Teotihuacán Day Trip from Mexico City

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Last updated Jun 14, 2024
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Exploring Teotihuacán Day Trip from Mexico City

You can embark on a day trip from Mexico City to visit Teotihuacán. And see the pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the Avenue of the Dead.

My daughter and I explored Teotihuacán. She and I experienced the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, ancient temples, and the museum.

Unleash your curiosity and delve into the history and culture at Teotihuacán and the museum that brings its mysteries to life.

​Teotihuacán 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.

Steps of the Pyramid of the Sun Teotihuacán Mexico City

The steps at the Pyramid of the Sun, picture that I created.

Teotihuacán

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 am standing on the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon is 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 participate 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.

My daughter and I hired a private car to take us there and back from the hotel we stayed in Mexico City.

Entrance Ticket Teotihuacán Mexico City

What Can You Experience at the Archaeological Site of Teotihuacán?

  1. Pyramid of the Sun ~ Pirámide del Sol
  2. Pyramid of the Moon ~ Pirámide de la Luna
  3. Avenue of the Dead ~ Calz de los Muertos
  4. Palace of Quetzalpapálotl ~ Palacio de Quetzalpapálotl
  5. Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem ~ Museo de la Cultura Teotihuacána
  6. The Great Compound ~ La Ciudadela
  7. Temple of the Feathered Serpent ~ Pirámide de la Serpiente Emplumada
  8. Temple of the Jaguars ~ Templo de los Jaguares
  9. Mural Painting of the Cougar ~ Mural del Puma
  10. Palace of Quetzal Mariposa ~ Palacio de Quetzal Mariposa
  11. Pyramids of Teotihuacán Botanical Gardens ~ Botánico Pirámides de Teotihuacán
Teotihuacán Mexico City
Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem

The Pyramid of the Sun viewed from inside the museum and the Diorama of Teotihuacán.

 

Standing on the Pyramid of the Sun Mexico City

My daughter and I stand on the Pyramid of the Sun

 

Teotihuacán Mexico City

The Archaeological Cite of Teotihuacán

Mexico City Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon

I walked along the Avenue of the Dead. In the distance, on the right, I can see the Pyramid of the Sun. Further in the background, I can glimpse the Pyramid of the Moon. This is the picture I created of the Avenue of the Dead and the pyramids.

Teotihuacán Mexico City

The structures I saw as I strolled through Teotihuacán. I created the picture of the structures.

Salespeople at the Pyramids Mexico City

Along the way, I saw locals selling jewelry like rings. I created the picture of the locals and the jewelry.

Teotihuacán Mexico City

I created the image of my daughter walking towards the structures.

Do what the locals do!

I saw the locals climb the steps of the structures sideways and diagonally.

And, I found it's so much easier to go up and down steps this way.

The Pyramid of the Sun

Look up towards the sky. And, you will see the overpowering size of the Pyramid of the Sun.

When I went, I could climb up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. There are several platforms on the way up. So, I could take breaks and see the view on the way up.

There are cables covered in black rubber-like material. They are not taut, and I couldn't rely on them for much support.

Once I was up the top, there was a platform. So, I could walk around the top. I could see the views from different directions. And, I could see the area of Teotihuacán.

People were sitting up at the top of the pyramid.

In one spot where you can see the Pyramid of the Moon, it looks small compared to the Pyramid of the Sun.

On the way down, remember the support I can hold on to 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 to hold. 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 backwards. 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, I would practice climbing up and down 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.

Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun
Pyramid of the Sun Mexico City
Teotihuacán Mexico City
Pyramid of the Sun Mexico City
Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon Mexico Cityin the background
Jennifer stands on the Pyramid of the Sun

Pyramid of the Moon

Pyramid of the Moon
Me at Teotihuacán Mexico City
Teotihuacán Mexico City
Pyramid of the Moon Mexico City
Teotihuacán Mexico City

Teotihuacán Tours & Activities

Temple of the Feathered Serpent

My daughter climbed the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. She found carvings and sculptures at the temple.

