Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun and Moon
We visited as a guest
The highlight of my trip to Mexico City was visiting Teotihuacán and hiking to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. After visiting the Teotihuacán Museum, we made our way to the front of the majestic pyramid where we would hike up hundreds of tiny stone steps to the top of the pyramid.
The moment that I saw the pyramids, I was overwhelmed by their beauty. I had to catch my breath for a moment as I looked around at what was once the place of the most powerful rulers in Mexico. There are two pyramids; The Pyramid of the Sun, and The Pyramid of the Moon. There were hundreds of people making their way to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, and I couldn’t wait to join them.
The city of Teotihuacán is at a high elevation, and when walking up the steps to the top of the pyramid, I was out of breath. I know that I need to get in shape, but the altitude didn’t help me getting to the top of the pyramid quickly. I took my time. I stopped at the different levels to soak in the beautiful views of Teotihuacán and reflect on what life must have been life for the people who once lived here.
When I made it to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, I reached my hands high over my head, and I could feel the warmth of the Gods touching the palms of my hands. It was a very spiritual experience. I then looked off into the distance at the Pyramid of the Moon, and couldn’t wait to walk over to see it up close.
The hike down the pyramid ended up being harder than walking up. There is a small railing for visitors to hold onto as they slowly make their way down the teeny tiny stone steps. There were a lot of parents hiking up/down the pyramid with little kids, and they did great – just took it very slow.
Once I was at the bottom, there were different vendors who I purchased some special souvenirs from to bring home to my kids. The neatest thing that I purchased was a mirror rock that is made of obsidian that the Aztec people used to use to look at the sun. When I looked into the rock at the sun, it was an eerie orange color – so neat!
Then we walked over to Plaza de la Luna which was the most sacred place in Teotihuacán. It is the starting point of the city’s main road: The Avenue of the Dead. It was a place where the people once had public ceremonies, and the buildings are arranged symmetrically on either side of the axis of the Avenue of the Dead.
We explored the Plaza de la Luna and looked up at the beautiful Pyramid of the Moon. Since the archaeologists are working on the Pyramid of the Moon, only the first set of steps is currently open to the public.
While I didn’t want to leave, the time had come when I had to go. I wish that I could have spent an entire day at Teotihuacán, but now I have a good excuse to return with my children. As we walked toward the exit, there were more ruins and various pop-up shops for visitors to do some shopping and support local businesses.
Teotihuacán is a must-see destination when visiting Mexico City. Teotihuacán is about a one hour drive from Mexico City. Visitors can take a public bus to the area or hire a tour guide. There is a fee of 64 pesos to enter the park which includes the museum entrance.
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