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Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour

1. Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour

Take in the three most culturally and historically important sites in the Mexico City area on a full-day tour. First, visit the archeological site of Teotihuacan and marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. See the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Dead's Avenue. Next, you’ll head to Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine was built to commemorate the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant. The third and final stop of the tour is Tlatelolco, where it is said that the past, present, and future of Mexico meet. The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is named after the three periods of Mexican history represented by structures from the pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent mestizo nation.

Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

2. Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

Leave Mexico City behind and discover the cultures that founded it. Choose your closest pickup spot and explore the greater State of Mexico, and learn incredible facts about the cities and sacred sites that thrived before Spanish influence. In San Juan Teotihuacán and the surrounding area's churches and basilicas, feel transported to ancient times. Start your tour briefly visiting the Plaza of the Three Cultures, where you will see the Church of Santiago de Tlatelolco. Appreciate the ruins of a pre-Hispanic city, and visit the memorial in honor of the student movement of 1968. Continue to the Basilica of Guadalupe to see the ancient and modern Basilica. Experience the relic, sheltered since 1531, considered a gift of the Virgin Mary towards the Indigenous Mexican people. Finish in the State of Mexico at the majestic site of Teotihuacán. Climb the pyramid of the Sun and the Moon, explore the archaeological zone, and learn about the transcendental history of this magnificent pre-Hispanic city. Visit a craft center that sells one of the oldest Mexican drinks, known as Pulque. You'll have a free hour to try the typical foods of Teotihuacán in the nearby Jaguar Restaurant.

Teotihuacán: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Tastings

3. Teotihuacán: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Tastings

On this GetYourGuide Exclusive experience, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 'City of the Gods'. Beat the crowds and learn about the history as well as the latest discoveries from your expert guide. Finish by sampling some local products. Visit Teotihuacan in the early morning, arriving at this famous archaeological site just as it begins to open its doors for the day. See the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the different buildings, plazas, and murals that make up this important pre-Hispanic city. Complete your tour with a stop at an obsidian workshop run by a Teotihuacan family. Enjoy tastings of liquors made from cactus, as well as tequila, mezcal, and pulque.

From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

4. 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.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine Day Tour

5. 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.

Mexico City: Guided Volcano Trek with Lunch

6. 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.

From Mexico City: Puebla & Cholula & Tonantzintla Day trip

7. 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.

Taxco and Cuernavaca: Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

8. Taxco and Cuernavaca: Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

Taxco is at the heart of Mexico’s silver region and one of the country’s pueblos magicos, or magic towns. Explore its cobblestone streets and visit some its silver jewelry shops. On the way to Taxco you’ll make a stop in Cuernavaca to admire its colonial architecture. This full-day excursion combines a guided tour of Taxco, providing history and facts about the Silver City with free time for you to explore the city and check out the beautiful silver jewelry in the afternoon. Cuernavaca, noted for its wonderful climate, is a pretty colonial city not far from the Mexican capital. Stop to see the Palace of Cortés and also the city's cathedral that features murals dating back to the 16th century. Taxco is renowned for silver and you’ll visit one of the top silver workshops to see how the famous jewelry is made. On this stop you’ll be offered tastes of tequila and mescal to try out these popular drinks made from cactus. See Santa Prisca Church, an architectural masterpiece built in the 18th century. Your guide will tell you about the history of the church and its interesting altarpiece. After lunch you’ll have time to explore Taxco on your own, taking in the stunning street scenes or buying silver jewelry from some of the finest craftsmen in Mexico.

Mexico City: Taxco & Cuernavaca Tour with Pre-Hispanic Mine

9. Mexico City: Taxco & Cuernavaca Tour with Pre-Hispanic Mine

Discover the colonial history of Mexico City on this day tour with an expert local guide. Choose to visit an ancient mine and learn about the lives and work of the inhabitants of the city before the Spanish came. Have the opportunity to descend in an authentic mining elevator and travel through a beautifully illuminated 150-meter tunnel, appreciating the sparkling of the walls due to the precious metals still found in them. Inside get to know how the ancient settlers carried out the mining work, what tools they used to extract the metals, and what techniques they used to find the coveted metals. Coming out of the bowels of the earth, admire a mural by the muralist Juan O'Gorman, who, out of his love for this beautiful city, worked with materials from the region a beautiful mural dedicated to the last Aztec emperor. 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. Discover an ancient pre-Hispanic mine, and learn how the ancient inhabitants extracted precious metals before the conquest.

Mexico City: Private Cacahuamilpa Caves and Taxco Tour

10. 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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Our guide was great, super knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. Teotihuacan is incredible, definitely worth the time and money. Early access is the way to go in my opinion because you miss major crowds. The food stop for lunch after was really good too. Bring lots of water and be prepared for a lot of stair climbing

I opted for the visit in Spanish and the guide Emmanuel is fantastic!!!! Erudite, motivated and very lively! I recommend! Muchas gracias Emanuel por su motivation y su erudición!

Taxco is a magical place to visit. If you have an extra day in CDMX, book the trip. It will be a long day, but worth it.

Excellent trip! Highly recommend it, the team were incredibly well organised. It is an amazing experience.

Early morning tour is the best thing we chose. You need to get up early, but worth it.