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If I had to choose just one place in Mexico where I would go over and over again, it would be Teotihuacan ruins. Why? I’ve NEVER felt so much energy, life force and simple magic anywhere else in this world. First, we visited a shop with many artifacts that are made here, which is also the place with the highest Government permission to make copies of the Anthropology Museum items. Then, we took a walk around. It is said the area was inhabited since 100 BC and left empty around 750 AC. The tribe influenced other cultures in Mesoamerica including the Mayas all the way down to Costa Rica. In 375 AC they conquered other cities and made them pay a tribute to them, the Mayas too. It is very expensive to uncover the pyramids and we can still see some hills with the pyramids underneath the grass. There were around 2,000 temples in Teotihuacan so imagine how many centuries it is going to take to make them all open for public!
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The city was not as large as Teotihuacan, but it was still immense. El Castillo, measuring 180 feet on its base and 78 feet tall, dominates the complex. Each of its four sides has 91 steps, and when added together with the temple on top, equal to 365, which is also the number of days of the Mayan calendar. During the equinox, the setting sun would cast a shadow on the steps that would give the illusion that a snake - the god Kukulkan - is descending from the temple. Another fascinating thing about the pyramid's steps is that when you stand in front and clap, the sound will bounce all the way to the top and echo back as different sound - something similar to a chirp of a quetzal bird.We stood in front of the pyramid doing this. The acoustics of the building was also designed such that the priests from ancient times can stand on top of the pyramid and can still be heard by the people below. The guide said that classical singer Placido Domingo did a concert in Chichen Itza, singing on top of the pyramid without using any sound system, and still be heard perfectly by the concert-goers.