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Experience Mexico City: Teotihuacan Day-Trip & Dinner with the Locals

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Ciudad de México, Mexico
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Small group
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Tour the UNESCO-listed Teotihuacán pyramids and join a family for dinner on this day tour from Mexico City. With the help of a guide, reach Teotihuacán by public transport, and walk through the ancient city that Aztecs called 'the place where men become gods.' Enjoy the sunset from the top of the Sun Pyramid. After a visit to a pulqueria, soak up cultural traditions, conversation and food as you share dinner in a local Mexican home. This small-group tour is limited to just 12 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
  • Teotihuacan Pyramids tour and family dinner from Mexico City
  • Tour the Teotihuacan Pyramids, including Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon
  • Visit San Martin de las Piramides
  • Enjoy dinner with a local family in their home
  • Travel like a local on public transportation
  • Return public transportation fare included
  • Explore local towns and visit two independent, family-run businesses where you can pick up authentic, locally-made (or grown) souvenirs such as tequila, candy and cacti

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

After a tour of the ancient pyramids, sample pulque and share dinner with a local family.
Leave Mexico City behind on a small-group tour to the ancient Teotihuacán pyramids. After meeting your guide at a central location, head by metro to the town of San Martin de las Piramides, located about 30 miles (48 km) outside of Mexico City.

Upon arrival, begin your journey into Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage site, at the on-site museum, where your guide points out reconstructions of local houses, as well as relics discovered in the archaeological zone.

Enter the ancient city and stroll through the Calzada de los Muertos (Pass of the Dead) to reach the Sun Pyramid, the area's tallest, towering at 206 feet (63 meters). Huff your way to the top for impressive bird’s-eye views of the Calzada de los Muertos. Gain insight into the Moon Pyramid’s history and architecture, and hear why the Aztecs dubbed Teotihuacán the City of the Gods.

After touring Teotihuacán, visit a pulqueria and a cactus factory in San Martin de las Piramides. Meet a local family producer of pulque, the alcoholic beverage sacred to the Aztecs, and sample candies and creams made from varieties of cacti.

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal to end a day. Share dinner with another family at their house, and enjoy getting to know each other and more about everyday life in Mexico.

After your satisfying meal, hop on public transportation with your guide and return to your departure point.
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As we head out of Mexico City, we’ll make a stop at the archaeological wonder that is the Teotihuacan pyramids, where your guide will fill you in on the mysterious history of this sacred site. As you tour the grounds, you’ll see the Moon Pyramid, the Calzada de los Muertos (Dead Pass), and the Sun Pyramid, which is the tallest and most spectacular in the area — it’s 63 meters to the top (and yes, we’re going up). After exploring the pyramids, we will make our way to a family-run factory/shop that specializes in local products. We will learn about ‘obsidian’ — the material that the Teotihuacan people used to make their tools, idols, and decorations and you’ll be encouraged to take a sip of an ancient, sacred drink called pulque, which is extracted from the heart of the maguey (another kind of cactus) — considered by some to be the great-grandfather of tequila. On top of those gems, you’ll find jams, candies, spicy lollies and plenty more products made by local people from the endemic vegetation around them such as nopal, xoconostle and tuna (a cactus fruit, not tuna fish!). Souvenir shopping has never been this much fun! After working up an appetite climbing pyramids and shopping for souvenirs, we’ll take you to a friend’s house for a memorable dinner. You will be welcomed into their traditional home where you’ll try authentic, local flavors (the family run a very successful catering business, so you are in the right hands!) After dinner, we’ll head back to Mexico City, happy, full, and relaxed from our wonderful day exploring life outside the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included

