To Climb or not to climb the Teotihuacán Pyramids

Everyone knows that I can butcher the English language. Can you just imagine what I did with the word teotihuacán. Anywho, the teotihuacán is no ordinary place and it is listed as one of the UNESCO World Hertigage for its pyramids.

It is ancient, shrouded in mystery, and once Mesoamerica’s greatest city. This complex of majestic temples is known for its two massive pyramids, Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) and Pirámide de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).

Teotihuacán lies in a mountain-ringed valley just 50km (31 miles) from Mexico City and it’s the perfect place for a day trip.

You can do this trip independently. However, not knowing the language or any details, it was better to book with a tour company. Here’s how to do it.

Tour Company: Olympus Tours

Cost: $49

Duration: 12 hours

Includes: Hotel pick up and drop off and lunch

The Tour

Our day started at 8:15am with our tour guide Jose and driver Pablo.

We made a couple of stops before Teotihuacán which I will blog about later. This is all about the pyramids.

As you approach the area, you will see the pryamids.

However, before climbing both pyramids, I got a massage from our driver Pablo

And I needed just a sip of courage with tequila to climb both pyramids. Seriously or in jest, our tour guide told us drinking tequila would be helpful for climbing the pyramids. 👀🤔

Temple of Quetzalcoatl

As you approach the entrance of the pyramids, we stopped at the Temple of Quetzalcoatl which is also known as The Temple of the Feathered Serpent. It is the third largest pyramid at Teotihuacan.

Aerial View of the Pyramids

The pyramid that is in straight ahead is the “Moon”

Behind me is the “Sun”

The main road down the center of the city is called the Avenue of the Dead by the Aztecs because the mounds on the sides looked like tombs.

Was it really a question whether I was going to climb the pyramids? 👀😳😆😉

Time to start the adventure, but first I must go down before climbing up.

Pirámide de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon)

The Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest pyramid and stands at 43m (141 feet) tall and measuring a massive 130m x 156m.

The steps are steep and it is best to hold on the rope. It’s a brief climb, but enough to get the heart pumping and the legs shaking.

And I made it to the top

The View from the top

Next stop is the Pyramid of the Sun.

However, while walking the down the Avenue of Death, I had to take a popsicle break.

Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun)

The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in Teotihuacan and one of the largest in Mesoamerica. It stands at 213 feet and has 248 steps. Yikes!

At the half-way mark

I made to the top

This had to be the best active workout. I worked my legs and my lungs 😁😆

I leave you with a parting shot of Pirámide del Sol.

Adiós, amigo!

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