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Some Archaeological Sites Have Non-Explored Zones That Aren't Open to Visitor's Access; Teotihuacán, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Some Archaeological Sites Have Non-Explored Zones That Aren't Open to Visitor's Access; Teotihuacán, Estado de Mexico, Mexico

Travel Insights for the State of Estado de México

Travel Insights for the State of Estado de México

Traveling in Mexico and in the Estado de México with the Insights of Franco Magno

The Impressive Estado de México. Hi! Magno readers. The Magno Insights are some of the learnings I’ve come to after 25 years of traveling experience in Mexico. By taking advantage of these inputs, you’ll go a little beyond on your trips in Mexico. Please take advantage of these recommendations that I consider useful for any kind of visitor.

So, some recommendations for The Estado de México state are:

 

* Close to the country’s capital city and without mentioning the archaeological zone of “Teotihuacán” and “Valle de Bravo,” it’s an option little explored by visitors, especially foreigners.

If this is more pleasant for you, I recommend starting by the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán as a point to open your mouth to the exquisite dishes that the state of Mexico offers to visitors.

Photography Using a Tripod Requires a Special Permission From The INAH Ministry in Mexico; Teotihuacán, Estado de México, Mexico
Photography Using a Tripod Requires a Special Permission From The INAH Ministry in Mexico; Teotihuacán, Estado de México, Mexico

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* Bring extra sunscreen protection. When making the tour of the different temples of the archaeological zone of “Teotihuacán,”  consider the following recommendation.

All the temples will radiate lots of hot weather waves because of the materials employed by the ancient inhabitants to build these temples (Made up by volcanic rock).

The blond king, Mr. Sun, will be providing you with this phenomenon, so the thermal sensation you will receive is high, and some skin burns don’t take too long to appear.

* Hydrate quite well and preferably bring beverages with electrolytes. Walking the “Calzada de los Muertos” (Causeway of the Dead ) can leave you dehydrated on sunny days until you reach the “Pirámide del Sol” (Sun Pyramid) since the way through the structures and temples radiates strong heat.

* I recommend light clothing of natural fabrics and bright colors, besides a good hat and sunglasses. They won’t be excessive items in your luggage they will allow you to enjoy one of the most majestic archaeological zones in Mexico.

* I advise you to ascend the pyramids in a slightly bent-over manner. I mean, incline your body a little bit to your front side.

The design angle with which the temples’s stairways appear doesn’t allow you to climb them in a completely straight and vertical position. There’s a risk that you’ll lose your balance and fall off, as I have seen it sometimes in the past.

Teotihuacan's Archaeological Site Temple Beside the Calzada de los Muertos, Estado de México, Mexico
Teotihuacan’s Archaeological Site Temple Beside the Calzada de los Muertos, Estado de México, Mexico

The ideal way of ascending them is in a diagonal zigzag movement. Starting to move your way up from the base of the pyramid’s stairway, either you locate at the left or right sides close to the stairways sides’ edges.

Then, go up until you reach the limit of one of the sides and then face the other side, beginning to zigzag up to the other side. The downward movement is the same.

However, this is only possible in temples where the number of visitors allows them to perform that action.

Generally, due to the number of tourists who gather in the pyramid’s stairway for the climbing up movement,” the latter is not always possible.

* I also advise you not to stomp on the temples’ stairs. For centuries, they have been exposed to inclement weather, and the damage that some visitors cause them.

Moving up carefully and slowly will keep them there for a long time so you can see them again on another visit. Thanks from the bootom of my heart.

* Do you have awakened consciousness? Do you like meditation? If so, you can do it at the top of the pyramids. It’s a fantastic experience.

According to some insiders, a little beyond ordinary mortals, the pyramids are concentrating structures of cosmic energy.

Just observe a little bit of these structures and the location of the same ones. Something that local tour guides and bloggers like me, explain to visitors when they arrive is this critical concept.

Nothing, absolutely nothing in Mexico’s archaeological zones, in this case, Teotihuacán, is placed at random and by its creators’ mere occurrence.

There’s such an advanced of deep knowledge behind its geographical location and positioning that meets specific criteria for its settlement. Ancient architects and developers didn’t plan the position of these pyramids just because there was an empty space in the ground.

