Just north of Mexico City are the mysterious Teotihuacán Pyramids, built beginning around 300 BC as the centerpiece of an enormous city, often compared to ancient Rome. They were inexplicably abandoned centuries before the arrival of the Aztecs, who called the ancient architectural marvel the "Birthplace of the Gods."
Neither they, nor modern archaeologists, have been able to unravel the secrets of these massive ruins, presided over by the third-largest pyramid in the world. Constructed according to precise astronomical measurements, and filled with the bodies of sacrificial victims, it was perhaps a place where bloody rituals were performed to keep the end of the world at bay. But no one really knows.
Thus, this mystic spot is one of the most enigmatic, as well as impressive, archaeological sites in North America. Its vast stone expanse of humbling temples are still covered with rich and detailed stone statues, even faded paintings.
My husband and I had an excellent experience! Our driver and tour guide were extremely attentive and continuously went above and beyond to make our experience memorable. Instead of doing the tour mostly in Spanish they had no problem with repeating everything in English. Our stop for late lunch was a great experience and delicious. Will definitely recommend to anyone looking to tour Mexico City.
very good tour!
This was the one of the highlights of the trip to Mexico! The guide, Miguel, was excellent. The balloon ride over the pyramids was amazing, followed by a full breakfast and then ample time to explore and climb the pyramids.
Two roads head north to Teotihuacán from Mexico City (exit on Insurgentes), 132-D, a winding freeway that's prettier, but can take well over an hour, and 85-D, a toll road that will usually get you there in about 50 minutes.
It's easy and convenient to take buses from the Terminal Central del Norte, however. Clearly marked buses leave hourly (at least) from the terminal, and are geared to tourists with limited Spanish skills. On weekends and holidays, you can take a tourist trolley around the Teotihuacán Pyramids for a small fee. Be aware that the ruins are free for Mexican citizens on Sunday, so the place is packed.