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Hot Air Balloon Tour - Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan de Arista, Mexico

From $163.47

Price varies by group size

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


View the Teotihuacan complex from the sky on a hot air balloon ride over this historic archeological site. Gliding over the site gives you a unique perspective you can’t get from the ground, plus it comes with the opportunity to experience a hot air balloon ride. This excursion is perfect for travelers who are looking for a special outing that goes beyond the average tour.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over Teotihuacan
  • Enjoy a buffet breakfast and sparkling wine toast after your flight
  • You can add hotel pickup and drop-off or a guided pyramid tour
  • Special occasions such as marriage proposals or birthdays can be accommodated

What's Included

  • Hot air Balloon ride
  • Passenger Insurance
  • Full buffet breakfast at La Canasta Restaurant
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Sparkling wine toast (or juice for minors)
  • Flight certificate
  • Tips

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Flying Pictures de México Vuelos en Globos Aerostáticos en Teotihuacán
    Carretera México Tulancingo km 28, San Martín, San Martín, 55850 San Juan Teotihuacan de Arista, Méx., Mexico

    Behind the Federal Police base

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Our prefered pick up location is the Century Hotel in the Zona Rosa, but we also pick up from any centrally located hotel. We can also provide private transport. There is no discount if the transport provided is only one way.

What To Expect

Flying Pictures Mexico

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

La Canasta Restaurante

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Teotihuacan Pyramids

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Featured review
Highlight of our trip to Mexico City hands down! This was such an incredible experience that I am so happy that I did. Flying Pictures really makes sure that you are taken care of and the pictures and videos that they took came out amazing. 100% worth the price - if you are having doubts on booking this consider this your sign to have no doubts and book this experience immediately!


