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Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine & Tlatelolco Tour

1. Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine & Tlatelolco Tour

Visit the legendary Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as a Basilica de Guadalupe, and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan on this full-day excursion from Mexico City, available as either a private or a small-group tour. Your first stop will be in the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City and its main square, La Plaza de la Tres Culturas, which is symbolic of Mexico’s unique cultural heritage.  Continue on to the Guadalupe Shrine, located in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, close to the spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to an indigenous Mexican. Mexico's largest religious sanctuary, the Shrine houses the venerated image of the Virgin of Guadalupe and has been a pilgrimage site since the 16th century. See the old basilica, which was completed in 1709, and visit the new church, built between 1974 and 1976, after the old church began to sink into the ground.  Experience one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Mexico as you tour the impressive atrium and interior of the new basilica, which now houses the Shrine. After lunch (not included in the tour price), you’ll head to the great Teotihuacan Pyramids to explore the mystical site with a guide. See the Temples of Quetzalpapalotl, the Temple of the Feathered Shells, the impressive Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun, located along the long Avenue of the Dead.  Admire the colorful murals and see the Mesoamerican artifacts in the Archaeological Museum as you learn more about this ancient civilization.

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.

Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

3. Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Get a fascinating introduction to Mexico City and it’s historic downtown on a small-group walking tour. Follow a certified guide and visit important landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ruins of the ancient Aztec city, and the impressive Post Office building. Learn about Mexico’s culture from your experienced guide, who will introduce you to the city’s 700+ years of history, its eclectic architecture, and colorful traditions. Start your tour of the 'Centro Histórico', a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was the biggest church in the Americas for over 3 centuries. Walk on the giant Zocalo square, referred to as the heart of Mexico and see the resting place of the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. Stand next to the ruins of the ancient Aztec city. Continue onto the mesmerizing Post Office Building and then marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts. Step inside traditional Mexican bakery to see, and taste if you’d like, the incredible variety of typical Mexican sweet breads.

Mexico City: Taxco & Cuernavaca Tour with Pre-Hispanic Mine

4. Mexico City: Taxco & Cuernavaca Tour with Pre-Hispanic Mine

Discover the colonial history of Mexico City on this day tour with an expert local guide. Choose to visit an ancient mine and learn about the lives and work of the inhabitants of the city before the Spanish came. Have the opportunity to descend in an authentic mining elevator and travel through a beautifully illuminated 150-meter tunnel, appreciating the sparkling of the walls due to the precious metals still found in them. Inside get to know how the ancient settlers carried out the mining work, what tools they used to extract the metals, and what techniques they used to find the coveted metals. Coming out of the bowels of the earth, admire a mural by the muralist Juan O'Gorman, who, out of his love for this beautiful city, worked with materials from the region a beautiful mural dedicated to the last Aztec emperor. Start your trip in downtown Mexico City where you'll take a scenic drive to the “silver city”. The city is nestled on a hillside with winding cobblestone streets, tile-roofed buildings, cozy squares, and a strong Old World ambiance that has survived through hundreds of years. Visit one of Mexico’s grandest churches, Santa Prisca. It was built in 1759 by French immigrant Jose de la Borda who literally stumbled upon a huge silver spring. Taxco is known worldwide for its quality silver mines and shops, you will have the opportunity to see and buy art pieces from Mexican artisans. Discover an ancient pre-Hispanic mine, and learn how the ancient inhabitants extracted precious metals before the conquest.

