Day 89 July 15 2016
Countries 11 Hotels 41 Cars 54
Flights 25:flying time 68.34 hours
Rickshaws 4 Buses 12 Elephant 1 Boat 14
Cog-wheel train 2 Cable cars 8 Subway 8 Ferry 2
Minibus 37 Coach 2 Catamaran 1 Funicular 3
Pick up truck 5 Land Cruiser 8 Hydrofoil 4
Llama 1 Cycle Taxi 1 Train 5 Motorised Canoe 9
Canoe 2 Sightseeing truck 1 Sightseeing bus 10
Golf cart taxi 2
I’m reposting visits to some of my favourite places, today I’m taking you Mexico. I was on a 105 day trip to visit the countries still on my ‘want to do’ list, (this is where the name of this blog comes from see ‘105 days’ from the menu for more about this). It was a very busy trip, visiting 14 countries, I wrote about every day of the trip and recorded the number of flights; modes of transport, as they were quite diverse; hotel stays; etc. I took these photos on a very cheap smart phone, so the quality is not always great, but good enough to give you some inspiration.
Today I went to Teotihuacan, about an hours journey from the city. Teotihuacan was Mexico’s biggest ancient city, and is known for its two pyramids, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, which is the third largest pyramid in the world, built using three million tons of stone, without the use of tools, pack animals or the wheel. Construction of Teotihuacan started around 300 BC, with the Pyramid of the Sun built by 150 BC.
Teotihuacan (also written Teotihuacán) is arranged in a grid layout and covers about 20 square kilometres. It contains around 2,000 single-story apartment compounds, as well as various pyramids, plazas, temples and palaces of nobles and priests. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, was settled as early as 400 B.C. and became the most powerful and influential city in the region by 400 A.D. By the time the Aztecs found the city in the 1400s it had been abandoned for centuries. Teotihuacan’s origins, history, and culture largely remain a mystery.
Before I got to the pyramids there was a couple of structures where the original paintings were still intact.
I started exploring Teotihuacan at the Pyramid of the Moon, then walked down the centre of the ancient city to the Pyramid of the Sun. The climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun was worth it for views across the whole city. Someone very kindly took a photo of me at the top.
There is also a museum at the site too which had some interesting exhibits and a model of the whole site. Teotihuacan was the largest Pre-Columbian city in the Americas, reaching a total population of 150,000 at its height. The name also refers to the civilization this city dominated, which at its greatest extent included most of Mesoamerica.
This evening I visited Plaza Garibaldi which is famous for Mariachi music, the plaza was filled with musicians dressed in their finery. I did see a couple of bands playing for requests but I left before the music started on stage as it’s not the safest area of the city to be in, alone at night.