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Visitors take advantage of the cooler morning air to climb the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan

Key Attractions
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About Teotihuacán

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Approximately 30 miles northwest of Mexico City is the ancient city ruins of Teotihuacán.

Like many of the archaeological sites in Mexico, Teotihuacán guards secrets we have yet to unravel.    The origins of Teotihuacán are uncertain, although it is thought  some of the inhabitants arrived from the Valley of Mexico to the south, refugees from an eruption of the Xitle volcano, which caused major devastation and forced the survivors in the region to seek a new place to settle.   Construction of the city probably started in the first two centuries BC, and the civilisation reached its high point between 350 and 650 AD.

Scholars in archaeology agree that this is Mexico's most important archaeological centre.  It was the largest city in the Americas, and during its heyday around 500 AD, its population was greater than that of Rome at the same time.

One of the greatest mysteries of Teotihuacán is that no one knows where the huge population that lived here eventually ended up.   It is as if they vanished without a trace.

This was also a centre where human sacrifices were made, often in correlation with astronomical events; when the site was excavated, many tombs were found, some with the remains of what were believed to be people sacrificed to the gods.

Many people today believe that Teotihuacán is a place of great energy, and it is quite common to witness people meditating at the top of main pyramids (The Pyramid of the Sun and The Pyramid of the Moon).

A visit to Teotihuacán is compulsory if you plan to visit Mexico on an archaeological tour; from an historical perspective, it is one of the the most important archaeological places in the world.     If you're in Mexico City or somewhere just north of it, then a visit to see this archaeological site will prove a fascinating and worthwhile experience!

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Key Attractions

The original city was about 10 square miles in size; although the ruins are only about 1 square mile big today.

The main avenue, Calzada de los Muertos, (Avenue of the Dead) connects all of the main attractions of this site.

La Ciudadela (The Citadel) is a large square area at the southern end of the site.     Inside are various pyramids and structures, with the main feature being the Templo de Quetzalcoatl.   The complex was thought to be the residence of Teotihuacan's main ruler, and also the city's administrative centre.

Mexico has two of the world's top three largest pyramids: The largest is Cheop's in Egypt; the second largest is the Pyramid of Cholula, and the third largest is here in Teotihuacán - Piramide del Sol - The Pyramid of the Sun.  Climb to the top for some great views.

La Piramide de la Luna (The Pyramid of the Moon) stands on the north end of the site; climbing it will take you nearly to the height of the Pyramid of the Sun, but it's not the same size - it's built on higher ground.

There are smaller plazas, courtyards, and other Palaces to experience at this archaeological site.   Some of the main features include El Palacio de los Jaguars (Palace of Jaguars), Palacio de Quetzapapalotl (Palace of the Quetza Butterfly) and  the Palacio de Tepantitla.

For further details about the attractions at this archaeological site, consult one of the mainstream Guidebooks, available via the Mexperience Bookshelf, or consult the local tourist office (see Practical Information below).

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Getting There & Around

Teotihuacán is located about 30 miles northwest of Mexico City.

By Air - The closest airport is Mexico City.

By Car - Take Highway 85D northwest out of the city.  The journey takes about an hour..

By Bus - Buses make the trip from Mexico City's north bus terminal to the Pyramids about every 30-60 minutes.

Organised Tours to Teotihuacán are also available from Mexico City, either as part of a group on a bus, or by means of a private car that will give you added flexibility during your trip.  Connect to the Mexperience Directory for Local Tours from Mexico City for the latest information.

Tourist Information Office: Connect to the Mexperience Directory for details of the nearest Tourist Information office.

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Practical Information

Opening Days & Times: Tuesday-Sunday 9am to 5pm. 
Admission used to be free for everybody on Sundays, but this rule was changed in February 2003; now only Mexican Citizens and foreign residents (with proof of residency) can enter free.   All children under 13 and those over 60 can still enter free of charge.

Photography & Video:
A permit is required if you want to use a tripod to take photographs at the archaeological site.   A small fee is made for the use of hand-held photographic and video equipment.    Read the section on Mexperience Travel Essentials about Video & Photography at archaeological sites in Mexico.

Ideal Clothing & Footwear: 
Comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole, strong enough to support your feet and ankles if you plan to climb the pyramids.   
Dress with light clothes that allow your skin to breathe.   Keep yourself hydrated: there are plenty of ambulant vendors selling ice-chilled bottled water in the area.

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Nearby Places & Attractions

Major Cities: Mexico City

Colonial Cities: Queretaro, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Taxco, Morelia

Nearest Beaches/ Resorts: Acapulco

Other Archaeological Sites: Templo Mayor

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Local Climate

Teotihuacán is hotter and the sun is significantly more fierce than it is in Mexico City.    Be sure to wear light clothes that allow your skin to breathe; take sun cream - you will need it - a hat and sunglasses would be a good idea too.    Mosquitoes are not a big nuisance here.    Keep drinking water - there are plenty of local vendors selling ice-chilled, purified bottled water.

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