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Puebla and Cholula 1-Day Tour from Mexico City

1. Puebla and Cholula 1-Day Tour from Mexico City

Puebla, known as the City of Angels, is famous for its colonial architecture and its food. This 1-day tour is a culinary, archaeological, and architectural delight, taking you to Puebla and Cholula, one of Mexico's Pueblo Magicos (Magic Towns) with the largest Mesoamerican pyramid in the Americas. Visit the largest pyramid by base width in the town of Cholula. See Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a fascinating church in Cholula that displays a fusion of indigenous, pre-Hispanic design with colonial Baroque architecture – a truly fascinating and beautiful sight! You arrive in Puebla just in time for lunch, where you can enjoy the culinary delights. Try the Mole Poblano, the Tamales, and some colorful Pepitorias, or Obleas for dessert. Your guide can help you choose your food. Walk off your lunch with a tour around the colonial streets of Puebla, with its 16th and 18th century buildings and craft markets to enjoy.

From Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla Day trip

2. From Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla Day trip

Enjoy a full day tour to the most beautiful and important historical sites outside Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla. You will start driving from Mexico City and cross the highway with the mountains in the backdrop, towards the east side of the city. Admire breathtaking views and beautiful scenery of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes and get to the town of Cholula. Then, head to Santa María de Tonantzintla, this unique Church combines two religious interpretations that coexist (the indigenous and the Christian) and it its considered the most representative church of the indigenous baroque art. Visit the Cathedral and the historic center of Puebla in a guided walking tour, that will take you to the most important and representative places of this "City of Angels". Before returning to Mexico City, you'll be able to taste the local food, visit Parian Market and have free time to explore on your own.

From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

3. From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

After pickup from your accommodation in Puebla, head out towards Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park. After 2 hours, you’ll arrive at La Joyita, where you’ll register with officials and gain a better understanding of the route via a scale model of the volcanoes. From there, you’ll continue driving to La Joya, 13,133 feet above sea level, and the main parking area for volcanic exploration. Begin your hike, climbing to the first scenic viewpoint at 13,914 feet above sea level. Gaze out across the breathtaking vista before climbing even higher, to 14,340 feet, where you’ll pause again, finally ending your hike at an unbelievable 14,842 feet above sea level. Break for lunch, taking in the otherworldly views. Afterwards, you’ll descend back to the parking lots, before heading back to your accommodation.

Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

4. Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

Get ready for your climb and discover the beautiful countryside that surrounds this emblematic volcanic mountain. Arrive at the first pass and see the other side of the mountain, giving you magnificent views of the volcano Popocatepetl. Continue climbing to a scree slope and arrive at the third pass, passing again to the other side of the mountain where you will be able to see the city of Puebla and the impressive Pico de Orizaba, the highest point in Mexico.  Continue on the last climb to be able to reach our destination, the 100 Hut at 4,720 meters above sea level.

From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

5. From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

Depart Mexico City for Tlachichuca, Puebla, where you will take 4X4 to reach the mountain hut in Piedra Grande that will serve as your accommodation for the night. Upon arrival, go on an acclimatization walk and practice using crampons and an ice axe. Return to the hut to have dinner, prepare for the ascent the following day, and get a good night's sleep. Start your trek bright and early before dawn. By the time the sun rises, you will be well-positioned to enjoy incredible views of the valleys surrounding the Pico de Orizaba. Admire the first rays of sun glinting off the stunning glacier that leads to the mountain crater. Follow the glacier to reach the summit at 5,700 meters, the highest point in Mexico and the third-highest in North America. After enjoying the views at the summit, you will descend to the hut where your transport back to Tlachichuca will be waiting for you. Once there, eat a restorative meal before returning to Mexico City.

From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Small Group Tour

6. From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Small Group Tour

Arrive in the city of Cholula and visit the Great Pyramid, with a basement that looks like an archaeological site (comparable to the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt). Ascend to the Our Lady of Remedies Church, a church built on top of the pyramid. Later, visit the church of Santa María Tonantzintla - unique for its interior decoration composed of indigenous motifs and Catholic elements. Learn about how the Indigenous peoples of Tonatzintla wanted to represent Tlaloc, the god of rain, in the dome of the sky chapel. Witness how every little carved face is not an angel, but rather an Indigenous person who died and was reincarnated in the sky. Finally, visit the church of San Francisco Acatepec - a beautiful and unforgettable church. After this, discover one of Mexico's cities with the greatest cultural heritage during a fascinating tour of “Puebla de los Ángeles”. Admire the extraordinary scenery protected by the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes. Visit the cathedral, which is cross-shaped and consists of 5 naves. See how the central altar was constructed in an octagonal shape whilst the other 4 altars face in the direction of compass points. Marvel at the bell towers which are the largest in Mexico. Continue on to visit the famous Capilla del Rosario, which in its day was considered as one of the 8 wonders of the world. Step inside the chapel to see a statue of the Virgin of the Rosary, surrounded by numerous saints, angels, and martyrs. At the end of the tour, visit La Iglesia de la Compañia, where you will find the dress style now known as China Poblana - a white blouse and colorful embroidered red and green shirt - which has evolved to include the national symbols of Mexico, an eagle clutching a snake, and a prickly pear cactus. Learn about how women who wear this dress usually braid their hair on 2 sides tied with red, white, and green ribbons. At 4 PM return to Mexico City where your tour will end.

