Quick facts about Teotihuacan:
- Construction began on the site around 200 B.C.
- At its peak it was one of the biggest cities in the world, with around 200,000 inhabitants.
- The Aztecs considered Teotihuacan a sacred site even though it had been abandoned long before their time.
- Teotihuacan is the name that was given to the site by the Aztecs and it means "city of the gods" or "where men become gods."
- No one knows the ethnic group or the language spoken by the inhabitants of Teotihuacan, so they are called "Teotihuacanos."
There are five entrances to the archaeological site. To do a full tour of the site, enter at entrance 1 at the south end of the site. You will walk the length of the Avenue of the Dead (about one and a quarter miles or 2km). For a shortened tour, many tour groups begin at entrance 2, level with the Pyramid of the Sun. This is a good option if your time is limited or you don't want to walk much.
Don't forget to take water, a hat and sunscreen!
Take the metro to the Central del Norte and take a bus from there to the ruins. The buses are marked "Piramides."
First stop on your tour of Teotihuacan: the Citadel and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.