On this Teotihuacan Tour, a day trip from Mexico City, we will visit the Teotihuacan pyramids with an expert archaeologist or historian as we absorb this UNESCO World Heritage site. An hour by car from Mexico City, this former metropolis is home to three important pyramids (Sun, Moon and Feathered Serpent), along with a host of palaces and murals. As we admire structures dating back to 100 B.C, our docent will discuss the history and importance of this site in the pre-Columbian history of the Americas. We’ll soak up the surroundings before heading to a second nearby location, Acolman, to see a 16th century convent and have a local Mexican lunch. We’ll leave Mexico City bright and early as we head to Teotihuacan (about an hour journey). Arriving early allows us to escape the crowds and better appreciate the sheer size and magnificence of Teotihuacan. Our route may vary on the day, but will include an in-depth examination into the predominant trio of Teotihuacan structures: the Moon Pyramid, the Sun Pyramid and the Feathered Serpent. At each of these locations, our docent will dig that bit deeper behind the histories, traditions, and sacred rights associated with them stemming back to the Mesoamerican era. There will be the option of climbing both the Sun Pyramid and the Moon Pyramid, if the group so chooses. From atop these ancient structures, our docent will be able to point out the historic significance and the impact of Teotihuacan in neighbouring Mesoamerican regions. Along the way, our path will take us to a number of important compounds with murals predating the Mayans and Aztecs. Our docent will discuss these prehispanic visuals, examining the importance and representation of this iconography. Our route may then take us to the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, the Palace of Tetitla, and the Palace of Tepantitla as we discover hidden paintings of jaguars and birds inseparable from the story of this ancient civilization. Our docent and scholar will unpick the meanings behind these palace layouts and paintings which so permeated all the strata of ancient Teotihuacan society. We’ll then head back to Mexico City, but not before stopping at Acolman, a nearby town renowned for housing a fossilized human skeleton between 12,000 and 14,000 years old. Here, we will have a local Mexican lunch while stopping to reflect on the power of what we’ve seen thus far. We’ll visit the convent, a typical 16th century complex with murals that represent the doctrinal points the Augustinian missionaries emphasized in their attempts to evangelize the indigenous peoples of central Mexico. Acolman serves as an important location in linking the pre-Columbian and Spanish eras and provides a fitting ending historic location for our walk. We will then drive back to Mexico City, where our tour concludes. At the end of our day excursion to Teotihuacan, we will have experienced the magnificence of this revered archaeological UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll emerge with an enhanced historic understanding of this former worldly city and a better mastery of the relevance of its pyramids, murals, and nearby convent and shrines.