Greater Mexico City Archaeology

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Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine & Tlatelolco Tour

1. Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine & Tlatelolco Tour

Make the most of your next trip to Mexico City with a trio of Mexico’s must-see historical monuments. Mexican Root is a celebration of the civilizations and cultures that have made Mexico what it is today. Visit the legendary Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Tlatelolco and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan on this full-day excursion from Mexico City. Your first stop will be in Tlatelolco, Mexico City’s most significant archaeological site. Alongside temples dedicated to Mexican deities, learn the more macabre side of their history, including human sacrifices, mass graves, and the so-called Lovers of Tlatelolco  Continue to the Guadalupe Shrine, located in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In this 18th-century shrine, you’ll see a cloak with the image of Guadalupe as you learn about her significance to the culture and people of modern Mexico. Spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to an indigenous Mexican. Then have time to lunch and recharge energies. Head to one of the most jaw-dropping sites in Mexico, the great Teotihuacan Pyramids to explore the mystical site with a guide. See the Pyramid of the Sun, with its more than 200 feet tall, the largest in Mesoamerica. Along with a trip along the Avenue of the Dead learn about the origins of this religious city and see the Temples of Quetzalpapalotl, the Temple of the Feathered Shells, and the Pyramid of the Moon Enjoy a tour full of adventure, history, and some of the most breathtaking views of Mexico.

Mexico City: Teotihuacán Early Access & Tequila

2. Mexico City: Teotihuacán Early Access & Tequila

On this GetYourGuide Exclusive experience, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 'City of the Gods'. Beat the crowds and learn about the history as well as the latest discoveries from your expert guide. Finish by sampling some local products. Visit Teotihuacan in the early morning, arriving at this famous archaeological site just as it begins to open its doors for the day. See the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the different buildings, plazas, and murals that make up this important pre-Hispanic city. Complete your tour with a stop at an obsidian workshop run by a Teotihuacan family. Enjoy tastings of liquors made from cactus, as well as tequila, mezcal, and pulque.

Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Tlatelolco Day Trip by Van

3. Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Tlatelolco Day Trip by Van

Take in the three most culturally and historically important sites in the Mexico City area on a full-day tour. First, visit the archeological site of Teotihuacan and marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. See the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Dead's Avenue. Next, you’ll head to Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine was built to commemorate the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant. The third and final stop of the tour is Tlatelolco, where it is said that the past, present, and future of Mexico meet. The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is named after the three periods of Mexican history represented by structures from the pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent mestizo nation.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan Small-Group Dawn Tour

4. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan Small-Group Dawn Tour

Discover the majestic pyramids of Teotihuacan on an early-morning tour departing from Mexico City. Explore the site with your guide and learn more about the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico. After being collected from the lobby of your hotel by minibus, you will be taken to the archeological site of Teotihuacan, where you’ll marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. You can see the Sun and Moon pyramids, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, walk through the Avenue of the Dead, and much more. You will then be taken to a clay workshop where you will learn everything about the pulque, silver, and clay processes, manufactured by local people. Whilst there you will also learn about how all these activities were done years ago, and you will be even invited to taste some tequila, mezcal, and pulque. Following this, you can enjoy delicious Mexican food and drinks (not included) during an allocated short break. Your tour will then conclude with you being taken back to your hotel or preferred nearby location at around 3:00 PM.

From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Teotihuacan

5. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Teotihuacan

Glide over the Teotihuacan Valley in a whimsical hot air balloon, with others flying alongside. Enjoy unique views of ancient pyramids passing by below and toast with sparkling wine. Back on the ground, take time to explore the sites and enjoy breakfast. See the highest part of the pyramids of the sun and the moon. Your pilot will find the perfect time to share a bottle of sparkling wine, a traditional toast which has been a part of every balloon flight since 1783.  Once you're back down on solid ground, enjoy touring the streets of Teotihuacan. In Globopuerto you will receive a personalized flight certificate and a delicious traditional breakfast in a panoramic restaurant. After your breakfast, it will be time to visit the Archaeological Zone. Go up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and see the whole valley of Teotihuacan from above, or take a walk through the site to reach the top of the Pyramid of the Moon.

Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

6. Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

Leave Mexico City behind and discover the cultures that founded it. Choose your closest pickup spot and explore the greater State of Mexico. Learn incredible facts about the cities and sacred sites that thrived before Spanish influence. Your experience begins with a walk through the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. Visit the church of Santiago de Tlatelolco, contemplate the ruins of a pre-Hispanic city, and see the monument in honor of the student movement of 1968. Continue your experience at the Guadalupe Basilica complex and climb the sacred hill of Tepeyac, the place where the Virgin Mary appeared to the Indian Juan Diego. Head to the Chapel of the Roses and enjoy a sweeping view of Mexico City. During the visit to the religious complex, admire the Chapel of the Indians, the Chapel of the Pocito, and the modern basilica, the place where the sacred blanket of Juan Diego is kept. To finish off your experience, go to the State of Mexico and discover the archaeological complex of Teotihuacan. Explore the archaeological zone and learn about the important history of this significant pre-Hispanic city. In Teotihuacan, you'll have time for lunch at a traditional restaurant, where you can enjoy a variety of typical dishes of the region (costs not included). This activity also includes a visit to a handicraft center, where you can optionally taste liquors of the region (cactus and prickly pear) and try the traditional drink known as pulque (costs not included).

