March 6, Pyramid of the Sun

March 6, 2020

We woke up to a cool and cloudy morning, perfect for visiting the Pyramids.  After a couple of days of rest we had regained enough energy to do some sight seeing.  We took an Uber 15 minutes to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan.  We paid the 80 peso entrance fee and in front of us was the Pyramid of the Sun, the largest pyramid at the site.  Standing at 216 feet high and over 700 on each of its sides it is the third largest pyramid in the world.  Built almost 2000 years ago it assembled stone by stone without the use of tools, animals or the wheel. The people that built the pyramid mysteriously abandoned the city around it several hundred years later and very little is known about them.  Several hundred years later the Aztecs discovered the pyramids and named the site Teotihuacan or City of the Gods because they thought that gods must have built such a large structure.

We climbed the 216 steep steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun where we could see a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.  This is one of the few large pyramids in the world that can still be climbed.  At we reached the top, huffing and puffing we marveled at the builders that carried the large rocks up the pyramid.  We were winded carrying just light backpacks, can’t imagine carrying 80 lb rocks up day after day.  I mean seriously it took a lot of rocks to build the pyramid.

After admiring the view, resting and having a quick snack we went back down to walk along the Avenue of the Dead, a broad avenue running to the Pyramid of the Moon, a slightly smaller pyramid about a quarter mile away.  However we got detoured with the need to go to the bathroom which was outside the complex and on the other side of the parking lot.  Once we got out there we noted it was time for lunch and went out to a nearby restaurant named Conejo en La Luna.

This turned out to be a very nice restaurant with a play area and an inviting patio. We had a long, leisurely lunch before returning to the temple complex.  We made our way to the Pyramid of the Moon.  By the time we got there Olivia was bored/tired so Holly climbed the Pyramid while we waited at the bottom. 

The Pyramid of the Moon looking along the Avenue of the Dead to the Pyramid of the Sun.
We had a great time exploring the ruins

I have something I call the Baby Timer.  Basically, there is only a certain amount of time that Olivia will go along with things she does not think is fun.  Shopping, walking around sightseeing, admiring an awesome view, enjoying a nice restaurant, etc.  After a while she gets bored and very tired and I say the baby timer has gone off and it is time to either go home or do something else.  Ice cream, candy or snacks and delay the baby timer but once it goes off it is time to go.  The good thing is that Olivia doesn’t melt down or throw a tantrum, she just gets tired and wants to be carried.  Now that she is 65 lbs, that doesn’t work very well anymore.  Anyway, Olivia’s baby timer had gone off and my phone battery was dead so it was time to go home. However, since my phone was dead I was unable to get an Uber.  Fortunately, we were able to find a bus that took us back to the Central Market so we were able to get home without much problems.






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