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“A great day trip from Mexico City.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Owner description: The Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon dominate the ruins of what was once the sixth largest city in the world.
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“A great day trip from Mexico City.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

The Pyramids at Teotihuacan make a great day out from Mexico city, they were given UNESCO status in 1987 and are spectacular. They are situated 30miles NE of the city, you can either get there by tour ( I used Amigo Tours which were excellent) or by public bus which go every 30-60minutes from the city. The pyramids are open Tuesday-Sunday 9.00am-5.00pm, I would recommend going early as this place is crowded and also mornings are cooler, there is little shade here from the strong sun. If you go in the afternoon, the positives are that the lighting is perfect for photos of the pyramids- so the choice is yours.

There is an entrance fee of 58 pesos, make sure you get a guide when you get there to explain the history of this interesting archaeological site. Make sure you wear sensible footwear, the pyramids are steep and uneven and tripping is easy. Also bring sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water, the altitude is high here and the sun unforgiving. Be aware of the altitude when climbing the pyramids and take your time using the handrails provided.

The pyramids at Teotihuacan were constructed 200BC and reached their high point between 350-650AD. The Pyramids of the Moon and Sun (the world's third highest pyramid) are connected by The Avenue of The Dead, this site is spectacular and very different from the pyramids in Egypt. If you can climb them then do, the views from the top are breathtaking and it is only from here you realise the sheer size of the area they cover.

Most tour companies will give you approximately three hours here- make sure you leave time to visit the museum on site, it isn't big but houses an excellent selection of statues and relics- all very impressive.

This UNESCO site is a definite must whilst visiting the city of Mexico, take time out to come here and see this impressive archaeological site.

Visited January 2013
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“A great 3-hour event”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Nothing majestic about this trip, but it is still a great place to visit, and about an hour away from the city.

Visited October 2012
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“Excellent Place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

If you go there combine it with a visit to the Guadalupe Cathedral on the way. It is amazing to see the pyramids as you can still climb them (don't know for how much longer though) and get the amzing view from the top of the pyramids. And even though there are crowds there is plenty of space to move around- it cannot be compared to the crowds at the Egyptian pyramids, luckly fewer people visiting these pyramids in mexico! Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, best to treat it as a gym workout. i was wearing jeans and I wished I'd worn my gym pants instead! Totally worth the visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Spetacular but a little disturbed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Teotihuacan is a fantastic place: the capital of a lost civilization that built an incredible planned city more than one thousand years ago.

Despite being very close to Mexico City (50km), it wasn't destroyed by the aztecs, that found the place after it was abandoned, thought it was sacred and named it Teotihuacan (where men become gods), nor by the spanish.

I'm not awarding a 5/5 only because the vendors don't stay in proper places like in Chichen Itza; they walk all over the place disturbing it. I know many other sites, including in rich countries, are more or less like this, and it's perfectly understandable, but anyway it bothers the visitors, including those who love souvenirs.

Once there, just say politely and firmly that you don't want anything (no, gracias) and pass through them.

Like any other world heritage site, be it a national park or an ancient ruin, check the opening times and go there as early as you can! The thing is: Teotihuacan, in January, can be very cold in the morning (less than 5ºC), so going there by noon might be a better option, despite the crowds...

Visited January 2013
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“Surprisingly enjoyable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

I was expecting a traipse round ruins and a hard climb, but we were spotted as English as soon as we arrived by Rodolpho who soon hooked us up with a guide who drove us to the Moon pyramid and spent an hour and a half with us explaining and exploring. He also took us to the official tourist shop, which we were annoyed about, but actually the people there were charming, gave us lots of drinks to taste and left us alone to buy or not. Loo there had perfumed soap and a real towel! We both managed to climb both piramids despite being unfit and in our fifties, thanks to the handrails. To get there, we took the metrobus to Potrero, down the steps to the Metro station where the buses go from, then flailed about saying "Autobus piramides?" and a policeman showed us the right bus stop. Forty pesos one way. A fellow passenger got up and played guitar and sang all the way. Magic.

Visited January 2013
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