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Hot Air Balloon Tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids

January 31, 2017
Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City
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I have been wanting to take a hot air balloon tour for, forever! The ability to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Teotihuacan Pyramids was a dream come true. Trust me when I say, there is no better way to experience these ancient ruins than from the sky.

The Teotihuacan Pyramids (aka the City of the Gods) are estimated to be dated around 100 BC, and are one of the largest in Mesoamerica. About a 50-minute drive outside of Mexico City, the hot air balloon ride and tour of the ruins make the perfect day trip. I visited Mexico City in January, which is typically low tourist season. I was able to book my tour the day before. However, to play it safe, I would recommend booking in advance online. You can book through your hotel/hostel once you arrive, or through the tourist locations around the city center.

My recommendation: I booked through Volar en Globo through wakay.mx and the experience was wonderful!

Hot Air Balloon Tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids

What to Expect

Pick Up

I received a 5:30am pick up from my hotel in Mexico City. We drove about 50-minutes away to the hot air balloon office near the pyramids. Since it was so early, I’m pretty sure I slept through it. Upon arrival, I was offered coffee or tea while filling out some paperwork. Shortly after, we left the office site for the hot air balloon’s takeoff location.

Pro Tip: If you go in the wintertime, dress warm! It’s absolutely freezing before the sun rises.

Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City

Take Off and Flight in the Hot Air Balloon

After the crew inflated the hot air balloon, we began to rise into the air around 7:30am and our tour was one of the first balloons up in the sky. It was an absolute treat to have the skyline to ourselves!

Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City

The flight duration was about one hour and the exact route is dictated by the wind. At all times a vehicle followed from down below, and was in communication with our pilot via radio.

Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City

The pilot allowed us to take turns operating the hot air balloon, which was pretty exciting!

Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City

Descent Back to the Ground

After about an hour in the sky, we began to descend back down to the ground. As the crew packed back up the balloon and equipment, we got to partake in the hot air balloon tradition of popping some bubbly. At 8:30am we celebrated our once-in-a-lifetime experience with champagne and orange juice!

Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City

We were taken back to the site’s office, and received a flight certificate, and the option of purchasing photos of our ride taken from the go pro that was mounted on the balloon.

Extras

Optional: Breakfast and Guided Tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids

I also opted for the optional breakfast and guided tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids after the hot air balloon ride. I would recommend this!

By 9:00am we were chauffeured to our breakfast spot, which was a wide variety of an all-you-can-eat style buffet. We were given about an hour to eat, and then were driven to the grand finale, a guided tour of the pyramids themselves.

The guided tour included detailed information about must-see landmarks like the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of Quetzalpapalotl and the Avenue of the Dead, as well as the customs and cultures during that time.

Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City

After about an 1.5 to 2 hour tour, we were chauffeured back to the hotel. Due to traffic delays, we arrived back in the heart of Mexico City around 2:30pm.

Overall it was a wonderful experience and one I would recommend to anyone making a visit to Mexico City!

My recommendation: I booked through Volar en Globo through wakay.mx 🙂

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Hot Air Balloon Tour, Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City

Have you been on a hot air balloon tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids? Let me know in the comments below!

TIFFANY NICOLE

Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

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    Kirsten
    June 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Hey Tiffany,

    Sounds amazing! What company did you go with?

    Kirsten x

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    Christine
    December 13, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Tiffany! Such a great read! Did you book through Volar en Globo or Vuelos en Globo? Also how much did you pay including the pyramid tour and breakfast? Thank you so much!

    • TIFFANY NICOLE
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      TIFFANY NICOLE
      December 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Christine, so glad you enjoyed the post!! So sorry, so I definitely flew with Volar en Globo and I booked it through Wayak.mx. It was 3,300 pesos, which comes to $172 USD, which includes pickup and return from hotel, hot air balloon ride, breakfast, and tour of pyramids. Hope this helps, let me know if you need more info and I’ll be updating the post so it’s more clear. 🙂

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