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Mexico City: Private Tour of Puebla and Cholula

1. Mexico City: Private Tour of Puebla and Cholula

Start your morning with hotel pickup from Mexico City before beginning your full-day tour. Arrival at the Cholula Archaeological Zone and enjoy a guided tour of the area considered the oldest city in America. Climb to the top of the pyramid where the symbolic Church of the Remedies is located. Visit the Church of Santa María Tonantzintla where you can marvel at the intricate details of this indigenous baroque Franciscan temple. Your tour continues in the historic center of Puebla. First, you will visit the Palafoxiana Library, the first of its kind in all of America. Later, explore the Cathedral, the Zócalo, and the gold-plated Rosario Chapel. Finish your tour with a visit to the Artists' Plaza and Crafts Market before visiting the famous Cinco de Mayo forts that surround the city.

Puebla: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour and Aquarium Michín

2. Puebla: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour and Aquarium Michín

Discover Puebla, by taking the official sightseeing tour of the city. Hop on one of our splendid Turibus double-decker buses while you enjoy incredible panoramic views. This is the best and most unique way to get around Puebla and discover the most famous sites and attractions and learn about Puebla history, customs, and traditions. Experience the best of Puebla, its colonial architecture, visit traditional markets, and acquire ceramics made of the famous Talavera stone, also discover its exquisite cuisine. Puebla is world-known for its delicious Mole Poblano. The city perfectly combines history, tradition, natural beauty, and modernity. The Turibus circuit covers plenty of beautiful and interesting sites such as The Zócalo, The Palafoxiana Library, Analco Neighborhood, the Convention Center, The Church of San Francisco and Beato San Sebastián Aparicio, Loreto Fountain, Guadalupe Fort, Museum of Evolution and Cable Car, Main Theatre, Plazuela de Los Sapos, Juárez Monument, Paseo Bravo and Army Museum and finally Juárez Avenue. You can travel freely around the city hopping on and off at any of our official stops as many times as you desire, all with the price of one ticket. Create lasting memories by combining your Turibus tour with a top-rated tourist attraction: -Turibus plus Aquarium: enjoy an excellent exhibition about different marine species, learn about marine life, and see colorful fish, frogs, turtles, and other animals.

Puebla: Walking Tour of Puebla City

3. Puebla: Walking Tour of Puebla City

Immerse yourself in the charm of Puebla with Viajes Caravan's walking tour. Learn about the city's foundation and its angelic nickname as you stroll through the historic Zocalo de Puebla. Marvel at the architectural splendor of Puebla Cathedral and explore the treasures of Biblioteca Palafoxiana, one of the oldest libraries in the Americas. Wander through the picturesque Callejon de los Sapos and uncover the legend of Puente De Ovando in the neighborhood of Analco. Experience the creative energy of Barrio del Artista and gain insights into Mexican history at the Museo Regional De La Revolución Mexicana Casa De Los Hermanos Serdán. Indulge your sweet tooth with a tasting on the Street of Candies and browse artisanal crafts at Mercado el Parian.

Puebla: Half-Day Private City Tour with Transportation

4. Puebla: Half-Day Private City Tour with Transportation

After pickup from the lobby of your hotel, head straight to the historical center of the city. Your first stop is Palafoxiana Library, the first public library in the Americas, the ornate building that houses more than 45,000 books and manuscripts dating back to 1493. Afterwards, you’ll continue through the historical center, viewing cathedrals, the Rosary’s Chapel, and the Zocalo.  Continuing onwards, you’ll enjoy a tasting of locally produced liquors and candies, before heading to the bohemian artist’s neighborhood. Afterwards, amble through the El Parián marketplace, viewing traditional handicrafts produced by local artisans, and the Alley of the Frogs, a bustling avenue filled with vendors and technicolor buildings. The tour continues with a visit to the secret tunnels of Xanenetla, built by the Mexican army in the 19th century, and only recently unearthed. Your tour concludes with a visit to panoramic viewpoint at the Fortress of May 5th, after which you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, or any other point in Puebla.

Puebla: Private Walking Tour with Candy and Liquor Tasting

5. Puebla: Private Walking Tour with Candy and Liquor Tasting

Along with your guide, see 7 of the most popular sites in the beautiful and dynamic city of Puebla. Meet your guide at the middle of the city’s main square. First, you'll go to the Palafoxiana Library, which houses a great Bishop’s donation of 5,000 books to the city. This wood-paneled library, built in the 18th century, is a truly beautiful place to explore. Then, head to the Puebla Cathedral, an ornate Roman Catholic church in the city’s center. Next, see Zocalo, the city’s main square, and a miniature model of the city. At the Rosary Chapel, admire the splendor of this golden 17th century chapel, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Built in the Spanish Baroque style, this gilded chapel shines with the light coming in through its gorgeous windows. You won’t want to forget your camera.   Next up, visit the “sweet street”, where you can taste typical candies and liqueurs of the region before heading to the Artist Quarter. Wander through quaint cobblestone roads and admire the market stalls highlighting the talent of the city. Continue on to the traditional market “El Parián”, which is full of traditional handicrafts and one of the most popular attractions of the city. Finally, visit the “alley of the frogs” (Plazuela de los Sapos), a popular antique shopping street that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Puebla: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cholula

