Lying just a short bus ride away from México City is the site of Teotihuacan. Pyramids, an Avenue of the Dead, trinkets to buy, and a fun little town all provide an excellent, and must-do, side trip from anyone visiting México City for more than a couple of days!
You can take the Metro line 5 to the Autobuses Del Norte station. Inside the station you’ll find the ‘Autobuses Teotihuacan’ window – it’s the one with the stylized pyramid logo. Get your ticket there, make your way to the platform and find your bus. Ride to Teotihuacan and get off at gate 2. Buy a ticket at the entrance and spend the day exploring! Grab a bite to eat at one of the establishments near the site, get back on the bus and then spend the evening repeating the word ‘wow’ over and over again!
Or, you can spend a few days in town and REALLY see the site. If the Experiencia Nocturna light show is happening while you are there I highly recommend that you see it. Your hotel can probably get you tickets, or you can brave the Méxican ticketmaster experience and buy them online (http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx/Experiencia-Nocturna-en-Teotihuacan-boletos/artist/2226040). Bring your ID with you to the light show – they use it as a deposit for the ipod that describes things (with several choices of language). If you go this route, I can recommend the Hotel Villas Arqueologicas Teotihuacan. You need to make sure they give you the room you paid for though – I booked one of the suites and they tried to give me a single. A little commotion at the front desk didn’t get me my suite, but it did get a separate room for my travelling companion who snores LOUDLY. The Hotel Villas Arqueologicas Teotihuacan can also arrange private transportation to/from México City, so you don’t have to brave the bus system – but you’ll be missing out on a fun and inexpensive ride!
I’ve been to Teotihuacan twice now, seeing the light show the last time there. It’s an absolutely amazing place – and really, if you’re in México City for more than 2 days, you should take the trek and visit Teotihuacan. The ‘Kinetic Kennons’ youtube vloggers visited and have a decent set of videos at Teotihuacan (Kinetic Kennons – Pyramids of Teotihuacan and Kinetic Kennons – Experience the Pyramids in 360 ). Do your own research before you go and you’ll be able to skip the tour guide, or at least discern their ’embellishments’ about Teotihuacan!