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Home Extensions The Pyramids of Teotihuacan

The Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Offered with All Monarchs Trips! A Privately Guided Exploration of This Ancient Pre-Hispanic City
UNESCO World Heritage SiteFor travelers on our monarchs adventures who want to enjoy one of Mexico's most impressive cultural and historic highlights, we offer a privately guided tour of Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located approximately 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D., the holy city of Teotihuacan ("the place where the gods were created") is noted for its huge pyramid-shaped monuments on a site laid out according to meticulous geometric and symbolic principles.  As one of the most powerful cultural centers in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region and beyond. This one-day extension takes place prior to the start of each Kingdom of the Monarchs and Monarchs Photo trip. It includes one night's hotel accommodations and a privately guided exploration of Teotihuacan.

Location of Adventure
Mexico City, Mexico

Guests on this Extra Day program will either need to arrive one day prior to the start of their regularly scheduled adventure, or stay one day later (ask your Adventure Specialist for schedule details based on your departure date).

For those guests booked on a Monarchs departure for which this excursion is offered as a pre-trip option, our representative meets you at the airport on arrival and transfers you to our hotel, the Camino Real Polanco. After you check in, the remainder of the afternoon or evening is at leisure, with dinner on your own. After breakfast the next morning, which is included, our private guide meets Nat Hab guests in the lobby of the hotel to depart for the pyramids of Teotihuacan.

For those guests booked on a Monarchs departure for which this excursion is offered as a post-trip option, our private guide meets Nat Hab guests in the lobby of the hotel just after breakfast on the final day of your Monarchs adventure.

En route to the pyramids, we'll stop to visit an obsidian workshop and hear from a local artisan about the different varieties of obsidian, carving techniques and traditional figures, and learning about the process of making pulque from the agave plant.

About an hour outside Mexico City, we reach Teotihuacan. Human occupation of this broad valley began before the Christian era, but it was only between the 1st and the 7th centuries A.D. that the settlement developed into one of the largest ancient cities in the Americas, home to at least 25,000 residents. The city’s urban plan integrated natural elements of the Teotihuacan Valley, such as the San Juan River, whose course was altered to cross the Avenue of the Dead. This north-south oriented main reference axis of the city is aligned with monumental buildings and complexes, from which the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, as well as the Great Compound with the Temple of Quetzalcoatl stand out. A considerable number of buildings were decorated with elaborate wall frescoes depicting the worldview and environment of that time. The city is considered a model of urbanization and large-scale planning, which greatly influenced the conceptions of contemporary and subsequent cultures. At the peak of its development, the city covered 14 square miles. Outside the ceremonial center, which despite its imposing size represents just 10 percent of Teotihuacan's total area, excavations have revealed other palaces and residential quarters. After the city was consumed by fire in the 7th century, it was subsequently abandoned.

We set off with our guide to visit a selection of monuments. Our tour may include the Palace of the Court of the Jaguars, the Palace of the Feathered Sea Shells, the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, where ancient frescoes have been restored, and Pyramids of the Moon and Sun. Adventurous travelers may choose to climb to the top of the pyramids, but please keep in mind that they involve hundreds of steps that are quite steep and often uneven. After lunch, we make our way back to Mexico City, arriving at our hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.  For those about to begin our Kingdom of the Monarchs adventure, enjoy an orientation and welcome dinner this evening.  For those who have already completed our Kingdom of the Monarchs adventure, the remainder of the evening is at leisure, with dinner on your own.

Airport transfers, one additional night’s stay at the Camino Real Polanco in Mexico City, one breakfast and one lunch, purified drinking water, non-alcoholic beverages with meals, services of a private local guide, private transportation to and from Teotihuacan, some gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.

Not Included
Travel to and from start and end points of trip, dinner, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for your pyramids guide, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, internet, etc.), optional travel insurance.

Physical Requirements
This excursion does not require a high degree of physical fitness. In order to participate, travelers should be able to walk at least 1 mile unassisted over dirt, gravel, boardwalk and paved walkways. For travelers who would like to climb the ruins, please keep in mind that the steps are large, uneven and very steep and can be slippery, depending on weather conditions. Those who wish to climb the ruins will need to be in good physical condition with no fear of heights. Travelers should be aware that the heat and humidity may be very high and we will be exposed to the full intensity of the sun while exploring the ruins. 

Arrival Information
Participants in our Pyramids of Teotihuacan Extension should arrive in Mexico City at any time one day prior to the regular listed departure date for your Kingdom of the Monarchs adventure. The program will conclude in time for the 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1 of your adventure.

Trip Dates
Extension dates coincide directly with Kingdom of the Monarchs and Monarch Butterfly Photo Adventure departures.

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