As a child, I had always been curious to read about pyramids and their magnificent history and how the massive structures were built. They always held a certain mystique in my mind. And to find myself standing on top of one was nothing less than a dream!
My gracious friends Ivan and Candia planned a half day tour of the pyramids for me. They have been such amazing guides for me through my entire trip and I owe my love for Mexico entirely to them. And you wouldn’t believe but we actually met at a business dinner and our travel plans just cascaded from there. They are incredibly adorable and full of life!
We left early morning at 7 am as Mexico City traffic can get pretty bad pretty soon. Teotihuacan is almost 30 miles outside the city, so stopping for a sumptuous breakfast just before arriving was necessary. Good that I stuffed myself with chilaquiles, which I later discovered was a blessing based on all the climbing I did.
The pyramids open at 9 am and we reached soon enough to make the opening time, the best time to avoid crowds. Another thing to avoid is the guided tours which could be seen herding along people like sheep, just not my thing. It’s a plus to wear comfortable walking shoes, cool summer clothes for the heat, sunscreen and sunglasses and definitely carry some water along. You can wear a hat unless you feel like buying one from the vendor selling them at steep prices, completely your choice.
We started with the museum that has an impressive display of artifacts found during excavation at the site. There are two main pyramids – the pyramid of the sun and the moon, the former being the bigger one. I had great fun climbing the pyramid, with a few breaks of course, but one has to be mindful of the steep steps and be wary if you have a fear of heights.
I sat there on the top of the UNESCO World Heritage site, staring at the huge stone structures and imagining the times where people lived and worshiped there. A time when this site was of such cultural and religious significance, people walking around worshiping their gods and making sacrifices, and then disappearing altogether.
At the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, I could clearly see the head of the serpent and the alleys where sacrifices were made. Just coming face to face with history can be both intriguing and exciting at the same time. But it always leaves me with a bigger quest, to see more and explore more. I now wish to see how the pyramids in other part of the world compare. That’s the beauty of travel, it’s a never ending thirst, and if you decide to drink, the options are so varied and limitless.
My name is Lovya. I left home when I was 17, to study and pursue my dream of being an Engineer, which I am now! But my love for travel never parted with me and even as I grow older, I know there are places and adventures in the world which I have to see. It feeds my soul in a unique way. This blog is a means for me to share my travel stories and hear about your experiences.