View of the Pyramid of the Sun from the mid-point landing on the Pyramid of the Moon
The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest pyramid in all of the Americas. It's located in Tenochtitlan, outside Mexico City.

When people think of Mexico several images probably come to mind. The first is of farmers cloaked in a zarapes, wearing sandals coaxing a donkey on a dirt road. Cactus covered deserts, or a large, smog ridden city besot with crime and poverty.

That Mexico is not the Mexico I know. The Mexico I've experienced is richly complex and vibrant. Each region of Mexico has it's own vegetation, traditions, and allure. A few of those places are Teotihuacan, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico City, and Xochimilco.

Teotihuacan is a grouping of pyramids that includes the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, and other lesser pyramids that line what is known as the Avenue of the Dead.

A small church in Morelia, MichoacanThis church is well known because it's fountain water is holy water.

Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan. Morelia is known for it's pink limestone, of which the majority of the traditional colonial homes are made of. It is located in a lush valley surrounded by large lakes. There are many places of interest in and around Morelia. Depending on the time of the year travel to Morelia occurs, there are numerous traditional celebrations that shouldn't be missed. One is the celebration of the birthday of it's namesake, José María Morelos.

Mexico City is known to be the largest city in the world land-wise. Downtown Mexico City, known as the Zocalo, has been the hub of power in Mexico since the Aztecs built their great city Teotihuacanthere. The center of Mexico city was built on a giant lake by the Aztecs.

view of XochimilcoTouring Xochimilco (21.15kb)

Xochimilco is all that remains of the once vast network of canals that served as the main mode of transportation for the Aztecs within Mexico City and to it. Visitors can take a ride on Chalupas, which resemble over-sized gondolas, and tour the canals, as well as observe the activity on the Chinampas (land between the canals).