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

1. 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.

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Puebla: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour with Tasting

2. Puebla: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour with Tasting

Along with your guide, see 7 of the most popular sites in the beautiful and dynamic city of Puebla. Meet your guide at the middle of the city’s main square. First, you'll go to the Palafoxiana Library, which houses a great Bishop’s donation of 5,000 books to the city. This wood-paneled library, built in the 18th century, is a truly beautiful place to explore. Then, head to the Puebla Cathedral, an ornate Roman Catholic church in the city’s center. Next, see Zocalo, the city’s main square, and a miniature model of the city. At the Rosary Chapel, admire the splendor of this golden 17th century chapel, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Built in the Spanish Baroque style, this gilded chapel shines with the light coming in through its gorgeous windows. You won’t want to forget your camera.   Next up, visit the “sweet street”, where you can taste typical candies and liqueurs of the region before heading to the Artist Quarter. Wander through quaint cobblestone roads and admire the market stalls highlighting the talent of the city. Continue on to the traditional market “El Parián”, which is full of traditional handicrafts and one of the most popular attractions of the city. Finally, visit the “alley of the frogs” (Plazuela de los Sapos), a popular antique shopping street that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

3. Mexico City: National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral Tour

Marvel at the many beautiful architectural monuments in Mexico City. Visit the National Palace, see the Constitution Square, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. First stop, you will visit the National Palace, where you will see beautiful murals painted by the great Diego Rivera. Continue on to the famous Constitution Square and then walk around the Metropolitan Cathedral.  Next, you will visit the Historical Centre, which is the heart of the Mexican capital. After your visit, you will head to Chapultepec Park, the most important residential zones of the city, and the Pink Zone.

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Mexico City: National Palace and Anthropology Museum Tour

4. Mexico City: National Palace and Anthropology Museum Tour

Join this tour and explore Mexico City with a live guide. Discover the rich history of this city, known as The City of the Gods. Visit the National Palace and see the beautiful murals painted by the great artist Diego Rivera.  Start your trip with a pickup from your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the historical center of Mexico City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Marvel at the countless monuments and the architectural style as you drive. Next, visit the National Palace. If you are a fan of Diego Rivera's art, this is a great place to see his work. Marvel at his murals as your guide tells you interesting facts about his work and life. Walk around the Central Plaza, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, continue to Chapultepec Park, the second-largest city park in Latin America. Stroll around the park or enjoy a picnic by the idyllic lake if you like. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the top museums in the world. Discover a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and history going back further than 4000 years.  Explore each section and be sure not to miss the iconic Aztec calendar stone. The museum is a must-visit when you are pretty sure it might even be the best museum you have ever visited in Mexico. After your visit, your tour will end. So jump in the car, reminisce about your day as you enjoy a ride back to your hotel. 

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Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

5. Mexico City: National Palace and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

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Puebla: Half-Day Private City Tour with Transportation

6. Puebla: Half-Day Private City Tour with Transportation

After pickup from the lobby of your hotel, head straight to the historical center of the city. Your first stop is Palafoxiana Library, the first public library in the Americas, the ornate building that houses more than 45,000 books and manuscripts dating back to 1493. Afterwards, you’ll continue through the historical center, viewing cathedrals, the Rosary’s Chapel, and the Zocalo.  Continuing onwards, you’ll enjoy a tasting of locally produced liquors and candies, before heading to the bohemian artist’s neighborhood. Afterwards, amble through the El Parián marketplace, viewing traditional handicrafts produced by local artisans, and the Alley of the Frogs, a bustling avenue filled with vendors and technicolor buildings. The tour continues with a visit to the secret tunnels of Xanenetla, built by the Mexican army in the 19th century, and only recently unearthed. Your tour concludes with a visit to panoramic viewpoint at the Fortress of May 5th, after which you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, or any other point in Puebla.

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Cholula Town & Pyramid Double-Decker Tram Tour

7. Cholula Town & Pyramid Double-Decker Tram Tour

Start your tour from Puebla City main plaza or “Zocalo”, boarding a traditional double-decker tram. Five miles to the west of the city is 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. This 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 if you count it's basement. At the top, you will admire the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Temple, built by the Spaniards in 1549. Continue to San Andrés Cholula, where you will stop for a moment so you can visit the beautiful parish. Re-board the tram and stop at the San Francisco Acatepec and Santa María Tonanzintla Temples to admire their Mexican Baroque-style. Continue to San Pedro Cholula, passing by the wizards house, and Copa de Oro cider factory, to finally stop at San Pedro Cholula Zocalo  to visit the Great Pyramid,  the local market, the Royal Chapel, San Gabriel Convent and Concordia Plaza. Enjoy time on your own to have a look around before returing to Puebla around 4.30 pm.

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Cuetzalan & Yohualichan: 12 Hour Private Tour & Transport

8. Cuetzalan & Yohualichan: 12 Hour Private Tour & Transport

Start your adventure in the lobby of your accommodation, this is where your driver/guide will meet you. Enjoy a scenic, 2.5 hour transfer from Puebla to Zacapoaxtla where the waterfall named The Pot is located. Once here, you'll get to visit the natural beauty of this place for 30 minutes. Next, your transfer continues for around another hour to the Archaeological zone of Yohualichan, with a fascinating 45 minute break scheduled for this location.  Continue on your journey for around 30 minutes to the magical town of Cuetzalan. Here, you will get to visit the church of San Francisco, Zocalo, the kiosk, a café with a coffee tasting and the church decorated with pitchers. After the tour, your return starts to Puebla with the drop off being back at your hotel.

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Puebla: Historic Bars and Canteens Night Tour

9. Puebla: Historic Bars and Canteens Night Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation and make your way to the first canteen on the tour, La Terminal. Enter through its old-western style wooden doors. Admire the many old photos and artwork on the walls, which gives the bar a classic ambiance. Try their specialty drink, sangria, and learn about the history of this popular local hangout. Next, visit La Ópera, which is decorated in a classical French style. Try some menyul, which is made from peppermint leaves, a few drops of angostura, cocoa cream, Tres Coronas liqueur, rum, and a secret ingredient. Then, make your way to La Pasita, which is one of the oldest and most popular bars in the city. Taste its eponymous drink, which is raisin liquor served in a shot glass with a little cheese cube inside. See the many curiosities of the bar which has a variety of toys, masks, and photos decorating its interior. Visit Nevados which is situated in front of the Zocalo. Enjoy a beautiful view from its balconies on the second floor. Taste a Nevados cocktail, which is available in a variety of flavors including strawberry, walnut, vanilla, prune, amaretto, amongst many others.  If the tour group has 9 or more participants, enjoy a short musical tour with a local music group that takes you through the university zone and ends in the artists' plaza. At the end of the tour, take a wine challenge, before being returned to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Zócalo, Puebla

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Excellent from start to finish. I was especially pleased with the guide as she made it a point to translate in English equally even though my wife was the only English only speaker in our group of 12. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and I felt like I attended a session of ancient Meso America history and Mexican history. Wish list would have been to have more time at the museum. It was stretched to about 1-1/2. We would have just stayed but we were nearing closing time 5pm.

Excellent experience. Friendly service with great people who make the ride very enjoyable. Thanks!

They give you interesting information and discover places that are worthwhile. Know.

our tour guide was the best. showed us everything we wished to see

Good information, enough time and personalized accompaniment.