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I recently had a major bucket list experience in Mexico which was brand new for me: riding in a hot air balloon over Teotihuacán!
I had wanted to experience a hot air balloon ride for such a long time and recently the dream came true when I partnered with Tinggly. It was an extra cool experience because we were looking down on some of Mexico‘s most famous pyramids, the 2,000-year-old ruins of Teotihuacán.
But before we get into that…
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Hot air balloon over Teotihuacán
With a Tinggly trip of my choice to take, I was keen
Nothing sounded as memorable as cruising above ancient Mexican pyramids by hot air balloon. I can confirm it was every bit as magical as I hoped!
The Teotihuacán Pyramid complex is made up of two enormous pyramids, Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. The complex dates back to the year 100 BC, making it one of the oldest remaining settlements in the Americas. In its heyday, it would have been the sixth-largest city in the world.
The chance to visit and learn about Teotihuacán is a must for
What to expect during a hot air balloon over Teotihuacán
You’ll need to be up early for a hot air balloon ride over the Teotihuacán Pyramids but I can confirm it’s 100% worth it. We departed from the city at
Note – For the hot air balloon over Teotihuacán, Tinggly pick up from Polanco, Reforma, Zona Rosa, and the Historic Centre of Mexico City. They don’t collect from residential addresses, only hostels and hotels. This was no problem as I just had to walk three minutes from my Airbnb to the nearest hotel.
Despite feeling drowsy, everything ran smoothly and we had coffee and a light breakfast while waiting to begin our voyage. My drowsiness didn’t last long when we climbed into a fired-up balloon and the adrenaline kicked in!
We took off while dawn was still breaking and watched as golden light spread over the majestic pyramids.
I felt a bit nervous as I’d never
The journey itself was incredible and we had around
By the time the sun was fully up and the golden hour was over, we could see people walking around the pyramid site below: tiny specks from our high vantage point.
Reasons to book an experience with Tinggly
Aside from the fact that Tinggly gift boxes are perfect for
Tinggly partners with companies who help remove harmful plastics from the environment. Purchasing one gift box cleans up 15kgs of world plastic, plus the boxes are made of 100% recycled materials.
If your recipient hasn’t set off on their trip yet, or you know where they’ll be over Christmas or their birthday, you can order a physical gift box containing their experience voucher. If they’re already abroad and you don’t have an address, you can opt for an e-voucher.
To browse all the gift boxes, click here.
Note – for the Teotihuacan hot air balloon ride, you’ll need to purchase the Ultimate Collection box.
We departed Teotihuacan and arrived back in Mexico City by 11am. Perfect time for a noon nap or, in my case an oozy breakfast burger at Clara y Ema, my favourite cafe in Condesa.
Tips for a Teotihuacán hot air balloon ride
- Wear warm clothing – I wore jeans, a jumper
andjacket and I was still cold at 6amwhen the temperature was around 4 degrees
- Wear closed-toe shoes, firstly as it’s cold and secondly as it’s more practical as you’re climbing in and out of the balloon
- Bring snacks if you’re someone who needs a
Thanks for reading!
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- Where to eat in Roma and Condesa, Mexico City
- 20 things to do in Coyoacan, CDMX
- The best restaurants in Coyoacan
- Solo female travel in Mexico
- The ultimate Mexico bucket list
- 23 Mexico City travel tips
- How to visit the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
- Visiting the Queretaro wineries
- How to visit San Miguel and things to do
- 36 best Mexican foods to try
- Hierve el Agua travel guide
- How to celebrate Day of the Dead in Oaxaca
- Ultimate Guadalajara itinerary
- Things to do in Puebla
Note – While I was hosted by Tinggly, all experience are my own.
See you next time for more adventures,
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Getting around by bus (environmental option) – buses in Mexico are comfy with free snacks and an in-journey entertainment system. I use Busbud to find the best prices.
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Browse Mexico tours and activities on GetYourGuide. I also check Viator as they often have unique offerings.
Need travel insurance? I use True Traveller (for UK & Europe residents) since it’s affordable but covers everything you’d need including various activities, valuables and pre-existing conditions. Unlike some companies, they insure you if you’re already travelling / don’t yet have your flight home booked. Get a quote.
For travel insurance for other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo and for long-term digital nomad travellers, I suggest Safety Wing.
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