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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 Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

2. 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.

Puebla and Cholula 1-Day Tour from Mexico City

3. 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 and Cholula Day Tour

4. From Mexico City: Puebla and Cholula Day Tour

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.

Puebla Africam Safari Park, Live an Unforgettable Adventure!

5. Puebla Africam Safari Park, Live an Unforgettable Adventure!

The Africam Safari Park is the best wildlife park in Mexico and it is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. When visiting the park you will learn about the characteristics, care, and feeding habits of various species of wildlife animals such as lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, wolves, hippos, tarantulas, bats, kangaroos, and many more! The park exhibits more than 2,500 animals of 350 species distributed in diverse environments similar to their natural habitats. In the park, all animals roam in controlled freedom and in wide spaces, allowing you to watch them up close and experience their real habitat. The main objective of the park is to protect and conserve wildlife. There are a wide variety of habitats to visit with plenty of fauna to observe, such as the Okavango Delta, Oasis, Kalahari Desert, Serengeti, Bakuli, Huasteca, and many more. Visit Africam Safari park with us and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

From Puebla: Cholula Pyramid and Churches Half-Day Tour

6. From Puebla: Cholula Pyramid and Churches Half-Day Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Puebla, you’ll head straight to the archaeological site of Cholula, home to the largest pyramid in the world. Climb to the top of the pyramid and wander the large plateau of the pyramid, taking note of the ornate church and views of the surrounding volcanoes. Afterward, head to the Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla in the town of Cholula, a chapel famous for its elaborate interior decorations and significance to local religious tradition. Then head to a pottery studio to taste artisanal spirits, including eggnog and other locally-crafted liquors.  You’ll end your day by heading to the brilliantly colorful Church of San Francisco Acatepec to explore the exquisite details of the mosaics, inside and out. Return back with drop-off at any point in Puebla City.

From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Small Group Tour

7. 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.

Cholula Magical Town 6-Hour Tour by Double-Decker Bus

8. Cholula Magical Town 6-Hour Tour by Double-Decker Bus

Depart from Puebla City’s main plaza (“Zocalo”) and travel by traditional double-decker bus 5 miles to the west to the “double” town of Cholula, which brings together San Pedro and San Andres. Each of these towns has its own main square and church, but they are so close to each other that the border has been lost and they are both thought of as the same town. The panoramic tour starts in San Pedro Cholula at the Plaza de la Concordia, which is flanked by the Convento de San Gabriel, built by Franciscans in 1549 on the site of the ruins of a temple dedicated to Quetzalcóat. Continue towards the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest in the world. On the top, admire the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Temple, built by the Spanish in 1549. Continue to San Andrés Cholula, and stop for a moment to visit the beautiful parish. Climb aboard the bus again to transfer to the temples of San Francisco Acatepec and Santa María Tonanzintla. Marvel at the Mexican baroque style. There is no corner that hasn't been decorated. Continue to San Pedro Cholula, passing the wizard’s house, and Copa de Oro cider factory. Finally, stop at San Pedro Cholula Zocalo, and enjoy some free time to visit the Great Pyramid, local market, Royal Chapel, San Gabriel Convent, and Concordia Plaza.

Puebla: Africam Safari Park Skip-the-Line Tour

9. Puebla: Africam Safari Park Skip-the-Line Tour

Explore Africam Safari Park and learn more about wildlife and conservation on a guided tour. See a wide variety of animals and birds from the African continent and enjoy plenty of photo opportunities across a variety of trails. Start with pickup from your hotel in Puebla. Upon arrival at the zoo, begin with a motorized excursion to see animals that roam freely in the park. Spot large species in close replicas of their natural habitats such as elephants, white tigers, rhinoceros, kangaroos, lions, zebras, gazelles, giraffes, and hippos. Learn plenty of fun facts about the animals you will see with your expert guide. Once you have finished the African-style safari trails, start the walking section of the tour. Stroll at your own pace along the pedestrian zone and see flamingos, bats, butterflies, armadillos, various bird species, and insects. Take some free time for lunch at one of the restaurants and snack bars. Choose to partake in the extreme activity zone at an extra cost paid directly in the park. You will also find stores where you can purchase souvenirs, before boarding the bus back to Puebla.

From Puebla: 5-Hour Africam Safari Private Tour

10. From Puebla: 5-Hour Africam Safari Private Tour

Start your day with pickup from your hotel or accommodations in Puebla and travel to Africam Safari. After entering the park, your tour starts with a car ride through several sections, where you can admire giraffes, antelope, zebras, rhinoceroses, and deer, among others. In the Mocambo area, enjoy boats and other attractions at an additional cost. In another area, admire lions, chimpanzees, and hippos. Your last stop is the adventure zone, where you will discover more amazing animals, including anteaters, bats, meerkats, and kangaroos. You can also explore the souvenir shops and enjoy a meal at the Kilimanjaro Restaurant. Enjoy the bird show and then travel back to Puebla with drop-off at your accommodations.

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based on 548 reviews

Fantastic tour and great guides! Plenty of time to explore, no rush! In Puebla, there was enough time to walk around a large part of the Centro Historico, eat a delicious dinner, visit the city's museum, visit several churches and, on top of that, do some shopping at the market! 10/10 for me :)

Beautiful everything, little time. Delighted with our guide Jair, a very kind treatment, a lot of patience to explain and answer our questions, he kindly guided us through places.

The best tour guide I’ve ever had. Yair switched flawlessly from English to Español and had a true passion for Puebla and Cholula.

Great tour to get a glimpse of Puebla. You learn a lot about the history of the different sights.

Inés was great and we explained many of the details