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Teotihuacan Pyramids and Botanical Garden!

Visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids and Botanical Garden!

Teotihuacan roughly translates to ‘City of the Gods’ or ‘Birthplace of the Gods’. With its two huge pyramid structures and smaller structures dotting the complex, it’s easy to see why so many tourists make a point to see these structures when visiting Mexico! This pyramid complex even has its own botanical garden called Jardín Botánico. It should definitely not be skipped, and this is what to expect when visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids and botanical garden!

About Teotihuacan

Visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids & Botanical Garden in Mexico City!

Teotihuacan was a holy Mesoamerican city built around 400 BC. This is one of Mexico’s oldest archaeological sites and is also a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. I love a heritage site, it encompasses so much more than just the run-of-the-mill sights and tours. These sites transport visitors into a world far older than the one we know today. These sites inform visitors about ancient gods, and cultures and how they influenced modern cultures today. If there is any wellness that anyone could lean into, it’s the wellness of the mind!!

Teotihuacan is characterised by towering stepped pyramids. One of the most impeccable aspects of Teotihuacan is the sheer size of these monuments, like the Pyramid of the Sun which is 66 metres above ground level!

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Tours in Teotihuacan

Visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids & Botanical Garden in Mexico City!

Today, Teotihuacan is one of the most acclaimed tourist attractions in Mexico! The Pyramid of the Sun and The Pyramid of the Moon loom high in the sky and are magnificent to behold. The Pyramid of the Sun was built around 100 A.D. from 3 million tons of stone. It’s the world’s third-largest pyramid and when Teotihuacan was at its height, the entire pyramid’s plaster was painted bright red! Right next to the sun pyramid is the botanical garden or Jardín Botánico. This is an area dedicated to the protection of nearly 60% of the flora still existing in the Mexican territory.

The Pyramid of the Moon was used for sacrificial purposes, unlike the Pyramid of the Sun which was used for the worship of the Sun itself. The pyramid complex includes these two huge pyramids as well as the ‘Alley of the Dead’. It is hard to explain the sheer size of this complex, however, I can say this: you could spend an entire day here. Sometimes they allow visitors to climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, allowing a 360-degree view of Mexico City!

Teotihuacan

Visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids and Botanical Garden!
Image: Lugares INAH, 2023

Though, if you cannot climb to the top of the sun pyramid, walk along to the end of the ‘Alley of the Dead’ where the moon pyramid sits. Here, you could easily find the best view of the entire pyramid complex at the top of the designated viewpoint. Or, if you really want to see the scale of these pyramids, you could always take a hot air balloon tour over Teotihuacan! However, if your main concern is to avoid crowds, take an early access tour. See how ancient Aztecs might have seen this site when they discovered it in its abandoned state all those years ago!

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Close-by Restaurant, La Gruta

Visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids & Botanical Garden in Mexico City!

There are so many attractions close to the pyramids that you could visit, and since they are in Mexico City, there’s an ambience to all of them. For instance, the La Gruta restaurant serves pre-Hispanic food and is located inside a cave! Yes, you read correctly, La Gruta is in a cave! The ambience and the location invite you to travel back into Aztec times. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant after touring the Pyramid Complex of Teotihuacan. If you enjoy reading about Mexico, be sure to read about where to Scuba, Snorkel and Stay at Cenote Dos Ojos, Mexico!

La Gruta is conveniently located just 198 meters from door number 5 of the Teotihuacan archaeological site. This candle-lit cave brings about emotions that can only be described as ethereal. After your meal, the restaurant encourages you to take your table’s candle to the far back of the cave and leave it there, lighting the way for the next guest.

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Triangle Something New

Teotihuacan was considered the pre-Hispanic New York. Moreover, it is also one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. In fact, it is studied as an ancient urban civilization. If you love 3-D triangles, then it’s time to triangle something new! Skip the mundane pyramids of Giza and try visiting the Teotihuacan pyramids and botanical garden instead!

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