How to rock a visit to Teotihuacán from Mexico City

Everything you should know to make the most of your visit to the largest pre-Hispanic empire in Mexico. From important informations such as entrance fees, transportation cost, opening hours to what to expect in Teotihuacán and how to beat the crowd. Not to be missed if you’re in Mexico City, the views from the remaining Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon are terrific!

The holy site is located 40 km North East of Mexico City. It is now an archeological zone easily accessible where you can admire the Mesoamerican Pyramids. The ancient city was first settled between the 1st and 7th centuries AD and collapsed around 600 AD. The monuments were burned and sculptures were destroyed before its habitants abandoned completely the city in 750 AD.

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ENTRANCE COST OF TEOTIHUACAN
OPENING HOURS OF TEOTIHUACAN
HOW TO GET TO THE PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACAN
WHAT TO SEE IN TEOTIHUACAN
WHAT TO BRING

ENTRANCE COST OF TEOTIHUACAN

You can just walk-in and buy a ticket at the gate, don’t need to book in advance. Cost is 70 MX pesos including access to the Museum.

OPENING HOURS OF TEOTIHUACAN

The archeological site open daily from 9am to 5pm. I’d recommend to get there early if you want to beat the crowd. We arrived at 8.30am and it was surprisingly already open. We bought two tickets and started to make our way to the Pyramids.

AVOID SUNDAYS! It is free for Mexicans residents and the busiest day of the week.

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HOW TO GET TO THE PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACAN

You can either take a bus or by taxi. We used Uber and ended up paying about 400 MX pesos each way which is relatively cheap and quicker. It took us about 40 minutes to get to destination from our hotel in Roma area, really convenient!

Would you prefer to get there by bus you’ll need to go Autobuses del Nord (North bus station) and buy your seats from Puerta 8 (Gate 8). I read that a return ticket costs 104 MX pesos and buses run every 20 minutes from 6am. Don’t need to book in advance you can just show up on the day. From what people says the service seems safe and reliable. The journey takes an hour to get there and usually a bit longer for the way back.

Getting there by taxi, we managed to do this as a half a day tour, 5 hours including return travel to our hotel. You might stay longer depending on how long you want to spend there and how you are getting there.

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WHAT TO SEE IN TEOTIHUACAN

As soon as you arrive I’d recommend to walk straight to the end of the Avenue of the Dead (the main one) and climb the Pyramid of the Moon (the far one).

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View from the Pyramid of the Moon

Then make your way to the Pyramid of the Sun (the biggest one) so you can take great pictures with the air balloons floating in the air before it gets too crowded, tour buses usually arrive around 10am.

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View from the Pyramid of the Sun

On your way make sure you stop by the museum, just follow the signs that says “MUSEO”. There are interesting informations about the ancient city, statues, Mesoamerican objects and a a reconstitution of the archeological site as well as restrooms and vending machines for refreshrements.

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The Museum

WHAT TO BRING

*Bottle of water
*Camera
*Sunscreen & hat (Although we didn’t need to wear any on our trip in early November, it might be recommended so depending on the time of the year you’re visiting).
You’re allowed to bring your own food in, you can buys snack from the vending machines or have lunch at the restaurant.

Feel free to leave a message if you need further explanations.

Hope you have a magical time! Xoxo

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