
view as my reward for not having suffered injury.
From atop the Pyramid of the Moon, the gigantic
scale of Teotihuacan is finally revealed. Main street
appears to have been the wide area on the right. Some
of the buildings include artworks, but the two
pyramids dominate. In the distance is the Pyramid of
the Sun. Time for me to leave Teotihuacan.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip to Central
America and Mexico by clicking on: Mayavision