We did a couple more things before it was time to leave San Miguel. One day we went on a tour of some of the many murals in town. The tour was led by Colleen, who was at least partly responsible for the murals we saw.
Before 2013, murals were not allowed, but these are not graffiti, but real works of art.
So Colleen and some others petitioned for the law change, and are in charge of pairing the artist with the homeowner.
Some are very detailed -
And some take advantage of what is already there...
This whole street is covered with murals.
I think this was my very favorite. Just beautiful!
On my departure day, Rosemary drove me to the airport, and we took a little detour to Guanajuato. From there we took a bus on a very long windy road up to the Christ the King statue.
We're headed up to the top of that hill.
Beautiful scenery along the way!
We made it!
Great views in all directions.
There was a church inside the statue.
This statue, built in 1944, is one of the most historical important religious shrines in Mexico and marks the country's geographical center.
It is 75 ft high, on top of a 8900' mountain. After spending a little time here, we went back down the mountain and to the airport.
So goodbye, San Miguel! I will definitely miss your beauty -
Wow! Two on one trip! Three of us booked a tour to Teotihuacan, about 25 miles NE of Mexico City. It was a very long drive. This was our first view of the Pyramid of the Sun.
Walking towards it, I was reminded of all the vendors at Chichen Itza.
Rosemary, Janet and I, along with the other person on the tour, and our guide, Pablo. We liked him so much on the butterfly tour that we booked with him again. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're ever in San Miguel.
Janet and I walking to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. It's the 3rd largest pyramid in the world! Notice wimpy Diana is holding on, and Janet with the broken arm is not...
Rosemary posing at the top. We made it! And it wasn't easy, since we're at 7000' elevation.
Back down at the bottom, we walked along the Avenue of the Dead, towards the Pyramid of the Moon.
Along the way there was a very nice mural of a jaguar.
This city was established around 100 BC, and was the 6th largest city in the world at one time, with a population of 125,000 or more. It was mostly gone by 500 AD.
Rosemary and Janet also climbed the Pyramid of the Moon, but I passed since I had a headache from the high altitude. So Pablo took a picture of loser me...
Another view back to the Pyramid of the Sun. You can barely see the people at the top.
We walked over to the Palace, where the elite lived.
We saw some more murals -
And well-preserved carvings.
We then walked back around the Pyramid of the Sun, where we saw the formations that create a shadow that looks like a snake at the Equinox.
We also went through the museum. Some of it was quite nice -
But some was a little creepy. Apparently there was human sacrifice here...
After our tour, we went to a nearby restaurant for lunch/dinner. They have their own Mezcal factory.