Mexico City: Afternoon Tour to Teotihuacan

7. Mexico City: Afternoon Tour to Teotihuacan

Depart from Mexico City and discover Teotihuacán on a guided tour. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the site, with some free time to explore. Hear stories, anecdotes, and information about the latest discoveries from your guide. Begin with the ascent to the Pyramid of the Sun, and then continue towards the Pyramid of the Moon, while the guide describes the Mesoamerican architecture, design, and worldview. After enjoying this archaeological zone, we will go to eat at a restaurant where you can taste the typical Mexican cuisine. Then, visit an obsidian workshop, where you can see a variety of local products, before heading back to Mexico City.

From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Walking Teotihuacan Tour

8. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Walking Teotihuacan Tour

Enjoy a breathtaking hot air balloon flight through the Teotihuacan Pyramids, and compare different views from the sky and in land. Savor a hearty breakfast so you can and continue your adventure in the archeological site, where you'll see the famous Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Walk through the iconic city to the fresco murals that are still preserved in the old residential neighborhoods. Before leaving the archaeological site, visit the home of an artisan to learn more about obsidian, and the most famous drinks of Mexico: Pulque, Tequila and Mezcal. Enjoy a typical lunch in the Village of San Martín de las Pirámides. You will return to Mexico City around 4:00 PM.

Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

9. Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

Embark on a full-day guided tour to some of Mexico City's most famous landmarks. Discover more about Mexican culture and history with your guide as you visit Tlatelolco, the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation, travel with your guide to the first stop on the tour, Tlatelolco. This ancient pre-Columbian landmark is located at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and is an important archaelogical site. It is also notoriously known as the location of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre. Following this, travel onwards to Teotihuacan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is estimated to be 2,500 years old and contains some of the most significant Mesoamerican pyramids, such as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Climb to the top of these pyramids to get a spectacular view of the “City of the Gods” and the surrounding valley. After exploring the ancient city, stop for lunch at a traditional Mexican restaurant, at your expense. After lunch, make your way to the final stop on the tour at one of Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dating back to the Spanish conquest of the region, the site has undergone multiple transformations throughout the centuries and has remained an important destination for the Catholic community of the country. Afterwards, enjoy transportation back to your accommodation to finish the day.

From Mexico City: Pyramids of Tula and Teotihuacan Day Tour

10. From Mexico City: Pyramids of Tula and Teotihuacan Day Tour

Your tour begins with morning hotel pickup in Mexico City, in your private vehicle you will head to two of the most important cities in ancient Mexico, Teotihuacán, with its impressive Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent. Tula is the region that was the cradle of the most important indigenous civilization in the history of Mexico, seat of the Toltec culture since the year 713 after Christ, whose testimonies today exist in the majesty of its archaeological zone where it stands out its great spiritual center with its famous Atlanteans and the paintings that the passing of the centuries has not been able to destroy its characteristics of native beauty. The archaeological site of Tula. You can see the Atlanteans, statues of approximately 5 meters. It is a ceremonial center from the 8th century. Before the Mexicas, the inhabitants of Tula were considered the best architects of ancient times. Learn from your expert guide how the Tulenses were the ones who innovated with different construction techniques. You can admire the use of sidewalks and stucco decoration during your visit to the site. We will continue the trip by car to the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán, where you will have an in-depth visit. See the main points of interest such as the Pyramid of the Moon, the palace, the Pyramid of the Sun, Av. De los Muertos. After the visit, go to a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch with typical dishes. Your visit ends with drop-off at your hotel in Mexico City. After the visit, go to a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch with typical dishes. Mexican. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in Mexico City.

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I was collected from my hotel earlier than advertised (6am). It was a nice small group of just 4 people. Ines was our guide and Francisco our driver. The drive there was comfortable. The tour itself was informative and enjoyable. There is about 5km of walking involved and it gets hot, so bring plenty of water and a hat! After the pyramids, I really liked seeing the craft shop and how they use the cactus plant. I liked the flexibility to choose as a group whether we wanted to stay for lunch or not. All in all it was a tour well worth doing! I learned far more than I would have if I’d gone alone.

I enjoyed the experience, the pyramids were by far the highlight and the photos don't do them justice! Our guide Angela was very friendly and knowledgeable! The restaurant we ate at had a very nice view of the pyramids, which was a bonus. The only place I would dock points is the shuttle, the seats were very cramped for tall people.

It was a very good experience for us. Our tour guides, Karla and Liliana from Amigo tours, were very knowledgeable and very helpful. They really enjoyed being there with us which makes it even better.

Great guide and driver. Good value trip that ticks off some of the big sights in Mexico City. Also full of recommendations for other sights and activities

Knowledgeable and friendly host and a great itinerary