Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan

Trip Start Jul 09, 2012
Trip End Jul 23, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Saturday, July 14, 2012

Left at 9AM on an all day tour.  Our first stop was the Tlatelolco, the site of the Three Culture Square.  Here we saw Aztec ruins next to a cathedral.  The Aztecs gained land in central Mexico.  Over time this land grew to be the capital city of Tenochtitlan (located in present day Mexico City).  It is estimated that the Aztecs made 20,000 – 250,000 each year.




Next we visited Guadalupe Shrine.  The Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe is the primary place for worship in all of Mexico.  It honors Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The blue-mantled Virgin of Guadalupe is the most important image in Mexico and responsible for uniting Catholic beliefs with pre-Hispanic Indian beliefs and practices.  The Basilica sits on the site where an Indian saw a vision of a lady in a blue mantle on December 9, 1531.


After a long drive we arrived at Teotihuacan.  Before we saw the site we had a traditional Mexican lunch buffet.  I enjoyed more of the chicken in the mole sauce.


Teotihuacan was inhabited between 100 BC – 700 AD.  The city reached apeak of about 150,000 inhabitants in 500 AD.  Many different groups of people lived in this city.  People from the central Maya region lived there from 300- 500 AD.  Teotihuacan was known as a major religious site with thousands of temples and shrines. 
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