Teotihuácan, outside of Mexico City, blew my mind! I’ve visited the pyramids in Cairo and it’s my opinion that Teotihuácan is far more impressive. I had no idea there were such incredible ancient sites in North American.
Archaeologists have been excavating here since the 1600s, yet so much about Teotihuácan is still a mystery. This fascinates me. I like to think about each and every clue that still has to be uncovered to solve this puzzle.
We do know that the city reached its peak between 450 CE and 600 CE. During that time, the city had a population of around 200,000 people, which is about the same size as modern-day Montgomery, Alabama. Around 700 CE, the city was abandoned for unknown reasons.
We also know that Teotihuácan’s builders had a great understanding of our solar system. The construction of the pyramids align with the movement of the Sun, Moon, and stars. This means these ancient people understood geometry and astronomy. One theory states that this planned layout provided a way for the people of Teotihuácan to keep accurate time. It was like a giant sundial.
As interesting as all of this is, the best part of visiting Teotihuácan is getting to climb the Pyramids of the Sun. Unlike the pyramids in Cairo, visitors here can make the steep trek to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, which is about the height of a 20-story building. Climbers use caution! The steps of the Pyramid of the Sun are incredible narrow – a clue that the builders had very small feet!