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Taxco and Cuernavaca: Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

1. Taxco and Cuernavaca: Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

Taxco is at the heart of Mexico’s silver region and one of the country’s pueblos magicos, or magic towns. Explore its cobblestone streets and visit some its silver jewelry shops. On the way to Taxco you’ll make a stop in Cuernavaca to admire its colonial architecture. This full-day excursion combines a guided tour of Taxco, providing history and facts about the Silver City with free time for you to explore the city and check out the beautiful silver jewelry in the afternoon. Cuernavaca, noted for its wonderful climate, is a pretty colonial city not far from the Mexican capital. Stop to see the Palace of Cortés and also the city's cathedral that features murals dating back to the 16th century. Taxco is renowned for silver and you’ll visit one of the top silver workshops to see how the famous jewelry is made. On this stop you’ll be offered tastes of tequila and mescal to try out these popular drinks made from cactus. See Santa Prisca Church, an architectural masterpiece built in the 18th century. Your guide will tell you about the history of the church and its interesting altarpiece. After lunch you’ll have time to explore Taxco on your own, taking in the stunning street scenes or buying silver jewelry from some of the finest craftsmen in Mexico.

From Mexico City: Guided Day Tour to Cuernavaca & Tepoztlan

2. From Mexico City: Guided Day Tour to Cuernavaca & Tepoztlan

Start your adventure with an early pick-up from the meeting point or your accommodation, with a brief stop at Cuernavaca. While there, visit the Cuernavaca Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the country. Admire the colonial architecture and colorful frescoes before making your way to Tepoztlan. Situated between the mountains south of Mexico City, the town of Tepoztlan is known for its breathtaking mountain views, narrow cobblestone streets, and charming town center. Besides its aesthetically picturesque attributes, Tepoztlan is also known for its mystical and spiritual reputation. According to Mesoamerican legend, Tepoztlan was said to be the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the omnipotent, feathered serpent god of the Aztecs. You’ll find the area populated with shamans, temazcal baths, and other alternative therapies. Once you arrive at Tepoztlan, you’ll begin your walking tour and explore the Tepozteco Archaeological Zone. You’ll also pass by the Tepoztlan Market to see the vendors and their wares and stroll by the Ex-Convento Dominico de La Natividad, the town’s main center and a beautifully preserved ex-convent that has since been transformed into a church.

From Mexico City: Puebla, Taxco & Prehispanic Mine in 2 Days

3. From Mexico City: Puebla, Taxco & Prehispanic Mine in 2 Days

Take 2 of the most popular day trips from Mexico City on consecutive days and explore 3 of the country's most fascinating locations. Travel back in time to the colonial era and marvel at the monuments of Cholula, Puebla, and Taxco. See one of Mexico's grandest cathedrals, get stunning views of the volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, get the opportunity to buy traditional crafts, and more. Day 1: Puebla and Cholula Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located meeting point in Mexico City, and journey to the historical cities of Cholula and Puebla. Take a 2-hour journey that passes through mountains and offers breathtaking views of the beautiful Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. Upon arrival in Cholula, admire the hundreds of churches and visit the impressive Church of Santa María de Tonantzintla, built in an indigenous-Baroque style that stands out for its interior of gold and wealth of decorative elements. Continue to the city of Puebla, located just 15 minutes from Cholula. Popularly known as the “City of Angels,” Puebla is one of the 5 most important colonial cities in Mexico. Enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) to experience the gastronomic variety of the city. Choose from a simple and traditional semita (small, sweet loaves) or the exquisite and laborious mole poblano (a thick, rich, chocolate-tinged sauce).  Then, take a walking tour through the historical center and see the 16th and 18th-century buildings along with the main Plaza de Armas (also known as the "Zócalo"). Admire the cathedral, which began in 1575 under the orders of Philip II of Spain. Take a look at the Church of Santo Domingo with its portal of a pure classic style, and then experience the buzz of the crafts market and find beautiful and traditional Talavera figurines. Sample sweet treats, such as sweet potatoes prepared in different flavors. Return to your original meeting point for drop-off at the end of the day.  Day 2: Taxco and Prehispanic Mine Continue to the colonial city of Taxco, and journey through hundreds of years of history along the cobblestone streets and cozy squares. Feel the strong old-world ambiance that has withstood the passing of time, and discover the Church of Santa Prisca. See and buy art pieces from Mexican artisans. Then, discover an incredible pre-Hispanic mine and find out how the ancient residents extracted precious materials before the conquest.

