Day 6: Teotihuacan – Temple of the Gods: Pyramids of the Sun and Moon
We booked our trusty private tour guide Israel, to take us to the pyramids today.
First stop was to pick up Rosie and Scotty who were meant to have coffees ready for us but hadn’t made their way down from their La Condesa Airbnb balcony to the coffee shop. Soaking up the wonderful atmosphere of a hip neighborhood in a cosmopolitan city. who can blame them?
Josh wanted us all to get a mexican sandwich called a chilaquil but the line wasn’t moving after 10 minutes so we gave up. Israel said he would take us for enchiladas instead.
We passed some colorful suburbs on the drive out of the city.
Because we missed breakfast, Israel took us for enchilada ‘brunch’ including beers, pina coladas and coffee with tequila which was maybe not the best move for pre pyramid climbing!
Teoithuacan : Temple of the Gods
Teotihuacan is a vast Mexican archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City. Running down the middle of the site, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city, is the Avenue of the Dead. It links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, the latter two with panoramic views from their summits.
With good intentions, we started to climb.
After two levels I was done! Mexico City is already 7000 feet above sea level and this was hard work! Sam and I decided to stop and stay with Steve who has been struggling with a cold and cough for weeks. We are really sacrificial like that.
Rosie, Scotty, Josh, Andrew and Ling made it to the top and were rewarded with panoramic views.
We deserved a margarita after our climb so persuaded our driver to take us to the ‘touristico’ cave restaurant, La Gruta. Well you can’t pass it up!
Rosie and Scotty had a grasshopper margarita that was not quite puréed enough!
Then it was back in Israel’s van to have a rest before venturing out for some more Mexican culture in the form of wrestling!
While we were in an uber on the way to the arena we had word from Ana that the event had been cancelled so we headed to the Zocalo instead.
Then the rain came! Ling was pleased to use the waterproof rain coat she brought!
We walked to eat dinner (and got very wet!) at another restaurant recommended by Ana and had a range of desserts and Mexican fare – Chile de nogada, tamales, tacos and Mexican fritters with honey.
Tomorrow we fly out of Mexico City and head to Tulum where the real party starts! Xochimilco was just a practice run.
If you want an excellent tour guide who speaks fantastic English then Israel Mendoza is the man for you! He is knowledgeable about history and politics and the city and culture he loves.