Experience Mexico City: Teotihuacan Day-Trip & Dinner with the Locals
  • Experience Mexico City: Teotihuacan Day-Trip & Dinner with the Locals

    Get outta town! Go beyond the usual tourist bus experience on this tour that will literally take you out of Mexico City to see Teotihuacan pyramids, try local "delights" like cactus candy, sip on ancient pre-Hispanic brews, and dine at a local family home where you'll enjoy authentic dishes made and served by them. The best part: you’ll be supporting local family businesses, to really give you an itinerary worth bragging about.

    Itinerary
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Mexico City Urban Adventures, Avenida Chapultepec 540 Piso 7, Mexico City 06140 Mexico

    As we head out of Mexico City, we’ll make a stop at the archaeological wonder that is the Teotihuacan pyramids, where your guide will fill you in on the mysterious history of this sacred site. As you tour the grounds, you’ll see the Moon Pyramid, the Calzada de los Muertos (Dead Pass), and the Sun Pyramid, which is the tallest and most spectacular in the area — it’s 63 meters to the top (and yes, we’re going up).

    After exploring the pyramids, we will make our way to a family-run factory/shop that specializes in local products. We will learn about ‘obsidian’ — the material that the Teotihuacan people used to make their tools, idols, and decorations and you’ll be encouraged to take a sip of an ancient, sacred drink called pulque, which is extracted from the heart of the maguey (another kind of cactus) — considered by some to be the great-grandfather of tequila. On top of those gems, you’ll find jams, candies, spicy lollies and plenty more products made by local people from the endemic vegetation around them such as nopal, xoconostle and tuna (a cactus fruit, not tuna fish!). Souvenir shopping has never been this much fun!

    After working up an appetite climbing pyramids and shopping for souvenirs, we’ll take you to a friend’s house for a memorable dinner. You will be welcomed into their traditional home where you’ll try authentic, local flavors (the family run a very successful catering business, so you are in the right hands!)

    After dinner, we’ll head back to Mexico City, happy, full, and relaxed from our wonderful day exploring life outside the hustle and bustle of the big city.

    Duration: 9 hours



    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Minimum age is 6 years"
    "Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking"
    "We recommend dressing comfortably and wearing comfortable walking shoes. Bring a light jacket or sweater, and during the rainy season (May to September) we recommend bringing a raincoat or umbrella. Leave your valuables, such as passports and credit cards, in the hotel and bring a small amount of spending cash. Keep large cameras discreetly stored in a backpack. Along the way you can purchase drinks (energy drink, beer, pulque, water, etc) so bring some extra money for that, if you’d like."
    "Some of the places visited along the route are local houses and businesses, which have irregular opening hours. Our route and stops may vary to make sure you have a unique and genuine Mexican experience."
    "Please note that we may use a mixture of public and private transport during this tour, depending on the number of travellers in the group (if there are 8 travellers or more, we will use private transport)."
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Most travelers can participate"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers"



    • Start Time12:30 PM
    • Start location: MUMEDI, Av Francisco I. Madero 74, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

    • Duration: 9 hours
    • Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Included

    • English-speaking local guide
    • Dinner in a local home
    • Public or private transportation (depending on the size of the group)
    • Samples of cactus product
    • Entry/Admission - Mexico City Urban Adventures

    Not Included

    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Lunch
    • Beverages
  • 10/10

    Recommendation passengers 100%
    Rating based on 46 verified reviews

    Our clients

    • Michelle Z
      Posted on Miércoles, 28 de agosto del 2019

      I visited Mexico City for my 30th birthday and we were able to book this tour last minute with Urban Adventures after my morning tour fell through. Our tour guide (whose name I can’t remember) was so friendly and knowledgable - young, funny, long hair and spoke both English and Spanish. We started off meeting at the city’s center near MUMEDI. The meeting point was easy and accessible, then we all jumped in a van and headed to the ruins of Teotihuacan. From the start of the tour, until the very end, we were given lots of useful, interesting information about the temples and the different civilizations that inhabited the nearby regions. We also got the opportunity to climb both the Moon and Sun Pyramid - and the guide was nice enough to take people who didn’t want to walk up the stairs to other parts of the area in the meantime. After that, we were all escorted to a nearby home of a local artist, and given a tour of his craft, and allowed to sample a variety of tequilas. During this time we bought some souvenirs and learned more about local agriculture. Finally, we ended the trip with a homemade meal, and dined on delicious pozole blanco! What a delightful end to a long day! Would highly recommend this company!!!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Anne k
      Posted on Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      Great day climbed the pyramids very hot but worth it . Full on day hot in the sun but we enjoyed it lots of interesting things

