Ancient Pyramids and the Spring Equinox

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Mexico was probably the most underrated destination that I’ve been to so far on my travels. I’ve heard enough stereotypes about Mexicans, and all I’ve heard about the country is how dangerous it is. Well after spending a month there I have nothing but love for Mexico.

It didn’t take very long after I got off of the plane to realize that all my years of Spanish classes had failed me, but the locals still appreciated my poor attempts to speak the language.  I stayed in Mexico City and took in the rich ancient history that the country has to offer. I visited the Museum of Anthropology and saw lots of ancient artifacts from different eras.

Aztec Sun Stone at the Museum of Anthropology

There are endless ruins throughout Mexico from the time of the Mayans, Aztecs, Incas and various other civilizations. There was no way I could see them all in the short time that I was there, but that didn’t stop me from trying. I rode a hot air balloon for the first time over the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. I hiked a mountain to the temple Teputzlan. I also spent a few days in the town of Oaxaca and visited Hierve el Agua and the ruins of Monte Alban.

Ruins of Monte Alban

I even visited The Yucatan Peninsula. I went down to Cancun, laid out on the beach at Playa Del Carmen, then walked barefoot through the ruins of Tulum. The majority of the area is on a bed of limestone that has a very potent energy that is unique to that part of Mexico.

Ruins of Tulum

I had the privilege of visiting Chichen Itza during the Spring Equinox. Locals and foreigners come together to witness a celestial event that unfolds at the ruins. The temple of Kukulcan has a snake head at the base of the steps. During the Equinox, the setting sun forms the shape of a snake through a combination of sunlight and shadow along the side of the temple steps. This event only happens twice a year, during the spring equinox around March 20th and the fall equinox around September 23rd.

El Castillo, Temple of Kukulcan

All of the onlookers gather together in front of the temple to watch as the snake god takes form. When the shape is complete, people raise their hands to honor the return of the snake god Kukulcan and pray. The entire experience was one I’ll never forget. There was much more for me to do in Mexico but I was mostly lost in all the history that still felt so alive throughout the land. I’m looking forward to seeing an entirely different side to the country the next time I visit.

Nevado de Toluca

 


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