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“Great visit for a layover”

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon dominate the ruins of what was once the sixth largest city in the world.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We had a planned layover for 12 hours so that we could see Teotihuacán on our way to Machu Picchu in Peru. We were blown away by this site. Bigger than you think and not too crowded due to how big the site is and multiple entrances. We took a uber from the airport which was cheaper than taxis and easier to deal with (and comparative price) than buses.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This archeological site should be the "8th Wonder of the Ancient World." Both the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon are astonishing to experience. And, apart from this, the whole site is magical in its entirety. As an added bonus, it is a pretty easy place to visit if you are in Mexico City.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Misterpepito
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

A big site with wonderfully restored step pyramids, the pyramid of the sun, the pyramid of the moon, the avenue of the dead all are extra ordinary. Wear your walking shoes .. you have to walk a lot! Carry water with you as well. It is worth spending a lot of time here to
appreciate the pyramids, the murals and the other ruins. It is a little far from the city, we took a guided tour which included transportation as well.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sayantani C
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

This archeological site is just one hour from Mexico City. It is possible to see 2 big pyramids “the Moon” and “The Sun” one. It is also possible to ho up in the one of The Sun. But normally there are so many people that you have to wait for more than 1 hour.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank bbarby123
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Teotihuacán was definitively a highlight of our visit to Mexico. At the time of writing (April 2018), the ruins were open 365 days a year (including Mondays) from 09.00 to 17.00. I recommend visiting the museum in the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City before you visit Teotihuacán because at the museum explains how ancient Meso-American belief systems reflected in architecture and arts which will make it easier to understand the layout of Teotihuacán as well as the meaning of the murals.

One issue we had was how to get there: There are tourist busses which offer tours, but we generally do not like tours because we want to take our own time. There is a normal bus leaving from Mexico Terminal Norte but at the time of writing (April 2018), my country‘s Federal Foreign Office had issued a travel warning against using those. Then you read all kinds of stuff about taxis in Mexico City. So in the end, we took an Uber, which worked fine (if you have never used the App before, if possible, register in the country where your credit card is issued befor coming to Mexico because otherwise registering will be a hassle). The travel time by Uber was around 1 - 1 1/2 hours from Condesa to Teotihuacán (+ 20 minutes waiting time for the Uber on the way back), and the price was around 550 peso (one way) with light traffic (I have read that that can almost double during rush hour).

Arrive as early as possible - both because if the heat (there is no shade at all) and because of the crowds. We were here on Easter Monday which was definitively off-season, and even then, there were loads of people and especially on (!) the Pirámide del Sol, we had to queue. Bring a hat/an umbrella for sun protection (though you will be able to buy hats at the entrances), plenty of water and possibly food (because you can buy no food on the temple grounds) and toilet paper (although there are proper toilets at the gates and loads of Port-o-Johns in between, the toilet paper had run out in the two I was).

There are five gates - we entered at Puerta 1, a choice which we were happy with because we first visited La Ciudadela and Templo de Quetzalcóatl (which has great carvings of serpents, puma and crocodiles) and then walked up the Calzada de los Muertos which gave us great views on the pyramids of the moon and sun the whole time (about 1 hour including exploring the minor buildings).

If you do not want to do this much walking, visit the Palacio de Tepantitla (which we skipped) and enter via Puerta 04 - you will start dirctly with the Pirámide del Sol which we did second. It is a long and steep climb, and even off-season, you might have to queue, but the view from the top is absolutely worth it (about 1 hour).

The absolute highlight was the Plaza de la Luna, Pirámide de la Luna and the Palacio de Quetzalpapálotl which has great murals (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours), after which we exited at Puerta 3 (which is directly located at the Palacio de Quetzalpapálotl). We ended our visit by walking to Museo de la Pintura Mural Teotihuacana (about 300 metres from Puerta 3) which has great murals salvaged from the parts of the temples which are not open to the public (1 hour).

So all in all, our visit took about 7 hours (including driving from/to Mexico City but excluding meal times) - all in all a wonderful day.

Date of experience: April 2018
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