Mexico City has been a large center of civilization for hundreds of years, starting with the Aztec empire of Tenochtitlan and presently as the country’s largest city. The most famous attractions, Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon, are both excellent challenges for the tourist who wants a workout. The pyramids align an avenue called Calle de los Muertos, because it was thought that these pyramids were mausoleums. This pre-Hispanic temple, dedicated to the Tlaloc, Aztec God of Rain, and Huitzilopochtli, God of War, is an exciting opportunity to learn about the history of the Aztecs while exploring rather recent archeological findings. There is also a museum where you can check out hundreds of pre-Columbian objects that come from more than 120 offerings discovered in the temple.
This is another Aztec ruin in the midst of a bustling city and was also rather recently discovered.
Also in this plaza, you will find examples of Spanish culture and evidence of history in the making. The winner is PalenqueLovers of Maya lore come for the fabulous ruins, and Yaxchilan and Bonampak are a long day trip away. Southern Yucatan State, YucatanMore Info A half dozen Maya ruins along the Ruta Puuc include must-see Uxmal, a gorgeous site.
Teotihuacan, MexicoMore Info Predating the Aztec cities by many centuries, Teotihuacan is a magnificent ruined city of mysterious origins. Puebla, PueblaMore Info Ruins in the vicinity include those of Cholula, Cacaxtla, Teotihuacan, and Mexico City.
Real de Catorce, San Luis PotosiMore Info Remains of the silver mining days are everywhere.
Playa Del Carmen, Quintana RooMore Info Many Maya ruins nearby, including Tulum, CobA?, and Muyil, in Sian Ka'an Protected Area.
Having seen in the New Year in Guadelajara, we travelled by bus to Mexico City and cuaught a plane to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas.
Except for San Cristobal and the Palenque ruins, tourism is little developed in Chiapas, and so we wanted to explore the coastal towns and beaches on the Pacific side of this southernmost state of Mexico.


Having been warned by other travellers of armed robbery on the roads of Guatemala we hired a private shuttle to take us across the border and directly to our hotel in the colonial city of Antugua.
A Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed is an xml data file that provides a summary of the information contained here. Among the buzz of traffic and city life, you will find three great examples of history among civilization.
Measuring 63.5 and 45 meters in height, these pyramids are the biggest attraction in the area. On the west side of the Pyramid of the Moon you will find the Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl, which is full of colorful murals, and the Palacio de los Jaguares, which is noted for its symbolic animal figures. Entering the area you can observe the ruins and a guide may show you around to explain the different layers and steps of construction. If you click on recorrido virtual, you will be able to see pictures of what you can find in the Templo Mayor. Located in the Plaza de Tres Culturas, Tlatelolco represents one of the three most important aspects of Mexican culture: Aztec life. Here I recommend visiting the Iglesia de Santiago Tlatelolco, which was built from the same stones used to create many of the Aztec temples. Other nearby ruins are not extensive but the lack of crowds makes you feel like an early explorer. Despite drenching ourselves with mosquito repellant and climbing under a mosquito net at night, we didn´t escape the onslaught of bites and bugs, including one cockroach-sized creepy-crawly that overcame the obstacle of the netting to join us in bed on two consecutive nights! With its discovery in 1978, Templo Mayor is a unique Aztec ruin located in the heart of Mexico City.
Here you will find two giant pyramids, a variety of temples, two museums, a palace, a variety of sculptures, a garden and several plazas. You can hike up both of them and although the Pyramid of the Moon is not as tall, it is a little more difficult to climb due to the fact that the stairs are steeper. I also recommend visiting the Templo a Quetzalcoatl, which is noted for its plumed serpents and represents a rich Aztec history.


Each of the exhibits in the museum demonstrates an important aspect of Aztec life, ranging from commerce and agriculture, to rituals and sacrifice. There is no extra cost for these services, and it is a great way to get more information than what is posted at each exhibit.
Here you will find a variety of temples decorated with glyphs that represent a rich history in addition to a palace and several altars dedicated to the Aztec gods.
This church was built after the Conquest in 1521 when Cortes decided to construct Mexico City.
Teotihuacan is most famous for its majestic Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon, but is also an interesting attraction for art and history lovers.
I suggest wearing light, cool clothing, bringing a lot of water and a camera for this adventure. Don’t forget to visit the museums as you continue to explore the ruins of this ancient civilization! As for getting there, you can take a regular Autobuses de Teotihuacan bus from the Terminal de Autobuses del Norte bus station in Mexico City.
The following can experience the exhibits for free: children under 13 years old, students and teachers with identification, adults older than 60, retirees, and people with physical disabilities. It is possible for you to visit the museum in a group during after hours, but it costs 150 pesos per person and requires a reservation.
Tlatelolco is also another ruin found in the Plaza de Tres Culturas in Mexico City that is full of altars and temples. The trip takes less than an hour and is rather comfortable compared to what we expect from a bus service like Greyhound in the U.S.



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