Teotihuacan: Pyramid of the Moon

Our Teotihuacan adventure continues with the equally fascinating Pyramid of the Moon. Like its counterpart (Pyramid of the Sun), the Pyramid of the Moon was built around the same time, approximately 200 CE. Smaller yet strikingly prominent, it marks the northern end of the Avenue of the Dead, the main axis of the city.

Likewise, it was also the Aztecs who named it the “Pyramid of the Moon,” influenced by their belief in its lunar connections. Its purpose, much like the Pyramid of the Sun, leans towards ceremonial significance, likely used for rituals and offerings. The pyramid, standing about 43 meters tall, overlooks a spacious plaza.

We can’t climb up the Pyramid of the Moon. A captivating feature near the Pyramid of the Moon is the reconstructed elite residence. This structure provides a unique window into the lives of Teotihuacan’s upper class.

An artist was creating vibrant paintings using yellow color extracted from cactus flowers.

Our experience was somewhat marred by the aggressive touting by street vendors. The area around the pyramids is teeming with vendors selling various souvenirs and trinkets. While this is a common sight in tourist spots, the persistent solicitation can be overwhelming.

We then visited the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.