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From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

1. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

Take in the views of the hot air balloons flying alongside you, the beautiful landscape, and the magnificent Teotihuacan pyramids.  See the highest part of the pyramids of the sun and the moon. Your pilot will find the perfect time to share a bottle of sparkling wine, a traditional toast which has been a part of every balloon flight since 1783.  Once you're back down on solid ground, enjoy touring the streets of Teotihuacan. In Globopuerto you will receive a personalized flight certificate and a delicious traditional breakfast in a panoramic restaurant. After your breakfast, it will be time to visit the Archaeological Zone. Go up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and see the whole valley of Teotihuacan from above, or take a walk through the site to reach the top of the Pyramid of the Moon.

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Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

2. Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

Meet your guide, then leave the busy streets of Mexico City behind as you head out into the surrounding landscapes towards Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park. Start off with an exploration of the lower parts of the volcanoes at the Paso de Cortes. Follow your guide as you trek through the wilderness, soaking up epic views of the volcanoes while learning about their history and activity. Walk up to the Cerro Altzomoni where you can marvel at Popocatepetl and its fumarole.  Afterwards, descend towards the Amalacaxco Ravine to see an array of native flora and fauna. Return to Paso de Cortes, then travel back to the city, stopping at a traditional market along the way for a delicious and well-deserved lunch.

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Mexico City: Mexican Salsas Cooking Class and Market Tour

3. Mexico City: Mexican Salsas Cooking Class and Market Tour

Start your experience in a contemporary cooking studio in the eclectic Roma Norte neighborhood. Meet your chef instructor over a refreshing welcome drink of agua fresca (fruity non-alcoholic beverage). Enjoy coffee from selected Mexican beans or a special infusion while you prepare for the experience and learn about the history of Mexican cuisine.  Then, experience barrio-style living as you take a walking market tour to Mercado de Medellín. Learn about the history contained in the market's halls. Savor quesadillas made from native corn at an organic tortillería, where you can view the traditional nixtamalization process. Learn about different chili varieties at a chili stand. Taste 100% raw cacao and hand-made artisanal chocolate from Oaxaca.  Discover the flavor of exotic bugs including crickets, chicatana (flying ants) and chinicuil (worms). Enjoy seasonal native fruits such as mamey, chicozapote, and tuna and indulge in hand-crafted ice cream.  After your market tour and tastings, return to the cooking studio for your hands-on cooking class. Prepare 10 Mexican salsas that you will roast, cook, fry, or make raw.  Once ready, enjoy your salsas with street food tacos and appetizers with a choice of fillings including Michoacan-style pork carnitas, cochinita pibil, roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, cactus leaves, zucchini, fried beans, and quesadillas. Wash it down with agua fresca, artisanal mezcal, and Mexican craft beer. You will learn how to prepare: • Traditional guacamole • Red molcajete sauce • Green sauce • Ranchera sauce • Mango and chile manzano sauce • Habanero sauce • Devil's sauce • Chile morita with peanuts sauce • Chipotle sauce • Salsa borracha (drunken sauce)

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From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Bike Tour in Teotihuacan

4. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Bike Tour in Teotihuacan

Take off on a hot air balloon ride through the Teotihuacan Pyramids, and enjoy the panoramic views from different vantage points. After the hot air balloon experience, savor a delicious breakfast. Then, begin your bike-tour by choosing a bicycle according to your size, and ride around the Valley of Teotihuacan pyramids, taking in the views from different perspectives. Ride to the neighborhoods of Tepantitla Tetitla and Atetelco where you will see the mural that is still preserved in the old residential neighborhoods. After visiting the mural, go into the archaeological site to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon. After visiting the archaeological site, see the Butterfly Palace and then bike to a craft workshop where you'll learn about gemstones, like the obsidian, and taste the traditional drink, pulque. The tour will end with a tasty buffet meal (excluding drinks), and you will return to Mexico City at approximately 4:00 PM. The bike ride is approximately 10 km. Please note: The bike tour takes place outside of the Archaeological Zone.

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Mexico City: Street Taco Cooking Class & Market Tour

5. Mexico City: Street Taco Cooking Class & Market Tour

Start your experience in a Mexican cooking studio, located in the eclectic Roma Norte neighborhood. Enjoy a refreshing "agua fresca", coffee from selected Mexican coffee beans or a special infusion selection, while you learn about the history of Mexican cuisine. Then, walk to the Mercado de Medellín and learn about the market's history and organization while touring some of their main halls. Savor quesadillas at an organic 'tortillería', made with native corn, where you can view the traditional nixtamalization process. Learn about different chili varieties at a chili stand and taste 100% raw cacao and hand-made artisanal chocolate from Oaxaca. Discover the flavor of exotic bugs including crickets, chicatana flying ant and chinicuil worm. Enjoy seasonal native fruits (mamey, chicozapote, etc.) and hand-crafted ice cream. Next, return to the cooking studio and prepare tacos al pastor (pork), tacos de barbacoa (beef), tacos campechanos (beef and pork), three Mexican salsas, and hand-made tortillas. Finally, enjoy the prepared dishes with a pairing of agua fresca, Mexican craft beer and mezcal from Oaxaca.

