We avoided the roads to Mexico entirely by diverting over the pass towards Puebla, then north from San Martin Texmelucan towards Pachuca, then west again a short distance on Highway 132 to the pyramids at San Juan de Teotihuacan. Parking at Gate 2 nearest the Pyramid of the Moon, we paused to eat the last of our avocado tortas, visited with some American girls who were studying abroad in Pachuca, then headed into the pyramids around 1:30pm.
Access to the Pyramid of the Moon is only allowed halfway up. The summit is deteriorated and the steps haven’t been stabilized to allow safe passage. However, the ascent of the Pyramid of the Sun is assured with handrails. The steps become increasingly short and steep. Half way up, we detoured at the second of the four terraces and walked totally around the pyramid, marveling at the extent of the excavation and the sheer size of the ancient city. Lastly, we paused briefly to look at the artifacts and interpretations in the museum.
At the time we started our tour of the pyramids, Mauricio had said that he was leaving work in Mexico and headed for Indios Verdes where he would catch a bus to Teotihuacan. But my phone discharged from roaming far from a cell, so I carried my charger around and took a little siesta in the foyer of the museum while it charged. Coming out at 3:30pm, we called him and were disappointed that he was still at Indios Verdes, the northern bus terminal for Mexico City. Buses were no longer running this late to Teotihuacan, a tourist destination. So, I suggested that he head north to Pachuca, and we would find him there. Retracing our path east, then north to Pachuca, we arrived minutes behind Mauricio who came running across the boulevard, hopped over an iron fence, and dove into the car. Then, we began a long scenic route into the rain and the night en route to Queretaro. I’ll not forget the rock formation atop a ridge that looked like Wiley Coyote’s ears, one extended sharply upwards in a massive triangle of rock, and the other adjacent and truncated as if folded down.