My post-trip reminiscences invariably include some wishful thinking under the heading “I wish I could go back to….”. But down here in the lower Southern Hemisphere our “tyranny of distance” impositions of travel time and costs dictate that a return visit to destinations that impress is a big ask. But that doesn’t stop the daydream. High on my wish-I-could-go-back-to list for Mexico City is the amazing National Museum of Anthropology and its 600,000 priceless artefacts.
Our organised tour, while fascinating and informative, was way too short. It’s impossible to do justice to thousands of years of complex civilisation in a couple of hours, especially when signage is mostly in Spanish. So my advice to would-be visitors to Mexico is give yourself at least a day at the Anthropology Museum and rent an audio guide, or hire a personal archaeology-savvy, bi-(or multi) lingual guide. The Mesoamericans had a rich spiritual and ritualistic life, promoted by the extensive use of plant-based hallucinogens, which had a distinct bearing on their cultural forms. Here is a taste-test of the treasures that await.
Illustration of items traded among Mesoamerican cities.