        General rating: 10/10
    • amitabhasuree
      Posted on Jueves, 17 de enero del 2019

      Arturo the driver was awesome! He'd show me little extra trees and such. Rodrigo was very well spoken (chingon!!) and had so much cool information to share. They were a deligtd. Bring layers. It's warm climbing the pyramids. It is a good hike. Wear comfy shoes. The vistas are outta this world. Be prepared for a long day. After Teohuatican, you have a few drinks see handmade obsidian, then a homemade dinner. I'm vegetarian. No problem. I had nopales with rice and horchata. I suggest leaving tips at these stops. Free food and drinks? It's amazing. I also tipped the driver and tour operator. 10 hours of friendliness and transport.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Satya Siva Kiran N
      Posted on Viernes, 06 de julio del 2018

      Ady is an amazing tour guide, she had answers for all the curious questions our group had apart from the knowledge about the history of the site. Later we visited a local obsidian artisan to learn more about it and pulque/mezxcal/tequilla/ cactus fruit liquor, our group had a lovely time. Then visited a local family home for a delicious dinner cooked just for us, as we got back to the city she was helpful on uber pickups/ways to reaching our hotels. I would 100 recommend this tour to everyone who wish to visit the pyrimads

        General rating: 10/10
    • Caroline F
      Posted on Miércoles, 07 de marzo del 2018

      This trip is totally worth it! My 21 year old son and I both enjoyed the entire experience! It's a long day, so pack plenty of water, sunscreen and get a good night's rest before hand! The pyramids are a definite bucket list activity, once in a lifetime.
      My son and I loved visiting the local family for some samples of tequila, mescal and pulca. The other family provided our dinner which was great! Our guide was Adi, she was awesome!!!!!
      All around worthwhile side trip :

        General rating: 10/10
    • Robert B
      Posted on Domingo, 18 de febrero del 2018

      Great tour! Our guide Rodrigo was really knowledgeable about the pyramids, and has excellent English and communication skills. We really enjoyed having dinner at the local family's house. This was a wonderful way to experience Mexico!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Victoria L
      Posted on Domingo, 07 de enero del 2018

      The best way to spend Thanksgiving!! Dress comfortably, bring a sweater, and a cap...atop the pyramids, it is very windy. Do not be fooled...the steps are quite steep and there is one rope for guidance. Trust and believe...if you don't know Jesus before reaching to top, you will get to know him on the decent!! The dinner with the local family...worth every bite and some!! The samples of vodka, the conversation with the locals....OMG!!!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Lekha R
      Posted on Jueves, 28 de diciembre del 2017

      We had a great time with Rodriguez and Bene. Roy is the best. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and knew where all his group was at all times. He was very helpful in getting us all back to the best place for us. Our group enjoyed the tour to the shaman and the wonderful dinner prepared by the local family. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

        General rating: 10/10
    • hschloff
      Posted on Domingo, 26 de noviembre del 2017

      Nathan was an excellent tour guide. Friendly, well informed, patient and fun to be with. Family dinner was excellent. Visited a home where we were given a tutorial on tequila and obsidian. Good value. Highly recommend. One comment: why meet at Museum of Modern Design and then walk to Bellas Artes to catch MetroBus?

        General rating: 10/10
    • Loretta J L
      Posted on Jueves, 16 de noviembre del 2017

      We scheduled a last minute tour and the booking manager at Viator was able to find us this really fun tour. Our guide, Rodrigo, was very, energetic and spoke English well. A great time spent for half a day in Mexico and well worth the price point.

        General rating: 10/10
    • ELIZABETH S
      Posted on Martes, 14 de noviembre del 2017

      I'm so late to the party but I really wanted to review the tour I took back in February. I have wanted to go see the pyramids at Teotihuacan for as long as I could remember. I found this tour and decided to book it and I am so infinitely happy I did. Our tour guide I think it was Leon, guy in his mid/late 20's, fedora and glasses was so awesome and knowledgeable about not only CDMX and the history but Teotihuacan as well. Our group was small, our tour guide and myself and friend and 2 others.
      We walked up both pyramids and when we got to the top of Sol, we said a little prayer to the sun god. It was such an emotional moment that brought me to tears.
      After the pyramids, we walked into San Francisco de Los Piramides and visited a local obsidian worker. At his home, we also had a small tasting of pulque and mescal. We then went to the neighboring town of San Marcos to visit a distillery and then head to a local home for dinner.
      Our home-cooked meal of chicken and nopales was absolutely divine as was the conversation we all had over food and drinks. Once dinner was done, we headed around the corner to get the bus back to CDMX.

