San Juan Teotihuacán and San Martín de las Pirámides, State of Mexico: visitor information

Teotihuacán was one of the largest pre-Hispanic cities in Mesoamerica and one of the most admired in the world, but both towns combine pre-Hispanic and colonial cultures.

Panoramic view of the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan, State of Mexico. Photo: Secretaría de Turismo
Panoramic view of the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan, State of Mexico. Photo: Secretaría de Turismo

For what you must discover: the former Convent of San Juan Bautista stands out for its architecture, or the Temple of Our Lady of Purification with its imposing facade and original interior.

Characteristics

The meaning of Teotihuacan is composed of teolt: "god"; Hua: possessive and can: "place", which means "Place where the gods are" or "Place that has our gods". Therefore, according to Nahuatl mythology, it represents the place where the sun and the moon were created. The Teotihuacans developed their culture from 500 B.C. Teotihuacan became the largest city in Mesoamerica reaching about 25 square kilometers. The pyramids of The Sun and The Moon rose in 300 B.C.; The city was extended in 5 stages in 600 A.D., around 650 A.D. Teotihuacan reached its peak, and by 800 Teotihuacan mysteriously expired.

After the conquest, in 1594, the Spaniards founded San Martín Obispo and named it San Juan Teotihuacán. By 1935 there is a separation of municipalities, and in 1945 the archaeological zone is declared federal property; it is in 1988 that UNESCO declares the archaeological zone a world heritage site. Teotihuacán de Arista, is the current name for San Juan Teotihuacán.

Located at 2,300 m of altitude; it has a temperate and dry climate, with an average temperature of 15º C and 10º C in winter; the rainy season is in summer. The main vegetation is cactus, maguey, cactus, and lollipops.

The local gastronomy is wide and offers barbecue, carnitas, mixiotes of chicken or ram with nopales, quesadillas, tlacoyos, soups; for more epicurean tastes there are chinicuiles, maguey worm, quesadillas with chapulines, tamales or scamoles cakes. As for drinks, there are pulques and liquor of nopal, tuna, and xoconostle.

The handicrafts are based on precious, semi-precious stones: alpaca, quartz, onyx, silver, clay, and obsidian; also noteworthy are pieces carved in wood and pyrotechnics.

In the Magic Villages Program since 2015.

If you have an adventurous spirit you should take one of the balloon trips that offer an unbeatable way to observe the pyramids and the union of two cultures that formed Mexico.
If you have an adventurous spirit you should take one of the balloon trips that offer an unbeatable way to observe the pyramids and the union of two cultures that formed Mexico.

Attractions

State Park, Sierra de Patlachique

Pulque Route

Temazcales

Hot-air balloon flight

Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone

Road of the Dead

The Citadel

Museum of Teotihuacan Culture

Quetzalpapalotl Palace

Pyramid of the Sun

Pyramid of the Moon

Feathered Serpent Pyramid

Animal Kingdom Zoo

San Juan Teotihuacan attractions

Cuauhtémoc y la Fuente Spa

Cathedral of the Divine Redeemer

Former convent of San Juan Bautista

Botanical Garden of Cactáceas

German's Mansion

San Juan Market

Temple of the Lady of Purification

San Martín de las Pirámides Attractions

Santa Maria Palapa Chapel

Cathedral Sanctuary of the Divine Redeemer

Teotihuacan Country Club

Ex-hacienda Cerro Gordo

Caves in Cerro Gordo

Ecce Homo Church

Museum of the Teotihuacan Murals

Manuel Gambio Museum

Cerro Gordo National Park

Parish of San Martin, Bishop of Tours

Festivities

"ECCE-HOMO", 8th May. In August the National Tuna Fair

National Fair of the Tuna, beginning of August. Tasting, exhibition, and music.

Sagrado Depósito, September 8th

San Martin de Tours, November. Typical dances and parties

Fieles Difuntos, November 2nd. Pagan-religious celebration.

Patron Saint's Day. 11th November. Religious commemorations.

Location

1 h from Pachuca; 1:20 h from CDMX; 1.30 h from Tlaxcala; 2 h from Puebla or San Juan del Río; 2:15 h from Toluca; and 2:30 h from Cuernavaca or Querétaro.

It borders to the north with the State of Hidalgo and Axapusco and Temascalapa; to the east with Axapusco and Otumba; to the south with Tecámac, and Tepetlaoxtoc; to the west with Axapusco, Tecámac, Temascalapa and the State of Hidalgo.

By Mexicanist Source Secretary of Tourism