Mexico City

Balloon ride, Archaeological zone of Teotihuacán and Ancestral Cave

Badge of ExcellenceMexico City, Mexico

From USD 306.55

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Breakfast at Local Restaurant
    • 45 to 60 minutes of Hot Air Balloon Flight (Depending on weather and landing conditions)
    • Coffee break, Toast and Flight Certificate
    • Entrance and Guided Tour to the Archaeological Zone
    • Spanish-English Guide Certified by SECTUR
    • Visit to Prehispanic Cave
    • Roses or miniature balloon replica
    • Photos of the activity during the flight
    • Expenses for food and drinks during the meal
    • Tips and additional expenses

    Meeting And Pickup

    Pickup points

    Select a pickup point

    Start time

    05:00 am

    Pickup details

    If your hotel is not one of our selected hotels, you must go to Av. De la República #134 col. Tabacalera behind the Barceló reforma hotel and in front of the old ISSSTE offices 30 min. before starting the experience or communicate for a better follow-up

    What To Expect

    Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan

    10 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    This was a highlight of our Mexico City trip. So beautiful and highly recommend. We learned so much—not only had an amazing hot air balloon ride at sunrise, flew over the ruins and had a once in a lifetime experience—we also learned so much about the pre-Hispanic culture, their resources and traditions and how the Mexican peoples keep those unique and special cultural influences alive today. A great experience and completely worth it!
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    Rochelle_M, Mar 2023
    This was the highlight of our Mexico City trip. Ginny and Carlos were amazing guides. Clear communication re pick up and what to expect from the tour. We visited the places as advertised/listed here. Very knowledgeable walking tour of Teotihuacan. We wanted to add Guadalupe your at extra $ and they were able to accommodate. It was a long day but we had a great time. Ginny helped take amazing photos of our group. I just wish we started earlier (pick up was at 5:30) so we could watch the sunrise while taking off since the sun was already up when we took off.
    Don’t waste your time and money
    Michael_R, Mar 2023
    Unfortunately this tour was a bit disappointing. I do want to note that the air balloon part was amazing and highly recommend. However, I would leave it at that. Do not go with the extended tour as it was terrible. First you will go to a buffet breakfast which was not the best and probably caused us to be ill. After, you will go to the ruins and spend about an hour there. Of that hour, 40 mins are spent at the 3 stands that the tour guide takes you to to buy the tourist trap souvenirs. (I am not exaggerating on the time spent. At the last souvenir stand I even said “you’ve got to be kidding me “ to the tour guide and he got the hint to leave ASAP). There is barely any history given. After which you are taken to yet another tourist trap spot to buy alcohol / other random products. Overall, the day was tainted by the poor use of our time and lack of history given by Hermes (your guide). I would recommend doing just the hot air balloon as it was one of the best experiences.
    A must do! Ginny and Alex are the best!
    DavidMikulsky, Feb 2023
    This was our favorite part of our trip to Mexico City! Ginny and Alex were THE BEST tour guides— so energetic, genuine, and knowledgeable. Ginny went about and beyond by taking pictures for us, giving us suggestions of restaurants near where we were staying, and felt like a friend at the end of the trip! Highly recommend this trip and these tour guides! Make sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty with sand and a jacket for the morning as it gets colder!
    It was amazing! Highly...
    Julienne_S, Feb 2023
    It was amazing! Highly recommended. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The ride over was safe, the breakfast included was really good too and with nice views to the pyramids. It gets really hot so take caps/hats and sunblock!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    thanks for choosing Excellent Travel!
    Amazing start to end
    Heather_C, Jan 2023
