TUESDAY, July 12
Yesterday’s drive to the campground at San Juan Teotihuacan de Arista wasn’t that far, but it was confusing. We had to navigate through Pachuca, a city of 300K inhabitants. The confusion was caused by spotty cell phone reception – for mapping – and Mexico’s infuriating practice of providing destination signs until you absolutely positively need them.
This morning we caught a taxi to Teotihuacan, the site of the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas. We hired a guide, Miguel, whose English was passable. With one exception, the Pyramid of the Sun, the site is unremarkable. Most of the city is still unexcavated. A lot of the site was destroyed on the orders of Mexican president Profirio Diaz in the early years of the 20th century in a fruitless but destructive search for rumored gold. And, finally, it eventually dawns on the visitor that most of site is a reconstruction.
We’re storing the camper for the next week while we sample the charms of Mexico City.
Mineral de Chico: