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City of the Gods

TIME : 2016/2/20 15:53:14

City of the Gods

Exploring the ancient city of Teotihuacán.

City of the Gods

‘City of Gods’, or ‘City where the Gods were Born’ is the meaning of Teotihuacan, in Nahuatl (Mexican dialect).

Teotihuacán is located thirty miles north of Mexico City and it is the most important and largest city of the pre-Aztec period, and their ruins are among the most remarkable in Mesoamerica.

The Aztecs believed that the gods created the universe in this ancient city that once flourished as the epicenter of culture and commerce during the Mesoamerica's Classic period.

The Aztecs considered it a sacred place full of myths and legends, the principal road running through the center of Teotihuacan, is called the ‘Avenue of the Dead’ and was given this name because the Aztecs thought it was a cemetery.

‘The Pyramid of the Sun’, Teotihuacan's most impressive structure towering more than 200 feet in height, presents a challenging but worthwhile climb. From the top you can appreciate the full extent of the site and the view is breathtaking.

Climb its 243 steps and when you get to the top, you will be able to charge your body with energy as the sun sets

What is more, according to the city’s legends, you can make a wish.

More remarkable structures at Teotihuacan include ‘The Pyramid of the Moon’ and the ‘Temple of Quetzalcoatl’.

Although the ‘Pyramid of the Sun’ stands out because of its size, the ‘Pyramid of the Moon’ stands out because of the number of beautiful buildings that surround it. There, you can visit the ‘Palace of the Jaguars’ which was reconstructed by the archeologists. Very close to the ‘Palace of the Jaguars’, you will find one of the most beautiful and best preserved temples, the ‘Palace of the Quetzalpapalotl’, (divine butterfly), whose image is carved on the pillars and represent a butterfly with the body of a quetzal. 

City of the Gods

Beautiful surroundings

Experts do not know to what ethnic group the people of Teotihuacan belonged, nor what language they spoke. But one thing is for sure, Teotihuacan is one of Mexico's largest and most impressive archaeological sites.

Add some flavor to your tour and visit the restaurants surrounding the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. There you will be able to sample a delicious barbacoa, just out of the oven, accompanied by a delicious barbacoa broth, or you can try the delicious mixiotes, served with nopales.  

You can also taste our traditional handmade corn quesdillas, stuffed with chicken, meat, pumpkin flowers or mushroom with cheese, you can try a variety of dishes that show the fusion of pre-Hispanic and Spanish cuisine. 

City of the Gods

Ancient temple

We dare you to taste escamoles, ant larvae, served on a corn tortilla with salsa and rice.

On the menu you will find snails, which you can enjoy with nopales or pico de gallo, a delicious salad made with avocado, cilantro, tomato and onion, so typically Mexican. Don’t miss the opportunity to accompany your meal with a shot of tequila, or to try the pulque, either in its natural state or in a “curado”, blended with fruits.

For dessert you will find a wide variety of typical Mexican sweets. Xoconostles, alegrías, obleas and tamarind sweets are just the beginning of your sweet journey.

This is a Mexico City day trip that you shouldn't miss.

City of the Gods

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