Hot Air Balloons and Pyramids

To continue our Monday Mini-Series of Mexico City, lets talk hot air balloons and pyramids.  I’m sure pyramids aren’t the first things that come to mind when thinking of Mexico City but they are, in fact, one of the top attractions in this area.  Add a hot air balloon ride over said pyramids and you have yourself a pretty amazing experience.

Brief History

Teotihuacan is an archeological site northeast of Mexico City. Its the home of two Mesoamerican pyramids, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.  In Aztec, Teotihuacan means, “place where gods were born.”

The city was built around 100 BC and thrived until about 550 AD. During it’s prime, it’s said to have had somewhere around 150,000 residents, making it the largest city in pre-Columbian Americas and the sixth largest city in the world.

The Experience

We started our day at 5:30am for the hot air balloon ride.  There are several sites where you can book a tour, though, Fly Volare is the company that provides the balloons and pilots for everyone.

It was still dark when we arrived.  Our guide told us the first balloon is typically a scout balloon, sharing fog and wind details with the other pilots.

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Our balloon is the colorful one on the right.

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Up, Up and Away

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It was quite foggy, which made for a limited view of the pyramids…but that was okay because our pilot took us above the fog and that view was incredible!

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After our amazing hot air balloon ride, we made our way to the pyramids.  We took a brief tour with our guide to learn the history of the area.  There are several places around the site where you can see the original paint and designs on the walls.

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Next up was the Pyramid of the Moon.  Due to it’s current condition, you can only climb halfway to the top.

Since the pyramid is located at the end of the “Avenue of the Dead,” you can see the entire archeological site, including the Pyramid of the Sun on the left.

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Walking along the Avenue of the Dead, we made our way to the Pyramid of the Sun, which is the third largest pyramid in the world. Once you climb the 248 steps to the top, the view is worth the effort.  You can see in the photo below, that it’s much taller than the Pyramid of the Moon.

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If you make your way to Mexico City anytime soon, don’t miss this incredible experience of hot air balloons and pyramids.

Happy Travels!

Jules

 

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