And Tequila 😉
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.
- 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.
Temple of Quetzalcoatl
Avenue of the Dead
Pyramid of the Sun
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.
Pyramid of the Moon
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.