I’ve been doing some articles for Viator’s blog lately and here’s a rundown on visiting the pyramids of Teotihuacan. (Visiting the site is easier than saying it.)
As I said last year in this post The Beauty of a Local Tour, sometimes it’s far easier just to put your faith in a local tour operator rather than trying to do everything on your own. There are some places where you don’t have a choice really, like the Valley of the Kings in Egypt or the DMZ in Korea. You go escorted or you don’t go. In other places, like Vietnam, it can end up costing you twice as much to go exploring independently as it does to just pay up and hop in the van.
It depends on where you are though as to how much you’ll pay. This tour out to Teotihuacan is around $28 to $50 depending on who you book it with, which is not much if you’re on vacation. If you try to visit the Chichen Itza ruins from Cancun, however, holey moley. The prices are all over the place. Viator charges $55, which is quite a deal for such a long day and including admission. When I was last in Cancun though, I saw prices posted at hotels for $150. For that amount you could take a first-class bus, spend the night at a nice hotel, and bus it back the next day.
Check out the story for more on the pyramids in Teotihuacan and even if you’ve already seen lots of ruins, these are still worth checking out. The structures and the city are both massive and since this wasn’t built in a jungle, you can really get a feel for the full scale of it from atop the Pyramid of the Sun. Highly recommended.