Highlight of the trip was a day spent at the pyramids - this valley, near Mexico City, was home to perhaps 250,000 people a thousand (?) years ago. These pyramids were discovered under hills about 100 years ago; there is much yet to be explored.
The avenue of the dead - the main street of the temple complex. This is larger than it looks, as the road right here is at least half-mile long and used to be lined with big temples.
More detail along the avenue - these steps used to lead to major temples
More detail of how big the road and wall are
Wall carving of a jaguar on the side of the road
The sun pyramid - about 200 feet tall, 365 steps !
From the front
Closer up it looks even bigger
And up real close it's darn huge !
Okay, time to start climbing
Wow, that's steep
Going down is almost as bad
Actually going down - and this is the morning of a business day - see how crowded it is
The actual pyramid surface, lots of rocks jutting out
Now at the top - with moon pyramid behind
The view of more temples to the left (9 o'clock)
A big complex to the left (10 o'clock) - these are all foundations of major buildings or temples
In front (11 o'clock)
And a right view (1 o'clock)
Further right (2 o'clock)