On this day excursion from Mexico City, we will visit the Teotihuacan pyramids with an expert archaeologist or historian and absorb this UNESCO World Heritage site. An hour from Mexico City, this former metropolis is home to important pyramids, palaces and murals dating back to 100 B.C. In the first half of the day, our expert guide will discuss the importance of this site in the pre-Columbian history of the Americas. We’ll have a local Mexican lunch afterward then head to a second nearby location, Acolman, to see a 16th-century convent that was instrumental during the Spanish conquest in the conversion of indigenous populations to Catholicism.
This one was a wow! Very knowledgeable guide who showed us sites and shared unique and interesting facts and stories. Terrific personality - consistently asked for input. Took us to a market for a truly local lunch. Driver was also excellent.
Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour
Please note that as a result of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, some areas of Teotihuacan may be closed to the public during your visit. Your expert will make substitutions as necessary. It is not currently possible to climb the pyramids.
Yes! There is a private car service included in the price of the tour, as are the entrance fees to the site and the guide’s time. Lunch is not included, though we will budget time for a delicious Mexican meal near the pyramids.
Originally from Mexico City, Jorge graduated with honors from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) where he received his master’s degree in Physical Anthropology with a specialization in ancient migration. He is a specialist in bioarchaeological research and also in the analysis and digitization of funerary contexts. Currently he is working on his PHD in Anthropology. His research is focused on the relationship between diet and migration in Teotihuacan and the central Mesoamerican Region. He has collaborated on multiple projects in Teotihuacan since 2004, including but not limited to the Barrio Oaxaqueño Project, the Sun Pyramid, La Ventilla, the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, and the Plaza de las Columnas Project. Author and co-author of many research papers from Teotihuacan the population and the Oaxacan Barrio.
Alejandro Cañas-Ortiz is an archaeologist born and raised in Mexico City. When he was 8 years old, he became interested in pre-Colombian civilizations, especially after his parents took him to an excursion in Teotihuacan, as well as some different archaeological collections in the country. He has a MA in Mesoamerican Studies from National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he researched the interaction between Teotihuacan and the Maya. He is also versed in Maya hieroglyphs, a passion that began when he was an undergraduate at National School of Anthropology and History. He gained experience as an expert guide while researching prestigious collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Templo Mayor Museum, and National Anthropology Museum. Additionally, his research has been published in academic peer-reviewed books. From July 2020 to the present day, Alejandro has been actively involved in the Maya Train salvage archaeology project in Southeastern Mexico under the guidance of some of Mexico's top field-archaeologists. His activities have encompassed archaeological reconnaissance and excavations in previously unreported Maya sites between Palenque (Chiapas) and Escárcega (Campeche). His latest fieldwork is currently taking place in Yucatan's Oriental Coast jungles, where he is surveying remnant Maya ruins between Cancun and Tulum, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Whether at an archaeological site or in a museum of antiquities, Alejandro looks forward to sharing his devotion and knowledge about pre-Colombian cultures with travelers on Context tours in the Riviera Maya and Mexico City.
For Santiago, the architecture of "Centro Histórico" was the first thing that captured his attention. As a kid he would go there with his grandmother every weekend and visit a new building or museum every time. It quickly became a hobby to do the same thing all over the city. In no time, he had finished his degree in architecture, with an emphasis on history, and decided to turn his hobby into a career. Since then has enjoyed getting to know new people everyday and passing on the passion he feel for his native Mexico City.
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