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Mexico City, Teotihuacan ruins & Chapultepec Zoo Feb 29th, 2012

sunny 25 °C

While on a week long vacation to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico we booked a flight to Mexico City for 1 full day to see the Mayan ruins of Teotihuacan!! A long, exhausting day, but worth it. Got to cross climbing the pyramids of Teotihuacan off of my bucket list :) So we were up at the crack of dawn, 3:40am, to catch a cab from our hotel in Playacar (just south of Playa del Carmen) to the Cancun airport for our 7am flight. We flew over the Sierra Madre Mountains. As we approached Mexico City we could see a thick layer of nasty brown smog! Growing up my whole life in Saskatchewan, I have never seen smog before ... I dont know how people live / breath here?! Yuck. When we landed we took a taxi for 45min out to the ruins of Teotihuacan (where the air was cleaner). There is a toll booth you will pass through and pay 50 pesos each way.

Look at how tiny the people on top of the pyramid are! That will give you an idea of its size!
Me getting ready to climb the biggest pyramid in Mexico at 216ft!
The view halfway up the Pyramid of the Moon, overlooking the Pyramid of the Sun
It took about 30min to climb to the top (I'm outta shape and get a bit of vertigo, so it was slow going with quite a few breaks, lol!) but we made it! What a great adventure to experience with my best friend :)
Holding a pyramid in the palm of my hand :)
A view of the Pyramid of the Sun at the far end of the Avenue of the Dead
Cactus & large Algave plants near the pyramids
We had some time left before our flight back to Cancun, so we took a taxi to Chapultepec Zoo. The good thing is its FREE & has a great variety of wildlife, the bad thing is with Mexico City's unreal traffic it took us 2hrs to get there from Teotihuacan!! Upon arriving we had to make our way through a gauntlet of vendors selling everything from nachos, stuffed animals, t-shirts, Mexican wrestling masks, and a whole bunch of things I couldnt identify!
Gorilla - this guy was HUGE!!
I have no idea what is going on with these monkey's butts!!!?
2-humped Asian camel
Hehehe! My fave pic from the zoo! Silly giraffe :)
Size difference
The whole reason for us wanting to come to this zoo is cuz they have Panda Bears, which neither of us have ever seen before! We were so excited ... just as excited as all the little kids running around, lol! But unfortunately the panda was sleeping, with his back to us, behind glass. Sigh. This is the only panda we saw, lol!
Thats all for Mexico folks! Stayed tuned for Venezuela!!

Posted by ChantelleS 21:11 Archived in Mexico Tagged wildlife ruins mexico mayan pyramid

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