How to visit Teotihuacan on a day trip from Mexico City

A visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of the ancient city of pyramids, Teotihucan, Mexico including Pyramid of the sun, Pyramid of the moon, Temple of feathered serpent, Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, Musuem and the Ruins of Teotihuacan., all on a day trip from Mexico City

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
  • Musuem
  • 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).

Pyramid of the moon

Pyramid of the moon

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?

Teotihuacan main street

Teotihuacan avenue of the dead

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.

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Teotihuacan, Mexico

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.

Enjoy your visit to the Teotihuacan ancient pyramids.

2017-06-23T19:16:36+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Mexico, North America|20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Swati January 8, 2017 at 3:54 am - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit Mexico, never heard of these pyramids though. The view from the top is amazing. Btw such a cute picture and love the way you recreate the Lion King scene with your daughter 🙂

  2. Neni January 8, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Teotihuacan pyramids look so intriguing. Mexico is such an impressive country with all its ancient sights, I keep finding new places to add to my bucket list.

  3. Jen Morrow January 11, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I still have not made it to Teotihuacan! Awesome history and architecture. At least the souvenirs are locally made, just of no historical value.

  4. Jean January 12, 2017 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Oh your daughter doesn’t look too impressed. Hopefully when she’s older she’ll appreciate that photo. Teotihuacan looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  5. Delaine January 12, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Mexico is one of the countries we’re planning to visit this year. Basically, we’re jotting down places to visit for a 2 week trip. I will definitely consider visiting Teotihuacan as I love history & archaeology, it’s a bonus that it’s a UNESCO site.

  6. Rhiannon January 12, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    The more I read your Mexico posts the more I’m itching to go back and tick off what I missed last time! Teotihuacan especially! I’ve heard people say “if you’ve seen one pyramid site in Latin America, you’ve seen them all”, but having been to Chichen Itza, Tikal and a few others I have to say I definitely disagree, and so I’d love love love to go back to CDMX for Teotihuacan. Give me all the pyramids! Very cute picture of you and baby Simba too, I’m sure one day she’ll appreciate the reference 😉

  7. Christina January 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Oh how adorable you took your daughter to cheer to her life! 🙂 It looks lovely at Teotihuacan UNESCO site. There barely seem to be any people on the pyramid, good for you! 🙂

  8. Bhushavali January 12, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! I’m so happy you took your daughter, giving her the wanderlust bug at this young age!!! I’m a sucker for UNESCO sites, so this is just a place I’d love to go!

  9. [email protected] January 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    That photo of you with your daughter is very funny! I’ve been to a few Mayan sites in Mexico but not this one. It’s always mind-boggling to visit such incredible ruins and stepping foot where ancient civilizations once lived.

  10. Aleks F. January 12, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    So wonderful you were able to share this moment with your daughter!! And then write about it! That photo is so funny! I’m sure she’s off for a life full of adventure and excitement after this journey!

  11. Ami January 13, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Lovely set of ruins to be explored here…pyramids and the palace being the most interesting of the lot. Would love to know more about them. Googling them up right now. Thanks for sharing these.

  12. Katie January 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I can’t tell you how helpful this post is!! I dream to go to Mexico for my honeymoon if I ever get married. I would love to visit Teotihuacan, the ancient pyramids look incredible. Hopefully I will be able to climb the pyramid of the sun and the pyramid of the moon, they look like challenging climbs.

  13. David McClane May 12, 2017 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Great Post! I loved visiting Teotihuacan – I think the pyramids were the most impressive I saw in Latin America (I even preferred them to Tikal, but not many would agree with me).You’re right about the vendors though, I found they pretty much spoilt the trip. There’s only so many times that you can tell them that you DO NOT want to buy a tacky ceramic cat.

  14. Nicole Anderson June 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    My partner has visited Mexico but I am yet to get there. This place looks absolutely magical! I just love the beauty of it and also find the history so fascinating. Your photos look so good and I’m sure your daughter will have a wonderful life!

  15. Rachelle June 27, 2017 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Love that picture of you and your daughter! I think it would be amazing to visit the Teotihuacan pyramids and it’s perfect they are so close to Mexico City. I love history and feel like I could get lost in time, just wandering around the ancient city.

  16. Zinara June 27, 2017 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I’ve never been to Latin America and I always love reading your Latin American travels. That’s a nice picture of you in front of Pyramid of the moon. I also stay in hostels during my travels and love it when they organize tours like the Mexico City Hostel. I think hostel tours are quite fun and informative.

  17. Natasha June 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    This is a helpful post. We are planning to Mexico trip soon so it will come in handy. I love the pic with your daughter but I thought of Michael Jackson before The Lion King!!

  18. Judy June 28, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    wow, how incredible! That is such an amazing site and it looks fairly well preserved. I’ve always had Mexico in mind but I always forget that it’s got more than just amazing cuisine in its cities, there’s so much archaeological richness in its land outside the cities. Great introduction to Teotihuacan!

  19. Iza Abao June 28, 2017 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Your daughter will grow up as a world traveller too. The pyramid looks amazing. I have been to Mexico but not on this part yet. I would love to visit Teotihuacan someday. It is such a shame that there are scammers in this area. I feel pity sometimes when a vendor offers his/her merchandises to me. However, I cannot really tell whether they are scammers or not. I just decline politely.

  20. aareeba June 29, 2017 at 5:12 am - Reply

    I live in LA and always wanted to visit Mexico, Teotihuacan looks very interesting and I am going to save this for my future use. I dream of visiting the city of ancient pyramids.

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