8-Hour Teotihuacan - City of Gods - Escorted Day Tour
On this Teotihuacan Tour, a day trip from Mexico City, we will visit the Teotihuacan pyramids with an expert archaeologist or historian as we absorb this UNESCO World Heritage site. An hour by car from Mexico City, this former metropolis is home to three important pyramids (Sun, Moon and Feathered Serpent), along with a host of palaces and murals. As we admire structures dating back to 100 B.C, our docent will discuss the history and importance of this site in the pre-Columbian history of the Americas. We’ll soak up the surroundings before heading to a second nearby location, Acolman, to see a 16th century convent and have a local Mexican lunch. We’ll leave Mexico City bright and early as we head to Teotihuacan (about an hour journey). Arriving early allows us to escape the crowds and better appreciate the sheer size and magnificence of Teotihuacan. Our route may vary on the day, but will include an in-depth examination into the predominant trio of Teotihuacan structures: the Moon Pyramid, the Sun Pyramid and the Feathered Serpent. At each of these locations, our docent will dig that bit deeper behind the histories, traditions, and sacred rights associated with them stemming back to the Mesoamerican era. There will be the option of climbing both the Sun Pyramid and the Moon Pyramid, if the group so chooses. From atop these ancient structures, our docent will be able to point out the historic significance and the impact of Teotihuacan in neighbouring Mesoamerican regions. Along the way, our path will take us to a number of important compounds with murals predating the Mayans and Aztecs. Our docent will discuss these prehispanic visuals, examining the importance and representation of this iconography. Our route may then take us to the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, the Palace of Tetitla, and the Palace of Tepantitla as we discover hidden paintings of jaguars and birds inseparable from the story of this ancient civilization. Our docent and scholar will unpick the meanings behind these palace layouts and paintings which so permeated all the strata of ancient Teotihuacan society. We’ll then head back to Mexico City, but not before stopping at Acolman, a nearby town renowned for housing a fossilized human skeleton between 12,000 and 14,000 years old. Here, we will have a local Mexican lunch while stopping to reflect on the power of what we’ve seen thus far. We’ll visit the convent, a typical 16th century complex with murals that represent the doctrinal points the Augustinian missionaries emphasized in their attempts to evangelize the indigenous peoples of central Mexico. Acolman serves as an important location in linking the pre-Columbian and Spanish eras and provides a fitting ending historic location for our walk. We will then drive back to Mexico City, where our tour concludes. At the end of our day excursion to Teotihuacan, we will have experienced the magnificence of this revered archaeological UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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From the Alameda, a leafy center of activity since Aztec times, to the Zona Rosa, a chic shopping neighborhood, Mexico City offers endless options to urban adventurers.
Founded by the Aztecs as Tenochtitlán in 1325, Mexico City is both the oldest and the highest (7,349 ft) metropolis on the North American continent. And with nearly 24 million inhabitants, it is the most populous city in the world. It is Mexico's cultural, political, and financial core -- braving the 21st century but clinging to its deeply entrenched Aztec heritage.
You only need to stand in the center of the Plaza of Three Cultures to visually comprehend the undisputed significance of this city. Here, the remains of an Aztec pyramid, a colonial church, and a towering modern office building face one another, a testament to the city's prominence in ancient and contemporary history. Located at the heart of the Americas, Mexico City has been a center of life and commerce for more than 2,000 years. The Teotihuacán, Toltec, Aztec, and European conquistadors all contributed to the city's fascinating evolution, art, and heritage. Although residents refer to their city as simply México (meh-hee-koh), its multitude of ancient ruins, colonial masterpieces, and modern architecture has prompted others to call it "The City of Palaces."
The central downtown area resembles a European city, dominated by ornate buildings and broad boulevards, and interspersed with public art, parks, and gardens. This sprawling city is thoroughly modern and, in places, unsightly and chaotic, but it never strays far from its historical roots. In the center are the partially excavated ruins of the main Aztec temple; pyramids rise just beyond the city.
Valid Travel Dates
- 8 hour escorted walking tour: Teotihuacan - City of Gods
- Customized Private Tour
- Led by Ph.D. and MA-level scholar guides
- Thematic, in-depth experiences
- Truly small group size: max 6 people
Note: This is a DAY TOUR with no hotel accommodations included. Price may vary by date of travel and currency rate fluctuations; please inquire for the best prices for your preferred travel dates.
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