Visiting Teotihuacán: Photos that Will Make You Want to See the Pyramids
Recently I took a trip with my boyfriend and his family to see Teotihuacán. Teotihuacán is an ancient Mesoamerican city of pyramids. Visiting Teotihuacán was absolutely incredible and I enjoyed every minute of it. Here’s some photos that will make you want to visit too, as well as some tips for your trip.
Update: Since writing this post I have visited Teotihuacán two more times. This was when my family came to visit in July of 2017 to celebrate Arturo and I getting engaged, and once when my friend Alison came to visit as well so some photos are from then too.
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How to Get to the Pyramids of Teotihuacán from Mexico City
Depending on where in the city you’re starting your journey from, Teotihuacán is about a one or a one and a half hour car ride from Mexico City. If you don’t want to rent a car, you can also take a bus to the pyramids as well. Just follow this guide to see where to catch the bus from.
Teotihuacán Pyramid Visiting Tips
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 three times and never had an issue.
The two main features in Teotihuacán are the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. However there is much more to see than just these two pyramids. While visiting Teotihuacán, you can also see the Ciudadela (Citadel) and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent). Among these important structures, there are also 2,000 single story compounds. There is a wide road that connects all the main buildings and pyramids, that you will walk on when you visit. This road is called ‘The Avenue of the Dead’.
Teotihuacán was settled around 400 BC but the Aztecs didn’t find it until the 1400s. By then, the city had been long been abandoned and so the Aztecs named it ‘Teotihuacán’ which means ‘The Place Where the Gods Were Created.’ You can find out more about the history of Teotihuacán here.
Exploring Between the Two Main Pyramids
Visiting Teotihuacán: The Pyramid of the Sun
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.
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