Teotihuacan ‘place of the gods’ is a UNESCO world heritage site a short drive from Mexico City, Mexico. Teotihuacan offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Pyramid of the sun
- Pyramid of the moon
- Temple of feathered serpent
- Palace of Quetzalpapalotl
- Ruins of Teotihuacan
There is a hostel in Mexico City, appropriately called Mexico City Hostel and you can book the Teotihuacan day tour with them. The hostel is located close to the Zocalo, you could also ask in your hotel if they recommend a day tour to Teotihuacan (to get a price comparison).
The view behind me is the pyramid of the moon and its plaza (above). This picture was taken from the top of the pyramid of the sun, I recommend you make the effort to walk up the steep steps to the top. You’ll be rewarded with great photo opportunities once you get your breath back! Plus, what will you tell your friends when you get back home if you didn’t go to the top of the pyramid?
You can walk half way up the pyramid of the moon and this is the view you are rewarded with (above). You can see the plaza, avenue of the dead and the pyramid of the sun on the left in the distance. To the right of the plaza you’ll find the palace of Quetzalpapalotl and archaeological zone. If you walk down the avenue of the dead past the pyramid of the sun, you’ll find the Teotihuacan museum.
This was one of the first big cities of the world, when the Aztecs found the city they named it Teotihuacan, which means ‘place of the gods’ in their language. It is believed the pyramids date back 1000 years before the Aztecs arrived, the original name has never been discovered. In the museum you’ll find more detailed information on the history of the Teotihuacan archaeological zone.
At such a historical site, I couldn’t resist taking my daughter and recreating the famous scene from the Lion King movie when Mufasa showed Simba to the world, let’s hope it brings her a great life!
A word of warning about the various vendors who’ll approach you whilst exploring, nothing they sell is of archaeological value, they will lie to you and try and get as much money from you as they can. If you do want a souvenir, then you’ll have to bargain, but be aware that what you are buying was made locally so is worth very little. The scam city series had an episode on Mexico City including a visit to Teotihuacan which showed the vendors for who they really are.