Monday, June 24, 2013

Nov 2012: I visit the Pyramid of the Sun and nearly become a sacrifice

 photo 736-IMG_6646_zps4acb589a.jpgSo I reach the Pyramid of the Sun and boy its an inspiring sight. Its not as imposing as the Cheops Pyramid but still its imposing.


This is how it used to look like..bloody hell!

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Getting closer, it fills my vision, cant even get it in my camera view

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Some of the statues that were found here. Not much was found here anyway

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Man o Man, I have to climb up to that? just kill me.

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One of the archaeologists on site.   photo 751-IMG_0031-001_zpsf263d898.jpg

I start climbing..a short one this time

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And that just near about kills me anyway. I take a breather. See the Pyramid of the Moon in the background? But more importantly, can you see the dark covered whitish stuff in the foreground? this covered the pyramid once upon a time. And on here, gloriously large beautiful murals were painted. Alas, now nothing is left.

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the avenue of the dead

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I reach the next level.

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The sides of the pyramid have been restored..but what’s with the outcrops? so I found out that these outcrops helped to keep the limestone cover in place. Like pegs.

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Next level up

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The views are getting better. I am already at the height of the Pyramid of the Moon.

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These chaps were doing some kind of a sun dance…I think or the Macarena Variety..

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Next step up..higher than the Pyramid of the Moon. And should you be sitting there at the edge young lady?   photo 766-IMG_0080-001_zps48e37797.jpg

The courtyard in front of the pyramid of the sun

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The views have started to become spectacular..quite a lot of buildings in situ

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And looking into the distance..

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I have reached the highest level. possible level that is. Cant go any further. Its prohibited. The policeman at the top will ensure so. Some zone of investigation…

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I look down at the Pyramid of the moon, looks tiny

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I start going around the pyramid clockwise

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The car park

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The avenue of the dead looks very impressive

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You really cannot make out the sheer amount of construction from the ground..

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Broke out my telephoto lens to take a bit of a close up…gosh, and I just went up to the first level…there are 3 more levels to the Pyramid of the Moon..

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And looking back up..

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Walking on the final ledge. Thank God I was wearing good hiking shoes, I tell you, I saw girls wearing heels.

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Excavations and covers

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A well?

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I am now on the Northern side of the pyramid.

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Looking North

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And panning towards East. Pretty impressive.

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Keep walking on the north side

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Steep steep slopes.

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Oh! hello? there was a grated entrance here..and I tried to peek in but wasn't able to see much…quite interesting..

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Some more foundations

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Looking almost West

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And there’s the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent. Looks strange. Almost like its lopsided to the right no?   photo 797-IMG_0176-001_zpsd08e2f54.jpg  photo 798-IMG_0179-001_zps088e2564.jpg  photo 799-IMG_0182-001_zps02a50548.jpg

So that’s where we walked around..Huge frikking place

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I keep on walking

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A fairly sharp slope..wouldn't like to stumble down here.

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More evidence of the widespread construction here.

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More sun worshippers

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Hello there…what a job, eh?

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Steep steep steep

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More sun worshippers

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And sun worshippers of a different kind

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I head down

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See what i mean? 6 inch heels!!!! on top of a pyramid. These girls are crazy. And she heads up even more!

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I am down to the last level

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Looking up, I must have been crazy

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Looking back at the giant structure

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Beautiful..quiet, mysterious…this spoke to me more than the Cheops Pyramid did, I have to admit.

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Looking up the Avenue of the Dead.

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Back in the van

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The back of the Pyramid of the Moon. As usual, its a Potemkin Pyramid, lol, the front has been restored but the back is well, left to its own devices.

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We stop for a bite to eat

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Where I dress up :)

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Back in the van

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The sun is setting

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And another Pyramid??

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No, its just a modern structure.

An excellent day out indeed. Loved it. Now for bed..

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