Here It Is, Mexico’s Largest Ancient City; Teotihuacán
It’s a country filled with the remains of Mayan cities, and Mexico’s most famous is without a doubt Chichen Itza; one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Now, let me begin by saying that Chichen Itza is absolutely impressive. Having visited twice, the iconic towering Temple of Kukulkan never fails to capture my awe for it’s clever mathematical design and the legendary appearance of a serpent at equinox twice a year.
I should also make clear I’m not an archaeologist or historian (obviously), so perhaps I’m missing something crucial when I say its wonder is rivalled. After all, the ancient city does receive 1.4 million tourists each year.
In my opinion though, Mexico is home to another ancient Mayan city that’s less talked about, yet just as astounding, if not more. It’s called Teotihuacán, and it looks like this:
The day I visited Teotihuacán, a short journey from Mexico City, was a bizarre one. I was on a tour hosted by a local Mexican guy, who insisted that every single piece of information found in the capital’s museums regarding Mayan history and people, especially the 150,000 inhabitants of Teotihuacán, was completely untrue. According to him, we should only believe what he said, rather than what’s been historically documented as correct. He was eccentric to say the least… and took great joy in pretend reenactments of human sacrifices with me as the victim.
Anyway, myself and one of my best friends, aside from being confused by our tour guide’s claims, were amazed by the sheer size of this mysterious city. Not only was this archeological site one of the largest cities of the ancient world, it also housed some of the biggest buildings ever built, and I felt like an ant standing in the middle of it. To give you an idea of its gigantic impression, take a look at the picture below…
You see those minuscule dots trailing up the right side of the pyramid? Those are people. Now, I won’t tell you all about it here, because the experience of exploring Teotihuacán yourself will without a doubt be more impressive than reading my ramblings. Instead I’ll leave it at this: perhaps Chichen Itza’s closeness to the holiday destinations of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen means it’s naturally better known by everyday people like myself, but if anybody reading this is thinking of travelling to Mexico on an adventure, I simply recommend you include Teotihuacán on your route too. You won’t be disappointed!
Visited Teotihuacán and thought the same or otherwise? Let me know in the comments below. Or, if you’re planning a trip and this post has caused you to add Teotihuacán to your bucket list, let me know too!