Mexico: The most enigmatic Aztec route


Legend has it thatGuided by their tribal god, Huitzilopochtli, the Mexicans left the mysterious island of Aztlan looking for their "promised land". That's how it was foundedMexico-Tenochtitla (according to historians in 1325), one of the largest cities of its time in the world. They also say that when the Spaniards arrived in Teotihuacán, another of the great mystery cities of the Aztec culture, they were amazed by its beauty and frightened by its state of abandonment. No native knew how to explain. We are facing one of themost exciting routes of the most enigmatic Mexico... the great aztec route.

It would be during our atrip to Cancun and Riviera Maya in 1996 when we would discover for the first time one of the most exciting prehispanic cultures that has brought more prophecies to the modern world. The Tikal in Guatemala, the vestiges of Honduras, Belize or El Salvador and the most incrediblearchaeological complex of Chichen Itzaor that of Tulum, here in the Mexican Yucatan, would be some of the "gifts" that theMayan civilization He left us in his passage of more than 3000 years through the history of the planet. The arrival of the Spaniards coincided with the decline of it where you can no longer speak of civilization.


Already in thetrip to Peru in 2010, although it is not the subject of this article, we would reach ancestral places of theInca civilization As theRaqchi archaeological complex and of course theMagic city of Machu Pichu.The Incas do have a worse memory of the Spaniards, since their expansionist empire was stopped after just 300 years of life.


However, we must recognize that there is a route that makes us especially excited, and touches the third great pre-Hispanic civilization that existed in America with Incas and Maya, a route that is within our medium-term adventures.We talk about the AZTECA ROUTE, one of the best trips that can be made in Mexico. Are you coming with us?

It is important to know that a large part of our route along the Aztec route brings together other pre-Hispanic cultures (as was already the case with the Incas) as it is not a civilization in itself, but an expansionist empire that occupied the central-northern part of Mexico during 250 years A) Yes,after choosing our means of transport andMexico hotelsWe will begin the adventure of the Aztec route in the capital, place where the Mexica built their main city in the "promised land", also calledTenochtitlan. After staying, it is possible that we can imagine about the ruins of the Templo Mayor or the circular monolith of the lunar goddess Coyolxauhqui in one of the museums, since the current Mexico D.F. He grew on her.


Our Aztec route will take us toTeotihuacan, 50 km from Mexico City andone of the main and most magnificent archaeological complexes within our touristic circuit and throughout Mexico, recognized since 1987 by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

Teotihuacán, its Causeway of the Dead, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon or its Temple of Quetzalcoatl, representone of the great mysteries of the world still today. The "city of the Gods" has an unknown origin, beyond 500 B.C. but it was the Aztecs who achieved their maximum splendor and encompasses dozens of unknowns yet to be resolved.


But although Teotihuacán is considered one of the most splendid cities of the Aztec era, it is inTlatelolco where we will find the greatest similarities with what Tenochtitlán could be, mostly buried today. Here we can imagine how he became themost important mall of the Aztec civilization.


Continuing south of Mexico D.F on our Aztec route, we will find the remains ofCuicuilco, which, like Teotihuacán, has origins dating back to 800 BC. but that the eruption of the nearby Xitle volcano swept in 200 BC. However, between the 11th and 16th centuries it was developed again.


We will finish the cultural part of this intriguing Aztec route in the temple of the so-called "House of the Eagles" inMalinalco, a sacred place carved into the rocks of the mountain.

Another possible end to this special circuit would be theXochicalco ruins, also declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999, and which brings together some of the best sculpted as well as the most impressive observatory, of all this imposing culture.

And as the canons say, and although this future and imaginary circuit can take many turns and there are more magical and mysterious places within the Aztec route where to get lost, a good place to rest before returning could be a corner of relaxation different from the usual ones , crowded and more promoted of the Yucatan Peninsula. For example inthe Manzanillo area, which has significantly boosted tourism in recent years and where the best accommodations of the size of theBarceló Hotels. We are in the "pearl of the Mexican Pacific"


It will be possible at this time, when we can reflect on the end of a really so exciting Empire, when in 1521 Hernán Cortés defeated Moctezuma II in what is commonly known as "The Fall of the Aztec Empire".

And you do you think? Do you find this tour of a different Mexico attractive? We will tell you from there, as always, someday ...

Paula and Isaac, dreaming of the Aztec route