Greetings, fellow travelers! Today, we're thrilled to share the exhilarating experience of soaring high above the ancient city of Teotihuacan in our latest YouTube video, "Hot Air Ballooning Over Teotihuacan: Up, Up, and Away." Join us as we take you on a virtual journey through the skies, capturing the magic of this historic Mexican site from a unique perspective.
Our adventure began with the anticipation building an hour before our assigned take-off time. As we registered, signed waivers (not filmed, for obvious reasons), and skipped the offered coffee to avoid mid-air bathroom dilemmas, the excitement in the air was palpable. The bustling scene of balloons inflation around us felt like we were about to grow wings and embark on a magical journey.
The moment arrived, and we hopped into the basket, ready to take off for our epic trip over Teotihuacan. The sunrise painted the landscape with a red glow as we floated over the fields. Our fellow passengers, representing countries like Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, added a diverse and special touch to the experience.
Approaching the pyramid complex, we found ourselves surrounded by other balloons, creating a surreal and awe-inspiring view. The contrasting play of the sun's glow and misty fog behind the pyramid was a visual spectacle, with the shadows of the balloons on the pyramid's side adding a touch of magic to the journey.
While the landing was a bit rough, clipping a tree and overshooting the soccer field, it added an adventurous twist to the experience. Unfortunately, we didn't capture the landing on film as the pilot instructed us to crouch down, but somehow we ended up on the trailer, ready for a celebratory cup of bubbly.
After a half-hour journey back to home base, we enjoyed a traditional breakfast, reminiscing about the incredible adventure we just had. It's truly amazing how a hot air balloon ride can turn a visit to Teotihuacan into an unforgettable experience, leaving us with memories that will last a lifetime.
And just like that, our hot air balloon journey over Teotihuacan came to an end, leaving us with a profound appreciation for the grandeur of this ancient city.
If you ever find yourself in Mexico, we highly recommend adding this magical experience to your bucket list. Check out our YouTube video, hit that like button, subscribe, and join us on more high-flying adventures! Until next time, happy travels!
Mexico City is only a three to four hour drive, and a 4.5 hour bus ride away. We love it there and go as often as we can. On this occasion, we met up with Paco de Santiago (https://www.instagram.com/conde.petatl), food tour leader with Culinary Backstreets, to explore sites less visited and to discover secret food gems of the Centro Historico, Mexico City's historical center.
We highly recommend reserving a tour with Culinary Backstreets. (not a sponsor). We have done tours with them in Lisbon and now in Mexico City. They offer tours throughout the world. Here's their website: https://culinarybackstreets.com The band playing Huastecan folk music at the beginning of the video is available for hire in Mexico City. They can be reached on WhatsApp at +55 3111 1953.
Looking for a hotel in San Miguel de Allende? Or perhaps an AirBnB is what you need. Before committing to any of those choices, consider checking out Antigua Capilla Boutique Bed and Breakfast. We have been doing this for close to 15 years, and we know how to make your stay in San Miguel special. Check out our rooms here.
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Did you know that you can do a one-day excursion from San Miguel de Allende to the monarch butterfly sanctuaries? Check out this video of our experience visiting the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.
There are many sanctuaries located approximately 3-4 hours away from San Miguel. We chose Sierra Chincua, which is approximately 3.5 hours away. This was perfect for our one-day getaway.
We left Antigua Capilla boutique Bed and Breakfast at 7:30am and arrived at the monarch butterfly sanctuary at 11AM. This was the perfect time to arrive, as the butterflies do not become active until the sun hits them. The hike from the entrance to the monarchs was about half an hour. We were allowed to spend approximately half an hour at the site, and what an incredible time that was!
If you are planning a stay of 4-or-more-nights in San Miguel de Allende, this trip is something you should add to your list of activities. You can rent a car and do it on your own, or, if you prefer to leave the driving to others, we can help you arrange for a private driver.
You can visit the monarch butterflies from mid-November until mid- March, the months that the butterflies overwinter in Mexico.
If you want to make San Miguel de Allende your home base during your trip to central Mexico and are looking for accommodations, consider staying with us! Check out our rooms here. We have a boutique bed and breakfast in San Miguel de Allende that we know you will enjoy. See you soon!
If you're looking for a quick getaway from San Miguel de Allende, or if you're looking for things to do near San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato or Queretaro, this video is for you! You can also watch it on our Youtube channel here.
On a recent overnight trip from San Miguel de Allende, we visited the Sierra Gorda region of the nearby Mexican state of Queretaro.
We stayed at Jalpan de Serra. We woke up very early in the morning to catch the sunrise from the Mirador Cuatro Palos. We hiked along the Escanela River to Puente de Dios. This trip has everything from colonial architecture to regional food to a bit of hiking and an incredible sunrise.
If you choose to make San Miguel de Allende your home base and are looking for a place to stay, consider staying with us! Check out our rooms here. We have a boutique bed and breakfast that we know you'll enjoy. See you soon!
Francisco and Antonieta, your hosts