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: