Teotihuacan Tickets - Mayan Capital
Incredible Mayan city to discover - Teotihuacan. Located 40km north east from Mexico City, this ancient city was once the capital of a great empire with 150 000 inhabitants. Along its main street, the piramides for the moon and sun were the center for the worship of ancient gods. The city was abandoned somwhere between 550-900 due to the war, rebellion or dryness.
The UNESCO World Heritage site is something to experience and explore while visiting the area.
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Teotihuacan: A Glimpse of History through an Architectural Zenith
Mexico is known for its colorful traditions and culture; it is a haven of well-known cuisines, breath-taking beaches, and vibrant festivals. Nevertheless, Mexico also has a rich historical culture that dates back thousands of years to the prime of the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Olmecs. Thus those who would like to explore Mexico and the roots of antique cultures may traverse the ancient city of Teotihuacan.
Standing at 216 feet, the Pyramid of the Sun looms over central Teotihuacan, the famous Aztec City in present Mexico is believed to be one of the first great cities in western civilization. However, the Aztecs were not the original settlers. In the 1400s, the city was found abandoned for centuries, and named it Teotihuacan, which translates to “a place where the gods were created.” The origin, culture, and history of the original settlers and builders of Teotihuacan remain a mystery to this day.
Teotihuacan covers about 8 square miles or over 20 square kilometers. Its grid layout contains about 2,000 single-story structures that are believed to be apartments, pyramids, palaces for nobles, and temples for priests. The ancient city can be navigated by walking; the main buildings are also connected by a wide road known as the Avenue of the Dead, which stretches for 1.5 miles.
The Piramides de Teotihuacan is comprised of three major pyramids: the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. These three main architectures were named World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
Upon entering Teotihuacan, the first structure you will see is the Citadel, which is known to be a ceremonial plaza. A vast courtyard houses the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, the third-largest structure within Teotihuacan. The temple is adorned with stone heads of the deity and was once painted with a red hue. The Temple of the Feathered Serpent is believed to have been built for religious rites, and in the 1980s, evidence of human sacrifice was found underneath the said temple.
At the northern end of the Avenue of the Dead stands the second largest structure within Teotihuacan, the Pyramid of the Moon. The structure is 141 feet tall and is 147 meters wide. Its design was believed to be based on mount Cerro Gordo, which is located behind the Pyramid. Historians were convinced that the pyramid was built to worship the Goddess of Teotihuacan, the deity of water, fertility, and creation.
Half a mile before reaching the Pyramid of the moon, the Pyramid of the Sun can be seen facing west. The Pyramid of the Sun is 216 feet tall. It is the third tallest pyramid in the world and the second tallest in Mesoamerica. It is believed that the purpose of the Pyramid was to honor the deity, thus it was concluded that an altar was originally built atop the Pyramid of the Sun. In the early 2000s, an excavation was made underneath the pyramid; several discoveries were made, but most notable was that of a greenstone mask, a skull of a puma, and a wolf. The discoveries were additional proof that the Aztec had named the structure the Pyramid of the Sun as a tribute to pumas, which are associated with the sun for their colored fur.
Tourists pay a standard price of 80 pesos for tickets before entering. Teotihuacan tickets can be bought either online through legitimate tour websites or tourists may opt to purchase their tickets at the entrance of Teotihuacan. A ticket also serves as an entry pass for the Teotihuacan Mural Museum and Cultural Museum. Teotihuacan is 8 square miles, a visit usually takes between two and a half hours to three hours. However, visitors who are keen to explore and traverse the ancient city can spend longer hours.
Since the ancient city is exposed to elements, visitors should bring umbrellas or hats to protect themselves from the sun. The best time to visit Teotihuacan is from February to October, since there is little to no rain during this time. Visitors are advised to arrive in the morning to avoid large crowds and to experience Teotihuacan without the added distractions. Teotihuacan is considered a religious and cultural place, therefore visitors must respect the rules imposed.