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Teotihuacán, for those of us who like me knew only about Aztecs and Maya, was a totally different culture which existed for many centuries--much longer than the 150 years of the Aztec empire. It was contemporary with the middle period of the Mayan civilization farther south the two civilizations had trade and communication, and had significant influence on each other. The site of Teotihuacán is a breathtaking archeological site: it was a city of 200,000, with an avenue about 5 km long leading to the main temple 2 km of it are part of the site. There are three imposing pyramids I was one of those who chickened out of climbing them and hence missed some of the carvings which you can only see that way. Nevertheless the trip was well worth it. The guide, Lorenzo, is extremely knowledgable and well prepared: he is enthusiastic and skilled at explaining the culture to visitors, and more than ready to answer questions. The tour was bilingual which sometimes means you have to listen carefully even if they are speaking the language you don't know, because the switch between English and Spanish is frequent and seamless. It is an all-day affair--you meet at one of two pickup points in Reforma, and in the historic center at 6:20 or 6:50--which is to say well before breakfast. There is a stop at a gas station just before arriving at the site it's a ride of about 90 minutes all told where you can buy last minute things like a bottle of water to carry essential!, buy a convenience-store breakfast, and use the WC. After the pyramids which means 2-3 hours of walking, with lots of stairs even if you don't climb the pyramids, there is a lunch stop at a good not Michelin restaurant, which also involves some demonstrations of the uses of agave cactus not just tequila or mezcal, a tasting of several cactus-based liquors including the aforementioned, a primer on the local stone, and weaving.
These are nice add-ons to the spectacular architectural site, and the Mexican buffet is good.
Tips before you go: you absolutely need water, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and probably some kind of hat. Water can be bought at the gas station before arriving there are lots of merchants at the site offering many varieties of hats I don't know about the shoes or sunscreen.
Great value! Suitable for quick intros to both the pyramids as well as the main sights of Mexico City. Excellent if you're short on time. There's much more to explore at both places though, and I personally think I'd want to spend more time at both the next time I visit. Guides are very professional and knowledgeable, and the bus ride to the pyramids was comfortable! One AFI would be communicating the time and location for the start of the city tour more clearly.
This was an amazing trip. worth it especially the early morning access.
Food on the tour was terrible and we are both fans of Mexican food ! Everything else was great.
This tour was amazing!
Our 2-day tour was over and above what we expected. We started with the City Tour with Alex and he was very knowledgeable and accommodating. His English was good and we learned a lot - making our next tour to the Pyramids much easier to understand the history of the region. Highly recommend this tour with early-morning access as the weather and crowds were much easier to manage. Lots of climbing but not compulsory and a very worthwhile day with Leo an excellent guide.
I took the city tour the first day, my guide picked me up, informed me I was the entire tour, so off we went! I told him to take me to the sites he thought were best,as it would take three days just to get through all the amazing museums by themselves! he picked out a few, saw the aztec calendar,the real thing,just amazing, along with artifacts dating back hundreds of years. The cathedrals are awe inspiring, this tour will give you a good feel of the city. the guide was extremely knowledgeable, and very entertaining,a real nice guy. On a side note, on my last morning there,I hopped on an open air,double decker bus,on the zocalo, and rode around the city,and got to see even more sights,neighborhoods,etc that I hadn't seen, it was really cheap,they give you earbuds to listen to a prerecorded guide, took about 3 hours,was really fun!
Recommend going to the museum first then visiting the pyramids as you learn the basic history and then can put things into context. Glad we went early as the site begins to get incredibly busy around noon and they close certain areas off to the public.
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Its good to travel to see the world and its amazing pieces of history. This place is awesome! Can't spoil it, you gotta go see it for yourself.
A good deal for both!
Mexico City Tour: I was fortunate to be part of a small group, lead by Alicia. She's great. I asked what felt like 100 questions during our visit to the anthropology museum and she happily answered all of them. You can sense her passion for Mexican history and culture, which is exactly the type of person you want for a tour of a city so rich in both areas. Our tour included hotel pick up and drop off. The driver, Antonio, was punctual for the pick up and kind enough to drop us off near another tourist attraction that was several miles from our hotel--he saved us quite a bit of time. Great team. Highly recommended.
Teotihuacan Pyramids: This is a must-do. The pyramids are beautiful and the thought that ancient people moved these stones without the aid of even a wheel is astounding. The tour guide explained well the most current, historical understanding of the people that lived at the site. For photo taking opportunities, both the Sun and the Moon pyramids are great. I preferred the Moon pyramid's vantage point as it seemed to provide a more aesthetically pleasing view of the entire site. After the pyramids tour, you'll go to a nearby location for lunch not included. A few tips: bring a hat. Bring some water. If you're tight on money, you'll want to forgo the restaurant lunch and pack some food ahead of time. The souvenir shop is also a place where you can spend money a bit too fast, but if you buy with pesos, you'll be in a better bargaining position. If you're looking for obsidian stonework, be sure to educate yourself on the topic so you know you're getting the real thing and for a fair price. And lastly, whatever you do, do the early access to the pyramids as it gets really crowded and that translates into more difficulty getting that perfect selfie without having fellow visitors immortalized in your pictures.
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