Teotihuacán Travel Guide

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Teotihuacán Highlights

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     Well intact pyramids and other structures in a large archeological site 

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     fill up and bring snacks! since this is a protected park, eating is allowed in designated areas, there are snack bars and only ONE restaurant (in the museum) - Teotihuacán is a day trip so be... 

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     A must see for any lover of history, pyramids and temples. 

Teotihuacán Things to Do

  • Avenue of the Dead

    This was the main street in Teotihuacan and runs for 3 km. It is lined with small step pyramids for its entire length.

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  • Pyramid of the Moon

    Impressive but the smaller of the 2 major pyramids at Teotihuacan. This one is harder to climb however due to taller and steeper stairs. Climbing it is well worth the effort as it affords great views over the site.

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  • Pyramid of the Sun

    This is the world's third largest pyramid. To climb to the top would involve a 124 m ascend. ropes along the stairs make this easier. When you reach the top, be sure to go to middle of the pyramid and look for a shiny white disc which denotes the center of the pyramid. Legend has it that by rubbing this disc, your wishes will come true. Good luck!

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  • Restored portion of Teotihucan

    You can see some restored artifacts from Teotihuacan in the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) in Mexico City. Restored portion of Teotihucan architecture showing the typical Mesoamerican use of red paint complemented on gold and jade decoration upon marble and granite.

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  • Teotihuacan Archaeological Site

    Opening Days & Times: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. I don’t know how much did it cost because I was with a tourist group and this excursion was included in my tour around Mexico. I couldn’t find the price even in the official site. Don’t think it is expensive.But I’ve found that modest admission charges apply and there are concessions for students,...

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  • Quetzalpapalotl Palace

    Farther north along the Avenue of the Dead, on the left hand side just before arriving at the Pyramid of the Moon, you will find the entrance to the Quetzalpapalotl Palace. It's possible this was the residence of Teotihuacan's ruler: other living spaces are less ornate and generally divided into smaller areas.

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Teotihuacán Restaurants

  • Mexican food

    You will be able to visit and try excellent Mexican food in some of the nearby restaurants.One of them - El Jaguar where we have had delicious lunch while listening pleasant music. It cost me 250 pesos ($20) and local beer “Corona” for 50 pesos ($4).You can watch my photo of Teotihuacan on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 19°...

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  • mexican food in Teotihuacán

    All around the arecheological zone you will find a lot of small restaurants, all of them owned by people of the town.If you are entering Teotihuacán by car some guys will stop you and recommend you one of them (they are usually identified by a number). If you are going to eat there follow their recomendation, they have some kind of control so that...

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  • Many restaurants to chose from

    Near the Pyramides there are many restaurants to chose from around restaurant row. The prices are cheaper here than at La Gruta Restaurant and I heard that these places are also pretty good. As you pass by there are people standing near the street trying to get you into their restaurant. the competition is fierce. Some place have a little carusel...

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Teotihuacán Nightlife

  • Bedroom-like bar

    The Bar at the Hotel Quinto Sol is a Nightlife Spot, I guess, since it opens about the time you'd want an apéritif. But with its door that looks like any room door, it feels like a private room... I felt a bit like an intruder going in.But this was my big treat before coming home, I'd been staying in Mexico City over a month and wanted a bit of the...

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  • Light show

    In the past there were sound and lightshows in the evening. But nowadays there are no more shows, because there isn’t enough money to maintain the light installation. Maybe because of the fact that they need all the money for restoring the rest of this beautiful archeological site. no dress code

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Teotihuacán Transportation

  • From Mexico City by bus

    Teotihuacan – also written Teotihuacán is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, just 30 miles northeast of Mexico City.Driving to San Juan Teotihuacán on the toll Highway 85D or the free Highway 132D takes about an hour. Head north on Insurgentes to leave the city. Highway 132D passes through picturesque villages but can be slow...

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  • bus to Teotihuacan safe for solo females

    I am a blonde blue eyed girl in early twenties with limited Spanish. I was told it would be highly unsafe for me to catch the Metro to the Autobuses del Norte station as this bus station is in a dangerous area of the city. However after reading reviews and blogs on the net I did it the cheap way anyhow and was perfectly fine. The metro (yellow line...

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  • Teotihuacán from Mexico city

    Teotihuacán is very close to Mexico City, every time i've been there I have traveled by car.To get there you must take the Mexico-Pachuca highway (Mex 85), after leaving the city you will find a detour to Teotihuacán (Mex 132) follow it and you will get to te archeological zone.The trip will take you about one hour if there is not much trafic.

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Teotihuacán Shopping

  • Aztec souvenirs for sale

    Before visiting the Archaeological site we have been brought to a souvenir store showcasing the arts and crafts of Teotihuacan.Everybody dreams to take home some souvenirs to remind a splendid vacation to Mexico.The store had jewelry and crafts items, pottery, onyx, replicas of Teotihuacan masks. You will be able to buy the same things at the...

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  • Hats are compulsory

    Stalls are lined up along the entrance to the complex. There is no way of bypassing them. Hat is of utmost necessity if you do not have one. The Sun is vicious even during the "winter". 10USD sounds good.

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  • Aztec souvenirs

    There are many vendors along the Calzada de los Muertos.Also near the Pyramid of the Sun, there are souvenir shops as well as at the entrance where it's the Museum. Stop by and take a nice gift home!! jewlery and handicraft

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Teotihuacán Local Customs

  • Mexican Musicians

    While having a lunch we were listening to ensemble of local musicians. Well known pleasant Mexican songs including “Besame Mucho” and “Cucaracha” made our meal even more delicious and nutrient, haha! It cost us 10 pesos (1$) for a person (about 200 pesos ($17) for the 20-minutes concert).You may see me on the picture with Mexican musicians (almost...

