Teotihuacan is one of those places that we visited briefly when we passed through in 2001. Coming back this time meant spending more time in the community and at the archeological site.
The RV park in the town of San Juan Teotihuacan is a comfortable place to relax and stay a while. The grassy field is fully fenced and contains three playful dogs. We were able to let Zeb and Mango wander freely without worry. The mother/daughter team that own the RV park are friendly, helpful and dog-lovers! Zeb made new friends quickly.
We set up in the shade and took care of some housekeeping tasks. Each day we wandered out into the community to check things out. One night we had Chinese food. The end of the meal left us curious with this question, “When you get fortune cookies at a Chinese restaurant in Mexico, are the fortunes written in Spanish?” The answer will be posted at the end of this story! Keep reading.
While we were wandering the zocolo (the city park in the middle of nearly every Mexican town) we spotted this cool statue. It was lit up for the night and actually spraying water. Most fountains that we have encountered are not in operation, so this was a special treat. We also found a barbershop on the zocolo and Mike stopped in for a haircut and a shave!
Our day at the archeological site started early so we could beat the heat and the crowds. Teotihuacan (Tay-o-tee-wha- khan) is considered the most visited site in Mexico. When we arrived, Mike was free to walk to the top of the main pyramid. By the time we left, they were regulating the flow of people walking up and down the steps to “uno y uno”. This meant a line of people were waiting and as each group came down, a new group could go up.
Teotihuacan is known for the two huge pyramids. When we visited before they were called Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon, but they are now called Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. They are separated by the Avenue of the Dead, which includes many walls, buildings and unexplored structures. This visit allowed us time to really enjoy the museum, with the full-scale model of the site. And spend time in additional rooms, passages and smaller temple areas on the grounds.
Back in town we strolled through town looking into the shops. These beautiful dolls and dresses are designed for flower girls, princesses and quinceanera helpers. We also enjoyed an amazing sushi dinner one night. And we came to appreciate the bells of the nearby church tower. If you look closely you can see some of the bells inside. This tower chimes every hour, sometimes every thirty minutes and also just before every church service. It was a beautiful background noise for our time in San Juan Teotihuacan.
We spent long hours relaxing at camp and enjoying the comfortable temperatures. The daughter at the RV park is a dentist, so we each got our teeth cleaned. We even visited a dermatologist for a skin check-up for Mike. We walked through the Mercado several times and we enjoyed food and drinks from several places in town. And of course, we had time to hang out with the dogs at our site!
And remember the question about the fortune cookies? Well, here is your answer: