Teotihuacan Photo Gallery

Teotihuacan is believed to be home to 150,000 residents at its peak and is the largest pre-Hispanic site in the country. It is an easy day trip from Mexico City with buses regularly leaving from Terminal Norte. Be sure to bring a hat, plenty of water, and sunscreen as the site is vast and unshaded.

The city's peak took place between the 5-7th centuries, and was ultimately sacked and abandoned. The Aztecs that arrived much later recognized this place to be important from the past, and called it Teotihuacan, meaning the place where men became gods.

After a long walk from the bus stop to the entrance, you will face the 2km Calzada de los Muertos, another long and unshaded walkway that connects to the various sights. This part is the Citadel, with a pyramid housing the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.

Continuing, it is easy to see why people get roasted spending half a day exploring here.

The Piramide del Sol is 70m high and it is possible to climb it to enjoy a grand panorama of the site. 2 days a year, the sun sits directly over the pyramid at noon.

Off to the side is the Museo del Sitio, which includes many artifacts and a scale model of the city.

While the pyramids and platform structures survived to today, the rest of the city hasn't. You will need some imagination to fill the other buildings in.

The Piramide de la Luna marks the end of the causeway and a long walk under the sun. Although a shorter pyramid, due to its higher elevation, the top is actually level with the Piramide del Sol.

Coin and bank note images from the Banco de Mexico.

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