Central Mexico - Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is a vast complex of temples and pyramids one hour north of Mexico City dating from the Olmec period and later used by the Aztecs.  Many of the statues were destroyed by the Spanish missionaries.

Girl and a pyramid.

The pyrmaids are mounds of earthen bricks covered with stone and supported by stone buttresses. Around all this is a finishing layer of stonework arranged in terraces. This outer stonework was originally covered in lime cement upon which were painted red on white images of gods and creatures from nature. Stone carvings were mounted in rows around the structures. A few undamaged murals have been unearthed. Many of the stone motifs were carried off by the spaniards to act as road fill.

the temple of Quetzalcoatl - the feathered serpent

The citadel heading towards the temple of Quetzalcoatl

the temple of Quetzalcoatl

At the top of the quadrangle

the temple of Quetzalcoatl

the temple of Quetzalcoatl

The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the world after Geza. the largest in the world is also found in Mexico at Choula.

Climbing

Boy in the Avenue of the Dead. It is probably a misnomer given to it by the spaniards. The native name is Mixcoatl who was the god of the hunt; the "cloud serpent".

Walking towards the pyramid of the Sun

Structures along the Avenue of the Dead

Remains of painted walls

Buildings along the Avenue of the Dead

Jaguars at the base of the stairs

Along the Avenue of the Dead

Avenue of the Dead

Pyramid of the Sun

Pyramid of the Sun

Approach to the Pyramid of the Sun

Family group at the Temple of the Sun

Stone carvings of parts of cats and lizards from friezes once adorning the pyramid

Entrance to a complex of underground tunnels under the pyramid.  The presence of such a cave suggests both a life-giving womb and the entrance to the Underworld

Diagram showing the extent of the tunnel complex

It is called the Pyramid of the sun, but evidence of a water catchment moat around it suggest it may actually have been a pyramid dedicated to the water god.

Jaguar

The face of the pyramid

Precautions for those attempting the climb

Avenue of the Dead from half way level

View towards Pyramid of the Moon from half way up Pyramid of the Sun

Climbing towards the sun on the Pyramid of the Sun

Climbing from the halfway point

Halfway up the Pyramid of the Sun

Looking back down towards the Citadel and surrounding hills

Bella on the Pyramid of the Sun with the Pyramid of the Moon behind

The next stretch

Overlooking the Avenue of the Dead

Sons on Sun Pyramid

Son on Sun Pyramid

Complex at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun

Complex at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun

Pyramid of the Moon

Mom and the Pyramid of the Moon

Dad and Moon Pyramid

Dad and Daughter

Matt and a pyramid

Pyramid of the Sun

Buttressing on the base of the Pyramid of the Sun

Remains of stone frieze

 

Remains of stone frieze

Carved cartoon

On the way to the Pyramid of the Moon

Temples either side of the avenue

Puma on a watery backdrop with a base of precious stones

Tired travellers

Matt sat

Pyramid of the Moon

Family group

The 5km Avenue of the Dead from the Pyramid of the Moon

Nico on the Pyramid of the Moon

Trio on the Pyramid of the Moon

Pyramid of the Sun from the Pyramid of the Moon.

Avenue of the Dead was so called because the earliest visitors thought it was lined with tombs but they were found to be temples.  The name remained.

Indiana Jones never had these problems

Hotel at Teotihuacan

Hotel at Teotihuacan

Zipline in the grounds of the hotel

Bar stool trotting

Bar stool racing

Tiny town’s street decorations

Artifacts in the Teotihuacan museum

The circles represent precious stones

Painted frieze

Burial remains

Corn and pomegranate

Corn grinding stone

Sewing tools and textile

Surprise at the bottom of the cup

“Butter” dish