View of Valle de Bravo Lake Surroundings, Valle de Bravo, Estado de México, Mexico
View of Valle de Bravo Lake Surroundings, Valle de Bravo, Estado de México, Mexico

The Estado de México is great, isn’t it? Let me suggest you rent a car to drive in the Estado de México.

Why? Because it’s very convenient and taking advantage of the affordable rates that my partners of Discover Cars offer you here or Economy Bookings that you can get here, driving in the Estado de México will be trouble-free. Thank you very much for supporting me.

* Don’t forget to give yourself a quick getaway to the magical town of “San Juan Teotihuacán.” I recommend taking a walk to contemplate the viceregal architecture of temples such as the “Nuestra Señora de la Purificación” and the one of “San Juan Bautista.”

In addition to savoring the Mexican province’s typical atmosphere, tasting typical and local Mexican food will round off an exploratory session remarkably.

* However, not all the Estado de Mexico is Teotihuacán. I recommend, at least, dedicate a day of your visit to sweeten your soul visiting the villages of “Valle de Bravo,” “Malinalco,” “Tepotzotlán,” “Ixtapan de la Sal,” and “El Oro.”

They are also great state destinations. Without forget mentioning that the Estado de Mexico safeguards many other interesting destinations, like the “Arcos del Sitio,” just 40 minutes away from the Tepotzotlán magical village.

* I advise you not to miss the “Santuario de la Mariposa Monarca” (Monarch Butterflies Sanctuary). It’s represented by the “Piedra Herrada” sanctuary located in the Temascaltepec municipality.

View of the Templo Parroquial de Santiago Apóstol, Santiago Tianguistenco, Estado de México, Mexico
View of the Templo Parroquial de Santiago Apóstol, Santiago Tianguistenco, Estado de México, Mexico

The arrival season begins in mid-November and ends in late March of each year. There are specialized tours that take you to the place.

I recommend wearing a good pair of trekking boots, a hat, clothing made of natural fabrics, a good camera or smartphone, and your mind and spirit wide open to contemplate one of the most beautiful visual gems that Mexico gives its visitors.

* Magno tip. The magical village of “Valle de Bravo.” Weekends live here. Besides, you can visit the Historic Center, its typical markets, its delicious streets, and its colonial heritage poured into its colonial temples. Amazing, and great experiences will come from some other “Valle” treasures that delight journeyers year after year.

Those are the Valle de Bravo lake, the “Mirador de La Peña,” the “Velo de Novia” waterfalls in the “Avándaro” region close to Valle, among several other incredible places jewels.

And, what are those other places I just mentioned above? A place out of the ordinary in Mexico. Regardless of your beliefs, the so-called “Stupa de la Paz.” On this site, there’s a peace and harmony atmosphere that attracts visitor’s attention undoubtedly. If you like to meditate, the experience is even more unique.

Would you like to learn deeper? The “Casa de Oración Carmel Maranatha” spiritual center will be a perfect choice. In the case that you don’t want to do it, its yellow quarry arches, and the peaceful magic that the place gives off will enchant you.

Now, what is the result of combining fantastic accommodation options at very affordable prices and awesome tours? Hostelworld and Musement.

These partners of mine offer you excellent lodging rates here and amazing tour options here, so that you can enjoy the Estado de México to the fullest. Thank you very much for supporting me.

On the other hand, and if you want to learn more about the Estado de Mexico’s tourism routes, my origin state has a tourist division into nine different thematic corridors that give visitors fantastic traveling ideas and concepts to make their minds up.

Those are the “Valle de Toluca y sus alrededores,” the “Santuarios Religiosos,” the “Corredor de la Mariposa Monarca,”  and the “Herencia Otomí.”

These indigenous groups, “Mazahuas” and “Otomíes,” continue to inhabit the Estado de Mexico nowadays. This last corridor, that of the “Esplendor Mazahua,” is part of the formerly known as the “Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.”

This extremely important land, historical and commercial corridor represented a key route that traveled through most of Mexico’s states. This corridor headed northwards and ended in the present United States’ New Mexico state.

The corridor “Teotihuacán,” and the “Corredor de los Volcanes,” the “Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl” volcanos, provide you a mixture of history and nature.

Another interesting corridor is the “Bellezas del Nevado de Toluca.” The last one is “Circuito de Compras” (Shopping circuit) for those hardened shoppers.

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