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To See & Do

This site has a lot of small pyramids, but essentially there are only four main attractions.

The Temple of the Moon – A medium sized pyramid off from the center of the complex.

The Temple of the Sun – The largest pyramid in the structure with an excellent view of the surrounding mountains. Wear sunscreen, they don’t call it the Temple of the Sun for nothing.

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The Temple of Quetzacotl – One of the most sacred Temples in the complex. This temple is decorated with many stone dragon heads.

Museo Teotihuacán, The museum at the park with outstanding displays and a miniture recreation of the entire site. Well worth the visit.

There are also some smaller structures surrounding the complex, no more than four or five meters in height. A drive around the perimeter, on the road along the park will provide many surprises and is worth the trip. Hitching a ride or even paying a few peso’s for a ride will be worth the effort.

There are also many interesting constructions along the Avenue of the Dead which runs along the middle of the site, so don’t just walk from one temple to the other. On the left side of the plaza in front of the Temple of the Moon are several areas including the Palace of the Jaguars which house many wall paintings, sculptures, and underground rooms.Exhibit at Museum

There are a plenty of restaurants near the exits of the complex, inside and outside of the park and in the hotels in San Juan Teotihuacan as well as grocery stores and bakeries. Consider having one prepare a picnic for you and enjoy it at the park.


How to Get There

By car (or taxi) – it takes about 45 minutes from the Mexico City, city center if you use the toll highway. It takes much longer, but more interesting, if you use the old free road. There is a small fee for parking at the site. A taxi may be prohibitively expensive, though sometimes “tours” with a car and driver/guide can be arranged for a reasonable fee if you want the convenience.

By bus – Buses to Teotihuacán leave from Mexico City about every half hour from two locations: Terminal Autobuses del Norte (outside Autobuses del Norte Metro station, Line 5) or from outside the Potrero Metro station (Line 3). A one-way ticket will cost $35 pesos. From Terminal del Norte, walk towards Gate 8. There is a ticket booth almost at the end of the concourse. Check that your bus goes to the site entrance of Teotihuacán ruinas and not just to the town of San Juan Teotihuacán nearby. From Potrero, exit the station and look for white buses that go to Piramides — they mean the pyramids of Teotihuacán. The trip will take around an hour, and the buses run until about 6pm — check the last departure before you leave. You will be dropped off and picked up at Puerta 2 (Closest to the Pyramid of the Sun), or by the front gate. From there it’s a 1/8th of a mile down the main road entering the complex, you will be picked up there as well.

By tour bus – most travel agencies offer half or full day tours to the site, often combined with the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and the Basilica of Guadalupe, both of which are outside the city center. It’s a convenient way to combine the three, but note our comments above about getting to the site early. The price is around $200. As with guided tours everywhere in the world, these tours will waste much of your time by promoting gift shops, but they are still a convenient way to get here for Mexico City-based tourists.


Getting Around

There is an entrance fee of 57 pesos to enter the park. This is a large site, a lot of walking is required as there few other ways to navigate the complex, unless you have a car, then you can freely drive around the perimeter (if you are staying at the hotel in the park or heading to one of the many restaurants). There are tractor-drawn wagons with seats and shelter that run on a schedule known only to them. If you go by bus, they will deliver you to one spot, from which you will be required to walk to and from. If you tire easily, pack light for this excursion (i.e., no backpacks, heavy purses, etc).

There are plenty of friendly park police there, they may limit your driving around the site unless you are staying at the hotel. Taxi drivers are not allowed to drive you around the site, you must have a destination, like a restaurant, inside of the park. If you are adventurous and lucky, you may be able to rent a bicycle to ride around the perimeter on the cobble stone road (a bit bouncy). If you are visiting the site and do not have an opportunity to explore the perimeter where the shops, restaurants and old buildings are, you are missing out. Just a little creativity should help you find some transportation inside of the complex. The locals are very friendly and a few pesos will go a long way. Try to at least find a ride around the perimeter to view the complex. It will be worth the effort.

 

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