Ixmiquilpan has the largest market that I have seen so far in Mexico. The part I saw covered three large rectangular blocks. There were hundreds of vendors selling what ever you might need. I think these are pig skins...there was a large section devoted to these.
There are many hand implements available and I see them being put to work everyday. Notice the blue implements, with the handle on top, on the right side of this photo...they are tortilla presses and they are in constant use in the market.
It appears that Coke is more popular here that in the States. I can not remember seeing a Pepsi...?
This is the church on the plaza. Ixmiquilpan is typical of colonial towns in Mexico...the plaza is the center of power with the church at one end and the government palace at the other.
This is the plaza with the municipal palace at the far end.
And this is the plaza with the church in the background.
On Wednesday morning, I left Ixmiquilpan and headed south to the Pyramid of the Sun about 20 miles north of Mexico City. The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in Teotihuacan and one of the largest in Mesoamerica. Found along the Avenue of the Dead, in between the Pyramid of the Moon and the Ciudadela, and in the shadow of the massive mountain Cerro Gordo, the pyramid is part of a large complex in the heart of the city. I arrived about 2:30, went to the complex of the Pyramids, and climbed the Pyramid of the Sun and took these photographs.
After my personal tour of the pyramid complex this morning I rode about two hours north to Santa Maria Regla to see the prismas basálticos. The basaltic prisms Santa Maria Regla is a rock formation on which falls a little jump which is located in the municipality of Hidalgo of Huasca de Ocampo. They are the result of slow cooling lava millions of years ago. Thus formed basalt columns 5 or 6 sides, each other vertically and horizontally. These basalt columns decorate the canyon walls Alcholoya by falling four cascades of water from San Antonio Dam Rule (old Hacienda San Miguel Regla). They have an approximate height of 40m and a diameter of 0.8m.
At the main dig site this morning where a tunnel is being excavated that runs under a pyramid and the site.
This is the pyramid where the tunnel if thought to be going. At present 76 meters of the tunnel has been excavated, it is known that the tunnel extends 102 meters and is believed to be 120 meters long. That would put it at the center of this pyramid.
Me with the Pyramid of the Sun in the back ground.
The before mentioned pyramid.
These are photos of the prismas basálticos. These rock formations are only known to exist here in this location in Mexico and in one location in Australia.