Mexico City: Private Cacahuamilpa Caves and Taxco Tour

5. Mexico City: Private Cacahuamilpa Caves and Taxco Tour

The first stop on your tour will be to the caves of Cacahuamilpa. You will enter through the huge rock door to contemplate the majestic scenery formed by the erosion of the water and the movements of the earth. You will then walk through the corridors and enjoy the sensation of penetrating the mountain to discover figures of animals, faces, buildings, and the customs of the Chontal tribes to honor their gods of the underworld. You will then go to the magical town of Taxco to eat at the Hotel Monte Taxco. After lunch, you can take the cable car (not included). Following this, you will take a walk through the city and visit the oldest mining center on the continent, which still stores silver mines that date back to the Colonial Era. Next, you will visit the ex-convent of San Bernardino and the Temple of Santa Prisca, which is a clear example of the fact that the town still retains its colonial style. The church there, which was built in approximately the 18th century, is of Novo-Hispanic Baroque style. You will then have free time to visit Humboldt House, where the famous German expeditionary stayed, and which is currently home to the Museo del Arte Virreinal. Following this, you will visit the different workshops, goldsmiths, and museums of this city (which is also called the City of Silver). At the conclusion of your educational and cultural day out, you will return to Mexico City at approximately 6:00PM.

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.

From Mexico City: Guided Day Tour to Cuernavaca & Tepoztlan

7. 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.

Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

8. Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

Discover the Aztec remains of Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district, and marvel at monuments from the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern history of Mexico City. Admire the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco, built by Franciscans in the 16th century. Continue to the archaeological site of Teotihuacán to explore one of the largest urban centers from the ancient world. Learn about the splendor of the historic city as you look at different structures such as the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Discover the remains of the Quetzalpapálotl complex, thought to have been the home of a high ranking priest. Stroll down the Avenue of the Dead to look at different architectural styles. Visit a handicraft center and get explanations about ancient crafts and traditional drinks. Take part in a tasting of tequila, mezcal, and pulque, and then visit the 16th-century monastery in Acolman.

Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

9. Mexico City: City at Night Walking tour

Explore the sights in Mexico city on this nighttime walking tour. Head through the historical old town to view landmarks as they are lit for the night like the Casa de los Azulejos, a Franciscan and the Zócalo hotel. Meet your guide at the Fine Arts Palace which is considered the most important cultural venue in Mexico City. Stroll to the Palacio de Correos to see the Neoclassical architecture of this post office. Go down to the Madero pedestrian street through the historical center. Learn about the historical center of city as you listen to stories and hear facinating information about buildings like the Casa de los Azulejos or the old Franciscan convent. Look up at the neocolonial style of the Zócalo hotel. Continue on past the official residence for the President of Mexico at the National Palace. Walk by the UNESCO World Heritage Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and view the Templo Mayor ruins that were once the main temple of the Mexica people. Finish your tour at the Torre Latinoamericana, a 44-floor skyscraper inspired by the Empire State of New York, which has a viewpoint on the top floor. Select a tour with tickets to this viewpoint, or the option without tickets to this viewpoint.

Mexico City: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

10. Mexico City: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

Visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, a religious site that sees over 20 million pilgrims annually. The shrine is the most important in the Catholic world and one of the world’s 20 most-visited places. The Virgin of Guadalupe is part of Mexican identity. Experience the influence in Mexican culture throughout the day. Tour the basilica and climb Tepeyac Hill during this 4-hour activity. According to believers, the hill was the site of the miracle of the apparition of fresh flowers and the first of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Visit the museum of the basilica, located in the old Capuchin convent. Afterwards, take some time to explore on your own or attend mass.

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based on 471 reviews

Jaime our tour guide was amazing. I can't recommend him highly enough. He is a natural teacher. He kept the tour together in two languages, answering questions in both. He told historical facts in great detail and had both groups spellbound- waiting for more. He gave us plenty of time to be on our own and still kept us on schedule.All the people on the tour were from around the world and were so kind and friendly. I had never been on a tour before and I would gladly do another after this very positive experience.

Excellent Tour, highly recommended. The first level Guide Emmanuel, like the driver Tomas who drives with great care and care. Everything they offered was fulfilled.

Danielle was very informative and we enjoyed also learning the food culture as well as the history of Mexico City. I highly recommend this tour!

Our tour was great! Ana did an amazing job during the tour pointing out the important points in the city. Really enjoyed this tour!

Tour personalizado y los guías con mucho conocimiento amabilidad y paciencia