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From Mexico City: Puebla & Cholula & Tonantzintla Day trip

1. From Mexico City: Puebla & Cholula & Tonantzintla Day trip

Enjoy a full day tour to the most beautiful and important historical sites outside Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla. You will start driving from Mexico City and cross the highway with the mountains in the backdrop, towards the east side of the city. Admire breathtaking views and beautiful scenery of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes and get to the town of Cholula. Then, head to Santa María de Tonantzintla, this unique Church combines two religious interpretations that coexist (the indigenous and the Christian) and it its considered the most representative church of the indigenous baroque art. Visit the Cathedral and the historic center of Puebla in a guided walking tour, that will take you to the most important and representative places of this "City of Angels". Before returning to Mexico City, you'll be able to taste the local food, visit Parian Market and have free time to explore on your own.

From Puebla: Cholula Pyramid and Churches Half-Day Tour

2. From Puebla: Cholula Pyramid and Churches Half-Day Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Puebla, you’ll head straight to the archaeological site of Cholula, home to the largest pyramid in existence. Explore the underground tunnels, elaborate altars, and climb to the top of the pyramid. Wander the large plateau on the the top of the pyramid, taking note of the ornate church and views of the surrounding volcanoes. Afterwards, head to the Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla in the town of Cholula, a chapel famous for its elaborate interior decorations and significance to local religious tradition. Afterwards, you’ll head to a pottery studio for a tasting of artisanal spirits, including eggnog and other locally-crafted liquors.  You’ll end your day by heading to the brilliantly colorful Church of San Francisco Acatepec to explore the exquisite details of the mosaics, inside and out. Afterwards, you’ll head back for drop-off in any point in Puebla City.

Puebla and Cholula 1-Day Tour from Mexico City

3. 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.

Chautla's Castle, Lavender Farm, and Valquirico Private Tour

4. Chautla's Castle, Lavender Farm, and Valquirico Private Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Puebla and travel 1 hour in an air-conditioned van to Chautla's Ex-Hacienda. Here, take a 1-hour walking tour by the springs and end up at a beautiful castle located in the middle of the lake. Climb to the roof and take in panoramic views of the lake and property. The second stop is San Martin ranch, famous for its lavender fields and its distillery. Participate in a soap-making workshop and keep your handmade soap as a souvenir. Next, visit the shop where you can see all the specialty products made at the ranch and taste lavender coffee and sponge cake. The last stop is the Val'Quirico complex where you can explore the shops and charming restaurants. Inspired by San Quirico d'Orcia, a town in the Tuscany region of Italy, the complex has a charming medieval style. At the end of the tour, return to your accommodation in Puebla.

Puebla: Cholula and Atlixco Private Tour with Food Tastings

5. Puebla: Cholula and Atlixco Private Tour with Food Tastings

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Puebla and travels to the ancient city of Cholula. Visit the Great Pyramid, the largest pyramid in the world with a history dating back to the 3rd century B.C. From there, head to the charming city of Atlixco, founded in 1579. Pass by the city’s colorful central park, Franciscan convent and chapel, and the impressive Municipal Palace Mural. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a tasting session of handcrafted beer, homemade bread, cranberry juice, chocolate, and ice cream. Continue the tour to the city’s nursery next where you can find over a hundred species of plant and flower. Soak up the beauty of nature as you explore the nursery and learn about Mexico’s native flora. Finally, stop at a trout farm in Atlimeyaya, where you can meet the local farmer and feed the trout yourself. The tour ends with drop-off back to your hotel.

From Mexico City: Taxco, Prehispanic Mine & Puebla in 2 Days

6. From Mexico City: Taxco, Prehispanic Mine & Puebla in 2 Days

Take 2 of the most popular day trips from Mexico City on consecutive days and explore 3 of the country's most fascinating locations. Travel back in time to the colonial era and marvel at the monuments of Cholula, Puebla, and Taxco. See one of Mexico's grandest cathedrals, get stunning views of the volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, get 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. Take a 2-hour journey 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, which began 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 Prehispanic Mine 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 the Church of Santa Prisca. See and buy art pieces from Mexican artisans. Then, discover an incredible pre-Hispanic mine and find out how the ancient residents extracted precious materials before the conquest.

From Mexico City: Cider and Food Tour to Puebla and Cholula

7. From Mexico City: Cider and Food Tour to Puebla and Cholula

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Mexico through its food on this tour. Start your food experience by meeting your guide in Mexico City in the morning and heading to the "magical town" of Cholula. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the city center and get the chance to see the Great Pyramid. Afterward, visit a local cider production and explore the flavors of Puebla's food specialties at the market. Later, head to the state's capital Puebla. There, visit a monastery that is considered the birthplace of the most famous regional dish - mole poblano. Enjoy a walking tour of Puebla and see its colonial buildings, colorful lanes, and historic churches. Throughout your tour, stop at various local foodie spots to sample the best of Puebla's cuisine. You will also have the chance to visit the famous Parian craft market and purchase some unique artisanal souvenirs and local candies. Throughout the day, sample some of the most popular regional drinks, such as local hand-made liquors, pulque and artisanal mezcal. After a full day of discoveries, relax and begin the journey back to your hotel in Mexico City.

Puebla: Hot Air Balloon and Cantona Ruins with Breakfast

8. Puebla: Hot Air Balloon and Cantona Ruins with Breakfast

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puebla or Cholula city at 5:00 AM and heads to Hacienda Tepetcalli. Enjoy a hot coffee and snacks while you watch the inflation of the hot air balloon, then hop inside at 7:00 AM to begin your flight. Soak up panoramic views as you glide through the air for approximately 1 hour. Land near the take-off zone and celebrate with a wine toast followed by breakfast. Receive your flight certificate then set off to the Cantona Archeological Ruins. Start the visit at the onsite museum and learn about this ancient, but recently discovered civilization. Then explore the ruins and see the former site of pyramids and streets as you imagine what life here might have been like. At the end of an epic adventure, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

Puebla: Cholula and Baroque Architecture Private Day Tour

9. Puebla: Cholula and Baroque Architecture Private Day Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Puebla and travels to the city of Cholula. Visit the Great Pyramid, the largest pyramid in the world with a history dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Spend some time exploring the tunnels beneath the pyramid and learn about the ancient civilization that built it. After your tour of the pyramid, enjoy a tasting session of traditional Mexican liquors as well as a popular eggnog beverage. Next, visit the San Francisco Acatepec's Church, best known for its impressive Talavera mosaic and red brick facade. Later, continue the tour to some of the region’s best examples of Baroque architecture. Stop at the Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, built in the 16th century, to admire its truly incredible and intricate interior. Finally, visit the International Museum of the Baroque, which boasts an unforgettable architectural experience. The tour ends with drop-off back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Cholula de Rivadavia

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 284 reviews

We had a wonderful 1/2 day with Ariel, who picked us up from our hotel in Puebla and shared the sites of Cholula with us. His English was quite good, and he told us much history and culture in an understandable manner. He even managed my request for finding a local macha salsa, by stopping at a local vendor. A really nice, educational and meaningful tour. I highly recommend this company.

Extremely underrated cities. We had an amazing experience in both Cholula and Puebla. Lily is an amazing guide. Highly recommend this day trip

Excellent guide, Gerson knows a lot about Mexican history and makes the tour very interesting. I completely recommend the tour with Gerson.

Great day trip! If you want to see those two places but are on a tight schedule, it’s the perfect excursion. Our guide Alexa was lovely!

Excellent tour, super friendly staff with good narrative about the history of the place visited.