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Pyramids and town fair

1st May 2011 by Helen
climbing the pyramid of the sun

climbing the pyramid of the sun

Yesterday we were looking for the pyramids we knew to be in the area just NE of Mexico City.  We got sidetracked by the setting up of a town fair in Tecamac and camped in a nearby Pemex garage (another night with earplugs for Paul of course, me I just slept).

Anyway, today we found and explored the pyramids at Teotihuacan.   Paul in particular marvelled at the engineering feat in creating such a perfect layout of the pyramids so that the celestial sky was represented on earth and everything was level.

musical acrobatic display seen in several places around Mexico

musical acrobatic display seen in several places around Mexico

It wasn’t until we visited the Anthropological museum in Mexico city a few days later that we really began to get a grip on the culture and history of the site.  There are hundreds of artefacts on display there.  The culture seemed more advanced that we might have expected and the site itself is enormous. 

We did not fully understand the significance of all the tourist souvenirs being hawked by the hundreds of hawkers at the site – the obsidian heads, funeral masks, as well as various items of jewellery.  However these also made more sense once we had been to the museum.

brightly dressed dancers at Tecamac town fair

brightly dressed dancers at Tecamac town fair

Afterwards we returned to the town of Tecamac.  This appears to be quite a small town yet the extent of the fair is amazing.  We watched a troop of young musicians play some eight or more pieces of music, all with choreography, lasting at least half an hour.  There were some very energetic dancers, in traditional Indian costumes, who again danced for what was absolutely ages without flagging.

Tomorrow we are due to meet up with Jaime and travel into Mexico City.  So for tonight we returned to the Pemex garage on the way into the city.

Campsite – Pemex garage on Highway 57

Distance travelled – 117 km