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Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

1. Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

Leave Mexico City behind and discover the cultures that founded it. Choose your closest pickup spot and explore the greater State of Mexico, and learn incredible facts about the cities and sacred sites that thrived before Spanish influence. In San Juan Teotihuacán and the surrounding area's churches and basilicas, feel transported to ancient times. Start your tour briefly visiting the Plaza of the Three Cultures, where you will see the Church of Santiago de Tlatelolco. Appreciate the ruins of a pre-Hispanic city, and visit the memorial in honor of the student movement of 1968. Continue to the Basilica of Guadalupe to see the ancient and modern Basilica. Experience the relic, sheltered since 1531, considered a gift of the Virgin Mary towards the Indigenous Mexican people. Finish in the State of Mexico at the majestic site of Teotihuacán. Climb the pyramid of the Sun and the Moon, explore the archaeological zone, and learn about the transcendental history of this magnificent pre-Hispanic city. Visit a craft center that sells one of the oldest Mexican drinks, known as Pulque. You'll have a free hour to try the typical foods of Teotihuacán in the nearby Jaguar Restaurant.

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Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour

2. Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour

Take in the 3 most culturally and historically important sites in the Mexico City area on a full-day tour. First, visit the archeological site of Teotihuacan and marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. See the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Avenue of the Dead. Next, you’ll head to Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine was built to commemorate the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant. The third and final stop of the tour is Tlatelolco, where it is said that the past, present, and future of Mexico meet. The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is named after the 3 periods of Mexican history that are represented by structures from the pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent mestizo nation.

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From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

3. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day 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.

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Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

4. Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

Embark on a full-day guided tour to some of Mexico City's most famous landmarks. Discover more about Mexican culture and history with your guide as you visit Tlatelolco, the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation, travel with your guide to the first stop on the tour, Tlatelolco. This ancient pre-Columbian landmark is located at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and is an important archaelogical site. It is also notoriously known as the location of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre. Following this, travel onwards to Teotihuacan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is estimated to be 2,500 years old and contains some of the most significant Mesoamerican pyramids, such as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Climb to the top of these pyramids to get a spectacular view of the “City of the Gods” and the surrounding valley. After exploring the ancient city, stop for lunch at a traditional Mexican restaurant, at your expense. After lunch, make your way to the final stop on the tour at one of Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dating back to the Spanish conquest of the region, the site has undergone multiple transformations throughout the centuries and has remained an important destination for the Catholic community of the country. Afterwards, enjoy transportation back to your accommodation to finish the day.

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Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

5. 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.

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From Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan Pyramids

6. From Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan Pyramids

Your 8-hour tour begins in the morning with a visit to the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – who has been called The Empress of America. At the Plaza de las Tres Culturas you’ll see the 16th-century Santiago de Tlatelolco Church and the remnants of early Aztec temples. The tradition of La Villa de Guadalupe involved a miracle and an American Indian saint. With the vision of the Virgin Mary in 1531 there began a saga that helped convert millions of Indians to Catholicism, and the image became a symbol for Mexican Christians around the world. Today La Villa de Guadalupe is a popular site visited by people of all religions and nationalities. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the famous archeological site of Teotihuacan, approximately 50 kilometers north-east of Mexico City. You’ll see the monumental Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of Quetzalpapalotl, and the Avenue of the Dead. This was one of the few cities in the world that was considered worthy of habitation by the gods of the culture. The archeological vestiges of Teotihuacan, such as remnants of the fine pottery produced here, have ended up in museums around the world.

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Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine

7. Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine

The day begins with a panoramic tour in Tlatelolco, today the largest Archaeological site in Mexico City that was part of the capital of the Aztec Empire. It was the main marketplace of that empire and where the conquest of the Aztecs was consummated. Right there is the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, where the pre-Hispanic, colonial and present world of Mexico meet. Later, continue the tour to the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most important religious building in all of Mexico and one of the most visited places in the Catholic world, which receives annually more than twenty million pilgrims. After the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, continue to Teotihuacan, the City of the Gods, located in the northeast of Mexico City. In Teotihuacan, the guide will tell you about the history of this place, its mysteries, its development, its greatness, its importance and its fall. After, you will have free time for those who wish to climb to the Pyramid of the Sun or walk through the famous Avenue of the Dead.

