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Mexico City, Pyramids, and Diego Rivera » Shu Z Lee

Mexico City, Pyramids, and Diego Rivera



A Weekend Trip to Mexico City

I went to Mexico City in May 2017 as a weekend trip – it’s a quick flight from Houston! It was absolutely amazing! My friends and I stayed in an Air BnB in Centro Historico. The Air BnB was close to good food, museums, and nightlife. We walked or Ubered everywhere we needed to go except when we went to the Teotihuacan Pyramids outside Mexico City. A private driver drove us to the pyramids, whom we contacted through our Air BnB host. I felt safe the whole time, even at night and there’s a lot of history to see and learn about. Click the link above to see all my photos from the trip!

Pulque – the best alcoholic drink

I tried an alcoholic drink called Pulque for the first time and it was AMAZING. Absolutely incredible. Pulquería Los Insurgentes served homemade pulque. I ordered the piñon flavored pulque – mmmmm I want it again! Piñon is a pine tree that has edible nuts. The Pulquería has a great rooftop patio too – a key element of a great night.

Teotihuacan Pyramids

The Teotihuacan pyramids in Mexico City were huge! Rocks jutted out the sides of the pyramids… my only guess is that workers stood on them to build the pyramids. Ropes and rails line the steep stairs of the pyramids to support you as you walk up. Wear good walking shoes! The main street that connects the two pyramids is the Avenue of the Dead. The Aztecs named the street when they discovered the city after Teotihuacan was abandoned. I’m not sure why the street is called Avenue of the Dead… and Google won’t give me a good answer either. The Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon are the two pyramids you can climb. The Pyramid of the Sun is the bigger one you see when you first enter the site. Then the Pyramid of the Moon is the one off to the left side of the entrance. The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid of the world and the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico City. These sites are recognized by the United Nations as sites with historical or cultural importance and are protect with treaties.

Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan, Mexico City

Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan, Mexico City

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Besides the pyramids, one of my favorite places was the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Centro Historico, Mexico City – a palace turned museum. Lots of works by Diego Rivera which were political pieces. Some were hard to digest. I found myself thinking about these paintings a lot more than any other work of art I’ve seen. My friends and I stared at Man, Controller of the Universe for a particularly long time. I think it’s about how we must be wary of technology in the hands of Man… for it can lead to good (like medicine and growing more food) and bad (like war, as depicted by the soldiers in gas masks). Rivera initially created the piece for the Rockefellers – deviating from the agreed upon mural. The Rockefellers took down the mural after much disagreement about the mural. I went to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts the other weekend and saw a bunch of paintings from the Palacio de Bellas Artes on loan! It was interesting to see how art moves around the world from museum to museum. If you would like to know more about Diego Rivera, please check out his biography on Artsy.

Overall Impression

Overall, I’d definitely recommend going to Mexico City, it was a great weekend trip from Houston and Centro Historico is compact enough to walk and/or Uber around. Click below to see my Mexico City Photo Gallery!



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