      I would do this tour every single day for the rest of my life if I could. The next time I go back to CDMX, I will 100 take this tour again.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Warren T
      Posted on Lunes, 06 de noviembre del 2017

      The tour was fantastic and the site is a wonder. The amount of historical and contextual information related to it makes it essential to have a knowledgeably guide to be able to truly appreciate the visit. Our guide Rodrigo was awesome -- friendly, outgoing, and really enthusiastic about the subject matter. He clearly loved the history, science, and conjecture about Teotihuacan and keeps up-to-date with theories and findings that are ongoing at this mysterious and ancient place. He brought our tour group together wonderfully and was able to give us an answer and context to every obscure question our inquisitive minds could dream up. He is absolutely top notch.

      On top of it all, our group had a fantastic time together which was capped off by a delicious meal at local's house. As mentioned in other comments -- not actually eating WITH the family, but clearly a lovingly cooked meal in a cozy setting. Would recommend highly to anyone interested in really learning a lot and having an informative and hands-on small group experience.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Mateo D
      Posted on Miércoles, 25 de octubre del 2017

      This trip was worth every penny. Cesar was our tour guide and made every moment safe, informative and special. I was scared to climb the pyramids and he held my hand. That goes above and beyond. I would give it 10 stars if I could. Than you Cesar!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Meline J
      Posted on Jueves, 19 de octubre del 2017

      Excellent tour. Guides were terrific!

        General rating: 10/10
    • olessya s
      Posted on Lunes, 31 de julio del 2017

      excellent!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Marcela A
      Posted on Domingo, 30 de julio del 2017

      Great true life experience for my teenage son and myself. The Guide was most educated and most friendly. I have visited many parts or the world and truly this was a unique experience. THANK YOU

        General rating: 10/10
    • Ruby V
      Posted on Viernes, 28 de julio del 2017

      Leon was a great guide! Bring some cash, the stops where you get to meet local artisans will definitely have souvenirs you will want.

        General rating: 10/10
    • tanglottie
      Posted on Lunes, 15 de mayo del 2017

      This trip with Urban Advantures was wonderful! Our tour guide, Rodrigo, is knowledgeable about Mexico City and the Teotihuacan Pyramids. It's cool that we had a chance to take the local transportation which I didn't dare as I was travelling alone and don't speak Spanish to go to Teotihuacan. The dinner was delicious too, much nicer than some restaurants. :

        General rating: 10/10
    • Scott S
      Posted on Martes, 09 de mayo del 2017

      We had a great tour. Our guide, Leon, and our varied companions had much to talk about. Leon had plenty of history for us and, of course, fun. This tour is organized such that the experience is a group of friends taking a day trip. The local families and producers were welcoming and knowledgeable
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        General rating: 10/10
    • Ryan D
      Posted on Domingo, 29 de enero del 2017

      Our tour guide, Leon, was an awesome, genuinely nice guy with tons of information about the fantastic place. We even hit it off and I dare say we became friends! The ruins are a must see and dinner was great. Considering all of the inclusions on the tour, we felt it was a great deal.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Rita B
      Posted on Miércoles, 31 de agosto del 2016

      very interesting tour, informative in a fun way. The dinner is very yummy. glad we did it!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Vanessa C
      Posted on Martes, 21 de junio del 2016

      Exceeded expectations. Best day tour I've been on :)

        General rating: 10/10
    • Charles A
      Posted on Martes, 03 de mayo del 2016

      Our tour to the Teotihuacan Pyramids was incredible! We had a large group so they ended up booking a van for us rather than taking public transit which was perfectly fine with us. Our tour guide, Rodrigo, was AMAZING! He definitely made the trip very fun and educational. We spent a good amount of time at the Pyramids exploring the grounds and climbing to the top of the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun. We then went to a local home and sampled some mezcal and tequila and then made our way to another home where we got to sample many different delicious foods which they had for sale. I ended up buying a lot to bring home with me as souvenirs. From there, we went to another family home where they cooked us a beautiful meal. And then it was back to Mexico City. A wonderful day with the best guide Rodrigo! We would do this tour again in a heartbeat.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Fernando A
      Posted on Miércoles, 06 de abril del 2016

      Great guide, the local family dinner was great.

        General rating: 10/10
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