122 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 122 reviews
Poor directions to the place
Anna_R, May 2023
The hot air balloon ride was amazing, however, if you choose a tour without a hotel pick up, be ready to be lost at 6am. Our uber driver could not find the address because the company gives an incorrect address. We don’t speak Spanish and the driver didn’t speak English, but he was nice and super helpful and spent an extra 30 min to locate the place. I tried to contact the tour operator, but nobody returned my call. We were 15 min late and had a whole balloon to ourselves. Also, they don’t tell you that you have to climb in the basket, and it you’re not fit or having knees or hip problems it can be very difficult. We took a private guide at the pyramids for 1,200 pesos for the group and I think it was really worth it. You can walk there without a guide and use a google tour 🤷🏻‍♀️ I gave a 4 star for poor directions
Had the most magical time...
Aveena_A, May 2023
Had the most magical time in the hot air balloon with my best friends! The balloon flight, breakfast & touring pyramids was all so amazing, we would definitely do this again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Do it!
Alberto_A, Apr 2023
Wow -what an experience! Must do on your bucket list! I had a great tour and driver -Pedro and Monse! Very knowledgeable on the the area! 100/10
Once in a lifetime experience
Alex_S, Apr 2023
Highlight of our trip to Mexico City hands down! This was such an incredible experience that I am so happy that I did. Flying Pictures really makes sure that you are taken care of and the pictures and videos that they took came out amazing. 100% worth the price - if you are having doubts on booking this consider this your sign to have no doubts and book this experience immediately!
Absolutely AMAZING
Sony_P, Mar 2023
From pick up and drop off with our driver Raul (who is the SWEETEST AND CARING PERSON) to Allen, the hot air balloon guide, to the whole Flying Pictures crew, and our pyramids tour guide Luis - this was the BEST experience ever! Worth every penny. Would do it again 100%. Book it, don’t hesitate.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A definite "bucket list" experience when in Mexico City!
JOSEPH_W, Dec 2022
What an amazing experience a something you must do when in CDMX! Ernesto, our driver, was very professional, safe, and accommodating. The Hot Air Balloon company was very friendly and safe.... we really enjoyed this adventure. The breakfast afterwards was FANTASTIC.....lots of options-buffet style.
Amazing! Simple amzing....
Hanna_M, Nov 2022
Amazing! Simple amzing. Such a great event and staff are professionell and very kind. It was such an ingredible expirence and I will never forget it. The scenic was epic and beuatiful!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Jason_B, Nov 2022
An absolutely amazing experience! A Easily the best way to enjoy the sunrise and the sites simultaneously.
Highly recommended
NEFER_T, Nov 2022
Beautiful experience. Well organized and knowledgable pilot. Flying over Teotihuacan has been a great experience.
Don't let fear hold you back from an amazing experience
Gary_P, Oct 2022
This is definitely a bucket list filler for anyone. The process (from pickup, delivery to the site, and the ride, and return) was pretty seamless. I would recommend you choose one of the recommended pickup hotels for their convenience. We chose probably the worst day of the year for a return, (the beginning of Dia de Muertos), but our driver (Peter) was patient and excellent. The air balloon ride was amazing. One point I have to make is that I am definitely a person with fear of heights. The night before I didn't sleep, I was stressing so much. However, I had 0% fear during the entire flight. In fact, I was sad to see it end. I actually had tears in my eyes, as I was so happy that the anxiety didn't stop me from experiencing something that is so amazing.
Don’t think, just book this!
Ben_P, Sep 2022
By far one of the most well run tours I’ve been on anywhere in the world, and that doesn’t even take into account the incredible views! I seriously cannot recommend this tour enough! From the beginning, our driver, Ernesto, reached out the night prior to confirm the pickup, and then showed up a few minutes early even. Upon arriving at the take off location, they knew who we were and had coffee, tea, and cookies waiting. The waiting area had propane heaters, which was nice because it was a chilly morning. Our balloon captain was fantastic and the views….. wow! Pictures will never do it justice! We paid for the picture package that included the drone footage…. Worth every penny! We opted for the pyramid tour afterwards, and that was incredible! Our tour guide, Louis, was passionate about the site and provided lots of interesting facts that really took the tour to another level! A couple things that I want to note that took this tour over the top for me: 1. While not everyone spoke English, they ensured that someone who did speak English was around to communicate with you. 2. While there were opportunities to buy goods at the temples, we never felt pressured to buy anything. We were shown who was selling some interesting goods that were different from other vendors, but there was never a sales pressure, which was greatly appreciated. 3. We were always made aware of the itinerary and where we were going next 4. Balloon ride over pyramids… I mean, come on!
1 traveler found this review helpful
One of the best experiences ever !!
Alvaro_M, Sep 2022
One of the best experience of my life, it was worth it to pay private tour. My wife and I were able to fly directly above the pyramids. Alan our pilot was amazing , he made the trip so much better than we thought it will be. Everything was perfect, pick up, check in, breakfast , and Ernesto the driver was excellent .
