Traveling through the vast deserts of the Teohuacán Valley, and exploring the ancient grounds of the Aztec Pyramids opened up my eyes to the dynamic layout of such an underappreciated part of the world.

The city of Putla, located in the southeast part of Mexico, portrayed an environment that had an array of vibrant culture and simplistic values mixed with warmth and camaraderie. Immersed among the people of this rural area, I was invited to join in the locals’ daily rituals and traditions. I learned the farming techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation, and baked my first batch of fresh breads using a wood burning clay oven.

Mexico City, on the other hand, is one of the largest cities in the world and was built over top of an ancient Mexican city. With the bustling cars above, it is hard to believe that such a beautiful part of history is completely masked from existence.