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  • Testing of Tequila and Mezcal

    Mezcal, or mescal, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of Agave americana) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl metl and ixcalli which mean 'oven cooked agave.By distillation, a spirit called mezcal is prepared; one of the best-known forms of mezcal is tequila.You will be able to try Tequila and...

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  • Obsidian’s many uses

    Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. In pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, obsidian represented cultural image as much as specialized technology.One of the most significant kinds of matter in this respect was obsidian, the dark volcanic glass which, in the absence of metal tools, underwrote the economic and...

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Teotihuacán Warnings and Dangers

  • Prohibited area

    In 1905 archaeologist Leopoldo Batres led a major project of excavation and restoration. The Pyramid of the Sun was restored to celebrate the centennial of Mexican War of Independence in 1910. Excavations at the Ciudadela were carried out in the 1920s, supervised by Manuel Gamio. Other sections of the site were excavated in the 1940s and 50s. The...

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  • Scorching Mexican Sun

    If you have already read my page about Mexico City you remember that my suitcase with my T-shirt, summer trousers and hat was still in Paris while I explored Mexico City and Teotihuacan. That’s why you can see me in a dark shirt and my face suffering a little bit from the sun at the photo, haha!Teotihuacán is hotter and the sun is significantly...

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  • Steps can be daunting

    The construction resulted the Pyramid of the Sun in its completed size of 225 meters across and 75 meters high, making it the third largest pyramid in the world, but being much shorter than the Great Pyramid of Giza (146 meters).Nevertheless to climb the Pyramid is a difficult task (do you remember – it is about 2400 m over the sea level high). The...

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Teotihuacán Tourist Traps

  • Aztecs and mayan souvenirs

    Be careful when buying the old craft from aztecs and mayan in Teotihuacán... First of all they are everything but old... there are lots of copies of old craft and historical pieces. It is hard to buy something really looking to be old.Second of all, Teotihuacán was not build by Aztecs or Mayans... so if you find some stuff from Mayan, by instance,...

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  • Americans, on your toes.

    The vendors at the pyramid have a well worked out banter. Take into account that most Americans think that all Mexicans are poor. And take into account that most Mexicans think that all Americans are rich. This sets the stage for some pretences for sales. They will ask (some of them) us for more than they ask the locals. And most of us just pay it....

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  • Aggressive Vendors at Teotihuacan

    Beware of the vendors as you enter the city. They sell everything from Pringles and film to postcards and sombreros. If you are looking for something, they are sure to help. But if you're there to visit this historic city, politely tell them, "No gracias." and keep on walking. There's no way to avoid the vendors as they are there for a reason; to...

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Teotihuacán What to Pack

  • Camera's fee

    Just a warning, if you want to take a video camera or a profesional photographic camera into the archeological zone you will have to pay an extra fee at the entrance.There is no problem for regular cameras

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  • Clothes in Teotihuacán

    If you want to go to Teotihuacán you should wear fresh clothes. i've been there five times and usually the weather is hot and dry.You should also take a hat to cover you from the sun and sunglasses to protect your eyes.The archeological zone is big and if you want to have a complete visit you will have to do a lot of walking so you should also...

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  • Be prepared

    I only brought my purse but I should have brought a back pack and put some waters in there and a quick snack. Climbing the Piramides can be exhausting. Inside the runs they dont sell food or drinks. Take an umbrella just in case because it rain alittle more here than in Mexico City. It will rain very hard and alot then sudeenly stop. If it starts...

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Teotihuacán Off The Beaten Path

  • Talud-tablero architectural style in...

    Lenin's Mausoleum also known as Lenin's Tomb, situated in Red Square in the center of Moscow, is the mausoleum that serves as the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin. It is known that Aleksey Shchusev's diminutive but monumental granite structure incorporates some elements from ancient mausoleums, such as the Step Pyramid and the Tomb of Cyrus...

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  • Other attractions

    There are some other places you can see during your visit to Teotihuacán, they are not as important or spectacular as the pyramids or the temples, and so they often are unnoticed.The death avenue was the most important way of comunication inside the city and with other towns, it was really long and it get all the way into the mountains, from here...

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  • A restuarant in a cave

    La Gruta, An old established restuarant in a cave. A memorable experience and a rip off.It was unuique, as I have never eaten in a cave before but they are not on my list of places to return to. We were serenaded by a couple of charming gentlemen on guitar and a harp, very nice and they earned the tip (propina) However the rest of out visit was not...

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Teotihuacán Favorites

  • A great day (or half day) trip

    If you're coming to Teotihuacan from Mexico City, plan on spending a half day. Some people make it a full day trip, but I think about 3 hours is enough. If I had it to do over again, I would have left earlier to avoid the midday sun. Try to get here as early as possible (it's an hour and a half from Mexico City) so that you can walk around the...

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  • my favorite place

    The best place to be in Teotihuacán is the top of the sun pyramid, after you manage to get to the top just find a place to sit and enjoy the view while you rest, it is worth the effort. visiting the place with my spanish family and seeing their amazement with the whole place.The view from the top of the pyramid.

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  • Touring Teotihuacan

    We found that having a tour guide was very helpful, especially in interpreting some of the sites. You will see many chambers, temples, and graphic illustrations of particular figures on the site. Teotihuacan was a very large city for its time, so there are a lot of different areas to explore. Without the guide, we would have not really known about...

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