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2-Day Teotihuacan, Xochimilco and Guadalupe Shrine Tour

8. 2-Day Teotihuacan, Xochimilco and Guadalupe Shrine Tour

Spend 2 days visiting the top archeological and cultural attractions in the Mexico City area. Climb the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, visit the Frieda Kahlo Museum in colorful Coyoacán and enjoy a boat ride in Xochimilco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine and Tlatelolco Your first day begins with a drive to Tlatelolco, the largest archaeological site in Mexico City. Learn about the importance of this place that was part of the capital of the Aztec empire. See the Plaza of the 3 Cultures where pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern Mexico blend. Continue on to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most important religious site in all of Mexico and one of the most visited shrines in the Catholic world. More than 20 million pilgrims visit the site every year. From the Basilica of Guadalupe, the tour continues to Teotihuacan, known as the City of the Gods. A professional guide will take you on a journey through the history of this mystical place. Walk among the ruins and marvel at the size of the pyramids. Climb up the stairs at the famous Sun and Moon pyramids and take in the views from the top. After a day of appreciating Mexico’s history, you'll be transferred back to the meeting point. Day 2: Coyoacán, National University and Frida Kahlo Museum Your day starts with a drive to Coyoacán, an area dating back to pre-Hispanic times. Walk along the cobblestone streets and admire the picturesque houses, and then visit Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo Museum. Also, have the opportunity to visit a cooperative shop that helps local Mexican artisans. Learn about the life and iconic work of this famous artist. The house is where Frida Kahlo lived with her husband, Diego Rivera. You'll have an hour of free time in the museum to explore it thoroughly. The next stop is the National Autonomous University, founded in 1551, where you'll visit the UNESCO-listed central campus with art from muralists Diego Rivera and Juan O'Gorman. Continue to Xochimilco, located 17 miles south of Mexico City. This ecological reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to Aztec times. Take an hour’s ride on a colorful boat known as a trajunera, enjoy festive music from other boats and meet vendors selling delicious snacks you can buy. At the end of the boat ride, you'll be transferred back to the meeting point. 

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From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

9. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

Explore the rich folkloric and cultural traditions of Mexico on this full-day private excursion to Teotihuacan and Xochimilco. Let the music, colors, and flowers fill you with memories as you explore ancient archaeological sites and local traditions. Enjoy the ride from your accommodation to the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan. Enjoy a brief history of maguey, or agave, and sample pulque, a traditional Mexican drink. Resume the trip to reach Xochimilco. Hop aboard a trajinera, the colorfully decorated canoe-type wooden boats, a don't-miss highlight of this Mexico City experience. End your educational journey in the Archaeological Zone of Tlatelolco.

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What people are saying about Tlatelolco

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,417 reviews

This was a really great tour! I would have enjoyed just a bit more time at the pyramids in place of the time spent at the gift shop, but, overall, it was a really, really great tour and the restaurant that we stopped for lunch was really delicious! I recommend this for sure!

The trip was well organized. Maria Rosa was bilingual explaining every sight we visited. Rodolfo was our driver and took excellent care of us driving us safely to our destinations. Additionally he took care of our belongings and always stayed with the bus.

We had a great time on this tour! Alan was very engaging and spoke great English and German. He was very fun to listen to and took great pictures. He gave a great summary of the history in Teotihuacan and gave us an hour to explore ourselves.

Nos encanto!!! Fue una maravillosa nueva experiencia no tan solo fue divertida y llena de hermosos paisajes si no que también tuvimos un gran guía Alan hizo un excepcional trabajo haciendo nuestra experiencia inolvidable.

Marcus and Juan were amazing, explaining everything, giving information, history and fun facts about the pyramids.