So I decided to go on a tour with ”Teotihuacan en Bici”! They do different tours on bikes. This one was through the Valley of Teotihuacan.
I arrived 1 hour early, so I stayed at a café close some meters from the tour-house. Lots of locals passed by to get their daily jugo (juice) or Tamales (a typical mesoamerican dish made of a corn-based masa and boiled in leaves). I talked a lot to Marisol who was attending the shop. They all know each other and help each other, when she was out of caps for the fruit juices, a neighbour went to the shop to buy her new ones. When she was out of change, a taxi driver took the bill and gave her change.
At 9, the owner arrived and we got our bikes. I was lucky, its low season and no one else had reserved the tour, so it was only me and the guide and founder of Teotihucan en Bici, Jorge. The tour began in San Martín de las Pirámides, and we biked around that area and the San Juan de las Pirámides. We visited undiscovered pyramids and less known archeological zones. Everyone goes the well-known big pyramids (The pyramid of the sun and of the moon) but almost no one knows about these other archeological sites that are in the surroundings.
We visited Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco. They are really cool, smaller villages that has been discovered and it’s open to anyone to walk around inside. We were toootally alone in lots of places. They really miss something by not visiting this sites. There are original painting in the houses, rooms, temples, murals, and lot of stories behind. So good to have a guide to tell about what it means. In one place, we met another guide and a guy from Peru, who was a surf-teacher, so now I have surf-contacts in Peru. :) He was also jealous of our tour, and even the guide commented that it was a great idea to do this by bike.
There is only about 30% of the Teotihuacan-area that has been explored. We passed by another couple of zones who were not even opened to the public because there aren’t any tourists visiting. We also visited some pyramids that have not been ”cleaned up”, where there is a lot of vegetation on them so they look like normal hills, but you can find traces of old boules, jars, obsidian knifes and other stuff there. I brought 2 shards with me, one that could be from a sort of jar, and another that still had original red painting on it.
Besides visiting archeological sites, we also visited a obisidan workshop where you can see artisans making parts in obsidian. I got a necklace that I will wear on me, because obsidian is said that it absolves the bad energy, it makes you calm, less stressed and helps you sleep better. :)
They also showed me how they use the maguey plant. The leaves called Pita is used for making rope, matting and other cloth. From the flower stem there is a sweet liquid called aguamiel, which they use to do the drink Pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. It is traditional to central Mexico, where it has been produced for millennia. They also produce some other alcoholic beverages, and also agave syrup, which is a sugar substitute similar to honey, soo god. If I wasn’t backpacking, I would have bought some with me.
We did another visit to a factory where they make products of prickly pear, nopal and Xoconoxtle. Like jam, salsas, snacks, liquors etc. I had a taste of everything, even the liquors. I haven’t drunken any alcohol for over a year, but I had to try these since it’s typical mexican. Yummyyy!
We also stayed at a restaurant that made typical regional food. I don’t remember what the name was of what we ate, but it was made of frigoles (beans) so it was vegetarian. :)
So, if you want a unique experience of Teotihuacan, you should try this out. I made the tour in spanish, but they have it in english and french too. Most of their customers found them by recommendations. I found them on twitter because someone wrote about them there.
They have many different tours, I took the one around the Teotihuacan area. So it was not about the big pyramids so much, but it was a lovely experience. I loved biking around, and I truly loved this city, I could definitively be living here. :) And Jorge, the guide, was great. He talked very passionate about everything and you can really see that he loves his city, and he is lot’s of fun too.
This was included in my tour:
Visit to archeological zones (Tepantitla, Tetitla and Atetelco)
Visit an Obsidian workshop
Visit to a factory where they make products of prickly pear, Nopal and Xoconoxtle
Guide during the whole trip of 4-5 hours
A bottle of water, fruit or bars when finishing the tour
And the cost was 400 mxn pesos.
This is their homepage:
Phone: 4980 6931
Av. San Fracisco Núm. 12
San Francisco Mazapa
Teotihuacan, Estado de México