Teotihuacan and the Virgin of Guadelupe

I think I’ve had enough of Mexican ruins. Ancient Toltecs, Aztecs, Olmecs, Otomis, and Mayans had similar civilizations and built similar structures, which seem to differ only in their heights and sizes.
Teotihuacan pyramids aren’t the largest in the world, but large enough to impress. Climbing the Pyramid of the Moon was a piece of cake. The Pyramid of the Sun was a bit more challenging, but still a piece of cake compared to the Inca Trail (which will forever stay my one achievement, against which I’ll measure all others; and they will pale in comparison). The most dangerous part was simply standing on the top and being exposed to the wind, which was so strong up there that I was seriously concerned about being blown off the pyramid.
The view from up there was, of course, spectacular.
Most of the site was reconstructed, so the overall impression was of an entire intact city.
The most important distinction of this archeological site was that it had some very well preserved remnants of ancient frescos with vivid colors and distinctly visible figures of men and gods, each doing his own thing.
After the ruins, we visited Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe – Mexico’s national shrine. The place was actually quite beautiful and serene: the original church on the very top of the mountain, the old church from the 18th century, and the newest giant church (looking more like a synagogue) built in the 1970’s. The view from up there was lovely – both volcanos were clearly visible in the clear air. The picture of the virgin that Mexicans worship and consider to be her self portrait (sort of), is affixed on a high wall, but you can take an escalator and ride by to get a better look.
Personally, I didn’t feel any energy here, like in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, near the Wailing Wall, or in Sedona. Some places exude powerful energy, but not this one, not for me, nada.


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