Teotihuacan a majestic ancient city located approximately 40 km of Mexico City and also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
I meet this place when I was maybe 5 years old and I remember it was awesome, but now that I understand it was built without the tools or the equipment of our times it’s just extraordinary.
A common mistake is to think that Teotihuacan is only a two pyramids tour; it’s a lot more to discover in this wonderful place.
History of Teotihuacan, Mexico
Teotihuacan was built around 100 BC and it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. Its population was estimated at 125,000 during this time, around the 7th or 8th century the city was attacked.
The meaning of the name Teotihuacan is “Place where Gods were born”. As the name, the history of Teotihuacan is mysterious, the origin of its founders is uncertain. The city was abandoned many years before the Spanish Conquest.
According to the legend, here is the place where the Sun and the Moon became gods.
The legends and the history of this place are magnificent, my advice is that you take a guided tour. It’s going to be amazing when you hear the story from an expert.
What to see at Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun
It is the third largest pyramid in the world and the largest pyramid at Teotihuacan.
The legend says that you have to climb to the top and ask for a wish or receive cosmic energy. For me, it’s just amazing to be at the top and try to imagine life there when it was the most important city.
Every year at the spring equinox, on March 21st thousands of people visit the place, dressed in white asking the gods for energy and health.
Pyramid of the Moon
It is the second largest pyramid at Teotihuacan, used to conduct ceremonies in honor of the Great Goddess of Teotihuacan, the goddess of fertility, water, and earth.
The pyramid of the Moon covers a structure older than the Pyramid of the Sun. A few years ago, archaeologists discovered a secret tunnel similar to the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.
Palace of Quetzalpapálotl
A courtyard with beautiful murals, it is thought the complex of Quetzalpapálotl was home to a high-ranking dignitary.
Avenue of the Dead
The avenue is the main street in Teotihuacan. This Avenue connects important spots in the city. The name is because the mounds on the side looked like tombs, but they are not.
Temple of the Feathered Serpent
It is the third largest pyramid at Teotihuacan and it takes its name from the feathered serpent heads at the edge of each level.
More than 200 sacrificial burials were found at the pyramid and a few years ago a tunnel was discovered beneath the Temple.
A museum built to learn more about the culture of Teotihuacan. It has more than 600 samples of bones, obsidian, pottery, and a shell made by the people of this amazing city.
More cool things to do at Teotihuacan, Mexico
Other options besides the pyramids and the wonderful ancient city.
- Eat at La Gruta (The Cave). An amazing restaurant inside a Cave just 200 mts (656 ft.) from the gate 5.
A wonderful place to take beautiful photos and enjoy Mexican food.
- Take a hot air balloon flight in Teotihuacan.
- The night experience. A spectacular night event where colored lights and videos are projected onto the Pyramids. Check the tickets at the website in advance.
How to get to Teotihuacan from Mexico City
- The first option is to take a guided tour of your hotel. This is the easiest option, but maybe you have less time to explore.
Ask the arriving and departure times first, as well as the options included.
- The other option is to take a bus and take all the time you want.
Just go to the North Central Bus Terminal and there is a company Autobuses Teotihuacan.
TIPS About Teotihuacan
- Start your tour at gate 2 because the shops are cheaper.
- Don’t forget water, sunblock, sunglasses and maybe a hat because it depends on the season, but it could be a really hot place.
- The place opens at Tuesday-Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.
- Maybe buy some snacks before.
- Wear comfortable shoes
You can visit just for a day but you can also stay for more days to explore the towns nearby. There are a lot of options for Hotels, Hostels, B&B and Boutique Hotels.
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