As I had one ruins site left that I had alloted myself, I chose Teotihuacan. Palenque is probably Mexico`s highest rated site, but that would have caused me to choose plan C: which was to then travel through to the Yucatan and onwards to Cuba. From there I would have been stuck. So, while coming up the Pacific coast I had some non tv time and started reading my guidebook about other places around there. Teotihuacan fit perfect, it was world renowned, not often visited, and fairly close to an anchor city. Check out this excerpt from Fodor`s.
“Imagine yourself walking down a pathway called Calzada de los Muertos (Avenue of the Dead). Surrounding you are some of Earth’s most mysterious ancient structures, among them the Palace of the Jaguars, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Temple of the Plumed Serpent. From the top of the awe-inspiring Pyramid fo the Sun—at 210 feet, the third tallest pyramid in the world—you begin to appreciate your 242-stair climb as you survey a city that long ago was the seat of a powerful empire. This is Teotihuacán, meaning “place where men become gods.”
At its zenith, around AD 600, Teotihuacán (teh-oh-tee-wa-can) was one of the largest cities in the worldand the center of an empire that inhabited much of central Mexico. Many arcaeologists believe that Teotihuacán was home to some 100,000 people. The questions of just who build this city, at whose hands it fell, and even its original name remain a mystery, eluding arcaeologists and fueling imaginations the world over.
Just 31 miles from the center of Mexico City, Teotihuacán is one of the most significant and haunting archaeological sites in the world. Climbing on the structures that were once painted a bright, glowing red; discovering the etchings of winged creatures at the Palace of the Plumed Butterfly; meandering through the circuitous underground chambersof colorful murals in the Palace of the Jaguars; taking on the invigorating climb up the Pyramid of the Moon—all will transport you to a Mexico of days past.”
Now, how can anyone in their right minds miss that. Well, I could have, but with one ruin exception on my trip, I figured I better use it or lose it. Actually it had been since Guatemala, and Nicaragua before that where I had used my prior two ruins exceptions so it had been a while. Plus, the beach scene was becoming a bit indifferent.
So there I was, with an incentive of not wanting to pay another night for a room that makes it in my top ten most expensive rooms list, I actually was up at 7am and out the door. It was a bit nippy as I think we were up in elevation as the air had that clean cold air burn to it and my skin was really ashy, I am now part African you know. My itinerary was to catch a bus or combi to the site which was a couple of kilometers away. Of course I ended up walking. Climb the temple of the sun, walk around a bit, climb the moon, and be out of there as I was handcuffed by a 11am check out. Long story short, mission accommplished, although now that I have read the info on the site I missed seeing the murals. Oh well, I got plenty of photos of everything else. Enjoy. Oh, I am posting so many photos as I am trying to max out my photo uploading allotment.