Ruins, Lucha Libre and markets
20.04.2007 - 24.04.2007 29 °C
On friday the 20thn of april, we put on our walking boots once more, and strolled around in the city. We saw a few more mural by Diego Rivera - the guy is everywhere. Friday night we went to a Mexican wresting show, they call it Lucha Libre, and it is really fun! The wrestlers/performers are extremely talented, and they fly through the air etc. The special thing about Mexican wrestling, is that the wrestlers wear crazy spandex costumes, including fantastic hoods in leather, latex sequins or feathers. They also have very exotic names, such as Danger, Molotov, Nosferatu, Satanico, Blue Panther, Ultimo Dragon, Tarzan Boy, Blue Demon Junior, and everyone`s apparant favorite: Mistico. Excellent show.
On saturday the 21st we took a day trip out to the ruins of an ancient city called Teotihuacan, 50 km north of Mexico City. It contains two major pyramids, plus a large area of smaller ruins and roads. The largest pyramid - Pyramid of the Sun - really blows you away. It is the third largest pyramid in the world, only surpassed by Cholula and Cheops. It is currently 70m tall, and was built from 100 AD, a millenium or so before the Aztecs! It is constructed from 3 million tons of stone and brick, by a culture which had netiher metal tools, pack animals, nor the wheel. We took great pictures here, and even though I should know better by now, I got really sunburnt (the first of many, I`m sure).
On the 22nd we spent a lazy day walking aroubnd Mexico`s markets and department stores, which really underlined the huge divide between rich and poor here.
On the 23rd we went back to the tattoo parlour, to get Al`s tattoo finished. Unfortunately, it is still not healed completely, so the guy did most of it, and the rest will have to wait for another country, because now we really are out of here!
Today, the 24th, we checked out of hotel Buenos Aires, and headed for the TAPO bus station, to catch an all night bus to Palenque, an ancient Mayan ruin city. More from there soon!