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Teotihuacan, an ancient city with pyramids near Mexico city

Teotihuacan was a Meso-american city located nor far from Mexico city. It was build between 100 BC and 250 AD and is believed to have been inhabited until the 7th century. At some point it had around 125,000 inhabitants which would have made it one of the largest cities in the world at that time.

The whole site of Teotihuacan can be subdivided into different parts. These are the citadel, the pyramid of the sun, the pyramid of the moon and the avenue of the dead. The citadel is where the main entrance is located and consists of several layered platforms which can all be accessed by stairs. There are a few places where excavations are still going on.

From the citadel, the main 'street' that runs to the end of the site is called the Avenue of the Dead. On both sides there are many structures and there are several foundations which have been excavated. Many of these are of unknown origin. Halfway down the avenue you will come across the pyramid of the Sun.

The pyramid of the sun is an enormous structure which is just over 70 meters (or over 230 feet) high and is the third highest pyramid in the world. Its exact function is not known as much of its paintwork and artifacts have not survived the centuries. The structure can be climbed and it is definitely worth doing so. Once you have made it to the top there is a view of the whole sight and you'll get a fair impression of the size of this former city. 

The last place to visit is the pyramid of the Moon. This one is smaller than the pyramid of the sun, but it is located exactly at the end of the avenue of the dead. So a climb up the stairs provides an incredibly impressive view of Teotihuacan. The first steps lead to a platform where ceremonies were being held. The top of the pyramid is not always accessible due to renovation work.

Teotihuacan can be visited from Mexico city by bus which is a direct connection. It is convenient as it leaves every 20 minutes from Terminal Autobuses del Norte. The site can basically be visited all year round. However, when it is raining it is worth keeping in mind that there is nowhere to take shelter except for the small building near the entrance.


Teotihuacan travel photo gallery

 
View from the entrance.

View from the entrance.


Structures in the citadel.

Structures in the citadel. 

Several platforms with steps.

Several platforms with steps.
 

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The outer structures of the citadel.

The outer structures of the citadel.


Typical Maya temple layout.

Typical Maya temple layout. 

The stepped hills.

The stepped hills. 
 
Part of the site which is still being excavated.

Part of the site which is still being excavated.


Another view of the citadel.

Another view of the citadel. 

Well restored platform.

Well restored platform. 
 
People on top of the pyramid.

People on top of the pyramid.


Some of the ruins.

Some of the ruins. 

The pyramid of the sun seen from the citadel.

The pyramid of the sun seen from the citadel. 
 
Restored brickwork.

Restored brickwork.


Some of the vegetation growing around the relatively dry site.

Some of the vegetation growing around the relatively dry site. 

The pyramid of the sun.

The pyramid of the sun. 
 
Looking down on the pillared plaza.

Looking down on the pillared plaza.


The view from the top of the pyramid of the sun.

The view from the top of the pyramid of the sun. 

View towards the entrance of the site.

View towards the entrance of the site. 
 
View that shows the large number of buildings that used to be located here.

View that shows the large number of buildings that used to be located here.


First view of the temple of the moon.

First view of the temple of the moon. 

The remaining foundations of some of the buildings.

The remaining foundations of some of the buildings. 
 
Plaza of the pillars.

Plaza of the pillars.


View to one side.

View to one side. 

Details of the remaining foundations and some of the stepped terraces.

Details of the remaining foundations and some of the stepped terraces. 
 
The pyramid of the sun.

The pyramid of the sun.


Full view of the pyramid of the sun.

Full view of the pyramid of the sun. 

The pyramid of the sun seen from the front.

The pyramid of the sun seen from the front. 
 
The enormous pyramid in respect to the people.

The enormous pyramid in respect to the people.


Restored structures.

Restored structures. 

View along the main avenue.

View along the main avenue. 
 
Many people climbing up.

Many people climbing up.


The avenue of dead.

The avenue of dead. 

View along Calzada de los Muertos.

View along Calzada de los Muertos. 
 
Some of the ruins.

Some of the ruins.


One of the plazas.

One of the plazas. 

The pyramid of the moon on a clear day.

The pyramid of the moon on a clear day. 
 
The perfectly restored remains.

The perfectly restored remains.


Ancient structures.

Ancient structures. 

Many temples.

Many temples. 
 
View along the main avenue.

View along the main avenue.


Overview of the whole site of Teotihuacan.

Overview of the whole site of Teotihuacan. 

Several temples close together.

Several temples close together. 
 
The pyramid in the distance.

The pyramid in the distance.


One of the temples being supported by wooden beams.

One of the temples being supported by wooden beams. 

The plaza seen from above.

The plaza seen from above. 
 
Looking down the avenue of dead.

Looking down the avenue of dead.


Temples along the avenue.

Temples along the avenue. 

People visiting the ancient site.

People visiting the ancient site. 
 
Plaza of the temple of the moon.

Plaza of the temple of the moon.


Typical view.

Typical view. 

Another temple.

Another temple. 
 
The pyramid of the moon.

The pyramid of the moon.


Classic view of Teotihuacan.

Classic view of Teotihuacan. 

Plaza of the pyramid of the moon.

Plaza of the pyramid of the moon. 
 
Restored platforms.

Restored platforms.


The pyramid seen from the avenue of the dead.

The pyramid seen from the avenue of the dead. 

One of the many stairs.

One of the many stairs. 
 
Classic view of Teotihuacan.

Classic view of Teotihuacan.


Stepped terraced structure.

Stepped terraced structure. 

Pyramid of the moon at the end of the main corridor.

Pyramid of the moon at the end of the main corridor. 

Internet sites with travel information about Teotihuacan

As with any of the old sites that can be visited in Mexico, there is not a enormous amount of information on the internet because much of it is still unknown. A first source of information is Wikipedia and the travel guide Wikitravel. For those looking for more background information it is worth having a read at the UNESCO pages as it has been listed as world heritage. There are also travel guides with some practical information such as the Lonely Planet or the visitor reviews at Virtual tourist.


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Last update: 08/08/2013