One of the beautiful highlights of my recent trip to Mexico was my visit at the magnificent ruins of Teotihuacan. It is about an hour bus ride from the modern-day Mexico City. And because there are massive information available online on how to get to these ruins by commute, I decided to do the adventure by following the instructions indicated on various blogs and web write-ups. I could have simply joined a tour group but as usual, I challenged myself.
I learned from my first few days that majority of Mexicans do not really speak English. Thus, before I left for this ancient city, I armed myself with adequate internet data, the proficient Google Maps and reminded myself the simple steps to communicate, i.e. (i) speak English slowly; (ii) drop the articles as they only cause confusion; (iii) repeat the main concept two or three time; (iv) gesticulate; and, (v) smile a lot.
Teotihuacan was really overwhelming! And based on various write-ups, no one knows who built this humongous ancient city. It was so old that it was already in ruins before the ancient Aztecs were able to discover this old puzzling metropolis. In 1987 this ancient city was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. And since it is so close to the modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan has been the most visited archeological site in Mexico.
What for me is so cool about Teotihuacan is how spots in this ancient city were named and labelled. Mexicans’ naming of the interesting places of Teotihuacan gave it more appeal and character. Whoever tagged or named the places inside Teotihuacan are so smart and imaginative.
And since the term “Teotihuacan” meant as “the birth place of the gods” or “the place where men turns into gods”, it is but fitting that this ancient city has the Pyramid of the Sun (the third largest pyramid in the world) and the more gracious-looking Pyramid of the Moon. There was even a location that is sensationally called the “Temple of the Feathered Serpent”!
The coolest actually was how the main road leading to the pyramids was called. The central 2.4-kilometer main road is called Calle de los Muertos or “the Avenue of the Dead”. So when I was walking on this runway, it felt dramatic! I felt like I was being transformed by some creative spirit from being a human being to some sort of a god! It was really amazing!
Teotihuacan, built hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, will remain a mystery. Little is known about its first inhabitants and why this magnificent place was later abandoned. Whatever is the mystery behind the ruins of Teotihuacan, it remain to be something so pleasing and imaginative. Its mystery definitely adds up to its awesome charm.
Ispektakular! Ang galing!