by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner
One Summer In Mexico – Part 11 – July 15, 1970
Cerro Gordo, Estado de México
Have you ever wondered what was on that 10,000 feet tall mountain that looms behind the Pyramid of the Moon? You are going to see things that you have never seen before and will probably never see in person.
The following video will take you along on my dramatic climb up Cerro Gordo. By the time that my second class bus from Teotihuacan to Downtown Mexico City reached the Central Bus Terminal, very few subway trains and buses were running out to Colonial Nueva Santa Maria. By the time I reached the Soto house, Sr. and Sra. Soto were in bed and the two gals were in their night gowns. I thought my surrogate Mexican parents would be angry , when I showed up at the door after midnight looking frazzled, but instead they were grinning ear to ear. Lupe (Sra. Soto) even clapped her hands a little and said, “¡Finalmente! They thought that I had finally gone to a bar and picked up a prostitute. They had been worried about me. Sr. Soto patted me on the shoulder and told me that he would have house key made for me in the morning.
I told that I had climbed the tall mountain behind the Pyramid of the Moon, but they didn’t believe me. A week later, when I showed my slides from the top of Cerro Gordo to the lunch group at the museum, they were not the least bit interested in the stone ruins, ancient ruins and huge aqueduct that I found on the mountain. Or was that a taboo subject? What I discovered would certainly change my understanding of Teotihuacan five decades later.
And now, without further ado, join me on a climb up Cerro Gordo!