09 June 2018

México 2.0: The Archaeological Site of Tula

After three days in Mexico City, I opted to venture north this time. I skipped Teotihuacan, as I have been there before in 2011, so I took the bus and went to Tula de Allende instead. It's a few hours north of Mexico City, so I hauled my bag to Terminal Norte, and I found a ticket for a bus that leaves in half an hour. Once we left, I made myself comfortable, and a few hours later, I found myself in my hotel room. And the archaeological site of Tula is an easy walk from where I was staying.

Tula is famous for its massive warrior statues standing on top of a pyramid. That was my destination for the day, but before that, there was some walking that was needed to be done. After all, the warriors aren't the ones that greet you when you enter. Rather, it is the museum that has a few interesting artifacts from this Mesoamerican culture.

It's a pity that most of the museum artifacts are only labelled in Spanish, as there's actually a treasure trove in this site. In any case, I made the best use of the limited Spanish that I know to figure out why this archaeological site is significant in Mexican history.

After visiting the museum, I headed forward, went through a cactus garden, passed by some souvenir shops, and the whole plaza and its collection of pyramids and ruined palaces opened up.

I first checked the ball court. It seems that every Mesoamerican site has something similar. Though frankly speaking, I still don't get what type of ball game is played here. I remember at one point hearing that it is actually a very morbid game, with severed human heads used as balls. I am not sure whether that is indeed the case or not.

And here are the warriors. The top of the pyramid is actually a busy place, with plenty of visitors trying to snatch the perfect photo. I joined them for the heck of it, and the pictures above are what I came up with.

The rest of the site is huge. Aside from the warriors, I also explored the Burnt Palace, where only the bottom half of pillars remain. There are also interesting carvings on the base of several structures. In any case, this place is worth checking out. It's an easy day trip from Mexico City, so that is an option, even though I opted to stay the night.

By this time, I was enjoying my trip. This trip started a little lame, but by this time, I realised that I actually like being on the move. And even though I am spending one night in a town where there's only one thing to see, I nevertheless had a great time, chilling in my hotel room, reading my book. Life is good.


  1. Looks less busy than Teotihuacan too, good pick.

    1. Zhu,

      There were some busy moments, but yes, they were definitely quite manageable.