    This experience was amazing! My husband and I booked this for our wedding anniversary and it was something we will never forget. The whole day went smoothly from start the finish. I would especially like to thank our guide Vladimir because he helped to make the day what it was. Vladimir sent us a message on WhatsApp the day before to confirm pick up time and location. We were picked up at 5:30 exactly so no waiting around. We took an easy drive to the balloon point and we’re given coffee and cookies. We then went up in the hot air balloon for a 1 hr sunset ride which was amazing! Then we were taking to a great breakfast at a local restaurant only a few minutes away. We then drove 1 minute over to the entrance of the pyramids. The tour of the pyramids was lovely. We learned so much and our guide Vladimir was very knowledgeable and upbeat. After that we went to a small cave a few minutes away which was another great tour. Then we were taken back to our drop off point. Overall, it was an amazing stress free day and would definitely recommend this tour and our guide Vladimir!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    we're glad that you enjoyed your experience! México is beutiful, we have more destinations and we hope you come back again! thanks for your lovely comment
    Well worth it!!!!!
    Meredith_A, Jan 2023
    Our guide and diver were outstanding!!!! We were very comfortable with them!! Our driver’s knowledge of the city and his driving skills were great! Our guide’s knowledge of the subject matter was very, very good!!!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    we're gratefully for your comment, we're glad you liked our services! come back soon!
    Great trip
    Anita_v, Jan 2023
    The tour started with the bus driver getting lost, us being late and missing sunrise on the balloon. The balloon ride was great unbelievable. The pyramids where very interesting. The guide inter acted best with clients that could speak English. Often not answering our questions. But one other client was so helpful and explained loads to us.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    We're so sorry you missed the sunrise, but we're still working to improve our job, you're welcome anytime! thank you!
    Worth every penny
    Christian_T, Jan 2023
    Don’t think, just book. Incredible experience worth every penny. Memories made for life, we loved every second and the guide was amazing - thank you!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    we love create experience for our customers! thank you too! see you soon!
    McKenzie_A, Jan 2023
    We had a lovely time and it was an incredible experience !! Our driver tomas and tour guide Cuauhtemoc were anmazing and accommodative. We have recommended the tour to all our friends.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    You're welcome again anytime you want, gratefully Excellent travel team!
    Aixa_R, Oct 2022
    FANTASTIC! A MUST DO WHILE IN MEXICO! Air Balloon was on my bucket list and this tour exceded my expectations. I went with my son for his 18 years old birthday celebration and we had a blast! Everything is super organized, they picked us up from our airbnb, then a super nice van ride to the site, hot tea and coffee with cookies were waiting for us while they prepared the balloons. There is a store that sell ponchos, which was very convenient as it was cold. The balloon ride was AWESOME!!! After that we went for lunch to a very nice restaurant with incredible view, and then we tour the pyramids. Our guide Vladimir was super nice, and fun and made the experience even better with all his knowledge and patience! I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a memorable experience.
    Once in a lifetime trip!
    Lalita_S, Aug 2022
    This was a phenomenal tour from start to finish! Our guide Hermes was warm, welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. Armando was our driver and was very accomodating and kind. The balloon ride was a one-of-a kind experience where we got to float in the early morning light toward Teotihuacan and the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Afterwards we had a delicious breakfast followed by a tour of a textile shop and then a detailed tour of theTeotihuacan ruins. We ended the day with a lunch in a restaurant that was in a cave which was really unique. All in all, an unforgettable experience that I highly recommend.!
    Must do!
    Sarah_D, Aug 2022
    Magical balloon flight, breakfast overlooking the sun pyramid, and great guide Hermes. The highlight of our CDMX visit!
    Thank you for the most...
    Francisco_L, July 2022
    Thank you for the most wonderful day during our trip to Mexico City! Our tour guide Hermes was fantastic - friendly, knowledgeable, and just fun to be with! Perfect service from the pickup to the drop off! If you're thinking about booking this trip - book it, you won't regret it!
    Fun, informative, special, and unique!
    Deena_G, May 2022
