Historical sites in Mexico city – Jeremiah’s goosebump moment
Jeremiah: “Hello. I am from Belize. My goosebump moment was back in 2018 when my best friend and I decided to take a weekend trip to Chetumal, neighbouring Mexico. We had often visited Chetumal City and so we decided to do something spontaneous and we booked our flights to Mexico City, where we spent the remainder of 2018 and came back in January of 2019. It was a thrilling experience because, as a historian, I got to experience the remains of Tenochtitlan, Teotihuacan (I climbed the sun pyramid and it was amazing), and I got to visit Veracruz, home to the Olmec civilisation, the first major civilisation in Mexico may I add, and saw their statue “stone head” creations. Along the way we also visited national parks like “Nieva de Toluca”, “Haciendas”, museums and other historical sites. Those were my goosebump moments.”
Mexico has a cultural and historical richness hardly surpassed by other countries. Every corner of this country treasures numerous anecdotes of great importance.
Such is the case of its capital, Mexico City, which is located on the ruins of the great Tenochtitlán and it is enough to walk through the first streets of the Historic Center to find that pre-Hispanic past.
Another example is Veracruz, which allows visitors to travel back in time through its buildings and traditions, where the most important historical figures, from the conquest to the present, have left their mark.
The ruins of the great Tenochtitlán
The Aztec culture was one of the most important pre-Columbian cultures that developed within the American territory, and, although its history dates from the XIV to the XVI century, they have left in what we know today as Mexico, a wide sample of their power through archaeological remains millions of tourists visit annually.
Among the most important Aztec ruins are the ruins of Tenochtitlán, which were discovered in early 1978 by a group of workers from the Mexican Light Company, without them knowing that what they had found. It would later be considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in Meso-America.
Pyramid of the Sun of Teotihuacan
Another attraction is the pyramid of the sun of Teotihuacan that was built almost 2,000 years ago. It was made as a monument to commemorate such a distant event and a space for religious worship. It was very probably the tomb of the king who ordered it to be built.
It rises a total of 60 meters above the plain of the valley of Tehuacan, in the arid landscape of the central Mexican Altiplanicie. It is undoubtedly the most important monument of Teotihuacan, the first great city of pre-Columbian Mexico.
The Olmecs, the mother culture in Veracruz
Veracruz is a land of colours, aromas and flavours, a cradle of Mexico’s history, being the place where some of the most important cultures of Meso-America settled and where the Spanish conquistadors entered more than 500 years ago. This immense cultural richness is reflected in an enormous number of magical places and tourist attractions.
Veracruz has an important historical legacy, where three cultures developed and left a legacy that still survives: the Huastecans, the Totonacs and the Olmecs, mother of all Meso-American cultures. The historical value of the state is impressive, so much so that it has been called heroic four times, being the scene of important events in defense of national sovereignty, in battles against U.S. and French troops.
A natural wonder
In the State of Mexico you can find one of the most beautiful natural sceneries in Mexico: the Nevado de Toluca. After a winding dirt road and a couple of miles of walking, you reach the crater of this extinct volcano, also called Xinantécatl, which reaches a height of 4,680 meters above sea level.
The view from the Toluca Valley and the Ajusco to the mountains of Veracruz and Oaxaca is breathtaking. This panoramic view is even more amazing in the winter season when the peaks are covered with snow, as well as some of its coniferous nooks and crannies.
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