I was SO stoked to visit Cholula. Yessss, I thought to myself, I can plan a special tour for me and the DiploMan to visit the hot sauce-making plant. I can buy a case to get airmailed to our address in China. Maybe they’ll even have some special peppers for me to taste if I write to them ahead of time.
Before my hot sauce-saturated imagination ran off with endless pepper possibilities, I decided to Google the town to see exactly what the deal was. Part of me was not surprised at all to find that the small town of Cholula, about an hour outside of Mexico City, had no relation whatsoever to the famous hot sauce that I love and miss so dearly. Of course, the other part of me was completely devastated.
The Cholula that I had not expected to visit is a small town most famous for its yet-to-be-fully excavated pyramid. If you’re like me and think that all pyramids come in geometrically perfect triangles or sphinxes, you might be as disappointed as I was to encounter an utterly massive hill with a series of wide stone steps to the top.
On the other hand, after climbing to the top, and realizing that you’re sitting on a portion of a 400 kilometer x 400 kilometer manmade structure with the top razed by conquerors to house their church, you would start to realize (as I had) the magnificence and history beneath your feet.