Eric offered us a tour of the poor areas next time we come. It will be a driving tour, as it's too dangerous for us to walk ("rich" gringos). It may be too dangerous to even follow traffic laws.
The night we landed we cracked open some 12 year old scotch to commemorate our safe arrival and thank our guests for having us.
The following morning, we set out.
The remnants of their 60th anniversary party (held the night prior) is in the foreground.
Normally the space surrounding the pillar is a fountain. There's a bunch of carvings symbolizing a bunch of stuff all over the pillar, but since you didn't spend 50 pesos on the voice tour, you're S.O.L.
The museum is spread over the different areas civilizations arose in Central America. The prehistoric peoples, the Olmecs, the Michoacans, the Mixtecs, the Aztecs, the Mayans, and more. Each first floor is the anthropological/archaeological stuff - finds of prehistoric peoples, the pottery/technology, and ruins.
When looking at this diorama, you're standing over transparent glass, and below you is the recreated mammoth dig site.
I didn't get a picture of that because I'm an idiot who doesn't know about pikchurs.
This is one of at least 8 partial temples in this museum; most regions represented had at least part of a temple.
The rest was a blur.
He might be the first representation in stone of King Hippo, who later rose to prominence in the NBL.
Finally, this is one of the coolest things about the Mexican cultures - a reverence to the dead, and a belief that they rose every year on Dios de Muertos.
(Central) America, Fuck Yeah!
The sheer amount of skull iconography throughout all of the cultures is fantastic.
Probably unsurprising that many were involved in human sacrifice.
Later in the trip we see both a necropolis (at Mitlan) and a place where human sacrifice definitely occurred - Teotitlan, which is now covered by (and later discovered/uncovered in) Mexico City.
edit since I'm an idiot:
Teotitlan's where we bought some rugs. I meant Tenochtitlan.