1 traveler found this review helpful
Camilla_L, Jul 2022
A breathtaking trip in the clouds overlooking the ancient pyramids, definitely an experience of a lifetime.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Balloon ride In May
David_B, May 2022
It was an absolutely great experience well worth the early morning drive out from Mexico City. Also, be aware that it can be very cold in the morning so dress appropriate 🎈👍
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for you kind remarks. We do advise people about the need to keep warm first thing but this often gets lost in all the communication. Also please make sure your package includes transportation as our cheapest package does not and although clearly stated for one reason or other this important detail is occasionally missed. You can always givebus avcall to check any doubts you might have..
À must
Gilles_A, Mar 2022
Booked a private tour for two, very well organized, exceptional experience from beginning to the end. Very pleasant staff, hôtel pick up on time, and a great view of the pyramids, thanks to an expert pilot. They made a very good short movie in MP4 Do not hesitate.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for your cheering review!
The guides didnt speak English at all
Ghadah_A, Mar 2022
It was terrible to sit for 6 hours and the guides didnt even speak one English word even though we chose English guide. We wandered around the pyramids with a guide that spoke spanish the whole time. We learned absolutely nothing about the history of the place. What a waste of money
Response from Host, Mar 2022
I have checked thoroughly the situation here and it is clear that you DIDN'T book a guided tour as you can see from the Viator confirmation and our own. Therefore I would ask that you remove your reviews (this and the previous) as they have no merit and would seem unjustified as a result. We also see no reason for a refund given the price paid was the cost of the service received. Our Spanish speaking guide commented that you asked to tag along with his spanish speaking group and he (Esteban) was happy for you to do so at no cost but was being paid to attend our clients in spanish. In the light of the above I would ask that you remove these misplaced reviews and in recompense as customer happiness is very important to us we would be happy to give you an English speaking tour of the pyramids at any time at our expense to compensate for what has clearly been a case of misunderstanding on your part, Best regards
Absolutely incredible
Lindsay_J, Feb 2022
An absolutely incredible, once in a life time experience!! Everyone from our driver, to the pilot, and Teotihuacan tour guide were friendly and knowledgeable. Will be recommending this experience to anyone heading to the CDMX area.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you very much for your comments.
This ride was top notch....
Rita_L, Jan 2022
This ride was top notch. Very well organized and as beautiful as you may imagine! Our guide Caesar was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Thank you!
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thanks for your kind remarks which I have also shared with Cesar.
Great time overall. I...
Andre_A, Dec 2021
Great time overall. I would skip the breakfast - not the most palatable. A better option would be to have light breakfast with your champagne when you land.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hi Andre Sorry the breakfast wasn't to your liking The Gran Tecalli reaturant is one of the best oin the area but as you know sometimes popularity leads to lower standards. We are constantly looking to improve our service and this is an area we are hoping to fix in the very near future.
An Incredible Experience With Accommodating Staff
Allan_R, Dec 2021
What an incredible and unique way to see Teotihuacan and the surrounding areas. We were so impressed with everything -- from the easy pick up from our Airbnb to the coordination between our balloon operator and the on-the-ground staff for when we landed. Also, all of the staff made us feel very comfortable and were so accommodating. Don't pass up on this opportunity!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thanks Allan for your comments.
Hot Air Ballooning
Jeffrey_H, Oct 2021
Fantastic tour! Thank you so much!👍🏾👍🏾 I’d refer this experience and company to anyone. The level of professionalism was unmatched and refreshing.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you so much for taking the trouble to leave such encouraging comments.
Great experience
anthony_a, Oct 2021
Great experience I would truly recommend this experience too anyone who would like too do something different while visiting Mexico City. Turco was such a professional and even our off the path ending was such fun that I wanted too go for another ride.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thanks for coming and leaving your comments. Hope to see you again then!
Awesome! Couldn’t climb the pyramids due to COVID so we flew over them.
Celeste_K, Aug 2021
Vacationing from Florida. Love Mexico City! Couldn’t climb pyramids so we flew over them. Surprise for my husband!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thanks for leaving your comment. Much easier than climbing!
Magical experience with Flying Pictures Mexico
Stephanie_T, Aug 2021
