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From Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla Day trip

1. 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 Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Small Group Tour

2. 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.

Puebla and Cholula Day Tour from Mexico City with Lunch

3. Puebla and Cholula Day Tour from Mexico City with Lunch

Your full-day trip begins with a drive to Huejotzingo, where you’ll visit the Convent of San Miguel and learn about the various cultural origins of the Mexicans, including Spanish, Arabic, and Native American. Afterwards, you’ll explore the Cholula archaeological zone, home to the largest pyramid in the world. The tour continues to colonial Puebla, a cosmopolitan city that has preserved its traditions in its food, art, and culture. As you walk along the city’s beautiful streets, you’ll be drawn in by the splendid architecture of the city’s cathedral, the homes, museums, and other buildings decorated with tiles. Visit Puebla’s majestic cathedral, its main square, the Chapel of the Rosary, the Convent of Santa Monica. Stop at onyx and talavera ceramics factories.

From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

4. From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

Start the tour with pick up at your hotel at 8 AM and travel for 3.5 hours to the archaeological zone. Arrive at the most important ceremonial center of the Totonaca peoples, the archaeological area of El Tajín which combines history, knowledge, and beauty in one setting. Next, admire the pre-colonial buildings in the middle of the jungle including a palace, temple, and soccer fields. Marvel at the amazing pyramid of Los Nichos which is considered to be an agricultural, civic, and sun calendar, due to its 7 levels and 365 niches. After this, continue the tour to Papantla, also known as Pueblo Mágico, located a few kilometers away in Totonacapan. This place is where vanilla originates from and where local men performed fertility rituals. Learn about how the precolonial and Spanish melting pot of cultures led to the mixing of folklore and taste; a heritage that still lives on in the region. Explore the historical center of Papantla and take in panoramic views of Papantla from the observation deck. Return to Veracruz at 6 PM where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Puebla: Cholula and Atlixco Private Tour with Food Tastings

5. Puebla: Cholula and Atlixco Private Tour with Food Tastings

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Puebla and travels to the ancient city of Cholula. Visit the Great Pyramid, the largest pyramid in the world with a history dating back to the 3rd century B.C. From there, head to the charming city of Atlixco, founded in 1579. Pass by the city’s colorful central park, Franciscan convent and chapel, and the impressive Municipal Palace Mural. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a tasting session of handcrafted beer, homemade bread, cranberry juice, chocolate, and ice cream. Continue the tour to the city’s nursery next where you can find over a hundred species of plant and flower. Soak up the beauty of nature as you explore the nursery and learn about Mexico’s native flora. Finally, stop at a trout farm in Atlimeyaya, where you can meet the local farmer and feed the trout yourself. The tour ends with drop-off back to your hotel.

Puebla: Cacaxtla and Cholula Private Archaeological Tour

6. Puebla: Cacaxtla and Cholula Private Archaeological Tour

Explore the history of Mexico with this day trip to two of the most important archaeological sites around Puebla. Learn about ancient civilizations and get a feel for pre-Hispanic life on a private guided tour. Start your experience with hotel pickup in Puebla or Cholula, and head to Cacaxtla. Visit the museum and marvel at colorful murals painted 1,300 years ago. Wander through the ancient fortress to see the ruins of shrines and pyramids, and enjoy a taste of pulque – a pre-Hispanic beverage. Continue to Cholula, home to the largest pyramid base in existence. Explore the museum and the field of altars. Climb to the top of the pyramid to see the beautiful church and views of the surrounding volcanoes. End the tour with drop-off back at your hotel.

Veracruz: El Tajín Archeological Site Skip-the-Line Ticket

7. Veracruz: El Tajín Archeological Site Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore the most important pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican city on the north coast of Veracruz. Walk past El Tajín's temples and slopes and see its 17 ball courts – the highest number among Mexican archeological sites. Stop and read about this diverse civilization that reached its peak between 800 and 1150 AD.The influence of this city spread to the basins of the Cazones and Tecolutla Rivers as well as from the Yohualichan archaeological zone to the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico. Admire the intricate decorations with niches, reliefs, and mural paintings that El Tajín is known for and visit the so-called Pyramid of the Niches, named for its facades that were decorated with 365 niches. Information points along the way provide historical context for the sites that you see.

Puebla: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cholula

8. Puebla: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cholula

Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Puebla and Cholula on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head straight to the Regional Museum and Archeological Zone of Cholula, which is considered the oldest city in America. Enjoy a guided tour of the region, ending on top of the pyramid where the symbolic Remedio's Church is located. Afterward, head back to the historical center of Puebla for a guided tour. First, pay a visit to the Palafoxiana Library, the first of its kind in all the Americas. Later, stroll past the Cathedral, the Zocalo, and the gold-plated rosary chapel. In the "Street of Candies", enjoy a tasting of local sweets and liquors.  Later, visit the artist plaza and an artisan craft market, as well as a visit to the Alley of Frogs, where you will find an antique flea market. Finally, visit the famous Cinco de Mayo forts which surround the city before getting dropped off back at your accommodation.

Puebla: Cholula and Baroque Architecture Private Day Tour

9. Puebla: Cholula and Baroque Architecture Private Day Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Puebla and travels to the city of Cholula. Visit the Great Pyramid, the largest pyramid in the world with a history dating back to the 3rd century B.C. After your tour of the pyramid, enjoy a tasting session of traditional Mexican liquors as well as a popular eggnog beverage. Next, visit the San Francisco Acatepec's Church, best known for its impressive Talavera mosaic and red brick facade. Later, continue the tour to some of the region’s best examples of Baroque architecture. Stop at the Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, built in the 16th century, to admire its truly incredible and intricate interior. Finally, visit the International Museum of the Baroque, which boasts an unforgettable architectural experience. The tour ends with drop-off back to your accommodation.

From Puebla: Tlaxcala and Cacaxtla Private Guided Tour

10. From Puebla: Tlaxcala and Cacaxtla Private Guided Tour

Explore the varied culture of Tlaxcala on a private tour from Puebla. Discover the region’s ancient heritage and more recent history. After pickup at your hotel, drive to Cacaxtla Archaeological Site. Visit the museum to learn about Olmeca-Xicalanca culture and the development of the ancient city. Wander past shrines, platforms, and pyramids built around 1,300 years ago. Admire the well-preserved murals painted on the walls of the largest pyramid. Continue to the Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan where it’s claimed Juan Diego was visited by the Virgin Mary. Stop at the Chapel of Pocito and hear the legend of its miraculous water. Head to the central plaza in Tlaxcala to taste pulque, a pre-Hispanic drink. Explore the Government Palace and see its famous murals. Visit the Franciscan ex-convent and the Cathedral, then pass the oldest working bullring in Mexico. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

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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!

Puebla is another magical town that you have to know, it has 365 churches (cathedrals) to visit (whether you are religious or not, they are worth entering, I only met 4 :) ). In the center of Puebla it is very lively and has many handicrafts everywhere. There are terraces to enjoy the view of downtown.

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"

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

Very nice tour. Excellent attention from the Lechuga guide.