Teotihuacan & Xochimilco, Mexico – Thousands of Years Old

Teotihuacan, a venerable Mesoamerican city, graces the State of Mexico with its historical presence. Flourishing between 200 BC and year 0, Teotihuacan emerged along the axis of the “Avenue of the Dead,” which was undergoing construction during its formative years. During this period, the city witnessed the erection of its most astounding monuments—the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, venerating the celestial orbs. I had the privilege of beholding both these marvels, an experience that felt markedly distinct. In the span of an hour’s drive, the transformation was palpable—from the bustling cityscape to a clear sky, accentuated clouds, and amplified sunlight. The shift heralded an atmosphere distinct in its purity, a marked contrast to Mexico City’s urban haze.

Lining the pathways of this resplendent tourist hub were coconut vendors, offering a refreshing respite through the consumption of tender coconut water—essential on a scorching day at Teotihuacan. Thus, my inaugural encounter with pyramids unfolded. Their sheer magnificence and monumental scale rendered me awestruck, prompting an involuntary “WOW” to escape my lips. The act of gazing upon these ancient structures invokes a deep sense of wonder, pondering the craftsmanship of individuals from 200 BC.

Xochimilco, a vibrant locale, boasts the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage distinction. Tracing its origins back to 900 BC, these canals were meticulously crafted by the Aztec populace. For me, a visit to Xochimilco translated into a vivacious escapade, as charmingly adorned boats navigated the waterways, each embellished with vibrant “Day of the Dead” floral decorations. The ambiance was lively, an orchestration of noise interwoven with cultural significance. Presented below are the photographs encapsulating the essence of both Teotihuacan and Xochimilco in Mexico.