Patzcuaro – The Mexico we imagined

Patzcuarao is famous for two things; the most beautiful lake in Mexico, Lago de Patzcuaro and its Day of the Dead celebrations which apparently it is renowned for throughout Mexico. Sadly, when planning this trip, I had never heard of the Day of the Dead and, as we discovered on arrival in the country, the celebrations had all finished the week before we arrived in the country. Oh well!

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Morelia – Christmas Trees and Superheroes

Fun, vibrant, buzzing with activity and lots of people in fancy dress! I can’t recall exactly why we decided to spend a few days in Morelia, but I am so glad we did!

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Guanajuato – Music, Food and Dancing

Arriving into Guanajuato was an assault on the senses. We were greeted by a riot of colourful, colonial buildings tumbling down the hillsides so incredibly steep that they seemed to rest on top of each other.
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Zacatecas -Dancing with donkeys

Where in the world  can you  dance in the streets with trumpet playing students handing out free shots from a tequila toting donkey! Zacatecas! It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the northernmost of Mexico’s fabled silver towns.

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Teotihuacán

We have come to ‘The City of the Gods’ (which is how Teotihuacán translates) to see The Pyramid of The Sun. 

The pyramid is both very impressive and very large!   A small sign at the entrance informs us that it is the 3rd largest pyramid in the world, and the largest outside of Egypt.



Look closely – those dots on the top are people!!! Long way to go still….

I didn’t expect to be able to climb such an ancient and important site, but that is exactly what is expected of visitors.  It is steep in places and it is hot,  but that is not stopping anyone from climbing to the top.    It is incredible to think this site predates even the Aztecs by about 1,000 years and yet, even with all the people clambering upwards, it seems so well preserved. 

So many steps to the top.

At the top we have a clear view of this vast, ancient archeological site.   In front of this pyramid is a wide avenue, lined with long stone steps which, to my untrained eye, look like high city walls. This avenue was originally 2 miles long and named by the Aztecs as Calzalda de Los Muertos (the Avenue of the Dead).  The Aztecs got it wrong though, as they believed the temples at either end were tombs, but still the name stuck.   Work is ongoing to excavate the whole of the two miles, but believe me, in this heat, there is plenty to explore right now. 

 

View of the Pyramid of the Moon and the Avenue of the Dead – from the top!

At the other end of the avenue is the Pyramid of the Moon, smaller, but no less impressive.  

Inside one of the temples, is a cave which was considered to be the place where God created the world.   It’s not open to the public, but we didn’t find it anyway!  

Mexico has officially designated special places as ’Pueblos Magicos’.  If this place is anything to go by, I can’t want to see some more. Magical indeed!

Snapped at the very top !  

 

 

Extra Information & How get to the Pyramid of the Sun and Teotihuacán

To get there

Buses from Mexico City Bus Station go very frequently. Cost MX$104 return ticket. The bus drops you right at the entrance. We didn’t book ahead. If you are driving, there is a free car park on site.

Entrance Fee –

For foreign visitors the price is MX$70 (and includes visits to a nice toilet!)

Opening Hours –

9am to 5pm. It’s one of the few sites open every day, including Mondays.