Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico

MAY 2003 – Detailed view of Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. At a height of 70 meters, it is the third largest pyramid in the world. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

On my trip to Mexico City my colleague I spent the last day at Teotihuacan, the ancient city located 40 kilometers northeast of Mexico City. The site features many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas, including the Pyramid of the Sun (shown above) and the Pyramid of the Moon. At its zenith, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the Americas, with a population estimated at 125,000. (Wikipedia knows more.)

I captured this view of the Pyramid of the Sun from the top of the Pyramid of the Moon with a tele lens. I like how the giant size of the pyramid is highlighted by including the people as a scale. When climbing the pyramids, please take your time, because you are at 2,200 meters altitude at base level, and the pyramids add another 70 meters! It was really exhausting to get up to the top of the pyramide.

A great shot in my view.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time10-MAY-2003
LocationTeotihuacan, Mexico
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6482 x 4148 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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