Toltecs in Tula
Trip Start Jul 09, 2012
14Trip End Jul 23, 2012
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This archaeological site was an important site to the Toltec civilization. The Toltec established their capital at Tula. Their god was Tezcatlipoca; this god later became an Aztec god. At its height, Tula had 40,000 inhabitants, but the civilization disappeared after 300 years.
I began by visiting the museum first where I viewed pottery, jewelry, sculptures, etc from the Toltec. Next I took a long walk out to the site. I really enjoyed what I saw and was glad I made the long trip out to see it all. As with all Mesoamerican ruins, it was a steep walk up to the top of the "pyramid". On top I was rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the ruins, the town of Tula, and surrounding mountains. Of course also on top were Toltec statues. I spent a good time up there enjoying the views. When I came down I walked around more in the ruins. I saw the remains of some great art carved into the stone.
When I finished touring, I faced my next challenge of finding a local city bus to take me back to the main terminal. I tried to flag them down but failed four times. I then approached a local and asked if I was even in the corect place. He told me that I was but since I had been unsuccessful to catch a bus he offered to give me a ride. Now don't tell my mom, but I accepted the ride. I'm still happy to report that I was not mugged or kidnapped and this provided further proof that there are too many negative stereotypes. Once at the station I got my ticket for the hour and a half ride back to Mexico City.
In the evening I ventured over to a different hostel. I am so sad how unsocial mine is. I quickly made some new friends at this other hostel and we ended up all going out to a couple of bars together. It was like a gathering of the U.N. with people from Mexico, Netherlands, England, Australia and Uruguay. I tried mezcal for my first time and survived the "fire water". At our first bar I had a chance to try some Mexican craft beers. At our second bar we ordered a box of 25 beers. Definitely a good time with new friends!