Interested in history? Teotihuacan in Mexico is one of the largest Pyramids in the world and a popular tourist attraction just outside Mexico City. Commonly mistaken for Aztec, this Pyramid was built by the Teotihuacan Civilization many years before any records of the Aztecs.
We visited the Pyramid of the Sun just outside Mexico City. The pyramid was roughly a two-hour drive from Puebla. Though it is possible to make the drive, we took a coach bus tour to avoid having to drive in Mexico. Entry to the Pyramids is 70 Peso per person which is about $5 Canadian. There are several entry points to the Pyramid walk. The tour buses drop off at the Main Gate and pick up at Gate 5. Here you can pick up a site brochure for 20 Peso. They are available in several languages.
It takes approximately two hours to walk from end to end, this does not include climbing any of the pyramids. At the main gate if you walk straight out, climbing is required. To the far wall are figures and animals carved into the pyramid wall. Consult your guide for the story of the carvings, this is the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.
When you come to the Sun Pyramid, make note of the line-up to climb this pyramid. They only allow a certain number of people on the pyramid at a time, so if you plan to climb the pyramid arrive early to avoid waiting in line. We unfortunately were subject to the times of our tour and thus did not have the time to climb.
The Moon Pyramid can be found at the end of the Avenue of the Dead, which is what the main walking path is called. This pyramid can be climbed without any wait but be careful as there are no handrails to help support you. This pyramid is smaller then the Sun Pyramid but gives you a great picture from the top if you do not have time to climb the Sun Pyramid.
There is very limited accessibility at Teotihuacan. It would not be recommended for anyone using a standard wheelchair, but it is possible if you are strong and can push yourself around in the dirt or have someone who can push you around in dirt. A powerchair will have a much easier time getting around on the Avenue of the Dead. None of the pyramids are accessible. The museum inside is accessible via large automatic doors. Located at Gate 3, there is a ramp leading to an area that overlooks the Moon Pyramid Plaza.
Unfortunately, no assisted listening devices are available for those with visual impairments. A site guide is available for purchase at the main gate, available in multiple languages.
Washrooms are located at the main gate. There are no washrooms available throughout the site and washrooms are not accessible.
Food and drinks are not available out in Teotihuacan, so make sure to pack accordingly. There are vendors at each of the gates where snacks, drinks and souvenirs can be purchased. Bring lots of sunscreen and a hat as there is no shade throughout the Teotihuacan.
If you arrive at the right time, outside the main gate you can watch a Mexican heritage show. Four people will tie themselves to a post and will spin around from the string as they descend the poll. It is called Danza de los Voladores, which means Dance of the Flyers. It is a cultural ceremony only practiced today in isolated parts of Mexico. There are other areas of Mexico City and Puebla where this cultural tradition can be viewed if you do not catch it here.
Teotihuacan is a fantastic day trip for anyone visiting Mexico City or Puebla. Though not wheelchair accessible, aspects can be enjoyed from your chair but the true value of the pyramids and Avenue of the Dead need to be experiences from inside the complex. A cultural trip through time for anyone looking to learn and enjoy Mexico’s rich history.