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Kakul Ehsan Butt

Teotihuacan – Mexico

Teotihuacan was an ancient Mesoamerican city, now an archaeological site, open to tourists. It is situated around 25 miles from northeast of Mexico city. Ideally you should visit in the morning when there is less crowd and when the sun is not at its hottest. You will feel the heat even in the morning when you are walking around. So, bring a hat and wear trainers (sneakers). There is a lot of walking around, climbing uneven and steep steps, and working up quite a sweat. Great for Fitbit wearers!

This is the glorious looking Pyramid of the Moon. I took this pic after climbing the Pyramid of the Sun. Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun is not for the faint-heart. I thought I was going to die, each time I crossed one of the five raised platforms. That’s how unfit I was. It was particularly hard when the sun was shining down so ferociously, and this was morning time. The Pyramid of the Sun is the third most highest pyramid in the world, standing tall at 246 feet. Pretty impressive!
Half way point on the Pyramid of the Sun. Took a few minutes’ break to catch my breath and take in the views.
This is the view from the top. Climbing back down was more scary than climbing up. Uneven, steep steps are a nightmare for folks who are clumsy. Like me. At one interval, a kind lady offered me to hold her arm as we descended down the dreaded path. It takes about fifteen minutes to get to the top. Or maybe I took my time.
Above is called the Avenue of the dead – which leads us to the Pyramid of the Moon, as seen in the distance. Pyramid of the Sun is on the right hand side.
This is the Feathered Serpent pyramid, or the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. In the 1980s, mass graves were discovered underneath this temple. Human sacrifice was one of the notable features of the Teotihuacan culture.
Influences from ancient religions can be found here. The snake most likely represented a serpent deity.
Temple of the Feathered Serpent
So much climbing to do. You will need stamina for this.
The Avenue of the Dead
This was once a civilisation
Souvenir vendors were strictly in limited numbers here. This gentleman was selling beautiful jewelry, stones, masks and objects connected to Teotihuacan.

I would highly recommend a trip to see this wonderful site. I would also recommend you visit Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City, which is a huge, vastly interesting and impressive place with a lot of information about Teotihuacan culture and other Mesoamerican cultures.

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