Temple of the Feathered Serpent
Teotihuacán Mexico City
Temple of the Feathered Serpent
Temple of the Feathered Serpent

Palace of Quetzalpapálotl

I found carvings and murals at the palace.

Palace of Quetzalpapálotl
Palace of Quetzalpapálotl
Shops at Teotihuacán Mexico City

Cultural Museum at Teotihuacán

At the museum, I saw artefacts. And a big replica of the site of Teotihuacán which has a seethrough layer over the top of it that you can walk on. I created pictures of items I saw in the museum.

Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem
Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem
Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem
Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem
Teotihuacán Cultural Musuem

Where is Teotihuacán?

Find the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacán located in the State of Mexico. And, you can see them on the map location of Teotihuacán on the map.

It takes about an hour to travel there from Mexico City.

Teotihuacán Tours & Activities

Pin It For Later!

Climb the Pyramid of the Sun
Stand on Top of the Pyramid of the Sun

Find Activities in Mexico City in my posts

Experience the Day of the Dead in the first town that I visit in Mexico City, read my post to find out more.

In the second small town that I visit, read my post about the cemetery experience on the Day of the Dead.

Then in the third town, it is a night experience on the Day of the Dead, read my post about the small town in Mexico City.

Find things to do in Mexico City in my post.

On the top of the hill is the castle in Mexico City, Chapultepec Castle, and you can read my post to find what you can do at the castle.

Read my article about the Day of the Dead, the movie Spectre, and Mexico City.

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. Leave a Comment!

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34 Comments

  1. I love traveling and learning about the historical facts and stories. I’m amazed you can still walk on these pyramids!

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    • I’m fascinated by history too, Cas. Yes it is amazing that you can climb these pyramids, as others you can’t anymore.

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  2. Visiting some of the ancient Mayan pyramids and cities is definitely on my travel bucket list. Love this!

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    • Thank you, Sherry. Hope it’s not too long for your adventure.

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  3. I would love to go back to Mexico! These pyramids look amazing.

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    • Hope you do, Alexis. And, get to see the pyramids at Teotihuacán.

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  4. I love visiting places like this! It is so cool to learn the history and explore.

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    • Thank you lisa. Yes, it’s fascinating to learn about the past.

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  5. 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.

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    • Thank you Peggy. There are a Spanish and a modern Nahuatl pronunciations of Teotihuacán. It’s not a word that I have mastered.

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  6. Wow! What an amazing trip to Teotihuacan! I would love to see this.

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    • Thank you Tricia. Hope you get to go to Mexico City and Teotihuacán.

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  7. I’m all about history so would love to check out Teotihuacán. Looks like the perfect day trip.

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    • The history is interesting and there’s many places in Mexico City to see.

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  8. 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!

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    • Hope you get to explore with your kids, Marianne.

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  9. 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!

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    • Thank you Pam. Hope you get to travel Mexico City with your kids.

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  10. So cool! I’d love to visit these one day. I haven’t been to Mexico yet, but I hope to someday.

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    • Thank you Stacey. Hope you do travel Mexico.

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  11. Looks like a great time! I love this area!

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    • Thank you, Denise.

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  12. I would love to go here. I am shocked you can still climb on them. It is amazing really.

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    • Thank you Heather. Hope you do. Maybe things will change in the future.

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  13. Awesome! I would love to visit!

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    • Thank you Chantelle. Hope you do.

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  14. 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!

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    • You’re welcome, Trisha. Hope you get to visit Teotihuacán

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  15. Love Mexico and love history so the Pyramid of the Sun is a perfect destination for me. Great pics!

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    • Thank you, Karen.

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  16. I’d be so fascinated by the pyramids! And I’d have to practice by climbing lots of stairs too.

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    • Yes the pyramids are, Cindy. Good idea.

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  17. Wow! Teotihuacán sounds like such a cool place to experience hiking adventures! Climbing those pyramids is impressive!

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    • Thank you Kendra. It’s a long hot walk plus climbing the pyramids.

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