The Teotihuacan Valley in 1961 (by William G. Mather, III)

The Teotihuacan Valley in 1961 (by William G. Mather, III)
The Teotihuacan Valley prior to the urban expansion of Mexico City. Notice the Sun and Moon Pyramids in the center and the edge of Lake Texcoco on the right.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 5 - An Early Return

During breakfast, Maria and I decided it best to go check out a few more of the pueblos from the documentary and head back to Mexico City a day early. We had accomplished more than I thought possible in the short amount of time we had been in the Teo Valley. In addition, I realized I could save several hundred dollars by checking out a day early and returning the rental car.

We first went to Oztotecpac looking for the old train station. Luckily we found it (see photo). On the way to Mazapa we saw a freshly planted field of nopales. Nopales are the only succulent planted in the area today, as maguey cultivation is all but extinct in the valley due to the decline in pulque demand. Nopales are grown for their leaves (pencas) and their fruit (tunas).

Next we stopped off in the zocalo of Mazapa to take a few photos.

Lastly, on our way back to Mexico City we stopped to take advantage of the extremely clear day to take a few shots of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl.

I believe we have enough footage and stills to hopefully convince funding agencies of the importance of redocumenting the Teotihuacan Valley.

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