Discovering Teotihuacán

And Tequila 😉

Discovering Teotihuacán | Chasing Krista | Teotihuacán, Mexico

Teotihuacán a mysterious and unique Mesoamerican archaeological site, found on the outskirts of Mexico City. Each year over millions of travelers and tourists flock the ancient site to marvel at the history and artifacts. The name Teotihuacán translates to ‘the place where gods were born,’ and according to legends and beliefs, many people consider it to be the place where the universe was created.

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According to historians and archeologists, around 100AD this pre-Hispanic city was the largest in the continent, roughly home to 125,000 inhabitants. The downfall of this society remains to be a giant mystery, some believe it had been an uprising of political unrest that eventually led to the downfall but the evidence is scarce.

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  • Things to Keep in Mind:
    • go early, be the first ones in line to open
    • bring water and a hat; standing in direct sunlight for hours can take a toll on your body
    • go to the bathroom before you enter, there are no toilets inside
    • wear comfortable shoes
    • there are loads of vendors throughout the archeological site, they all sell the same things
    • get ready for a butt, thigh and leg workout

The layout of the archeological site is simple; the main entrance is across from the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, as you walk down the Avenue of the Dead, you will pass the Pyramid of the Sun and at the end of the avenue is the Pyramid of the Moon.
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Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Temple of Quetzalcoatl

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Avenue of the Dead

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Pyramid of the Sun

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After you climb the 248 steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, you will have a breathtaking view of the rest of the Avenue of the Dead of the Pyramid of the Moon.

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Pyramid of the Moon

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Early Morning Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour with a Private Archeologist

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We decided to do our tour with Viator, mostly because it was early morning and we would have our own private archeologist to answer the loads of questions I had.
As the website states, this particular tour included: full day at Teotihuacan Pyramids, learn from your expert archaeological guide and enjoy liqueur tastings of tequila, mezcal, and pulque.
The tour was overall wonderful because you are visiting an archeological site where Mexicans believed the universe and the gods were created; although I would suggest spending more time at the site itself. You are given about an hour a free time which isn’t really enough time with the massive amounts of crowds and the steps you have to conquer, we didn’t get to enjoy the free museum and climb the Pyramid of the Moon, I would have loved a few more hours to marvel at one of the greatest archeological finds our history has seen. Afterwards, you are taking to learn about obsidian (black volcanic rock), sample some tequilas and have the option for a buffet lunch. The store is massively overpriced, if your schedule permits you to go back to Mexico City, do you shopping at the Artesanias Ciudadela; it will save you loads of money.

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Have you discovered Teotihuacán before? What were your experiences like? Drop me your favorite photo of the site or the most interesting fact you learned? If you haven’t been before, were my photos enough to convince you 😉 ?

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17 Replies to “Discovering Teotihuacán”

  1. What incredible photos. My husband has been wanting to go to Mexico City and Teotihuacan for so long. I guess I better book a trip and take him. Well, after I go to the gym and start using the Stairmaster for a little while. LOL!

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  2. Great pictures and tips! I am amazed at the detail carved into the stone. I mean, they really cared about the small things back then! But those stairs…. oof. They look so narrow and steep!!! Kudos for earning that shot of tequila afterwards!

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  3. Love to visit and learn about ancient places, but not sure when it gets all “touristy”. Lots of places had been ruined far from point of return.

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  4. Wow! I can’t believe that such intricate details on the pyramid have survived so long! What a beautiful place 🙂

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  5. Ive never even heard of this, but it looks awesome! I love all solid bathroom tips. I always like to know where the restrooms are 🙂 Your pictures are incredible! Does look like quite the stair workout. Always good to follow that with some tequila!

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  6. I have never heard about this place but it sounds interesting. And the food looks different from the ones we have in the U.S. The real Mexican food. I’m not sure about climbing the stairs though. Hah!

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  7. I have actually never heard of Teotihuacan. It looks so interesting. I love visiting archaeological sites like this. So good that you included the “things to keep in mind.” so important tips, especially water and that it is no toilets inside. I also like to visit sites like this early, usually packed around noon.

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  8. That’s great that you can climb to the top – great views! It looks like a pretty big place. I find that with many tours, you don’t get enough time at places like this.

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  9. This looks beautiful! I’ve only been to Tikal before, but I’d love to see Teotihuacan. I should probably start exercising now, though. Thanks for the tip about the bathrooms!

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  10. Always wanted to visit historical mexico rather than resort mexico. It always blows my mind how big ancient cities were and how reticulate they were culturally, technologically, and societally. Really cool to read and be exposed to this place I never knew existed.

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  11. Yeah, I’ve actually visited Teotihuacan before in 2008 😊 It was such a great experience despite the fact that it was overcast. You ladies seemed to have enjoyed it as well. Lovely photos!

    Xx
    Toni

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