About the Teotihuacan “City of Gods,” Guide ruins in Mexico
The ancient city of Teotihuacan
The ancient city of Teotihuacan is just 30 miles north of Mexico City and is the country’s most visited ruins. It is one of the Mexico and the world’s most important archeological sites. also known as the City of the Gods,
Teotihuacan translated from Náhuatl “the place where men became gods,” According to legend, it was here where the gods gathered to plan the creation of man.
Teotihuacan was once home to a quarter of a million people. Who they were or when they lived, nobody knows for sure – the place was already in ruins by the time the Aztecs came along in the fourteenth century – but they left behind a complex of pyramids and temples that cover an area of more than eight square miles.
The city enjoyed running water and a network of sewers and was graced by avenues stretching for several kilometers. Its population is estimated at 175,000 people.
Today, Teotihuacan is the most popular tourist attraction in Mexico and visitors flock from all over the world to see what remains of a city that, at one time, was the most important on the American continent.
1,500 years ago Teotihuacan was one of the world’s largest cities. As in Western Europe, the Roman Empire collapsed under the weight of invasion by Goths and Vandals, as major roads fell into ruin and cities emptied of people, in Mexico there flourished a metropolis of villas and palaces.
Teotihuacan is most famous for its 63-metres-high Pyramid of the Sun and 46- metres-high Pyramid of the Moon which has long been a mecca for tourists.
This site pyramids main attractions:
The Temple of the Moon – A medium sized pyramid off from the center of the complex.
The Temple of the Sun – The largest pyramid in the structure with an excellent view of the surrounding mountains. Wear sunscreen, they don’t call it the Temple of the Sun for nothing.
The Temple of Quetzalcoatl – One of the most sacred Temples in the complex. This temple is decorated with many stone serpent heads.
Museo Teotihuacán – The museum at the park with outstanding displays and a miniature recreation of the entire site. Well worth the visit. Close to Puerta 5.
There are also some smaller structures surrounding the complex, no more than four or five meters in height. A drive around the perimeter, on the road along the park, will provide many surprises and is worth the trip. Hitching a ride or even paying a few pesos for a ride will be worth the effort.
There are also many interesting constructions along the Avenue of the Dead which run along the middle of the site, so don’t just walk from one temple to the other.
On the left side of the plaza in front of the Temple of the Moon are several areas including the Palace of the Jaguars which house many wall paintings, sculptures, and underground rooms.
Fly on a hot air balloon over the pyramids and enjoy a traditional toast after the flight. Flying Pictures Mexico is an English company has operated balloon flights for many years and has no problem speaking to you in English and giving you the service you expect. They are also very safe; all their balloons are Cameron Balloons.