Our balloon tour over the Teotihuacan pyramids was an amazing experience. From seeing all the balloons inflated at dawn to the ride itself to the views of the pyramids from the sky, it was simply magical. Our pilot was skilled and experienced--he took us right over the top of the sun pyramid for fantastic views. And I have nothing but compliments for our tour operator, Flying Pictures Mexico. Pickup was on time and we knew what to do and what to expect every step of the way, door to door. We had an issue on our end--one of the people in our party got sick at the last minute--and they were very caring and accommodating in helping us deal with that. A balloon ride is an expensive experience and if I was to do it again I would book with Flying Pictures Mexico for sure.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Our feeling is we should provide the best service we can for our clients and treat them as we would like to be treated. Actually our flights in Teotihuacan represent incredibly good value when compared to similar experiences worldwide. Hope to see you again but if not your great comments help us a lot so thank you for that.
Magical experience
Ashley_B, Aug 2021
What a magical day! The hot air balloon ride was amazing - the whole family loved it! Our driver, pilot and tour guide were all excellent and very professional. Breakfast was delicious as well with lots of options. I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Hi Ashley. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a glowing review. It is really appreciated.
Great Experience
Ernesto_G, Aug 2021
One of the coolest things I've ever done. The staff was welcoming, professional & accomodating. I highly recommend this if you come to Mexico City.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you for your recommendation.
Recommend !
Lukasz_T, Jul 2021
Great experience. Worth every penny. Very well organized. We saw a lot. We liked the ballon ride and the tour very much.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thanks for you recommendation, it was a pleasure to have you fly with us!
Amazing Ballon ride
Carlos_M, Jul 2021
Amazing experience and incredible service, strongly recommended. I really liked the drone footage they sell separately.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thanks for your comments. We really appreciate it.
The way to go!
Eric_S, May 2021
The experience was wonderful and we felt spoiled during the whole tour. Having the experienced planned out and with guides is the best way to go!
Response from Host, May 2021
Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments. We literally aim high and it is satisfying to know we are succeeding in giving the best experience to our clients. Bon Voyage
shane_d, Apr 2021
AMAZING! The pyramids themselves are of course amazing, but the personal attention paid by Sean really made our experience one to be remembered. Although it's included in the price my girlfriend and I were concerned about a shared car to take us from hotel to take-off site (Our trip was April 2021, Covid still a major issue) and were arranging a private car to take us there - expensive but a precaution we thought worth it. Via email I expressed this and asked for specific directions for our driver. Within minutes my phone rang, and it was Sean (the owner of the company) to let us know he understood and shared our concerns, each set of riders would have their own personal car/driver and there was no need for us to spend extra money etc.... Sure enough we were picked up by Manuel who drove us out Teotihuacan, where we were greeted by Sean and introduced to Joel, our balloon pilot, while the coffee bar (complete with tequila shots for those so inclined) was in full swing for all riders as we approached first light. We took off just at first light which was the perfect timing as we were airborne to see the sun begin to rise on the horizon (see picture). Joel explained how and why we rose and descended in order to catch the different wind currents which in turn took us for a truly memorable trip circling over both pyramids (Sun and the Moon) several times, with a beautiful birds-eye view of the surrounding town of San Martin which was also a delight! After a perfectly executed landing (barely a bump) we were met on the ground by Sean and his wife who then drove us to a nearby breakfast buffet to relax and take in the experience before heading to the ground site of the pyramids for the guided walking tour - an optional extra which I would recommend; especially if you're interested in astronomy which was the purpose of these fascinating structures. After this we were met by our driver Manuel who, after we had another nice chat with Sean who wanted to check all was well with our whole trip, drove us back to our hotel in the heart of Mexico City - all before 1pm! I can't compare this to other operators as it's my only experience. However, I can and DO definitely recommend this company as the 'extra mile' and personal attention given not only by Sean but everyone involved really made for a wonderful and unforgettable time form beginning to end. Thanks to Sean and the entire Team!!!! PS : Reviewing my own words here I realize it reads almost like an advertisement! For the record, I had never met Sean before, have no involvement in the company and nothing to gain from a good review. Other than hopefully playing a part in others being able to enjoy what, for my girlfriend and I, was an excellent time all around! Shane (and Natasha)
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Thanks Shane for this glowing review - I was almost blushing! As a medium sized company we are able to offer a more personal service and enjoy meeting new people ourselves. We attach great importance to fulfilment and have a fun working environment whilst paying every attention to safety and the legal aspects of operating our balloons which we maintain to the highest standards. The current epidemic still creates worries and we endeavour to avoid mixing different groups whether in balloon sections or ground transportation which, although outside our obligations is still a priority to preserve the wellbeing of our clients and the enjoyment of the whole experience of the tour. Thanks again it was fun meeting you and Natasha and I hope the rest of your stay lived up to expectations too.


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