Veracruz: Isla de Sacrificios Kayaking Experience

7. Veracruz: Isla de Sacrificios Kayaking Experience

Throughout this aquatic adventure, you will kayak through the Gulf of Mexico to the Isla de Sacrificios. The tour begins with a convenient pickup from your hotel and a ride to "La Bamba" beach, where you'll receive a kayak, a life jacket, and snorkeling equipment. From there you will begin start to kayak in front of the the island, entering the water and following your guide out to the snorkeling spot to begin your underwater experience. Whilst paddling out to the snorkeling location, you will also have plenty of time to appreciate the wonders of the Veracruz reef park. If it is possible you will visit the island for a moment to relax and enjoy the nature. Following this, you will return to the starting point, being able to observe turtles and dolphins on the way.

Oaxtepec: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Waterpark Entry Ticket

8. Oaxtepec: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Waterpark Entry Ticket

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec is located in Yautepec - Moleros, just 45 minutes from Mexico City by car. This 27-hectare island-inspired paradise offers entertainment for the whole family as well as nine different restaurants with various meals, snacks, and drinks. Try out slides like Anaconda, Twister, Tornado, and Big Surf, as well as Hurricane Bay, the largest wave pool in Latin America. Younger thrill-seekers can enjoy hours of fun on Splash Island or you might want to simply relax in one of the lazy rivers. Step onto King Cobra and be amazed by this circular course with twists, turns, and exciting surprises with closed and open sections of the slide that lead to a big drop. Adrenaline junkies are sure to find the thrills they seek reaching extreme speeds on the Volcano Blaster.

Puebla: Full-Day Malinche Summit Experience

9. Puebla: Full-Day Malinche Summit Experience

Your tour begins as your guide picks you up from the lobby of your accommodation. From there, travel for 1.5 hours to arrive to the La Malinche National Park.    Once there, your guide shows you how to use the trekking sticks and assists you with your helmet. The hike then begins, with your guide maintaining your motivation and setting a good rhythm for you to follow. Once you reach a sandy area, take a break for lunch before continuing onward to the summit. Once at the summit, spend approximately 30 minutes to relax and take amazing photos. The descent then begins, which takes approximately half the time as your journey upwards. Once you have arrived at the starting point, your tour concludes with your driver transferring you back to your meeting point.

Chachalacas: ATV & Dunes With La Antigua

10. Chachalacas: ATV & Dunes With La Antigua

Join this journey to Chachalacas Beach, where 550 acres of sand dunes offer excitement to visitors. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean that will make you want to stay and relax for the whole day. Have fun on a quad bike as you drive through the sand dunes and feel the adrenaline running throughout your body. Your journey continues with a visit to the small town of La Antigua. Learn about the history of the first city council and church in all of Mexico and see the house of Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortes.

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I first learned about the Cantona archaeological site on Google Maps. I saw a drone photo of the ruins and was blown away by how massive it was. A lot of people visit Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza but hardly anyone goes to Cantona, which is a shame because for me, this is the most impressive archaeological site I've visited thus far in Mexico and I've been to a few. Whenever I visit one of these sites, I always try to imagine what life must have been like back then. At some sites, this is easier said than done but in Cantona, it's pretty easy. You're walking through roads between houses and plazas so it's easier to imagine the ruins as a living city. This place is incredible. I was the only tourist there during my visit which made the experience even more magical. Before driving back to Puebla, we made a stop at Alchichica lagoon which is a pretty unique destination as well. It's basically an old volcano crater that's now a saltwater lagoon. Beautiful and very cool!

Nice visit to Puebla. The guide was a local, so he knew the culture, history and main attractions and some interesting places "not in the main street"

Our guide guide Pablo was excellent. He had the knowledge and was very helpful. Highly recommend him. Spoke very good English.

We met the most beautiful temples we have seen. Highly recommend this tour

Very nice tour. Excellent attention from the Lechuga guide.