Travel Tuesday: Ancient Pyramid

I’ve always been fascinated by pyramids (along with castles/waterfalls/arches/bridges) so as soon as I found out there was one near by that had only recently been open to the public I knew I had to see it. Canada de la Virgen was first excavated in 1995 and has only been open to visitors since 2011 – and that access is strictly controlled because it sits on private property. Guides are mandatory and the tour involves extensive walking on uneven ground.

The site was built by the Otomi people around 530 AD and faces the celestial north. The Otomi were sky watchers and there have been archaeoastronomical studies conducted. Because of its orientation, the moon moves along the stairs of the House of Thirteen Heavens at key times during the solstice periods and the lunar calendar.

The site contains multiple structures that have been excavated and many others are believed to still be covered. New findings and constant changing in beliefs are common with archaeology and our guide told us it is possible this site was used for matriarchal/feminine ceremonies.

House of the Thirteen Heavens
House of the Wind
House of the Longest Night

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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