With its origins still uncertain, the ancient city of Teotihuacan is a mysterious yet enticing attraction in the heart of Mexico, bringing historians and tourists alike to marvel at the obscure buildings, temples and pyramids, some of which date back to 200BC.
Teotihuacan is often referred to as the City of the Gods as this was the name given by the Aztecs, as they considered it to be the place where the current world was created. However, the Aztecs are not considered to be the founders of this magical city, and its true origin still remains to be a mystery to archaeologists. With such perplexity surrounding the city and its incredible constructions, it is no wonder that many people flock to Teotihuacan to see this historical wonder for themselves. The Avenue of the Dead is the name given to the road that leads down the centre of the construction complex, as the mounds on either side give one the impression that they are tombs. The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest pyramid in Teotihuacan, situated to the east of the Avenue of the Dead and a main attraction to visitors.
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Perhaps the most impressive construction of the entire city is the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, which is found on the south-western corner of the Plaza of the Moon. This impressive palace displays fine paintings, carvings and pillars, many of which resemble a mythical bird – assumed to be Quetzalpapalotl – from which the Palace received its name.
Due to Teotihuacan’s large tourist attraction, there are many options that allow tourists to fully experience this amazing city. The most highly recommended option is to book a full day tour of the entire city, which allows a complete experience of Teotihuacan. Day tours give tourists the opportunity to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, as well as to see the Avenue of the Dead and the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. As the city itself is located just one hour northeast of Mexico City, the journey is relatively easy for tourists traveling from the Capital. In addition to this, Teotihuacan also offers a selection of hotels to suit the needs of any traveller coming from further afield and looking to make the most of their trip in this ancient city.
However, if you are looking for more excitement during your trip to Teotihuacan, or you are looking for a new and slightly different way of viewing this marvelous city, then why not try a hot air balloon ride that takes you directly over the pyramids?
This tour will give an aerial view of the Teotihuacan like no other, which is an unforgettable way to experience this fascinating city.
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