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

1. 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: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

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

3. 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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Mexico City: Street Art Bike Tour with Snack

4. Mexico City: Street Art Bike Tour with Snack

Get off the tourist path and closer to the local spirit, riding through the barrios and admiring the street art in contrasting areas. Make a stop for street food and learn about the history and culture of Mexico City from a passionate local guide in English and Spanish. The walls of Mexico City reflect the Muralist movement’s evolution from museums into public space as an attempt to forge a connection between people and their community. Ride through the city at a pleasant pace, stopping to talk about landmarks and murals.  Break for local street food, perfect for everyone’s palate — with varying levels of spiciness, as well as vegan, gluten and dairy-free options.  Wind through the bustling streets of Mexico City's main district on a tour punctuated by fun facts and fascinating history. Discover gems of the city otherwise left unnoticed. Beginning and ending on the beautiful wide boulevard of Paseo de la Reforma, this 3-hour biking tour is a great way to orient yourself within the wonderful capital of Mexico.

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

5. 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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From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Walking Teotihuacan Tour

6. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Walking Teotihuacan Tour

Enjoy a breathtaking hot air balloon flight through the Teotihuacan Pyramids, and compare different views from the sky and in land. Savor a hearty breakfast so you can and continue your adventure in the archeological site, where you'll see the famous Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Walk through the iconic city to the fresco murals that are still preserved in the old residential neighborhoods. Before leaving the archaeological site, visit the home of an artisan to learn more about obsidian, and the most famous drinks of Mexico: Pulque, Tequila and Mezcal. Enjoy a typical lunch in the Village of San Martín de las Pirámides. You will return to Mexico City around 4:00 PM.

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Mexico City: Tacos & Mezcal Night Food Tour

7. Mexico City: Tacos & Mezcal Night Food Tour

Immerse yourself in the delicious world of tacos for 3 hours. Discover 4 bustling neighborhoods for a taco safari of traditional, classic and modern taquerías (taco spots). Start with mouthwatering north style tacos, before heading towards one of the city’s street tacos hidden gem.  Continue to the taste the best taco al pastor in Mexico City, and then you’ll eat at a contemporary taquería.  End the night with drinks at the first mezcal bar of the city where you will taste two kinds of mezcal and one cocktail. Your guide will share insightful stories on how Mexico City has become one of the best food cities in the world. You will enjoy the city lights, the culture, and traditions as we drive around the city. Bring a hungry stomach and get ready to fill it up.

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Mexico City: Market Tour

8. Mexico City: Market Tour

In this urban adventure you'll discover the flavors, folklore and hidden treasures of Mexico City's vibrant markets. Begin your tour at La Merced Market, where you'll experience all of its colorful culinary traditions. Get a taste for the authentic Mexican way of life, while understanding how social, economic and political issues collide with centuries old culture and traditions. Try market eateries, and learn about local modern and pre-hispanic food. Then, uncover secrets of sorcery at Mercado de Sonora. See the diverse spiritual beliefs present in this country, as well as the natural healing traditions. Watch out for the very unique and sometimes shocking animal section. Next, wander through the oldest neighborhood in town, where the city was founded in the 14th century. Explore hidden plazas and the best taqueria in the area. Indulge in fresh tortillas and tacos. Visit ancient houses and churches, and witness the diversity of colonial architecture. Take a trip to one of the city's oldest pulquerias and experience an authentic Mexican scene, while you try traditional drinks. Walk to the oldest cantina in Mexico and enjoy a beer while listening to traditional music. Hear the story of this bar and its role in shaping Mexico's cultural life. Witness street art and historical monuments as you walk to the last market. Decorated after the revolution by Diego Rivera's most renowned students, this one is an unforgettable hidden gem. Finish your adventure downtown on the Zocalo.

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Mexico City: Authentic Downtown Food Tour

9. Mexico City: Authentic Downtown Food Tour

Walk through Downtown Mexico City and visit several spots, an authentic taste of Mexican specialties. You will be taken to 8 places, explore the exotic San Juan Market, drink at quintessential cantinas, taste street food, traditional restaurants, and specialty stores.  During your food walk, your guide will share insightful stories about the origin of the dishes and drinks, as well as the history, legends, and traditions of the city. Together, in the heart of the city center, you will taste mouthwatering dishes, delicious street food, traditional candy and much more. Expect the best flavors of Mexico City. Come hungry as you are going to eat a lot.

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Mexico City: Cantinas Walking Tour with Tasting Sessions

10. Mexico City: Cantinas Walking Tour with Tasting Sessions

Walk around Mexico City’s bustling downtown region and visit 4 traditional bars, also known by the locals as cantinas. Immerse yourself in authentic Mexican magic as you mingle with and meet the locals at a selection of bars off-the-beaten-track. As you hop from bar to bar, learn about the social role that cantinas have had in Mexican culture and how they have helped shaped the city and the local communities. Listen to your guide share unique insight and anecdotes about the locations, and enjoy the opportunity to reach out to locals if you wish. At each bar, taste a selection of traditional snacks and delicacies including mezcal, tequila, micheladas and more. You’ll also dine on an authentic Mexican dinner at one of the tastiest cantinas in town, whilst listening to some of the greatest hits of the country’s traditional music.

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What people are saying about State of Mexico

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.

Very good experience, well organized and safe. All the people involved in our trip was very nice, educated and handle their job very good. The hot air balloon part was amazing, 45 minutes in the air, it was so quiet and peaceful with the spectacular view of the Teotihuacan Pyramids complex and the mountains around the place, just was breathtaking. I recommend this trip 100%

I had a lot of Fun! The guide is a great person and I loved lunch, I am grateful for Yam's great experience, I have no negative comments on anything, I hope to return soon, thank you.

I enjoyed experiencing the different barrios from a different perspective. Our guide Ivan was really nice and I enjoyed conversation, also with other participants.

Amazing experience. It is a most if you want to experience the tradition of the day of the dead