Mexico - Mexico



Mexico is a traveler's paradise, crammed with a multitude of opposing identities: desert landscapes, snow-capped volcanoes, ancient ruins, teeming industrialized cities, time-warped colonial towns, glitzy resorts, lonely beaches and a world-beating collection of flora and fauna. In the eyes of cultural explorers, Mexico is also a paradise filled with facets of historical process of violent and peaceful exchange of ideas, the assimilation of exogenous cultural elements and the reinterpretations of the endogenous cultural elements. All these were the elements that enchanted me to visit this fascinating Mexico.

by Fernando Castro Pacheco
(10m x 4m) in The Palacio De Govierno, Merida
I must be out of my mind to start up my Mexico travel album with a non-joyous photo. However this painting depicts the eternal struggle that fills every page of the Mexican history, and most importantly this struggle exists in mankind in all corners of the world. Recognizing the existence of this struggle is what makes humans human.

This painting is an allegory depicting an eagle and a serpent as the two primordial elements in Mexico's eternal struggle between Good (the eagle) and Evil (the serpent). Castro Pacheco tries to give us his conception of this violent combat: a fight which, we hope, will eventually end with the triumph of Good; that is to say the liberation of the Mexican people and all their positive qualities from Evil - the serpent - symbolizing corruption, exploitation and poverty.


I was inspired to visit Mexico because of a documentary describing the history of the early civilization in Teotihuacán and the economic development from the obsidian stone. Here now I have the obsidian blade with me in front of the Pyramid of the Sun. You can bet I enjoyed the journey without regrets.

Palace of Fine Arts, in the center of the Historical Downtown of Mexico City.

National Museum of Anthropology. The roof and the fountain was erected by one single column. Quite an amazing design.

Teotihuacán Museum. Behind me is the famous Pyramid of the Sun and sisal plants.
Model of the City of Tenochtitlan. The city model in the front is the center of the floating island on the painting on the wall. It was the capital of the Aztec Empire. However the city was destroyed and water was drained by the Spanish conquistador.

Market in Puebla. Puebla is a beautiful colonial city with early industrial development. As I strolled around the city sightseeing the local's relaxing style, I couldn't help but ask how they survive? Later I did find out Puebla is the only North American manufacturing site of Volkswagen. (Well, I was in the rich area, so...)
Opera/Theatre House in Puebla.

Monte Albán, at its peak had an estimated population of 17,200 by 200 BC. It belongs to the Zapotec civilization.
A private house and garden beside the hotel I was staying.

Cathedral Basilica of Puebla de los Angeles. To my fellow European friends, it is just a church. Likewise while they were taking pics of the nature, I'll say it is so Canada.
Fancy interior of an old stylish building in Mexico City.

The non-tourist side of Puebla. This the worst I could find. Overall the city was very nice.
Meat market in Oaxaca. I had a minor diarrhea after a feast. Eating meat was so yummy. =P I'm a man eater, dudadupdup... (oops, I mean meat eater.)

Yummy M&Ms, but I dig brains more. Well, in this market I also had fried grasshoppers. Non-M&Ms also tasted fabulous! Oh, variety is the spices of life.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Puebla de Zaragoza

Ta! Ta! Brain Taco!
Plaza de la Constitucion (Zocalo) in Oaxaca. Oaxaca, the birth place of Benito Pablo Juárez García, the only full-blooded indigenous national to serve as President of Mexico. In his five terms of presidency, Juárez overthrown the Empire, resisted the French occupation (after moratorium of foreign debts), and reformed the whole nation! He rose from the lowest to the top. What he had done was exceptional!

Mitla, the city of the Dead. It was quite creepy as I did went down to its burial chamber.
Behind me is the famous wall of mosaics. The Golden Ratio was exhibited.
Natinal Palace, Federal District of Mexico.

They just had a concert in this largest Zocalo in America.
Famous House of Tiles. Every tile on the wall and interior was handmade and hand-painted.

Local market in Mexico City. What it means by "local" is that it's not for tourists - the real sight of the local.
The early history of Teotihuacán is still a mysterious. I am sitting on the Pyramid of the Moon, looking over the Valley of the Deaths. However, all these names were given by the Aztec. The true name and the function of the city mostly remain a mystery.

Teotihuacán was at its height in the first half of the First Millennium CE. It has been grossed as the birth place of Gods.
Zocalo in Puebla. Posed with me, Ruby Ruby Ruby and Steph.

We were on top of the world. Well precisely the top of Pyramid of the Sun.

The Mexican are famous of its textiles.

Where peasants lived in Teotihuacán, back in their period.