Eventhough most archaeologists date the site from 150 BC – 750 AD, a more controversial dates place it over 12,000 years old. Teotihuacan covered eleven square miles, held 250,000 inhabitants (larger than Ancient Rome), was a centre of trade, politics and especially religion. Cultures from all over Central America, including the Maya, congregated here making the city a “melting pot” similar to Alexandria. It was abandoned for unknown reasons by 750 AD after being destroyed by fire. It was once the greatest city ever built in its time across the whole pre-columbian continent; an ideal society where everyone was equal; a massive worshiping place in a multicultural population; it was a society which respect and live in harmony with nature. Yet there’s still no convinced information about the genius minds behind teotihuacan’s creators. Did this utopia really exist?
The ancient ruins of Teotihuacan (teh-oh-tee-wa-can) are an enthralling web of mystery, and the origin of its founders is unsure. For many years, archaeologists believed it was built by the Toltec. However, the Nahuatl word “Toltec” generally means “craftsman of the highest level” and may not always refer to the Toltec civilization centered at Tula, Hidalgo. Since Toltec civilization flourished centuries after Teotihuacan, the people could not have been the city’s founders. There is archaeological evidence that Teotihuacán was a multi-ethnic city, with distinct Zapotec, Mixtec, Maya civilization and what seem to be Nahuatl quarters. Although it once counted more inhabitants then contemporary Rome, its citizens disappeared without a trace in 700 A.D. The name itself means “place where gods were born” , echoing back the belief that the gods of the world created the universe here.
The Teotihuacán Mapping Project has revealed is was laid out on a grid orientated consistently to 15 degrees 25′ east of north, which aligns it with the sacred mountain Cerro Gordo and may also have astronomical significance. ” This site was the Mexican equivalent of Giza in Egypt where one becomes a “god” by gaining the wisdom of life and death, and the dream illusion of reality. Teotihuacan, like the pyramids of Giza, contain no hieroglyphic inscriptions, for the Hermetic wisdom is actually in plain sight when one has the ancient symbols to understand it.
The city was divided . This appearance of ‘locks’ has led some to claim the street was once filled with water to predict earthquakes. Others see it as representing the Milky Way superimposed on the earth with the three main pyramids the belt of Orion. The Nile River and the pyramids at Giza also symbolized the Milky Way and Orion. Archeologist believe Teotihuacan was a map of the solar system.
On the fifth layer of the Sun Pyramid was found a layer of mica, a rock that forms in thin sheets one on top of the other. Under the floor of the temple are two-90 square foot sheets of Brazilian Mica. There is mica in Mexico, but for some reason the builders transported from Brazil to the centre of Mexico these intact sheets and placed them under the floor where no one would even see it. Mica is believed to offer a window to the psychic realm of divination and psychic abilities, and has properties like “an insulator or nuclear reaction moderator.” Could have the ancients pyramids’s creators been using the mica as some sort of power generator for Teotihuacan?
Great ancient sites were placed on top of a worldwide geodetic grid system. Shamans and mystics understand that energy meridians, sometimes called ley lines, run through the earth. Where they cross are the equivalent of acupuncture points on the body, areas where the spot can effect the whole. Sites were built on these earth connection spots, and create the instant shift of consciousness for people who are open to these energies while there. It is important to realize that the great sites like Teotihuacan or Giza were not picked at random but at places where one can tap directly into the transformative power of the earth.
At Teotihuacan people became Gods; while at Giza Pharaohs were transformed to “join the company of the Gods.” Like Giza the three pyramids at Teotihuacan have two in a perfect line, with the smaller one offset. The three pyramids at Giza represent the mysteries of Osiris (Great Pyramid), Isis (second pyramid) and Horus (third smaller pyramid). Interestingly the main pyramid at Teotihuacan is the Pyramid of the Sun (sun-male energy), Pyramid of the Moon (moon-feminine energy), while the small pyramid of Quetzalcoatl could be of Horus. The smaller Pyramid of Menkaure at Giza was actually built of two different kinds of stone, the top made of white Tura limestone and bottom of red Aswan granite. The Hermetic colours represent the battle between Horus and Set. The third pyramid at Teotihuacan has two differing, perhaps conflicting symbols upon it. All members of the high Egyptian priesthood were considered Followers of Horus and it would be no surprise to find that ancient mexican tribes were Followers of Quetzalcoatl.
“The secret might be inside the pyramids” said the archeologists. A tunnel that has been closed for 2000 years has been discovered in front of the Quetzalcoatl temple, and it is being investigated already with some of the most advanced technology. It might take several years before they reach the end of the tunnel. It is believed that the answers to all our doubts about “the birthplace of the gods” will be found in the “time tunnel”. It was believed by the mexican ancient cultures that the underground world is where the link between death and life come together and gives you the opportunity to cross to the immortality. It might not be the underground world, but the Teotihuacan culture has achieved, through their mysterious architecture, the immortality in our terranal world.
HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR:
Flyvolare is the largest, most serious and most secure hot air balloon company in Teotihuacan, Mexico. They have a fleet of 10 balloons and offer scenic flights over the pyramids of Teotihuacan, a unique experience!!! and also to other parts of Mexico.
WHERE TO EAT:
“La cabaña” serves traditional Teotihuacan dishes. With a family atmosphere and mexican decoration this family restaurant is a great value. Try “Parrillada Asada Mixta” but make sure you have enough space in your stomach. After this heavenly lunch you will feel like climbing the pyramids of the sun and the moon at once!!!
By car (or taxi) - it takes about 45 minutes from the Mexico City, city center if you use the toll highway. It takes much longer, but more interesting, if you use the old free road. There is a small fee for parking at the site. A taxi may be prohibitively expensive, though sometimes “tours” with a car and driver/guide can be arranged for a reasonable fee if you want the convenience.
By bus - Buses to Teotihuacán leave from Mexico City about every fifteen minutes from Terminal Autobuses del Norte (outside Autobuses del Norte Metro station, Line 5, walk all the way to the left once you enter the terminal, gate 8). The buses also stop outside the Potrero Metro station (Line 3). A one-way ticket will cost MX$40 (Jan 2013). Check that your bus goes to the site entrance ofTeotihuacán ruinas and not just to the town of San Juan Teotihuacán nearby. From Potrero, exit the station and look for white buses that go to Piramides – they mean the pyramids of Teotihuacán. The trip will take around an hour, and the buses run until about 6pm — check the last departure before you leave. You will be dropped off and picked up at Puerta 2 (Closest to the Pyramid of the Sun), or by the front gate (gate 1). From there it’s a 1/8th of a mile down the main road entering the complex, you will be picked up there as well.
By tour bus - most travel agencies offer half or full day tours to the site, often combined with the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and the Basilica of Guadalupe, both of which are outside the city center. It’s a convenient way to combine the three, but note our comments above about getting to the site early. The price is around $200. As with guided tours everywhere in the world, these tours will waste much of your time by promoting gift shops, but they are still a convenient way to get here for Mexico City-based tourists.
There is an entrance fee of 57 pesos to enter the park. This is a large site, a lot of walking is required as there few other ways to navigate the complex, unless you have a car, then you can freely drive around the perimeter (if you are staying at the hotel in the park or heading to one of the many restaurants). There are tractor-drawn wagons with seats and shelter that run on a schedule known only to them. If you go by bus, they will deliver you to one spot, from which you will be required to walk to and from. If you tire easily, pack light for this excursion (i.e., no backpacks, heavy purses, etc).