Mexico City Travel Guide

From: Mexico Travel GuideCentral and Bajio Region

See also: El TajinChichen ItzaUxmalMexico City

The vast city of Teotihuacan which means 'the place where gods are created' has no shortage of impressive sacred monuments, many of which are known for their shear size, detailed stone carvings and impressive astrological alignment.

There are several monuments of interest which include the centrally located Temple of Quetzalcoatl which has an elaborate stone carved facade rich with snake head statues and at the top of the temple there is a pyramid known as the Feathered Serpent Pyramid which has several hundred ceremonial skeletons buried underneath it.

The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest pyramid at Teotihuacan and indeed the third largest pyramid in the world and contains around 248 steps and more intriguingly was in fact built over a sacred cave, another point of interest is the views from the top of this superb building which are superb and show just how vast the city would have been.

The Pyramid of the Moon is unique in that it offers one of the best views of the Avenue of the Dead and the Sun Temple, and has several smaller temples equally positioned in front of it that form a square.

The Avenue of the Dead travels from the Pyramid of the Moon southwards and has the Temple of the Sun off to one side. The avenue is flanked by the remains of temples and platforms that in its day would have been several miles long. It is along this avenue that you can some colourful murals such as a striking one of a jaguar painted on one of the walls that still remains.

Teotihuacan also contains a fascinating museum which houses many exhibits from the site as well as a scale model of how this vast complex would have looked in its prime.

Teotihuacan is located around 35 miles northeast of Mexico City.

Travel Guide
Teotihuacan can be reached by hire car, taxi or bus which regularly depart from Mexico City.

Guided Tours
There are guided tours available of this incredible site, although be prepared to do plenty of walking as the pyramids are spread out over a vast area. For those willing to climb to the top of permitted pyramids will be rewarded by the incredible views making the climb well worth the effort.