With JBS here, we wanted to do something cool to showcase our new country. We are loving the culture and heritage of Mexico and really wanted to see the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacán with our favorite adventuress. They are the third largest pyramids in the world and are a mystery to scientists to this very day.
Just north of Mexico City are the mysterious Teotihuacán Pyramids, built beginning around 300 BC as the centerpiece of an enormous city, often compared to ancient Rome. They were inexplicably abandoned centuries before the arrival of the Aztecs, who called the ancient architectural marvel the “Birthplace of the Gods.”
Neither they, nor modern archaeologists, have been able to unravel the secrets of these massive ruins, presided over by the third-largest pyramid in the world. Constructed according to precise astronomical measurements, and filled with the bodies of sacrificial victims, it was perhaps a place where bloody rituals were performed to keep the end of the world at bay. But no one really knows.
Thus, this mystic spot is one of the most enigmatic, as well as impressive, archaeological sites in North America. Its vast stone expanse of humbling temples are still covered with rich and detailed stone statues, even faded paintings.
We climbed the pyramid with a handrail (along with other elderly people) and went down all of the steep steps on our bottoms. We weren’t ashamed.
Below, a photo of DH and the boy at the base of one of the smaller pyramids, with well preserved statues along its sides.
JBS and I scaled one pyramid–and loved seeing the ancient sculptures and beautiful symmetry. Many of the sculptures still retained their original coloring–amazing after two thousand years. The boy and DH climbed the very highest pyramid. I was scared just looking at it.
It was great to visit the ancient city of Teotihuacán today. Mexico City is a beautiful paradox: beautiful pyramids in the suburbs and a bustling city at its core. It’s fun to explore the culture and see the city through the eyes of a friend—especially a friend who’s motto is, “seize the day!”