Mexico City, Mexico
We are experienced, independent travellers and thought about just catching a bus out there and ‘doing’ Teotihuacán by ourselves – so glad we didn’t. This was a small tour – just seven plus our guide Lygia and driver Moses – and early (they collected us at our hotel at 6.30am) so we arrived fresh, well ahead of the heat and the crowds. Lygia is a fund of insights into the history and archeology, and there’s a lot to take in – thankfully she gave it to us in bite-size chunks so we weren’t overloaded. We walked up and down the whole site, including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its wonderful plumbed serpents (think DH Lawrence …) - I believe this is not on all the tours? And the famous pyramids of the Sun and Moon are simply stunning. It’s a strenuous day – those steps are high and steep and there are about a million of them – at an altitude of just under 8,000 ft. We were more than ready for lunch and a cerveza by midday when we stopped at a tequila factory for the obligatory talk and tasting of tequila, mescal and pulque, as well as obsidian crafts – no pressure to buy – and then a pleasant buffet of Mexican salads and hot dishes. We dozed on the trip back to DF and were happy to get dropped off at the Zocalo, thus saving a taxi fare from our hotel. Lygia is an excellent guide – knowledgeable, fluent and funny, and she even helped us get to grips with those tongue-twister names. A wonderful experience.
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