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Teotihuacan: The Place where Men Become Gods

 

During your visit to Teotihuacan, you can tour the residential complexes of Tetitla, Atetelco, Tepantitla and La Ventilla, where exquisite mural paintings have been preserved, as well as walking along the Calzada de los Muertos, delimited by several buildings that were once Temples and residences of the Teotihuacan elite.

 

Other must-sees are the Teotihuacan Museum of Murals and the Teotihuacan Culture Museum. There is also a sculptural garden where archeological pieces are on exhibit and there is a botanical garden with the flora of the region.

 

Very close to Teotihuacan is the former convent of Acolman, an Augustinian monastery that preserves religious mural paintings and an extraordinary architectural façade. This convent is where some of the most treasured traditions of the Mexican of Christmas began, such as the posadas, piñatas, and pastorelas.

 

 

 

Location: Teotihuacan is located 40 kilometers northeast of Mexico City, on the Ecatepec Pirámides Highway, km. 22 + 600, Municipality of Teotihuacan, State of Mexico.

How to get there: Teotihuacan can be reached from Mexico City by the av. Insurgentes Norte to reach the highway Mexico Pachuca. You can also reach the Ecatepec Pyramids, Mexico Tuxpan and Arco Norte, and Mexico Teotihuacan highway.

Visit time: Set aside a whole day for your visit. The archaeological zone opens at 9 AM and closes at 4:30 PM.

Guided Tours: There are certified tour guides within the archaeological zone. They must be accredited by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) or the Secretary of Tourism. From Mexico City, you can hire the tour in practically all travel agencies. We recommend the tour organized by INAH during the weekends.

Where to eat: Very close to Teotihuacan is San Juan Teotihuacan, a town where you will find hotels and restaurants for all budgets. One of the most traditional is La Gruta, which opened in 1906.

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