Exploring Teotihuacán Day Trip from Mexico City
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You can take a day trip from Mexico City to visit Teotihuacán to see the pyramids.
See the Pyramids
This is my experience pre-pandemic. Climbing the pyramids at Teotihuacán has been not permitted since the pandemic. So check for updates.
The steps at the Pyramid of the Sun
What have you done that is an amazing feat!
For me, that is I climbed to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán. Then, I climbed back down again. You can see this in the picture below. I'm standing on the Pyramid of the Sun with the Pyramid of the Moon in the background.
What did you do?
What is the Best Way to Experience Teotihuacán?
The best way to explore Teotihuacán is on a day trip from Mexico City. You can take part in a group by bus or private tour by car. Organize for your transport to pick you up from your accommodation. And, drop you off back there.
What Can You Experience at the Archaeological Site of Teotihuacán?
- Pyramid of the Sun ~ Pirámide del Sol
- Pyramid of the Moon ~ Pirámide de la Luna
- Avenue of the Dead ~ Calz de los Muertos
- Palace of Quetzalpapálotl ~ Palacio de Quetzalpapálotl
- Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem ~ Museo de la Cultura Teotihuacána
- The Great Compound ~ La Ciudadela
- Temple of the Feathered Serpent ~ Pirámide de la Serpiente Emplumada
- Temple of the Jaguars ~ Templo de los Jaguares
- Mural Painting of the Cougar ~ Mural del Puma
- Palace of Quetzal Mariposa ~ Palacio de Quetzal Mariposa
- Pyramids of Teotihuacán Botanical Gardens ~ Botánico Pirámides de Teotihuacán
The Pyramid of the Sun viewed from inside the museum and the Diorama of Teotihuacán.
Standing on the Pyramid of the Sun
The Archaeological Cite of Teotihuacán
You walk along the Avenue of the Dead. In the distance, on the right you see the Pyramid of the Sun. Further back in the background, you glimpse the Pyramid of the Moon.
The structures you'll see as you stroll through Teotihuacán.
Along the way, you'll see locals selling jewelry like rings.
Do what the locals do!
You climb the steps of the structures sideways and diagonally.
I find it's so much easier to go up and down steps this way.
Pyramid of the Sun
The Pyramid of the Sun
Look up towards the sky. And, you will see the overpowering size of the Pyramid of the Sun.
You can climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. There are several platforms on the way up. So, you can take breaks and see the view on the way up.
There are cables covered in black rubber-like material. They are not taut, so you can't rely on them for much support.
Once you are up the top, there is a platform. So, you can walk around the top. See the views from different directions. You can see the area of Teotihuacán.
In another spot, the Pyramid of the Moon looks small in comparison to the Pyramid of the Sun.
On the way down, remember the support you can hold onto is not very taut. Somehow, I still managed to get down.
But, in the last part of the Pyramid of the Sun, there was no rope. So, I needed to sit down and go down each step one at a time. that way.
I had heard from someone I know who had climbed pyramids. They went down backward. So, it is best not to wear a dress.
Tip, Be Prepared!
Before I visited the pyramids. I walked up and down flights of stairs instead of catching the elevator. On my lunch breaks, you'd find me in the stairwell doing the steps.
So, make sure you prepare for the climb, up and down.
Make sure you wear a hat. It's a long hot walk. There's some shade near the museum.
Take water and snacks with you. And, keep hydrated.
Pyramid of the Moon
Temple of the Feathered Serpent
Palace of Quetzalpapálotl
Cultural Museum at Teotihuacán
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The Pyramids at Teotihuacán
Have you been to Teotihuacán? And, climbed the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon?
Or, have you visited other pyramids in Mexico?
Perhaps in other parts of the world, your travels have taken you to pyramids.
Wow! Teotihuacán sounds like such a cool place to experience hiking adventures! Climbing those pyramids is impressive!
Thank you Kendra. It’s a long hot walk plus climbing the pyramids.
I’d be so fascinated by the pyramids! And I’d have to practice by climbing lots of stairs too.
Yes the pyramids are, Cindy. Good idea.
Love Mexico and love history so the Pyramid of the Sun is a perfect destination for me. Great pics!
Thank you, Karen.
What an awesome experience climbing the Pyramid of the Sun! I love all of the history and artifacts they have there also. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I’m adding it to my list!
You’re welcome, Trisha. Hope you get to visit Teotihuacán
Awesome! I would love to visit!
Thank you Chantelle. Hope you do.
I would love to go here. I am shocked you can still climb on them. It is amazing really.
Thank you Heather. Hope you do. Maybe things will change in the future.
Looks like a great time! I love this area!
Thank you, Denise.
So cool! I’d love to visit these one day. I haven’t been to Mexico yet, but I hope to someday.
Thank you Stacey. Hope you do travel Mexico.
What a wonderful trip! I would love to take my kids to visit someday – my daughter is a huge history buff and my son loves anything that’s a bit active – and with good food!
Thank you Pam. Hope you get to travel Mexico City with your kids.
I have only been to Mexico once, and we stayed on a resort… so no exploring! Would love to do something like this with my kiddos!
Hope you get to explore with your kids, Marianne.
I’m all about history so would love to check out Teotihuacán. Looks like the perfect day trip.
The history is interesting and there’s many places in Mexico City to see.
Wow! What an amazing trip to Teotihuacan! I would love to see this.
Thank you Tricia. Hope you get to go to Mexico City and Teotihuacán.
First comment is, how do you pronounce this? Second, you totally ROCK! That is quite a feat but definitely worth it for the views and the bragging rights! Very cool post, I can’t wait to read your other ones about Mexico City as well.
Thank you Peggy. There are a Spanish and a modern Nahuatl pronunciations of Teotihuacán. It’s not a word that I have mastered.
I love visiting places like this! It is so cool to learn the history and explore.
Thank you lisa. Yes, it’s fascinating to learn about the past.
I would love to go back to Mexico! These pyramids look amazing.
Hope you do, Alexis. And, get to see the pyramids at Teotihuacán.
Visiting some of the ancient Mayan pyramids and cities is definitely on my travel bucket list. Love this!
Thank you, Sherry. Hope it’s not too long for your adventure.
I love traveling and learning about the historical facts and stories. I’m amazed you can still walk on these pyramids!
I’m fascinated by history too, Cas. Yes it is amazing that you can climb these pyramids, as others you can’t anymore.