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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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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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From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Private Tour

3. 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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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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Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

5. 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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From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

6. From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

Depart Mexico City and spend the day touring the Izta-Popo National Park. Following pickup from either of the 2 meeting points in the city, head to the foothills of Popocatépetl to start your hike up Iztaccíhuatl from the base of the dormant volcanic mountain. Take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air as you walk in a small group. Your own skill level will determine how high the hike will go, so you won't feel strained beyond your abilities. Popocatépetl is Mexico’s 2nd highest peak and part of the tour offers splendid views of the valley and village of Amecameca below. Marvel at the 3,700-meter high mountain of La Joya in the famous Paso de Cortés, named after the Spanish conquistadors who crossed it on their way to Mexico-Tenochtitlan in 1519.  Descend the mountain for a light lunch in the foothills to replenish your energy. Then, commence the return trip to Mexico City and reflect on the tranquility of the mountain and the miraculous wonder of nature.

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Nevado De Toluca: Reach the Summit with Professionals

7. 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: Hot Air Balloon & Walking Teotihuacan Tour

8. 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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Puebla and Cholula 1-Day Tour from Mexico City

9. Puebla and Cholula 1-Day Tour from Mexico City

Puebla, known as the City of Angels, is famous for its colonial architecture and its food. This 1-day tour is a culinary, archaeological, and architectural delight, taking you to Puebla and Cholula, one of Mexico's Pueblo Magicos (Magic Towns) with the largest Mesoamerican pyramid in the Americas. Visit the largest pyramid by base width in the town of Cholula. See Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a fascinating church in Cholula that displays a fusion of indigenous, pre-Hispanic design with colonial Baroque architecture – a truly fascinating and beautiful sight! You arrive in Puebla just in time for lunch, where you can enjoy the culinary delights. Try the Mole Poblano, the Tamales, and some colorful Pepitorias, or Obleas for dessert. Your guide can help you choose your food. Walk off your lunch with a tour around the colonial streets of Puebla, with its 16th and 18th century buildings and craft markets to enjoy.

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From Mexico City: Full Day Volcano Crater and Lake Hike

10. From Mexico City: Full Day Volcano Crater and Lake Hike

Spend the day away from the hustle-bustle of Mexico City and take in the fresh air while hiking around an extinct volcano. Leave Mexico City in the early morning and relax on an approximately three-hour drive to Nevado de Toluca National Park. Prepare for a hike full of scenic views of Nevado de Toluca and the magnificent landscape of the region.  Once arriving at the volcano, enjoy spending four hours hiking in Nevado de Toluca's crater and around its lakes. Your guides will take you along trails where you can capture the best views and take stunning photographs.

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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.

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!

This experience was unbelievable!! Everyone was absolutely great and super supportive throughout the climb. The staff is wonderful. This is the highest I have gone up altitude wise, so it was definitely difficult, but its very doable! Definitely recommend this trip.

I am so grateful and thankful to have taken this balloon ride. The entire experience was incredible from start to finish. Even the breakfast was exquisite! This was a life changing adventure that I would urge everyone to experience!

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