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  • Location:Mexico City, Mexico
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Early Morning Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour with a Private Archeologist

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Avoid the crowds on this early morning tour of the Teotihuacan pyramids, also known as the City of the Gods. On this tour accommodating a max of 19 people only, an archeologist takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage site and gives you insight into the majestic plazas and murals. Snap memorable shots from the top of Sun Pyramid and Moon Pyramid, and then cap off your day trip from Mexico City with a visit to an obsidian factory. Hotel transport included.


  • Full-day tour of Teotihuacan from Mexico City
  • Enjoy the spectacular monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Teotihuacan
  • Admire the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Avenue of the Dead and Quetzalpapalotl
  • Hear historical anecdotes and fascinating facts from your expert archeological guide
  • Enjoy liqueur tastings of tequila, mezcal and pulque
  • Tour limited to just 19 people provides a personalized experience

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Early Morning Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour with a Private Archeologist

Teotihuacan Pyramids

After early morning hotel pickup, travel with your archeologist-guide from Mexico City for about an hour to Teotihuacan, a UNESCO-listed site, also known as the City of the Gods. A former Mesoamerican indigenous civilization that predates the Maya and Aztecs, Teotihuacan was once the largest city in Mexico, reaching its heyday in the 1st century CE (AD) when the Sun Pyramid was constructed.

You’ll be one of the first visitors to arrive at the archeological park, right when it opens. In relative tranquility, wander through plazas and discover the pyramids without jostling around crowds. Enjoy taking unobstructed photos of must-see structures like the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, also known as the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, as well as the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl.

Gain special insight into the complex’s less-visited monuments, including intricate murals and other architectural nuances. Hear about the latest archeological discoveries, the lifestyles of the inhabitants of this ancient city and theories behind the city’s decline.

Huff your way up the Sun Pyramid and the Moon Pyramid, the main axis of Teotihuacan. From the top, enjoy your bird’s-eye vantage point of the Avenue of the Dead, the primary road that runs through the center of the city, which separated the city and stretched from the Moon Plaza in the north to the Great Compound in the south.

After your Teotihuacan tour, hop aboard your transport and head to an obsidian workshop to learn more about the black volcanic rock native to the area. Chat with a local family and sample several liqueurs made from cactus, as well as mescal, tequila and pulque. For lunch, select from a variety of traditional Mexican dishes (own expense), before enjoying transport back to your Mexico City hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was excellent from start to finish.
The hotel pick up was punctual. The trip from Mexico City to Teotihuacan was brief and a bit bumpy. If you enjoy a bumpy ride, sit towards the back of the minibus.
The early morning tour is very clear of people. We were among the very few and it felt like a private tour of Teotihuacan.
Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and polite. The climb up the Sun Pyramid was intense but fun! Take your time climbing up those steep steps, you're given 40 minutes to ascend, enjoy and descend the Sun Pyramid. A slow ascent can take up to 10 minutes, so 40 minutes isn't bad at all. There were old people from other tour groups that made it to the top.
The Moon Pyramid was a less intense climb.
This tour did not feel rushed or boring at any moment. Very well paced and informative.
Beware of the hordes of peddlers trying to sell you junk. Some of them might have nice things that some people might find interesting. They'll respectfully turn away to a single no thank you or no gracias.

After the Teotihuacan tour, we went to the tequila and mezcal tasting tour which was very interesting and fun. It was one of the highlights of the overall tour.
From there was lunch, which was quite delicious especially the Aztec soup.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Short and sweet tour to Teotihuacan... highly recommended if you're pressed for time. There are hawkers roaming the ruins trying to sell you stuff but other than that the ruins are simply amazing. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and was very professional. Please ensure that you call in at least 48hours in advance for pick up time at the hotel. We were picked up exactly at 7am from our hotel lobby. The lunch stop we had was OK, it was next to a souvenir shop and it's NOT included in the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Highly recommend this tour if you want a bit more information than the little signs scattered around.
It's an early start but absolutely worth the effort and the cost.

Learned a lot, had a great time with a great bunch of people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was Gerson. He was exceptionally knowledgeable and was a great communicator. He was able to accomadate our older/slower group members but did not hold the rest of the group back. I could not imagine a better Guide for the City of the Gods.

Our driver was Rodolfo. His bus was clean, cool, and well maintained. His driving was extremely safe and he was always on schedule.

The lunch stop was fantastic. The food and collectibles were vast and precious.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour - guide Leonado was well informed and very pleasant. Teotihuacan is fabulous, well worth the trip. Do take sensible shoes, water and a hat - it is hot there. Enjoyed the whole day, including the lunch after, although could have done without the half-hearted 'entertainment' over lunch. We were last dropped off after the trip, which meant 21/2 hours return trip round all the hotels in nightmare Mexico traffic, but at least it meant we saw lots of different areas in the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Walking around the fantastic site in the early morning when we were almost he only group there is a great experience and having a knowledgeable guide was the icing on the cake. The tour finished with a visit to an artisan centre when we could have lunch. Most of us had lunch as a group which was great fun and a chance to meet people from all over the world and share our experiences. Thanks to Sandra for making it a great day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a great tour, and Leonardo was a fantastic guide. I'd recommend this early-morning, half-day tour to anyone visiting Mexico City who wants to visit the site. We were there before the crowds, and got an understanding of the history of the city, the culture, and several demonstrations how the pigments were derived to paint the pyramids, how a cactus to be broken down into liquor, parchment, even a needle and thread that we wouldn't have gotten on our own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome place, great tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour.
Guide -Leonardo- spoke vey good English and gave us just enough information without burdening us with too much.
Well organized route through Teotihuacan with an early start to beat the crowds.
Comfortable transportation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Early start absolutely essential.
Friendly guide and very good driver.

The tour itself is perfect, not short or not long.

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