After leaving the comfort of our house sitting assignment in Mexico City we were back on the road. We said goodbye to Zoe, packed the truck, and headed east toward the towering pyramids in Mexico.
After a late start and fighting a bit of Mexico City traffic, we made it to the tiny town of Teotihuacan.
But that would be far enough for one day.
Teotihuacan is a small pueblo about an hour outside of Mexico City (depending on traffic).
We pulled up to the famous (at least among the overlanding community) Teotihuacan Trailer Park, which offered an RV park style setup—large open grassy area with electricity and water connections at each site.
There were even miniature picnic tables — I’m not sure for what though, as they were really only big enough to set out electronics down to charge.
The owners, Mina and Karina — a mom and daughter team, were a friendly bunch and we spent many evenings gathered around the communal table outside of their door chatting away. It’s also about the only place where the internet signal is usable.
Teotihuacan Trailer Park is conveniently located beside a number of little tiendas, as well as the large outdoor market just around the corner. We bought all of these fresh fruits and veggies for just $3.80!
It’s also a short 2-minute walk into town where you can find a variety of restaurants like Don Mincho — one of the best meals we had, at moderate prices.
Or there is the budget friendly Arco Iris, a simple menu of the day style restaurant where you can get a huge meal of whatever they prepared for the day for just 50 pesos ($3) per person.
They’ve also got a few dogs running around on site, two Dalmatians and another big dog, but what really enamored us were the handful of puppies that had only recently been born…
Eight beautiful Dalmatian puppies that we played with every day (sometimes a few times per day) as we lounged about in the grass and relaxed over the course of 5 days.
We became quite attached to these little pups and started to give names to each of them.
Teotihuacan Pyramids in Mexico
The main draw in Teotihuacan, of course, are the massive pyramids just outside of town.
The pyramids date back nearly 2000 years and were once the center of a great civilization—believe to be the largest in the Americas, and the sixth largest in the world at the time.
The towering Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon (names given by the Aztecs who later discovered these abandoned ruins) rise above the Avenue of the Dead beneath the scorching heat and you are transported to another time and place.
You can scale up some of the pyramids and structures, which tend to much wider than they are tall (and appear more as large hills than pointy pyramids like those of Egypt).
But the sheer scale of the pyramids and the amazing views they afford are certainly not to be missed.
Along the Avenue of the Dead you will find hawkers selling their wares and be serenaded (is that the right word?) by the calls of jaguar whistles.
The sellers of the whistles seem to get a perverse pleasure in scaring unsuspecting tourists rounding a corner, or approaching silently from behind.
The hawkers selling hand carved jade trinkets and masks can be quite persistent, if you show even vague interest, expect to be pursued and bartered with. Better to just not make eye contact and say “no gracias”. They will walk with you and keep lowering their prices though if you do want something.
Be sure to bring along a hat or even an umbrella, there is little to no shade throughout the entire area, and the sun can be relentless.
Getting to the Teotihuacan Pyramids
You can take a collectivo from town for just 8.5 pesos per person—or hire a cab for 30 or so pesos. The entrance to the ruins will cost another 64 pesos per person (about $4).
If you drive to the ruins you will have to pay for parking as well.
I would recommend that you budget at least three hours to adequately explore the area.
The pyramids and avenues cover a massive area which takes time to explore by foot, and bear in mind that you’ll be under the sun as there is no shade.
The park closes surprisingly early, so be sure to get there by 1pm to allow yourself time to explore, or better yet, get there bright and early in the morning before the heat of the midday sun.
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