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From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

1. 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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From Mexico City: Puebla and Cholula Full-Day Tour

2. From Mexico City: Puebla and Cholula Full-Day Tour

Head out on a full-day tour of 2 vibrant and historically important sites on a full-day tour from Mexico City to Cholula and Puebla. Begin your trip with a stop at the Cholula archeological site, home of the largest pyramid in the New World. From the top of the pyramid, you can look out to see a handful of volcanoes in the distance. Next, continue on to Puebla, a traditional city with a large historical center. Puebla is famous for its architecture, and you will visit the main plaza, cathedral, the Convent of Santa Monica and the Chapel of the Rosary, to see examples of its buildings. Afterward, during lunch, consider trying mole sauce or other traditional food from the area. Then after lunch, you will pay a visit to a Talavera factory, which makes the famous colorful Mexican pottery.

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Taxco and Cuernavaca Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

3. Taxco and Cuernavaca Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

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.

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Mexico City: Private Cacahuamilpa Caves and Taxco Tour

4. 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.

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Mexico City: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

5. 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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From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Private Tour

6. From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Private 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.

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Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

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

8. 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.

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From Mexico City: Taxco, Cuernavaca & Puebla in 2 Days

9. From Mexico City: Taxco, Cuernavaca & Puebla in 2 Days

Take 2 of the most popular day trips from Mexico City on consecutive days and explore 4 of the country's most fascinating locations. Travel back in time to the colonial era and marvel at the monuments of Cholula, Puebla, Taxco and Cuernavaca. See one of Mexico's grandest cathedrals, get stunning views of the volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, benefit from the opportunity to buy traditional crafts and more. Day 1: Puebla and Cholula Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located meeting point in Mexico City, and journey to the historical cities of Cholula and Puebla. Relax on the 2-hour journey along a highway that passes through mountains and offers breathtaking views of the beautiful Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. Upon arrival in Cholula, admire the hundreds of churches and visit the impressive Church of Santa María de Tonantzintla, built in an indigenous-Baroque style that stands out for its interior of gold and wealth of decorative elements.  Continue to the city of Puebla, located just 15 minutes from Cholula. Popularly known as the “City of Angels,” Puebla is one of the 5 most important colonial cities in Mexico. Enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) to experience the gastronomic variety of the city. Choose from a simple and traditional semita (small, sweet loaves) or the exquisite and laborious mole poblano (a thick, rich, chocolate-tinged sauce). Then, take a walking tour through the historical center and see the 16th and 18th century buildings along with the main Plaza de Armas (also known as the "Zócalo"). Admire the cathedral, begun in 1575 under the orders of Philip II of Spain. Take a look at the Church of Santo Domingo with its portal of a pure classic style, and then experience the buzz of the crafts market and find beautiful and traditional Talavera figurines. Sample sweet treats, such as sweet potatoes prepared in different flavors. Return to your original meeting point for drop off at the end of the day.  Day 2: Taxco and Cuernavaca Today, take a full-day trip out of Mexico City to admire 2 staggering colonial towns. First, enjoy a scenic drive to "The City of Eternal Spring" at Cuernavaca. Marvel at the 16th-century cathedral (one of the oldest in the country) and go to the Palacio de Cortés, the oldest conserved colonial-era civil structure on the continental Americas. Look at the monument to the military insurgent and Mexican patriot, José María Morelos. Continue to the colonial city of Taxco, and journey through hundreds of years of history along the cobblestone streets and cozy squares. Feel the strong old-world ambiance that has withstood the passing of time, and discover one of Mexico's grandest churches at the Church of Santa Prisca, built in 1759 by the French/Spanish immigrant, José de la Borda. He literally stumbled upon a huge silver spring and Taxco is now known worldwide for its silver mines and shops. Benefit from the opportunity to see and buy art pieces from Mexican artisans. 

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Mexico City: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about State of Mexico

Great guide. Nice trip. Word of advice. Don't buy from the overpriced gift shop where they are taking you. Special small stuff you can pick it up at halp price from the vendors all over the place. We paid 1250 pessos for an obsidian disk about 6" diameter, and that was special, and on our way back we found the same thing at 650 pesos. And that was asking price.

It was a nice trip. Senior Victor drove us safely to the different spots and Roberto told us historic details. Both are very friendly and kind, so we had great conversations. We would go again

Josue fue un excelente guía, muy paciente y flexible con nuestro grupo. Oscar también se portó de maravilla procurando que estuviéramos entretenidos en el camino. Lo recomiendo 100%

Fue una Gran experiencia, nuestra guía Liliana de Amigo Tours muy profesional y atenta a nuestras necesidades, definitivamente los recomiento.

Javier & Alberto were great! The day trip was well planned, very informative and a nice break from Mexico City!