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    You Can Ride A Hot Air Balloon Over Pyramids In Mexico And It's Epic

    And it's only an hour outside of CDMX.

    Hi! My name is Arielle, and I am currently doing a program called Remote Year. That means I'm working remote while traveling abroad, writing about all the cool places I see in Latin America.

    Arielle Calderon

    I'm currently in Mexico City, Mexico, and I learned that you can ride on a hot air balloon over the Teotihuacan Pyramids. Sounds fun (and terrifying), right? We had to go!

    Arielle Calderon

    It's home to the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon.

    We woke up early and got picked up at 5:30 a.m. by Sky Balloons. The ride was about an hour away from CDMX.

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    Once you get there, you sign your waivers, lock up your belongings, and prepare to take flight. TBH, it was terrifying to think we would be floating in a wicker basket in the air, with a balloon and fire.

    Arielle Calderon

    It's cold up there, bring a jacket and sunglasses.

    But once we took off, it was super cool. You can watch the sunrise and get some pretty epic shots of other balloons.

    Arielle Calderon

    We flew over the Teotihuacan Pyramids, scared we were going to get too close. (We didn't, it was fine.)

    Arielle Calderon

    At this point my friend Sara is reassuring us that we're more likely to die in a car accident than in a hot air balloon. Anxiety is high, and so are we.

    Arielle Calderon

    But the view was one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed.

    Arielle Calderon

    As we were preparing to land, that's when everyone started panicking. We thought we were going to hit a building.

    Arielle Calderon

    BUT we landed directly into the bed of a truck — it was honestly impressive.

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    We celebrated with a glass of champagne (at 8 a.m.) and rode back while still in the wicker basket. It was a journey.

    Jessica Sturdy

    And when we were done, we got a certificate! Proving we survived. Cool.

    Arielle Calderon

    After the hot air balloons, you can then go directly to the Teotihuacan Pyramids and climb to the top. It's very steep and there's only wobbly handrails, so be careful and go slow.

    Arielle Calderon

    Overall, the experience was amazing and if you have the time while visiting Mexico City, definitely do it!

    Arielle Calderon

    Safe travels! 💖

    Arielle Calderon

    Arielle Calderon is a writer temporarily based in Latin America participating in Remote Year. Read all her Remote Year adventures on BuzzFeed.

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