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Teotihuacan
Travel Guide

Climb towering pyramids and see the stone carvings and murals of this ancient, abandoned city. 

The Teotihuacán Ruins are the remains of an ancient city 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Mexico City. Teotihuacán is believed to have been built around 100 B.C. and grew to be a powerful city with more than 100,000 inhabitants. It was abandoned a few hundred years later but you can still climb the large pyramids and walk amongst the temples and murals. Spend several hours wandering this 8,357-acre (3,382-hectare) archaeological site and learn about the life and culture of the city’s people.

The main attractions of the ruins are the three largest structures: the Pyramid of the Sun, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramid of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the world, and sits on the east side of the site. The people of Teotihuacán believed it marked the spot from which the earth was created. Climb the 248 steps for a panoramic view over and beyond the city. The trek can be difficult but there are numerous places to stop and rest along the way.

The Avenue of the Dead is the city’s main thoroughfare. Walk the 2 miles (3 kilometers) from end to end to get a sense for the size of the city. See the colorful depiction of a jaguar on the avenue wall; this mural would originally have been painted all along the length of the avenue.

Visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl at the southern end of the avenue, and stroll amongst the evocative stone buildings. Huge feathered serpents carved into the rock make for a good photo. The Pyramid of the Moon sits at the north end of the avenue. Climb to the top for a prime view down the Avenue of the Dead.

The on-site Teotihuacán Museum includes more recent archaeological finds from the site plus elaborate necklaces, tombs and other sculptures.

Buses to the ruins run every half hour from Mexico City’s Termino Central de Autobuses del Norte. Head to the museum restaurant for a sit-down lunch. Otherwise, bring a picnic and eat amongst the ruins. There is little shade on the site, so be sure to bring sun protection.

Where to stay in Teotihuacan

Top Hotels in Teotihuacan

Villas Teotihuacan Hotel & Spa
Villas Teotihuacan Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Periferico Sur S/N Zona Arqueologica, Teotihuacan, MEX
The price is NT$1,001 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

This family-friendly Teotihuacan hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Teotihuacan Archaeological Site and Pyramid of the Sun. Animal ...

4.2/5Very Good! (242 reviews)

"Quaint and clean property with a lot of character. Beautiful architecture with a lot of history and traditional art. Staff is super nice and attentive! Excellent restaurant. Great food reasonably priced. Pyramids right across the street. Street vendors somewhat aggressive when we visited but understandably ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/3

Villas Teotihuacan Hotel & Spa
Hotel Quinto Sol
Hotel Quinto Sol
3.5 out of 5
Av Hidalgo No. 26, Colonia Barrio Purificacion, Teotihuacan, MEX
The price is NT$1,099 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Located in Teotihuacan Centro, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Divino Redentor Cathedral and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Teotihuacan Archaeological Site. Animal ...

4.1/5Very Good! (258 reviews)

"Everything was great, except, I thought I had made a reservation at a hotel with air conditioner. None of the rooms had it."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/12

Hotel Quinto Sol
Hotel Teotihuacan
Hotel Teotihuacan
3 out of 5
Av. Pemex No. 32, San Lorenzo Tlalmimilolpan, Teotihuacan, MEX
The price is NT$1,030 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in Teotihuacan, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Divino Redentor Cathedral and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Teotihuacan Archaeological Site. Pyramid of the ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)
Teotihuacan

"Extremely clean and comfortable hotel, close to town of Teotihuacan and archaeological sites. Great food and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/31

Hotel Teotihuacan
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Vacation Rentals in Teotihuacan

Posada Jatziri
Posada Jatziri
3 out of 5
Durazno # 12, San Sebastián Xolalpa, Teotihuacan, MEX
The price is NT$651 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Teotihuacan, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Teotihuacan Archaeological Site and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Pyramid of the Sun. Pyramid of the Moon ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (74 reviews)

"Super friwndly staff really clean"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/29

Posada Jatziri
La Bugambilia
La Bugambilia
2.5 out of 5
Cristóbal Colón, #16, San Miguel Xalostoc, Ecatepec de Morelos, MEX

Situated in Ecatepec de Morelos, this townhouse accommodation is within 6 mi (10 km) of Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Raza Medical Center, and Tlatelolco. ...

La Bugambilia
Casa San Miguel 4479
Casa San Miguel 4479
3 out of 5
Libramiento Dolores Hidalgo Km. 3, Fraccionamiento Villas de Allende, Mexico City, CDMX

Located in Gustavo A. Madero, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Raza Medical Center, and Zocalo. Paseo de la ...

Casa San Miguel 4479
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Teotihuacan

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Dec 20, 2019

This is a place that one needs to experience at least once in their life time The people are genuine, the site is fantastic and the craft work is unbelievable.

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Nov 13, 2019

Visited La Gruta restaurant and enjoyed the food and entertainment.

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Oct 14, 2019

I adore those mystical pyramids and being welcomed by the locals. The hot air balloon rides are incredible.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 12, 2019

It is a premier experience, and worth the effort to get there. It gets hot and it can rain, so come prepared. Bring a snack, and some water as you can expect to spend 4 hours visiting.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 15, 2019

Hermoso lugar

4/5 - Good

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Jan 16, 2019

The town itself is relatively small in the efforts to maintain the natural beauty of the area as well as prevent the area from overpopulation. The climate overall is very pleasant and the townspeople very sweet. Great restaurants and a great hotel

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