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The ancient city of Teotihuacan: a must-visit in Mexico City

So you made it to Mexico City (CDMX) and thought if visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids is worth it. It sure deserves to be added to your CDMX itinerary not only because of the Instagram pictures but this is a great site for those who love archaeological sites then traveling.

Also known as The City of Gods, Teotihuacan is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. There are many parts of Teotihuacan’s history that is still unknown and this is why my visit turned into a guided tour instead of doing it myself.

For sure you got to this article because you want more information on how to visit the Teotihuacan pyramids. These are our guides, tips, and advice for your historical and archaeological trip to this ancient city of Mexico.

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🚕 How to get to Teotihuacan from Mexico City

🚍 Do-it-yourself Teotihuacan Pyramids visit

For those of you who are feeling extra adventurous and don’t want to sign up for a tour, you can absolutely do a trip to the Teotihuacan pyramids on your own.

To get to Teotihuacan from Mexico City, you need to get on “Autobuses Teotihuacan” in the northern metro station of CDMX (right by gate 8). The bus ride will take about an hour (depending on traffic inside CDMX) and it only costs $5 USD.

These busses are safe and comfortable so don’t worry about your safety. Teotihuacan pyramids is a popular stop so the driver always informs passengers when you arrived.

Once you arrive, the entrance tickets to Teotihuacan pyramids costs $3.62 USD. When you are on your own, many tour guides at the gate will offer you guided tours inside. You can simply say no if you don’t want to.

Sometimes, they would even say it’s FREE but bear in mind that Mexico is a tipping country. They’d expect to receive a generous tip since the Mexican salary is really low. It’s really up to you to hire a tour guide.

🎫 Teotihuacan Pyramids tour

The easiest way to get to Teotihuacan from Mexico City is to sign up for a tour. They usually don’t cost a lot and they’re all included.

The tour companies will also pick you up in your hotel but most of the Teotihuacan shared tours, you will be instructed to go to a meeting point in Mexico City. The most common meeting point is in Reforma.

If you are traveling with 6 or more people, it’s better to sign up for a private tour to Teotihuacan. They will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation and you can also stop whenever you want — the van is yours!

These private tours also stop in some tequila distillery and include a tasting activity on the way to Teotihuacan. Later on, I will also give you some tips on what to combine with your Teotihuacan trip as you can mix different activities with this attraction.

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🧭 What you’ll see in Teotihuacan

The guides usually give you ample time to go around on your own and just tell you to meet at the meeting point in a certain hour (unless it’s a guided tour where they will tell you the history of the Teotihuacan pyramids).

The names of the Teotihuacan pyramids: First, the Pyramid of the Moon which is located at the northern end of the complex is the second-largest pyramid in Teotihuacan. It is 43m (140 ft) tall and its base is about 130 x 156 m.

The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest and is actually everyone’s favorite spot. It is 66 m tall (216 ft) and is facing the West. Many archaeologists, historians, and researchers believe there used to be an altar on top of the Pyramid of the Sun to honor a deity.

Next is the Ciudadela which is in the south end. Ciudadela is referred to as the sunken plaza with 15-hectare courtyards that can house all of the city’s inhabitants. It contains some residential complexes where you can also find stone heads of the Feathered Serpent deity.

I have to be honest, the pre-COVID experience is way different than the limitations now. Teotihuacan is about 8 square miles (20 sq km) and the grounds are big for you to roam around.

But getting on top of the pyramids is a different experience as you can see the whole complex with fantastic views. Just be careful because the stairs are really steep! The trick is climbing the Teotihuacan pyramids is to walk sideways.

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🗺️ Best Teotihuacan tours

Teotihuacan early access with tasting

💲 from $39 USD per person
🕖 6 hours
👉🏽 Book it here

If you are someone who wants to avoid the crowd, this tour will give you early access to Teotihuacan. Meaning, you’ll be the first in line as soon as it opens! Professional photographers usually love this tour as they can enjoy the complex without photoshopping people.