Celebration of the Passion of Christ in Taxco

4. Celebration of the Passion of Christ in Taxco

Enjoy pickup from the meeting point in Mexico City and drive to Cuernavaca. There, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, known as the city of the eternal spring. There, you will visit one of the oldest cathedrals in America, the Palace of Cortes and see the city's mansions and avenues. From there, you will continue to Taxco, known as the World Silver Capital, you will have a chance to visit the famous parish Church of Santa Prisca and admire the cobbled streets of Taxco. Finally, you will be part of one of Mexico's most important celebrations, Holy Friday. This is considered the most important day of the Easter celebrations. In Taxco, many events take place around different points in the city. You will witness the Passion Play which portrays the crucifixion of Jesus and takes place at the former convent of San Bernardino of Siena. Learn the history of this event and have an unforgettable time. After this, you will travel back to Mexico City.

Mexico City: Private Tour to Cuernavaca & Taxco

5. Mexico City: Private Tour to Cuernavaca & Taxco

Experience eternal spring, colonial architecture, a monumental statue and a local's lunch in this all-in-one day tour from Mexico City. Begin your day trip with pickup from your accommodation in Mexico City. Hit the road and head for your first stop at Cuernavaca. Immerse yourself in the lush capital of the state of Morelos, known as the city of eternal spring. Enjoy a visit to the 16th century Palace of Cortes as you encounter its key sights. Hop back in the vehicle as you head for the city of Taxco. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming city famous for its silver jewelry, and filled with beautiful colonial architecture. Next, ascend up the hill and to appreciate the panorama from the monumental Christ of Taxco Statue. You'll also eat a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, and see other sights like the famous Santa Prisca Church.

From Mexico City: Guided Day Trip to the Xochicalco Pyramids

6. From Mexico City: Guided Day Trip to the Xochicalco Pyramids

On this day tour with a local guide, learn about the Xochicalco Archaeological Zone, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Cuernavaca Cathedral and Xochicalco Pyramids. Start your day by heading to Xochicalco after meeting your guide. Along the way, stop by the famous Cuernavaca Cathedral, said to be one of the oldest churches on the continent. Take in the church’s structure, design, and colorful frescoes. Continue your way to Xochicalco, and upon your arrival, marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skip the crowds and learn more about this fortified ancient city as you climb the pyramids, stroll along the plazas, and view the myriad displays reminiscent of Mayan culture. Then, explore the small town of Xochicalco and stop for lunch (at your own expense) at one of the local eateries. Head back to Mexico City with your belly full of delicious food, mind full of knowledge, and camera roll filled with photos to remember your adventure.

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What people are saying about Cuernavaca

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Alexandra, our guide, was fantastic! She is so nice and professional, well versed also in English :) Our driver’s also good in what he’s doing, even if the trip consists of twisty roads, we felt safe and they were able to pick us up in exact time. We were only 10 in the group so the transportation van is comfortable. Food in the buffet wasnt that great tho but it’s okay it’s still decent :) We enjoyed the whole tour, Taxco is so beautiful and the drive going to the locations is so relaxing. I would definitely go back and book through get your guide :)

I traveled to 3 cities near by Mexico city and the guides are very nice and helpful. You can see the churches, cathedrals, local market, silver shop and mine

The organization, punctuality and good disposition of the driver Ari and the guide Marco Antonio were excellent.

Nice city. Great experience. Good guide. I would only recommend starting earlier.

The tour was very well organized. The guide did a great job. Can we recommend.