The essential tour of the Aztec Empire & highlights of the old downtown + Zocalo + Fine Arts Palace and more!
Early Morning Experience
Duration: 7 Hours
#Users: Up to 14 people
Pick up & Drop off: Your accomodation
The Earlier the Better
The pick up & drop off will be in the comfort of your accommodation, we will arrive early in the morning to Teotihuacan for a quiet and better experience full of amazing pictures.
“The place where the Gods were created” awaits you in this complete experience designed for travelers who wish to make the most of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The adventure starts early in the morning to enjoy the site as empty as possible, giving our guide the opportunity to illustrate the details of this legendary city in a peaceful atmosphere. This is also a perfect opportunity to take breathtaking pictures. The next stop is a volcanic glass workshop including a free tequila & mezcal tasting.
Afterwards we will take a break in a small restaurant that offers delicious local and pre-hispanic food. This will include a free glass of pulque, “the drink of the Aztecs”.
Join us & Explore with the professionalism of the #1 walking tour company in Mexico City!
Includes: Entrance fees, transportation, tour guide, 1 pulque drink
Group Size: Small groups of 2-12 people per tour.
Start & End Location: Your accommodation, within the central area of Mexico City (Condesa, Roma, Polanco, Downtown, Miguel Hidalgo, Benito Juarez, Coyoacan).
Stops: Teotihuacan, local restaurant for lunch & free pulque drink, free tequila tasting & volcanic glass workshop.
A Meaningful Trip
Without a guide the city of Teotihuacan loses its meaning. Teotihuacan was considered as the “New York” of the classic pre-hispanic period and amazes the world with its architecture, technologies, art and its legendary history. Discover with us this mystical and misterious city, in which lived a civilization that disappeared without a trace.
Tequila tasting & pulque included
Beverages of the gods!
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
The holy city of Teotihuacan (‘the place where the gods were created’) is situated some 50 km north-east of Mexico City. Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D., it is characterized by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. As one of the most powerful cultural centres in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region, and even beyond.
The Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan fully preserves its monumentality, urban design and artistic wealth, as well as the relationship of the architectural structures with the natural environment, including its setting in the landscape. This is due to the maintenance, conservation and permanent protection the site has received. However, natural factors like rain, wind and solar radiation constantly affect the site and its elements, and are considered to be the most important threat. Not all conservation attempts in the past were successful and some elements of the site were negatively affected by the use of inadequate materials (e.g. concrete and polymers). This highlights the need for conservation guidelines for interventions, as requested by the World Heritage Committee in its 36th session (2012), as well as for plans for preventive conservation and monitoring at the site. A further serious threat is the development pressure around the site that is constantly on the rise.
Located 48 km northeast of Mexico City, Teotihuacan is one the archaeological sites with the longest history of exploration in Mexico. The first surveys date from 1864, and the first excavations from 1884. Certain monuments were restored from 1905 to 1910, such as the Pyramid of the Sun, for which its discoverer Leopoldo Batres arbitrarily reconstituted a fifth tier. Since 1962, archaeological research has been coordinated by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), which, while encouraging spectacular discoveries (Palacio de Quetzalmariposa, the cave under the Pyramid of the Sun), has instigated a more rigorous policy concerning identification and supervision of excavations in the immediate environs of the ceremonial zone.
While some of the earlier reconstruction work, dating from the early years of the last century, is questionable in contemporary terms, it may be considered to have a historicity of its own now. In general terms, it can be said that the condition of authenticity of the expressions of the Outstanding Universal Values of Teotihuacan, which can be found in its urban layout, monuments and art, has been preserved until today.