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ACE South of the Border 2017 Part 3: Sightseeing at Teotihuacan & Mexico City

ACE South of the Border 2017 Part 3: Sightseeing at Teotihuacan & Mexico City

Teotihuacan

One of the different things about this trip was that we had a full day of sightseeing included.

On previous international trips we had sometimes include a short stop for some type of sightseeing or even were given enough time to explore on our own,

but this is the first ACE international trip that I have done that included a full day of sightseeing. 

Our morning agenda was to go to Teotihuacan, about an hour outside of Mexico City.  This was the largest pre-Hispanic city in Mexico, having at one time as many as 250,000 people. 

Built beginning in 100 A.D., not much is known of the people who built this city.  Having fallen in 700 A.D., the Aztecs later used this city, but they were much later than the builders of this city. 

We had the opportunity to climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, a 148 step climb, and as far as they allow you to go, about half way, up the Pyramid of the Moon.  Walking up the pyramids was difficult as the stones were uneven and heights varied. 

At the top of the Pyramid of the Sun,

you had a good view of the remains of this once great city,

and it was fascinating to imagine the amount of work it took nearly 2000 years ago to build these mammoth edifices. 

While cable handrails are provided in most places, it was still difficult to navigate these uneven stone steps. 

One misstep could be quite dangerous.  We were told we would probably not have enough time to walk up both pyramids, but after completing the Pyramid of the Sun

we walked over to the Pyramid of the Moon and decided to walk up to the first platform, not realizing until we got there that that was as far as you could go.  Here the steps were much higher, almost like walking up the seat portion of bleachers, which made it good that it wasn’t as long of a trek as the other one. 

The landing provided a great view.

 

Once down and to the buses, we headed to La Gruta Restaurant,

located inside a large cave.

We were treated to a buffet of several Mexican delicacies including chicken mole. 

It was all very good

and I enjoyed the flan for dessert.

 

Mexico City

Our afternoon was designed as a bus tour

with several stops around Mexico City.

The plan was to drive by the Monumento a la Independencia,

sculpted for the Independence Centennial, and to stop at Templo Mayor, the cathedral that sits on the sight of the Aztec Teocalli of Tenochtitlan, before stopping at a souvenir market.  Unfortunately due to unexpected heavy traffic and the need to deliver a plaque to La Feria for presentation the next day, we drove by the statue but I couldn’t see it from my side of the bus and we were forced to forego the stop at Templo Mayor, which I was disappointed about as that was to be one of the main things I was interested in seeing.  Oh well, another trip. 

We stopped at the market for some shopping before returning to the hotel.

 

For dinner several of us decided to try one of the restaurants in my guide book. We narrowed it down to two and decided to check them both out before making a decision. 

We stopped by the Monumento a la Independencia that we had driven by earlier,

which commemorates Mexican independence

with statues of Law,

Justice,

Peace

and War.  The second restaurant was no longer in business, so our decision was made to return to Fonda El Refugio, family run since 1954 specializing in authentic Mexican food.  I had a chicken taco among several other items, and everything was very good.  We returned to the hotel for our visit the next day to Six Flags Mexico.

 

Next up: Six Flags Mexico

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