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great day trip
mkmccorkle
, Feb 2020
Ulysses was an excellent guide, calm cool collected and in touch with & knowledgable of the local area because he’s a local, he also speaks excellent English. The tour is well-paced and informative. He offers information of the archeology without any bias - which is important regarding this land. He also offers a non-religious, but spiritual perspective too. There’s a cool little pit stop for local beers before visiting an obsidian craftsman’s home. Although this states “dinner with the locals” we never saw them, & they weren’t introduced to us, but nonetheless at that point in the night everyone in the group is hungry & it was nice to eat a local, quaint meal. We enjoyed the sites, lots of information as well as being able to explore a little further into the local area than you would be able to on your own. I was personally having a rough morning as a solo traveler & this tour brightened my day & was just what I needed to get out of the hustle & bustle of the city.
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One of the best days of my trip to Mexico!
Michelle Z
, Aug 2019
I visited Mexico City for my 30th birthday and we were able to book this tour last minute with Urban Adventures after my morning tour fell through. Our tour guide (whose name I can’t remember) was so friendly and knowledgable - young, funny, long hair and spoke both English and Spanish. We started off meeting at the city’s center near MUMEDI. The meeting point was easy and accessible, then we all jumped in a van and headed to the ruins of Teotihuacan. From the start of the tour, until the very end, we were given lots of useful, interesting information about the temples and the different civilizations that inhabited the nearby regions. We also got the opportunity to climb both the Moon and Sun Pyramid - and the guide was nice enough to take people who didn’t want to walk up the stairs to other parts of the area in the meantime. After that, we were all escorted to a nearby home of a local artist, and given a tour of his craft, and allowed to sample a variety of tequilas. During this time we bought some souvenirs and learned more about local agriculture. Finally, we ended the trip with a homemade meal, and dined on delicious pozole blanco! What a delightful end to a long day! Would highly recommend this company!!!
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Pyramid
annemkidd5
, May 2019
Great day climbed the pyramids very hot but worth it . Full on day hot in the sun but we enjoyed it lots of interesting things
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A must do!
S H
, Jan 2019
Arturo the driver was awesome! He'd show me little extra trees and such. Rodrigo was very well spoken (chingon!!) and had so much cool information to share. They were a deligtd. Bring layers. It's warm climbing the pyramids. It is a good hike. Wear comfy shoes. The vistas are outta this world. Be prepared for a long day. After Teohuatican, you have a few drinks see handmade obsidian, then a homemade dinner. I'm vegetarian. No problem. I had nopales with rice and horchata. I suggest leaving tips at these stops. Free food and drinks? It's amazing. I also tipped the driver and tour operator. 10 hours of friendliness and transport.
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Lovely day meeting new friends
Noahe
, Nov 2018
My husband, Andy and I had a lovely day touring Teotihuacan, got to a factory and eating dinner. All was Timley, liesurly and fun. Although the guide was very nice, he didn’t provide much guiding, or historical information. But we had fun regardless.
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Ady is an amazing tour guide, she...
Satya Siva Kiran N
, Jul 2018
Ady is an amazing tour guide, she had answers for all the curious questions our group had apart from the knowledge about the history of the site. Later we visited a local obsidian artisan to learn more about it and pulque/mezxcal/tequilla/ cactus fruit liquor, our group had a lovely time. Then visited a local family home for a delicious dinner cooked just for us, as we got back to the city she was helpful on uber pickups/ways to reaching our hotels. I would 100 recommend this tour to everyone who wish to visit the pyrimads
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This trip is totally worth it! My...
Caroline F
, Mar 2018
This trip is totally worth it! My 21 year old son and I both enjoyed the entire experience! It's a long day, so pack plenty of water, sunscreen and get a good night's rest before hand! The pyramids are a definite bucket list activity, once in a lifetime. My son and I loved visiting the local family for some samples of tequila, mescal and pulca. The other family provided our dinner which was great! Our guide was Adi, she was awesome!!!!! All around worthwhile side trip :
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The tour guide was great, explaining...
Diana G
, Feb 2018
The tour guide was great, explaining every structure we saw. The place is breathtaking but I would suggest to visit it early morning to avoid the sun and the crowds. The visit to the first family was totally worth it since it included a little tequila-mezcal-pulque tasting which was great. The dinner with the local family, you'd expect something more personal and traditional, but neither the dinner was personalized the family didn't even dinner with us, instead they just served the food or traditional beside of the salsa preparation, the actual dinner wasn't traditional Mexican food. Or maybe I just expected other menú.
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Great tour! Our guide Rodrigo was...
Robert B
, Feb 2018
Great tour! Our guide Rodrigo was really knowledgeable about the pyramids, and has excellent English and communication skills. We really enjoyed having dinner at the local family's house. This was a wonderful way to experience Mexico!
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Cesar was our guide. He was...
Gita K
, Jan 2018
Cesar was our guide. He was extremely passionate, knowledgeable and watchful of his group. I enjoyed the agenda from the Pyramides to the Obsidian Tour to the food tasting. This is not a poor reflection of Cesar, but the food tasting was definitely displayed as a sponsored product program - a racket. The presenters were quick to have us taste 10 things, and the prices for their products were way overpriced - even by US standards. While not pushy, I'm sure this is why they move through the presentation quickly because few buy. The prices should be slashed about 75 to be reasonable for purchase. One 1.5 ounce sample of jam was 5 USD while a 10 ounce jar was 10 USD. 99 of people would never pay that price even in the US. That part was a scam. I think the tour company could afford to get a dedicated taxi or bus from the obisidian experience to dinner. The dinner was tasty!

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