A Walk on the Avenue of the Dead!

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Hello there from Lausanne!

Earlier this year, we embarked on a 3 week holiday which culminated in Mexico. It turned out to be my most favourite part of the vacation (standing abreast with shopping in NYC!!) While we established a ‘base camp’ in Mexico city, we took two side trips from here, I’ve already shared one of them with you (Postcards from Puebla) and this is the second one.

Once again Pastlife Seamstress was in ruins of an ancient city of Gods – Teotihuacán!

About an hour’s ride from the city centre, Teotihuacán is a very important archeological site of historical and anthropological significance in Mexico and also world history! The name Teotihuacan has been interpreted in various ways by various historians and archeologists. A popular one being ‘place where Gods were born’. The legend also has it, that Gods gathered here to plan the creation of man!

This being the fag end of our long trip we did not do much of homework regarding this. Also my head was a little flighty trying to get acclimated with the altitude of Mexico city. All the information I have comes from a coffee table book on Mexico in our hotel room (The book was very good).

So we took a cab ride to Teotihuacan and this is the first picture I took as the car stopped at a crossing.

 

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There are city buses available, as an alternative to cab, at frequent intervals to Teotihuacan, also one can opt for a organised tour bus that takes you to two other locations.

The landscape on the way to Teotihuacan, somewhat resembled that of central India on either side.

Be warned that your mode of transport will take you as far as the entrance of the VAAAST archeological site. You have to take it from there, on your feet.

On reaching we found some souvenir shops on either side and a kind of museum showing some films about the place which you are about to see and some legends that you can read. Also you need to buy tickets there (which isn’t much, around 50 pesos/head equivalent to 4 USD) to see the Pyramids.

So we walked a long walk on the Avenue of the Dead to reach the Pyramid of Sun and Pyramid of the Moon.

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Avenue of the dead! The Pyramid of Sun on the right and Pyramid of Moon straight ahead.

 

Avenue of the Dead is 5kms long, till the Pyramid of the Moon! It is called so because the Aztecs assumed that there were tombs on the either side of this.

 

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On Avenue of the Dead

 

There are walls at several points on this road that can be crossed over with ancient stairs. Also there are ruins on either sides that you can climb to for some shade and to rehydrate your self.

Boy! It was a looooong walk under the scorching sun! No solace of shade along the road. No place to call a seat. Be prepared by bathing in sunscreen, have enough water, take breaks and take pictures. 🙂

 

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Thats the most of shade and seat you can get!

 

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So make the most of it!

 

How does it feel to be on the bricks and stones laid centuries ago?

 

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The art of keeping yourself completely out of sun 🙂

 

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Its time to be back on feet…

 

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Am good to go….et vous?

 

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We’re close (to Pyramid of Sun too!)

 

On the way there are vendors selling silver trinkets, lava stones, water bottles , Aztec jewellery and other pretty artifacts much cheaper than the souvenir shops outside.

 

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Finally!!

 

The Pyramid of Sun is the third largest pyramid in the world. It is built on a four-leafed clover shaped cave which isn’t open to public.

 

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Pyramid of the Sun!

 

The front wall of Pyramid of the Sun is exactly perpendicuar to the point on the horizon where the sun sets on equinoxes. This is what amazes me about these centuries old structures, the vision that they had that time and the grandeur of the structure, the perfection and attention to detail.

 

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The staircase leading to the top of Pyramid of Sun

 

These old stone steps calls for caution while climbing and sturdy shoes.  The steps are just too steep in some sections and I was thinking coming down won’t be as easy as it is. Also its very windy so wearing a day dress can be tricky 😉

And these are just 18 of the 248 steps.

Frankly I was intimated at the foot of the Pyramid itself

 

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Still have a chance to escape…

 

But we did not walk until here to turn away and

 

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Made it to the top!!

 

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😀 It feels good to see how far we’ve come

 

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🙂 Yay!! conquered!

 

As I write this I’m letting out a sigh! (the feeling, the memory of reaching top returns). We sat there for while under partially clear skies, seeing the vast ruins of the city, refilling with water and sugar, watching a teenage group do a harlem shake on reaching top! 🙂

Also we found someone to picture us together! One thing that would make this excursion more interesting is a guide. Understanding the significance and the legends associated with this would certainly make it more meaningful.

 

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🙂

My husband asks next, ‘Pyramid of Moon’?

Me, ‘Are you serious ?!?!’

 

This is the sunset we came back to this evening.

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Beautiful sunset in Mexico City!

Hope you enjoyed a short while down my memory lane.  Take care , I’ll be back soon with more 🙂