Walk inside a pyramid with me!
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On 6/27/18, the archaeologist we were working with took us inside the tunnels of the Pyramid of Cholula. The great part about being with him is that we got to get in for free. Also, everyone calls us “archaeologists” here (Mexico) and it feels pretty good to have a job title that isn’t “student”!
The pyramid of Cholula was built in several stages (I think there were 8). There are little models showing the different stages of construction as you walk through the tunnels and a larger model in the museum that highlights the stage-wise construction.
The tunnels were well lit but did have problems with cave-ins due to water leakage from the sanitarium above.
The further into the tunnels you walk, the earlier stages of pyramid construction you run into.
After we emerged from the tunnels, the archaeologist (C.) took us “behind the scenes” of the archaeological site (meaning he took us past the ropes that keep the tourists out of the site and into where active archaeological work was occurring).
We entered through the door you see in the above photo to see the murals inside. One of them is the most famous mural of Cholula, the mural of the bebedores (or drinkers). They are pictured drinking pulque (see link if you want to know what this is).
Side Note: Here are some more of my food adventures!
I had to try some pulque! The drink of the bebedores. And I drank it in front of a replica of the mural of the bebedores even! I got the regular flavored pulque, but they offered strawberry and other fruity flavors, too. The correct way to drink it is out of the bowl, as seen above.
Next time you hear from me, I’ll be writing about Peru!