Mexico City Great Temple (Templo Mayor) Tours

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Overview
What remains of the Aztecs’ Great Temple (Templo Mayor) sits right in the middle of Mexico City, but many tourists miss it. In 1978, a massive, 8-ton (7,000-kilogram) stone depicting Coyolxauhqui (the Aztec goddess of the moon) was unearthed, marking the location of the temple, a gathering place sacred for the Aztecs during the 1300s and 1400s.
 
The Basics
Located next to the Metropolitan Cathedral, close to the Zócalo, the ruins of the Great Temple currently consist of walls embedded with stuccoed skulls and enormous carvings dedicated to Tlaloc (the god of storms) and Huitzilopochtli (the god of war). Throughout the 1980s, excavation revealed an unprecedented trove of treasures from the Aztec Empire, with more and more being uncovered all the time.
 
Today, visitors can tour the ruins and explore the on-site museum, which houses artifacts, such as the monolith of the moon goddess, knives, masks, sculptures, and other objects. Excavation work at the UNESCO World Heritage Site continues today. Book your ticket in advance to skip long lines, or join a sightseeing tour of Mexico City that visits the Great Temple.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visit the museum before exploring the ruins to get a better understanding of the archaeological site.
  • You’ll walk through the ruins on gated pathways.
  • The Great Temple is a must-visit for history buffs and those interested in the Aztecs.
 
How to Get There
Driving isn't recommended because traffic can be heavy and parking expensive. Since the Great Temple site is situated near the historic center, it’s easily accessible by public transit. Via the Metro Line 2, hop off at the Zócalo stop, which is a quick walk from the museum. The archaeological site is also a stop on many bus tours.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Admission is free Sundays, so expect crowds. The best time to visit any outdoor spot in Mexico City is between March and May, when it’s sunny and not too hot. But, it is also the busiest time of the year because of this.
 
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología)
The National Museum of Anthropology allows visitors to explore Aztec history further. Located in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City’s most-visited museum hosts a collection that includes notable historical items, such as the Aztec Stone of the Sun, the giant carved heads of the Olmec people, and the Aztec Xochipilli statue. From the Great Temple, it’s a short ride via public transit.
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Address: Seminario #8 Centro Historico, Mexico City, Mexico
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Skip the Line: Templo Mayor Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit Mexico City’s Museum of Templo Mayor without the lines. Save time by booking in advance and avoid the wait for admission. This quick and convenient option gets you into the museum in minutes so you can spend more time experiencing this important pre-Hispanic site, which is UNESCO-listed and one of the capital’s archaeological treasures.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Mexico City Sightseeing and Teotihuacan Tour

Combine Mexico City landmarks with ancient culture on a full-day tour that explores the historic center and Teotihuacan. You’ll see the sprawling main square and a series of murals by Diego Rivera, then continue to the temples and monuments of Teotihaucan, towering structures that awed the first European visitors. Climb the pyramids for sweeping views of the surrounding plains, and sip a glass of traditional pulque, with a local guide to share the fascinating stories behind each site.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing

Get the most out of limited time in Mexico City with this tour designed for seeing as many of the city’s highlights as possible during a half-day layover. This private walking tour is customized to fit your itinerary and interests. Meet your guide at a convenient central location in the capital’s historic center (or arrange airport pickup for an additional fee) and get guided from attraction to attraction.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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USD45.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Mexico City Downtown Highlights Tour with Guadalupe Shrine and Optional Torre Latinoamericana

Get a comprehensive walking tour of Mexico City's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Centro Histórico combined with a visit to the Shrine of Guadalupe on this 7-hour excursion. Upgrade with an optional visit to the Torre Latinoamericana.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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USD16.99
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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