Mexico

Mexico City

The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral dominates the city centre.

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México

The streets of Mexico City are very busy. The iconic Volkswagen beetle were often used as taxi cars.

Taxis in Mexico City
Green Volkswagen taxis in Mexico City.

Teotihuacán

The ancient city of Teotihuacán lies 42 kilometres north-east of the centre of Mexico City.

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Pyramid of the Sun
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Chichén Itzá

The ancient city of Chichén Itzá is on the Yucatán peninsular, over 1100 kilometers east of Mexico City.

One of the largest buildings at Chichén Itzá is a Mesoamerican step-pyramid called El Castillo (Spanish for “the castle”) or the Temple of Kukulcán.

Pyramid at Chichén Itzá
El Castillo
People climbing up the step-pyramid
Back in 2004, you can climb the very steep steps of Elcastillo.
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El Castillo
More people climbing El Castillo.
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El Castillo

Temple of a Thousand Warriors

This stepped pyramid is surrounded by about 200 columns carved with images of Toltec warriors. It is also called the Temple of a Thousand Columns or The Temple of the Warriors.

Top of El Castillo gives a good view of the Temple of a Thousand Warriors.

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View from the top of El Castillo.

The columns would have supported a roof, that was probably made of palm and grass. Today, only the columns remain.

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Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors.

El Caracol

Another temple is El Caracol (“The Snail” in Spanish). It has a spiral staircase inside. Most Maya buildings are rectangular, but this one unusual because is round.

It is also known as The Observatory, because it has sight lines aligned with various astronomical events.

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The Observatory temple (El Caracol)