Archeological Sites and Weekend Trips

One-Day Trips

Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán was once a great commercial and religious center. Aside from visiting the Sune and Moon pyramids, be sure to visit the on-site museum and nearby areas where the nobles resided. It is an hour-and-a-half drive from Mexico City. 

If you wish to take the bus, there is the "Turibus" which usually departs on Saturdays and Sundays from the Auditorio Nacional on Avenida Reforma at 9 a.m. The tickets are for sale on board or with the Turibus staff. For more details visit www.circuitopiramides.com.mx

Cuicuilco

Cuicuilco is a complex of pyramidal temple bases, which once formed a religious community and was covered by lava flow around 100 B.C. It is located just off Insurgentes Sur beyond the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM)  in Mexico City.
 

Tenayuca

Tenayuca is a large Aztec pyramid, which was enlarged and rebuilt seven times. It is located five miles northwest of the “Monumento de la Raza” in Mexico City.
 

Tepoztlán

Tepoztlán is a village located near Cuernavaca, unique because it retained its Prehispanic characteristics until roads came in 1936 and electricity in 1960. A steep hike up the mountains brings you to a well-preserved pyramid with a magnificent view of the valley. You can also visit Tepoztlan’s restored baroque church and convent open now as a museum. Oscar Lewis has written several books about this village of which Tepoztlán Revisited is the best known. It is an hour drive via car or bus from Mexico City.
 

Tula

Tula, located in the State of Hidalgo, is one of the oldest and most important archaeological zones of Mexico. The famous giants of Tula are remains from Toltec Culture. It is about a two-hour drive from Mexico City.
 

Weekend Trips (by plane) or Week Trips

 

Tajín

Tajín is located in the state of Veracruz. These ruins are left from the Totonacas, an indigenous group that settled on the Gulf's coast. It is accessible via car or bus.

 

Mitla

Mitla is an ancient Mixteca-Zapoteca center, well known for its intricate construction. It is a forty-five minute car or bus ride from Oaxaca.
 

Palenque

Palenque is the site of ancient Mayan ruins, the most famous of which is the “astronaut” found on the door of one of the tombs. It is located 150 km. from Villahermosa, Tabasco. Villahermosa is accessible via plane, car or bus.
 

Bonampak

Bonampak is the most famous of the Mayan centers and famous for its amazing Prehispanic murals. It can be reached by small planes from Tuxtla Gutiérrez and through a road from Palenque or San Cristobal de las Casas.

Tulúm

Tulúm is the site of Mayan ruins on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and is especially noted for its spectacular view overlooking the blue Caribbean water.