THE SOUTHERN AMERICAN SERIES PT21
TEOTIHUACAN, MEXICO CITY
I arrived into Mexico City for a few days before flying back home for my mum’s birthday.
I checked into Casa San lIdefonso and made my plans to visit the old city of Teotihuacan.
WHERE IS TEOTIHUACAN?
Mexico City & Teotihuacan
Mexico City is considered one of the biggest cities in the world and Teotihuacan was no different. The area was settled as far back as 400BC and around 100AD construction began to create a city like no other. By the 400s it became the most powerful and influential city in the region. The city ay abandoned for centuries until the Aztecs found it in the 1400s and named it Teotihuacan.
It covers an area of 8 square miles and has over 2,000 apartment compounds as well as various temples, pyramids and plazas. The Pyramids are connected via the main stretch of road called the Avenue of the Dead which points directly at the scared peak of an extinct volcano called Cerro Gordo.
Now the site is a huge archaeological complex which attracts over 4,500,000 visitors every year. The heat is intense and each pyramid had at least a 30minute queue so be sure to bring water, sunscreen and a hat!
Templo Mayor is the main temple in the more modern city of Tenochtitlan which has merged into and now known as Mexico City. It has been covered over ever since the destruction of Tenochtitlan and the land was redevelopment as part of the Spanish Colonisation.
Being a football fan I didn’t want to leave Mexico without checking out the Azteca stadium, the home of Maradona’s hand of god! Surprisingly I was the only one there so had the tour and stadium all to myself.
SNOW STORM & FORTLAUDERDALE
Now I’m off home to surprise my Nana at Cheltenham and the same with my mum for her 50th birthday in London. Might flight home however has been cancelled due to a snow storm at my layover so I have had to go through Fort Lauderdale. With spring break on, let’s just say I’ve had worse layovers!
- PEOPLE – 7.5/10
- SAFETY – 7/10
- BACKPACKING – 7.5/10
- WEATHER – 7/10
- THINGS TO DO – 6/10
- VALUE – 7/10
I enjoyed Mexico City but it was always going to have a hard time competing with the Quintana Roo coastline, one of my favourite coasts in the world!
Cheltenham Gold Cup and Central Europe! Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of The Southern American Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
- Have you been to Mexico City?
- What was your experience like?
- Did you visit Teotihuacan?
Let me know in the comments below . . .