    This was a highlight of our Mexico City trip. So beautiful and highly recommend. We learned so much—not only had an amazing hot air balloon ride at sunrise, flew over the ruins and had a once in a lifetime experience—we also learned so much about the pre-Hispanic culture, their resources and traditions and how the Mexican peoples keep those unique and special cultural influences alive today. A great experience and completely worth it!
    Amazing experience!
    Jaquon_D, May 2022
    Wow! What an experience! First time on a hot air baloon and it was amazing. Great service and a great deal for what you get. We were picked up by Etienne Flores by our hotel and driven to the Teotihuacan. Watch the sun rise while drinking coffee and warming up. Watching the balloons being inflated added to the excitement. The flight was great. Very peaceful and the views were unforgettable. After the flight we were fed breakfast and then Etienne took us to a place where they showed us obsidian and silver workshops. We tried pulque, tequila and mezcal. It was pretty informative and interesting. After that, Etienne drove us to the entrance to see pyramids. Angel was our guide and told us a lot of interesting things about the pyramids and Teotihuacan history. After that Etienne drove us back to the hotel. Great experience and definitely recommend! Would do it again! The only confusing thing was the communication in the beginning where on the viator website and on our ticket the pick up directions. It said behind the hotel at 5am, but we ended up being picked up right in front of hotel at 5:30 am or so. It was ok, just wish it was more clear, as we were walking around the hotel at 4:50 am looking confused... All in all, amazing trip that we will remember forever!
    Amazing day trip!
    David_M, May 2022
    The balloon ride is incredible and totally makes the early start worth it. Our guide was knowledgable, fun, and easy-going!
    Highlight of my trip
    Kassandra_D, Apr 2022
    We were contacted by the tour operator and our tour guide Hermes through WhatsApp with pick up instructions and recommendations for the day we had ahead of us. (I recommend you download the app to simplify communication) Pick up was timely and we were only 4 people total in the van. The air balloon experience was amazing!! I 100% recommend you view the pyramids from above. It’s an even more beautiful view seeing all the the other air balloons up in the sky. We were also able to see the sunrise. The air balloon operator was very educated on the history of air balloons. I felt safe the whole time. After the air balloon ride we met back up with out tour guide who took us to a beautiful breakfast buffet. The buffet we went to had a view of the pyramids. (Other operators go to a different buffet) After the buffet the same location gave us a tequila and mezcal explanation with a tasting. They showed us the work shop we’re they make silver items. We were able to shop for these items. The prices were reasonable and it made me feel good to be able to help actual members of their community. ( our tour guide also explained how the items from this shop are real silver and crystals) We then went to the pyramids. (I’ve done a tour of the pyramids before and let’s just say I was given a 5 minute explanations and left to do whatever I wanted. ) Hermes took the time to explain the history, what members of the community think and even debunk some myths. I felt like I actually appreciated what I was seeing. After the pyramids Hermes took us to a restaurant in a cave. It’s from a family in the community and the experience was amazing. We were able to get a cleanse there. We had a couple of drinks and then headed out (I was so happy because we had thought about going to Las Grutas but for some reason or another never made a reservation. This to me was better as I felt again I was having a unique experience and giving back to local families) We were 4 people in this tour and we were truly given enough time to enjoy each thing we were doing. I never felt rushed. (Which is a reason I usually opt out of tours) Hermes was truly educated! New members of the community. Took us to places he trusted. He did not push a recommendation or his name to be on TripAdvisor but he truly deserves to be recognized for his attention to detail. My boyfriend and I have not stopped talking about this experience and his service. If I had to choose again I would book this tour again.
    Súper recomendado
    Jhenny_G, May 2022
    Súper recomendado. Hermes fue nuestro guía, habla inglés perfectamente y sabe muchísimo. Además se le nota su conocimiento y su entusiasmo porque todos aprendiéramos. El paseo en globo genialllllllll.
    Superbe moment
    Pierre_C, Apr 2022
    Agréable journée avec un guide attentionné et passionné. Une vue sur le site inoubliable en montgolfière. La visite du parc est à faire aussi.