Mexico photos including Mexico City, Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza

From majestic mountains, to pristine beaches, to thick green jungle, to ancient ruins, to the largest city in the world, Mexico has it all.

 

Down-to-earth and unpretentious, colorful and artistic, Mexico is filled with friendly people quick to smile and artisans selling handicrafts such as pottery, tapestry, jewely, and crystal sculptures. 

 

Ancient cultures such as Toltecs, Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs have also left their mark in numerous archeaological sights throughout the country.

Mexico Map

Mexico City

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Aerial View of Mexico

 

Mexico as seen from the plane... the country is actually very mountainous

 

Aerial View of Mexico
Aerial View of Mexico
Aerial View of Mexico City

 

View of Mexico City as the plane was landing...

Although the poverty is evident, the city is so colorful and festive

 

 

 

 

 

Paseo de la Reforma 

View of the pretty tree-lined main strip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paseo de la Reforma from a distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and zooming in

Notice the golden angel - so beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapultapec Park, complete with ponds, fountains, boats and a beautiful city view

 

Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City
Chapultapec Park in Mexico City

 

Entering the site I noticed these acrobats swinging on ropes - around & around & around...

 

 

The Pyramid of the Moon, at the far end of the site

 

 

View of the Pyramid from a distance - so mystical!

Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan

Up close, climbing the first batch of steps of the Pyramid of the Moon. With all the walking & climbing, a day at Teotihuacan can really get you in shape!

Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan

 

The magnificent Pyramid of the Sun

First straight on, then from 45 degree angles on either side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid of the Sun entrance

 

 

 

Note the size and slope of this thing...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing this pyramid is an arduous task, especially under the hot Mexican sun!

 

 

 

 

 

Another shot of the climb...

 

 

 

 

 

 

And looking over to the left at the Pyramid of the Moon...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zooming in for a tighter shot...(can you tell I love these pyramids?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the corner of the Pyramid. One each level, the platforms wrap all the way around the pyramid, allowing you to get different views of the site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the heart-pounding exertion, the view is worth the climb 

Looking out toward the Pyramid of the Moon

 

Acrobats at Teotichuacan entrance
Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan
Avenue of the Dead at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
View of Pyramid of the Moon from the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Moon from atop the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan - Pyramid of the Moon

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Teotihuacan - Pyramid of the Sun

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Cancun

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Chichen Itza

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Aerial view over Cancun
Aerial view over Cancun
Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
The Krystal Hotel in Cancun, Mexico
The Krystal Hotel in Cancun, Mexico

 

These shots were taken from the plane. Yes, that is the actual color of the water - vibrant turquois. It's so beautiful...

 

 

And now we've landed...

Looking south toward the luxurious stretch of beach from Punta Cancun, the upper tip.

 

 

 

 

- and looking northward

Crystal clear turquois waters...moist powdery sand...warm gentle breezes... The ideal vacation spot!

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, the water is really this clear...

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down, you can see strange rock formations -- almost like the ruins of an ancient city...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A slightly different view of the magnificent waters

 

Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Temple of the Janguar at Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico

 

This is a miniature model of Chichen Itza, on display at the visitor center. The site is so expansive, like an ancient city.

 

 

 

 

El Castillo

The gem of Chichen Itza, El Castillo is actually a calendar in stone.

 

 

 

 

 

A slightly different view. Notice the stairway on the left compared to the one on the right...

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down from atop the pyramid....don't fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within the top portion are hallways which lead you around all 4 sides. Carved in the doorways are beautifully intricate designs - the light was dim, but you can see some designs in this shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kulkulkan (the feathered serpent) rears his head at the bottom of the staircases. During the equinox, an sunlight & shadow illusion takes place that shows the serpent's body snaking down the corner of the pyramid.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful view from atop El Castillo, overlooking Temple of the Chac-Mool, also called Temple of the Warriors

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Temple of the Warriors. 

This area is called Group of a Thousand Columns, aptly so for columns stand everywhere - it's very Grecian and mystical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further down, are square pillars in rows and columns, all with intricate carvings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the Ball Court from atop El Castillo

 

 

 

 

 

Temple of the Jaguar, just outside the Ball Court. Notice the gathering storm in the background...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within the walls of the Ball Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ball Court stone reliefs

 

 

 

 

El Caracol (observatory)

The dome windows align with certain stars throughout the year; this determined when celebrations, planting and harvesting took place.

Ball Court Stone Reliefs at Chichen Itza, Mexico
Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico

 

All throughout the site stand these platforms, and you can climb them. This on is at the front corner of the Pyramid of the Moon.

Notice the rising moon...

 

 

 

 

 

This is the view from about mid-way up the Pyramid of the Moon. You can see the platform I just mentioned, and the amazing Pyramid of the Sun in the back.

 

 

 

 

 

And looking over to the right...

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of Teotihuacan from atop the Pyramid of the Moon, called Avenue of the Dead.

Unlike those in Egypt, you can actually climb these pyramids

 

Cancun, Mexico

 

These are shots of the Krystal Hotel's Grecian veranda. I love it here - very mystical...

 

Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico