Mexico City is a vibrant and exciting destination that's full of history, culture, and natural beauty. One of its must-visit attractions is the Teotihuacan Pyramids, located just outside the city center. Here's a guide to everything you need to know about exploring this incredible site and the rest of Mexico City.
Teotihuacan is an ancient city that was once one of the largest and most important in the world. Today, visitors can explore the impressive Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, as well as the smaller Temple of the Feathered Serpent. Climbing to the top of the pyramids is a must-do activity that offers incredible views of the surrounding area. But be warned: it's a steep climb, and the steps can be narrow and uneven. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water!
In addition to the pyramids themselves, there are plenty of other sights to see at Teotihuacan. The Avenue of the Dead is a long, wide road that cuts through the heart of the city, while the murals at the Palace of the Jaguars and the Palace of the Feathered Conches are breathtaking in their intricacy and detail.
Once you've finished exploring the pyramids, it's time to head back into Mexico City and discover all that this amazing city has to offer. Here are a few of the highlights:
Historical Attractions: Mexico City is full of historical attractions that showcase the city's rich past. The Templo Mayor is a must-visit site that offers a fascinating look at the Aztec civilization that once called this area home. The National Museum of Anthropology is another must-visit destination, with exhibits on everything from the Maya civilization to the ancient Olmec culture.
Cultural Attractions: Mexico City is also a cultural hub, with plenty of museums, galleries, and theaters to explore. The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a stunning building that's home to some of the city's most important cultural events, while the Frida Kahlo Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and work of one of Mexico's most famous artists.
Natural Attractions: Despite being a bustling metropolis, Mexico City also boasts some beautiful natural attractions. The Chapultepec Forest is a massive park that's perfect for a relaxing stroll or a picnic, while the floating gardens of Xochimilco offer a unique and peaceful experience.
Getting In and Around
Getting to Mexico City and around the city is fairly easy thanks to a well-developed transportation system. If you're arriving by air, the Benito Juarez International Airport is the main gateway to the city and is conveniently located just a few miles from the city center. From there, you can take a taxi or an Uber to your hotel or destination.
Once you're in the city, the best way to get around is by using the Metro system. The Metro is cheap, fast, and efficient, and can take you to almost any part of the city. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi or an Uber, though traffic in the city can be heavy during peak hours.
If you're planning on visiting the Teotihuacan Pyramids, you can take a bus from the North Bus Terminal, located in the northern part of the city. The bus ride takes about an hour and costs around 50 pesos (roughly $2.50 USD). Alternatively, you can also take a guided tour, which often includes transportation and admission to the site.
Travel Tips from Travel To Discover
When planning your trip to Mexico City, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure to pack comfortable shoes and clothing. The city can be hot and humid, so lightweight fabrics and plenty of water are essential. Additionally, be prepared for a lot of walking and climbing, particularly if you plan to visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids.
Another important tip is to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to stay safe. While Mexico City is generally a safe destination, it's always a good idea to be cautious and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables.
Finally, don't be afraid to explore! Mexico City is a fascinating and diverse city that offers something for everyone. Whether you're interested in history, art, food, or nature, you're sure to find something that captures your interest.
With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty, Mexico City and the Teotihuacan Pyramids are two destinations that should be on every traveler's bucket list. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!
Alex Zachariah Chaligné, is the founder and owner at Travel To Discover.
In 2017, I had decided my next travel destination would be Egypt! In July of that year, I met with Alex from Travel to Discover for a few hours one rainy afternoon to initiate the booking process. We began by booking the main flights- Winnipeg to Cairo, Cairo to Winnipeg. I planned for the first half to be independent- just me! I wanted to plan my own timeline, choosing destinations and accommodations by myself. For the other half, I signed up for a G Adventures small group tour entitled “Egypt Upgraded”. (www.gadventures.com/trips/egypt-upgraded/DPEE/ ) I would get to explore Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Luxor and Abu Simbel over a 12 day period.
Over the previous 9 years, I had visited 20 countries. I had traveled as part of a tour group in countries such as Peru, Bolivia and Chile- countries where I didn’t speak the language- and travelled solo in countries like Australia, where I knew I’d feel safe. I had also traveled in the past with friends, partners or visited friends I had made during my travels in their home countries. I was happy to know that this trip to Egypt would have a good balance of independent exploration and organized group travel. I felt quite excited and confident in booking my trip that day- I had known for years that I had wanted to explore this country and I was finally going to do it! I would also be spending my 39th birthday, as well as Christmas in Egypt- it would be my first time overseas at this time of year! I programmed the date into my Countdown +Reminders App on my phone- 141 days until I was on my way!
My initial excitement turned to uncertainty as the weeks passed. “Egypt?!??!” was the average response when I first would tell people that I was planning a 3 week trip to Egypt. Friends, family or coworkers would look at me with a mix between fear and confusion on their faces. “Why would anyone want to go there?! Isn’t it dangerous?! Especially for a single white female?” I began to wonder “Had I made a mistake booking this trip?” People would take every opportunity to tell me of their travel horror stories, warning me of anything and everything imaginable.
t being 2017 at the time, I went straight to the best source of accurate information I could think of- Instagram! I began to follow #egypt. Every day, I would see travellers posting selfies in front of the pyramids in Cairo, sharing about their adventures along The Nile, exploring temples and ruins and posting about local restaurants and events. I read numerous travel blogs -my favourite being https://alittlenomad.com and would check the Safety and Destination Updates on the G Adventures and Intrepid (another small tour group company) websites. There was no evidence of any tours being cancelled or in danger for many years, thankfully. Having traveled with each of these companies before, I knew they wouldn’t be conducting tours if it were not safe to do so. I also knew that if there was any unrest or trouble once I was in the country, they would reroute or cancel the tour and do their best to ensure the group’s safety. As far as I could see, Egypt was safe!
I was feeling quite reassured until I checked the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page. “EGYPT- AVOID ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL”. “The Sinai Peninsula- Avoid any trip”. Once again, I took to Instagram… #dahab and #mountsinai were my new favourite threads. I was determined to climb Mt. Sinai and my friend Rey Page (artypeg.blogspot.com) - artist, traveller and author- had said I absolutely had to spend time in Dahab! No sign of any concerns for weeks and months on end, as my trip approached. But should I base my comfort level on social media and blogs vs the Government of Canada website? Being cautious, I visited “The Registration of Canadians Abroad” website and entered in all of my personal information and the dates and locations as I planned for the trip. I made sure I knew the contact information of the Canadian Embassy in Cairo (which happened to be right near the hotel I booked!).
As well, I spoke with my travel agent, Alex, about my concerns and he liaised with his contact in Cairo. According to her, all was safe and well- she encouraged taking normal safety precautions as any traveller would in any country, as any person would even in their home country.
I understand why people would be uneasy about planning a trip to Egypt- so much of what is shown to us in the west about The Middle East is not reassuring nor settling- it does not instill any sense of safety. It isn’t just 1 news program or news article here or there either- it is years, or more so decades of war stories from this area of the world.
Despite all of the worries from friends and family, something in me knew that I would be ok on this trip. I trusted that feeling (even if little bits of fear would arise in my mind from time to time) and on December 10, 2017- I departed for Cairo!
Looking back, I am so glad I did not let fear stop me from exploring that amazing country! Some useful tips are below- they pertain to travel in Egypt but it is information that would be useful for any travel/any solo travel.
On my last day in the country, I relaxed at my hotel- resting and writing out 37 postcards for friends and family around the world. I heard there had been an attack at a church just outside of Cairo, I knew the country had felt very safe to me for the last 3 weeks. Id highly recommend considering traveling to this beautiful country- Egyptians are some of the warmest and kindest people I have met in all of my travels, the landscapes are beautiful and the temples and ruins are otherworldly.
If you are thinking of planning a trip to Egypt, reach out to Alex at Travel to Discover- whether it be an independent trip, a small group adventure or a private tour for your family, he can help arrange everything, to ensure you a safe and enjoyable adventure of a life time!
Jennifer Sych is an adventuress. She appreciates beauty while traveling, whether it be while watching the sunrise beside the Himalayas in Astam, Nepal or while sailing down the Ganges in Varanasi, India. She resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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