Our last stop on our tour of the state of Puebla was Cholula, home to the world's largest pyramid. It is now grown over, with a church on top of it. At first glance it looks like a normal hill, but if you look closely you will see the stepped edges of the massive Aztec temple. Very cool. We parked the car and wandered for awhile...
Colors of Cholula.
After a very long walk up the hill/pyramid, we made it to the church perched atop. The Spanish put this, and 39 other churches in this small town, supposedly because they were difficult to convert. On the way up here, we were surrounded by children with bottle rockets. Every explosion made all of us jump. That got old pretty fast.
Even at a church perched atop a pyramid, there is a craperia.
The view of Cholula from the top.
The flags match the sky. How pretty.
More of Cholula...
Here is the base of the pyramid. We thought the entrance was right here, but we were mistaken. It was actually miles away.
So many choices!
Here's our friends' car after driving through the potholes. Just kidding! It's not really their car!
Finally! We have made it to the excavated portion of the pyramid, and look! There's the church on top too!
Hola senor pre-colombiano!
Here we are in the mysterious echo chamber! It really should be called the annoying chamber, because once the other tourists realize that this spot makes funny noises, they cannot stop clapping and making all manner of noise. Fun (?) with science!
The temple was built over itself over and over. Look at how twisted and mangled it is.
More temple views.
One last look up the hill, this time with a contextual cactus.
Shortly after leaving this site, the rain came. And it was serious. It was probably 6 inches deep, and was blowing manhole covers off the road. It was pretty wild, but we made it home safe and sound. Until the next Mexiventure!