Discover the pre-Columbian City of Teotihuacan in Mexico

Discover the pre-Columbian City of Teotihuacan in Mexico.

Embark on a journey through time to the enigmatic realm of Teotihuacan, a sprawling pre-Columbian city nestled amidst the rugged terrain of Mexico. With its origins shrouded in mystery and its towering pyramids piercing the heavens, Teotihuacan beckons adventurers and history enthusiasts alike to unravel its ancient secrets.

Step foot into a world where legends intertwine with reality, where the echoes of ancient rituals still reverberate through the centuries. Despite the veil of uncertainty veiling the identity of its architects, the Aztecs bestowed upon this majestic site the name Teotihuacan, meaning “the place where the gods were created” in Nahuatl, their native tongue. As you traverse the sacred grounds, you’ll find yourself entranced by the whispers of the past, tracing the footsteps of those who once worshipped within these hallowed halls.



Just 40 kilometers northeast of Mexico City you find the number one archeological site in the country and one of the most important ones in the world: Teotihuacan.

Embark on a journey through time to the enigmatic realm of Teotihuacan, a sprawling pre-Columbian City nestled amidst the rugged terrain of Mexico.

A bit of history…

The construction of the site started around the year 300 BC and by (c. ad 500) and it is said that there were over 150.000 people living there, making it one of the largest populated cities in the world.

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Despite the uncertainty of who built the complex, the Aztecs were the ones who named the site, as Teotihuacan which is a word in nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, meaning “the place where the gods were created.”

  1. Teotihuacan has the third largest pyramid in the world, being Khufu (Cheops) and Chefrens in Egypt, number one and two.
  2. It is believed that the tombs found, correspond to the human sacrifices taking place during that time to the gods. One of the many gods was Tláloc, the god of rain.

In situ …

Marvel at the sheer magnitude of the Pyramid of the Sun, standing proudly as the third largest pyramid on Earth, its imposing presence a testament to the ingenuity and prowess of its creators. Beside it, the Pyramid of the Moon casts its ethereal glow upon the landscape, beckoning visitors to ascend its ancient steps and commune with the heavens.

Delve into the depths of history as you explore the intricately adorned tombs, each bearing witness to the sacred rites and ceremonies that once took place within these sacred precincts. It is here, amidst the silent guardians of the past, that you’ll uncover the remnants of a civilization steeped in myth and legend.

The 4 main places to visit are:

  • The Temple of the Sun: The highest and largest pyramid, it is a great viewpoint. Once you get to the top you will feel a bit closer to the sun.
  • The Temple of Quetzalcoatl: The temple is decorated with the Quetzalcoatl serpent, a symbol of fertility
  • The Temple of the Moon.
  • Museo Teotihuacán: It includes a scale miniature recreation of the site. This will give you an even wider perspective of the complex.

Teotihuacan has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You should be prepared to walk quite a bit, so wear good shoes, and sunblock and remember to take some water with you.

Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

Nowadays you can meet or find some people meditating or even shamans, due to the energy that these pyramids have. It is for sure a very special place!


Native Meso-American Spirituality

Teotihuacan is a special place for many reasons, for many a place for meditation, and contact with the divine, and in sum,  a great place for spiritual practices.  If you would like to know more about Western spirituality, including Teotihuacan, then this is the book you should read.


Book a tour

If you want to avoid the hassles of planning, and driving and want to learn all about Teotihuacan, then I recommend booking a tour I have some tour suggestions for you, here.

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The hike is a bit demanding, but at least try to get to the top of one of the pyramids to experience the grandeur and have a better idea of what an impressive complex the inhabitants in this side of the world, built thousands of years ago.



This pre-Columbian complex of pyramids is really impressive and I can honestly say that nothing beats being able to visit one of the most important archeological sites to humankind, up close and personal.

Where to Stay in Mexico

Start planning to get the best prices on accommodation, here are some great options for places to stay in Mexico.

Where to Stay in Teotihuacan

Top 3 Hotels near Teotihuacan:

  1. Hotel Quinto Sol – Located just a stone’s throw away from Teotihuacan, Hotel Quinto Sol offers comfortable rooms with modern amenities. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape and relax in the tranquil atmosphere. Book now 
  2. Villa Arqueológica Teotihuacan – Immerse yourself in the rich history of the region at Villa Arqueológica Teotihuacan. With spacious accommodations and a convenient location, this hotel is perfect for exploring the nearby archaeological wonders. Book now
  3. Hotel Teotihuacan – Experience Mexican hospitality at its finest at Hotel Teotihuacan. Nestled amidst lush gardens, this charming hotel offers comfortable rooms and personalized service, making it the perfect home base for your adventures. Book now 


In conclusion, Teotihuacan is not just a destination; it’s an unforgettable journey through time. From the towering pyramids to the ancient mysteries waiting to be uncovered, this UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the wonders of Teotihuacan.



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Discover the pre-Columbian City of Teotihuacan in Mexico

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