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Day 3 - Tlatelolco, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Basilica de Guadalupe

The highlight of our third day in Mexico City was a visit to the Teotihuacan Pyramids. These are about an hour away from The Four Seasons and they are a very popular tourist destination so we opted to meet our guide at 7:00AM to avoid the rush. This plan worked perfectly. An added bonus was that we didn't have to climb a pyramid in the heat of the day.

We pulled over briefly for a quick early morning view of Tlatelolco.  This square is also known as the Square of Three Cultures where an Aztec ruin, 17th century church and a modern office complex are juxtaposed.

Getting up early paid dividends as we almost had the pyramids to ourselves. 

 

Pyramid of the Sun

Pyramid of the Sun

Many hot air balloons were in the air but only the first one made it over the Pyramid of the sun. The rest were pushed off course by shifting winds. I edited the audio on the above video to remove my laboured breathing. 

We stopped for a bite at a place with a great view

We stopped for a bite at a place with a great view

Julia then insisted that we visit a cave, which is unlike her, but I played along.  

La Gruta brochures

La Gruta brochures

We drank a bottle of wine in a cave. Just like my ancestors did 

We drank a bottle of wine in a cave. Just like my ancestors did 

After a short drive back towards Mexico City (where we both napped off our wine) we hit up the Basillica de Guadalupe. 

Carrillon tower

Carrillon tower

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Moving walkways help with crowd control

Moving walkways help with crowd control

View from the back

View from the back

There were some great geological things to see including building subsidence and a holy spring that spontaneously appeared.