We left Veracruz early in the morning, and in a neighboring village stopped at a little road-side eatery to get some eggs and beans to go. They’re always served with corn tortillas, and they’re one of the few reliable meals we can order wherever we go! This woman ran down the street to buy the eggs, and delivered our take-out meal to our car window. Kind of like a drive-through…

Couldn’t help but snap a photo of this beautiful place…wherever it may have been!

Next up, we went to see the famous Piramide Del Sol, Pyramid of the Sun, north of Mexico City. It is the world’s third largest pyramid, surpassed in size only by Egypt’s Cheops and the pyramid of Cholula. It is almost two football feeds wide on each side, and over 200 feet high! They believe it was built of “cobblestone” in AD 100, three million tons of stone and without the use any tools, animals, or even the wheel.

Not only are there a few GIGANTIC pyramids on this site, you walk down large road-like trail with huge pyramid/platforms on both sides.

Jared climbed up one of the big ones while I waited at the bottom with the kids.

Some pretty detailed paintings still remain in some protected areas. Check out this jaguar!

There were vendors hawking their wares everywhere. We succumbed to a few of them…being unable to resist some handmade instruments. I guess my musical upbringing still resides deep within me. This guy claimed to make his own flutes out of clay, and the designs are his replicas of ancient flutes that can be seen at the big museum in Mexico City. He dyes them various colors with natural ingredients…green bugs, yellow flowers, blue shells, and I’m guessing the general brown color was from coffee–they sure smelled like it!

There was no protection from the elements at the Pyramid of the Sun. Perhaps that’s how it got its name?!  😉  No trees to hide in the shade…and no way to hide from the vendors, either. Beware…both the sun and vendors may catch you!

Yucatan Road Trip Day 29 - Final Day!

We left the pyramids and planned to set up and look for a hotel on the way back to the Chapala area, where we have a home base. As the night drew closer, we looked at the clock and realized we could make it all the way home by 11pm. Sure, we’d have to drive 4 hours in the dark (a supposed big no-no in Mexic0), but almost all of the driving would be done on secure, well-paved toll roads. So…the kids fell asleep, and we drove and drove, and fell into our SOFT bed that night.

2 Responses to “Pyramid of the Sun”

  1. Hi! I have been following your adventures for the last month and really enjoyed reading about them. We are a traveling family of 5 too and spent the last winter in Costa Rica. We are leaving in a week for a year-long road trip (we are in Canada) and would like to spend 3-4 months in Mexico. However, it would mean crossing the border (probably in Nopales or Laredo). I would love to hear your opinion on this. We don’t want to put ourselves or our girls in a dangerous situation. Also, I would like to know if it is realistic to think that we will be camping in Mexico (in campgrounds). We have a 30 feet long trailer. You can write to me personnally if you prefer (cforest@hotmail.com). Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Catherine! I will email you personally…but here is a starter…I am excited about your upcoming trip to Mexico. It is amaaaazing, and you do not need to be worried or concerned about the US/MEX border crossings! It is easy as pie. Camping in MEX is trickier, but I would recommend you check out a Mexican Camping book that was recommended to us by other campers who have done it! We own it, although we’ve never camped! Haha! You will be limited with where you can drive in a camper, so you’ll have to take taxis or buses to get into a lot of towns that are absolutely worth it!

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