Last month while visiting my boyfriend, Arturo, and his family in Mexico City I was fortunate enough to go with them to Teotihuacán. Teotihuacán is an ancient Mesoamerican city of pyramids. Like I said words don’t do the place – or the experience of visiting it with people I love – justice. I’m not even sure photos can really do it justice either but I figured that since – after a month – words still fail me, I would at least put together a set of ten photos that will make you want to visit the pyramids of Teotihuacán for yourself.
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Update: Since writing this post I have visited Teotihuacán once again. This was when my family came to visit in July of 2017 to celebrate Arturo and I getting engaged, so some photos are from then too.
If you decide to visit Teotihuacán for yourself be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Even if it’s cloudy, the sun is really strong. It had been raining almost all day the second time I went and when the rain stopped it was super cloudy. During the cloudy period it got hot but was so cloudy I didn’t put any sunscreen on. Needless to say it was one of the worst sunburns of my life.
Also keep in mind that Teotihuacán, and Mexico City in general, are at a very high altitude so don’t go running up the pyramids like a maniac. Take it slow, as you will get tired more quickly. I actually saw a girl vomiting at the top of one pyramid during my second visit. It was probably due to a mixture of heat exhaustion, sun, overworking herself, and perhaps a food she ate. Don’t worry though, this won’t likely happen to you if you pace yourself. I’ve been twice and never had an issue.
The first time I visited Teotihuacán I doubted my abilities to climb the Temple of the Sun so I decided not to. I have asthma and it’s a pretty strenuous climb. The second time I went I decided to try it. I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath but the view was well worth it. Plus I didn’t end up with an asthma attack so that was a double win.
April is the founder and main author for Just Leaving Footprints. She has written for numerous blogs and publications such as Explore Magazine and Snow Pak. April loves writing about sustainable tourism, and promoting other sustainable travelers on her Facebook Group and Instagram Community, Ladies Leaving Footprints. Currently, April is living and teaching English in Mexico City with her husband Arturo and they don’t plan on stopping their travels anytime soon.