Along with the famous Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Teotihuacán is the most important of all of Mexico’s ruins. The vast UNESCO-listed archaeological site was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city with some 250,000 residents at its peak. The Avenue of the Dead that runs through the middle links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun. The most popular day trip from Mexico City by far, just an hour from downtown, dates back to around the 1st century AD and started to decline around 650 AD before eventually being abandoned, perhaps for a combination of social and environmental issues, but no one knows for sure.
The best way to explore Teotihuacán is by booking a day tour that will include your transportation, admission, and a knowledgeable guide such as Paulina through Airbnb Experiences. Her private tours bring the site to life in a way that wouldn’t be possible if you explore on your own, with expert insight into the local culture and Mexico City too.