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Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

6. 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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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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Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

8. Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

Get ready for your climb and discover the beautiful countryside that surrounds this emblematic volcanic mountain. Arrive at the first pass and see the other side of the mountain, giving you magnificent views of the volcano Popocatepetl. Continue climbing to a scree slope and arrive at the third pass, passing again to the other side of the mountain where you will be able to see the city of Puebla and the impressive Pico de Orizaba, the highest point in Mexico.  Continue on the last climb to be able to reach our destination, the 100 Hut at 4,720 meters above sea level.

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Nevado De Toluca: Reach the Summit with Professionals

9. Nevado De Toluca: Reach the Summit with Professionals

You will climb the 4th highest volcano in Mexico on this tour with professional guides and all the necessary equipment provided. Admire the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of the area. The route takes you to the Summit of El Nevado de Toluca via the famous Cañada del Oso (Bear Ravine). You will start by walking through the incredible woods that are found on the sides of this magnificent mountain. Once you have arrived at the top, you can take in beautiful views of the woods and valleys all around. You will also be able to spot the lovely lakes inside the crater. This is a route that is definitely well worth the effort.

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From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

10. From Mexico City: 2-Day Pico de Orizaba Summit Trek

Depart Mexico City for Tlachichuca, Puebla, where you will take 4X4 to reach the mountain hut in Piedra Grande that will serve as your accommodation for the night. Upon arrival, go on an acclimatization walk and practice using crampons and an ice axe. Return to the hut to have dinner, prepare for the ascent the following day, and get a good night's sleep. Start your trek bright and early before dawn. By the time the sun rises, you will be well-positioned to enjoy incredible views of the valleys surrounding the Pico de Orizaba. Admire the first rays of sun glinting off the stunning glacier that leads to the mountain crater. Follow the glacier to reach the summit at 5,700 meters, the highest point in Mexico and the third-highest in North America. After enjoying the views at the summit, you will descend to the hut where your transport back to Tlachichuca will be waiting for you. Once there, eat a restorative meal before returning to Mexico City.

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What people are saying about State of Mexico

Marco and Santiago were excellent guides. They were patient and friendly throughout the experience with our group of 10 people. They were both experts in mountain guiding and made sure that everyone in the group was safe. The hike was certainly challenging and we are regular hikers and in very good physical shape. This hike is not for everyone and you must pay attention to the physical requirements and the suggestions for dress. Good hiking shoes/boots, layered clothing and gloves are essential. You should be ready for a very long day as the tour left around 7:15 AM, a 2.5 hour drive to and from the volcano and a planned dinner following the hike. Plan to return to CDMX around 9 PM. Overall, we had a very positive experience and would recommend it to anyone as long as they pay attention to the requirements.

I had a fabulous tour with Alfonso. We spent several hours touring around the city visiting markets, tasting delicious foods, learning about Mexican history and meeting lovely local people. Every where we went people came up to Alfonso to say hello. Meeting the wonderful family who taught me how to make salsa was definitely a highlight. It felt like Alfonso took me through a secret door and showed me a little piece of real Mexico, I would recommend this tour and guide to anyone who is interested in exploring this wonderful city.

We had a wonderful morning with Val, Pame and their team of folks in the studio, market and tortillerias. Everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable,band the street food vendors cooked up such delicious treats for us! The market was fascinating - all the different fruits and veg and sheets of pork crackling! And then the experience of making our salsas, meat fillings and then the joys of wrapping up our tacos - a superb experience highly recommended.

The tour was amazing and beautiful! Fernando our captain gave us an unforgettable experience at the hot air balloon. We saw the pyramids, and all around Teotihuacan. You cannot miss this experience when visiting Mexico City. And you can choose transportation from Mexico City, which is very convenient if you don’t have a car. Loved it!

Mario (tour guide) and Alfonso (driver) were incredible! They made sure that we got to see everything, answered all of our questions, and never rushed us to any of the destinations. The amount of history we learned was immense and super interesting. One of the best tours we’ve ever went on - would HIGHLY recommend!