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After the tour, you will be brought to a local tasting session where you will try not only tequila but mezcal and pulque as well. I’m not a super fan of pulque but let me know how was your experience!

Teotihuacan Balloon tour

💲 from $135 USD per person
🕖 4-9 hours
👉🏽 Book it here

This is super popular and is a great experience! I strongly encourage you to take an air balloon flight over Teotihuacan. This lasts for 45 minutes and it’s not that expensive.

Please note that this is a sunrise tour so the tour company can pick you up as early as 5:00 AM. If you are doing this, it’s also better to check the weather in Mexico City before booking. You don’t want to do this when it’s raining!

Teotihuacan air balloon + bicycle tour

💲 from $275 USD per person
🕖 4-9 hours
👉🏽 Book it here

You can also combine your air balloon ride with a bicycle tour around the complex! After the hot air balloon ride, you will go get breakfast at a Mexican restaurant nearby. You will have an hour of rest at breakfast since you also need to be picked up early for this.

After breakfast, you will start with your bike ride and take a stroll in the Teotihuacan pyramids. You will also cycle through different Teotihuacan neighborhoods (Atetelco and Tepantitla Telitla), visit the Butterfly Palace, and finally a craft workshop where you can shop for gemstones.

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The bike ride is about 10km. Breakfast, snacks, and a buffet lunch are already included in this tour. Alternatively, you can also book a bicycle tour through Teotihuacan (without the hot air balloon ride) for $86 USD.

Teotihuacan afternoon tour

💲 from $35 USD per person
🕖 6 hours
👉🏽 Book it here

This is the best in value tour as it’s cheaper than most of the tours here. Teotihuacan is also popular for afternoon visits where you can watch the sunset over the pyramids.  There are also fewer people in the afternoon as most tour companies start in the morning.

🚴‍♂️ Teotihuacan pyramids combo tours

One of the most important churches in the world is the Basilica de Guadalupe, a church in Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City which is devoted to the patroness of Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

You can visit Basilica de Guadalupe and Teotihuacan at the same time as these two places are just 38 minutes away from each other. It’s a popular combo.

You can also add Tlatelolco to your itinerary for the day. Tlatelolco is another Aztec archaeological site that’s also important in Mexico’s culture. The tour price for this combo is $38 USD.

Below are more Teotihuacan tour combo suggestions:

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📅 Best time to visit Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is near Mexico City so before planning your trip, check the weather in Mexico City. The best time to visit the capital is April to March and October to November.

Teotihuacan is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 7 days a week but it’s requested to visit before 9:00 am before the big tour groups come. I wasn’t bothered with the big crowds as Teotihuacan is spacious so I really won’t make a big deal about the best time of the day to go.

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Friday 25th of March 2022

I would love to do this. I'd opt for the hot air balooon I think at sunrise. Just looking over scenery and enjoying the colours of the ski. The combo deals look great too. Awesome tips I wouldn't have known about these combo options without this.


Thursday 24th of March 2022

This place is fascinating. I guess I am going to opt for a tour. It's nice to listen to a local and learn from them. Happy to know that they don't really cost a lot. We look forward to visiting soon. The Balloon tour is so cool. Hope I have the courage to ride one.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

I would love to see the detail of the ancient images carved into the pyramid for myself - so mysterious! Plus, you've told me everything I need to plan a visit to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, and then some! I would never have thought about viewing them by hot air balloon, or bicycling. Brilliant!


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

We visited Teatohuacan on our own and it was perfectly fine and easy. We brought a good guide book and spent several hours exploring the site. If I ever go back, I would opt for a baloon ride over the pyramides.

Linda (LD Holland)

Monday 21st of March 2022

The Teotihuacan Pyramids would certainly be on my travel itinerary. Good to know we could do this trip on our own if we did not want to book a tour. I would probably opt for a guided tour when I got there to learn as much history as possible. And a view from the top would be worth a careful climb up!

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