For those tourists who couldn’t care less about ruins and history, I have found your ideal place. Because, let’s be honest, even though these sites are of no interest to you, you still feel guilty not seeing them when they’re so close, like they are in Mexico. There is an obligation as a member of the human race and as a curious traveler to visit them.
So if you have one of those annoying travel buddies who insists on a week-long hike through the jungle to see ruins and artifacts, you can placate him, and save yourself time and money, by going to Mexico City's National Museum of Anthropology. It is here where you can find the world's greatest collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. But that’s not the great thing about it. The great thing about it is that this is the place where you can take a few well aimed pictures and pretend you have bushwhacked through the jungles of Mexico to see the great pre-Columbian ruins.
Just outside of the museum's halls, right next to one of Mexico City’s major highways, sits a replica of some famous site from Mexico. (You’re gathering pictures. Names aren’t that important.) It's just a replica, but in my eyes it may as well be the real thing. Take a look and see if you can tell it’s a replica.
Back inside the museum's walls are some reconstructed rural Mexican homes. It's almost as if I took a twenty hour bus and boat ride to reach this out of the way hut.
But in reality I took an air conditioned cab about twenty minutes from my hotel.
After roughing it for five minutes through clean and well lit halls, I joined some locals at small town church.
After getting in my prayers, I headed back outside to explore one of the impressive temples.
Did I find treasure?
Nope. It's a goddamn replica!