After nearly a week in Tulum, it was time to say bye to that little slice of paradise that we had called our beach home. When we said that we were booking a trip to Tulum, Andy said that he really wanted to book a hot air balloon over Teotihuacan, just outside of Mexico City. So, we said adios to the beach for a while, and jumped on a plane to Mexico’s capital city!
We booked our flight with Volare, and I couldn’t recommend them enough – everything was just as we wanted! We booked a private hot air balloon over Teotihuacan which was around sunrise. Not fancying arranging our own transport there, we arranged for Volare to pick us up at our hotel to take us straight to the balloon!
As you arrive, you check in with your hosts, give your name and have a piping hot cup of coffee pressed into your hand (which frankly, for 6am when you’ve already been up for an hour is exactly what I need. We met our pilot for the morning, and were taken to our balloon for the day (which was the balloon you can see filling up!)
The whole area was full of balloons taking off to go and see the pyramids, and I couldn’t help but glance up at the sky and look at all the other pretty balloons in the sky… As it was something that Andy really wanted to do, I was so glad that we had chosen the private flight, which meant that it was only us and the pilot in the basket, rather than up to six other people and the pilot.
I loved looking at the different coloured balloons and was so excited for our flight. I have to say that I do have slight fear of heights, but our pilot was absolutely wonderful and helped to calm all of the nerves that I had.
With coffees drunk and photos taken of us in the balloon, it was time for take off!
As we watched the balloons in front I was so excited to get up in the air and see one of Mexico’s most amazing landmarks.
As we had driven out of the city it had been quite cloudy and rain had been forecast for that day, so I was so pleased that the weather had cleared up and we had beautiful blue skies for our flight! Even if it was a little windy…!
Teotihuacan, which translates as the place where the gods were created, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 50km from Mexcio City. The site is composed of different temples and pyramids, like the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, and our pilot, as well as navigating the balloon…
…like what seemed like this slightly close shave with a couple of other balloons, was an amazing tour guide, and happy to tell us all about the history of the site during our hot air balloon over Teotihuacan.
As soon as we got into the air, I was absolutely blown away by the view! As soon as you looked up you saw all of the beautiful balloons around you…
…and in the distance, the Pyramid of the Sun! Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas in its day, and is now famous for being a religious centre and home of these incredible pyramids.
To be honest, going on a hot air balloon over Teotihuacan hadn’t been on the top of my list for our Mexico adventure. But, I’ll happily say I was wrong! It was the most amazing adventure, unlike anything I’ve ever done before and I’m so glad we booked it!
In fact, I think I might have a little hot air balloon bug now…!
Throughout your flight your pilot is talking to the other pilots, making sure you’re all on the right track and finding out what the wind direction is like. I had no idea, but the wind apparently goes in slightly different directions depending on what altitude you’re at – meaning on your flight you will go up and down and up and down as your pilot
The origin of the pyramids isn’t really known, but I can tell you, it’s absolutely mesmerising. For someone who can’t usually look down when I’m up high, I couldn’t stop peering over the edge of the basket to look at the pyramids…
There was just something about those bright colours against the muted background…
But I think now I have the bug… I’ll forever blame our flight in a hot air balloon over Teotihuacan!
Visiting from the ground level is amazing, but I don’t think you quite grasp the scale of the pyramids until you’re up high!
And when you look up… The sky is just as beautiful!
Once we had passed the pyramids, I couldn’t help but look back with a little bit of envy for those who were about to see what we had just seen! It sounds a little strange, but even when we were still high in the air I was sad to be leaving this beautiful scenery.
As we landed, our guide produced a bottle of sparkling wine to toast our successful flight! As well as a snack of cold meats, cheese and grapes as a light breakfast.
Before we rode back to the take off spot for breakfast and some more sparkling wine, before heading back to Mexcio City!
I think my vertigo might just have a challenger…