6. Puebla: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cholula

Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Puebla and Cholula on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head straight to the Regional Museum and Archeological Zone of Cholula, which is considered the oldest city in America. Enjoy a guided tour of the region, ending on top of the pyramid where the symbolic Remedio's Church is located. Afterward, head back to the historical center of Puebla for a guided tour. First, pay a visit to the Palafoxiana Library, the first of its kind in all the Americas. Later, stroll past the Cathedral, the Zocalo, and the gold-plated rosary chapel. In the "Street of Candies", enjoy a tasting of local sweets and liquors.  Later, visit the artist plaza and an artisan craft market, as well as a visit to the Alley of Frogs, where you will find an antique flea market. Finally, visit the famous Cinco de Mayo forts which surround the city before getting dropped off back at your accommodation. Sundays and Mondays the Archaeological site is closed.

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Palafoxiana Library: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mexico City: Private Tour of Puebla and Cholula

Mexico City: Private Tour of Puebla and Cholula

Start your morning with hotel pickup from Mexico City before beginning your full-day tour. Arrival at the Cholula Archaeological Zone and enjoy a guided tour of the area considered the oldest city in America. Climb to the top of the pyramid where the symbolic Church of the Remedies is located. Visit the Church of Santa María Tonantzintla where you can marvel at the intricate details of this indigenous baroque Franciscan temple. Your tour continues in the historic center of Puebla. First, you will visit the Palafoxiana Library, the first of its kind in all of America. Later, explore the Cathedral, the Zócalo, and the gold-plated Rosario Chapel. Finish your tour with a visit to the Artists' Plaza and Crafts Market before visiting the famous Cinco de Mayo forts that surround the city.

Puebla: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour and Aquarium Michín

Puebla: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour and Aquarium Michín

Discover Puebla, by taking the official sightseeing tour of the city. Hop on one of our splendid Turibus double-decker buses while you enjoy incredible panoramic views. This is the best and most unique way to get around Puebla and discover the most famous sites and attractions and learn about Puebla history, customs, and traditions. Experience the best of Puebla, its colonial architecture, visit traditional markets, and acquire ceramics made of the famous Talavera stone, also discover its exquisite cuisine. Puebla is world-known for its delicious Mole Poblano. The city perfectly combines history, tradition, natural beauty, and modernity. The Turibus circuit covers plenty of beautiful and interesting sites such as The Zócalo, The Palafoxiana Library, Analco Neighborhood, the Convention Center, The Church of San Francisco and Beato San Sebastián Aparicio, Loreto Fountain, Guadalupe Fort, Museum of Evolution and Cable Car, Main Theatre, Plazuela de Los Sapos, Juárez Monument, Paseo Bravo and Army Museum and finally Juárez Avenue. You can travel freely around the city hopping on and off at any of our official stops as many times as you desire, all with the price of one ticket. Create lasting memories by combining your Turibus tour with a top-rated tourist attraction: -Turibus plus Aquarium: enjoy an excellent exhibition about different marine species, learn about marine life, and see colorful fish, frogs, turtles, and other animals.

Puebla: Walking Tour of Puebla City

Puebla: Walking Tour of Puebla City

Immerse yourself in the charm of Puebla with Viajes Caravan's walking tour. Learn about the city's foundation and its angelic nickname as you stroll through the historic Zocalo de Puebla. Marvel at the architectural splendor of Puebla Cathedral and explore the treasures of Biblioteca Palafoxiana, one of the oldest libraries in the Americas. Wander through the picturesque Callejon de los Sapos and uncover the legend of Puente De Ovando in the neighborhood of Analco. Experience the creative energy of Barrio del Artista and gain insights into Mexican history at the Museo Regional De La Revolución Mexicana Casa De Los Hermanos Serdán. Indulge your sweet tooth with a tasting on the Street of Candies and browse artisanal crafts at Mercado el Parian.

Puebla: Half-Day Private City Tour with Transportation

Puebla: Half-Day Private City Tour with Transportation

After pickup from the lobby of your hotel, head straight to the historical center of the city. Your first stop is Palafoxiana Library, the first public library in the Americas, the ornate building that houses more than 45,000 books and manuscripts dating back to 1493. Afterwards, you’ll continue through the historical center, viewing cathedrals, the Rosary’s Chapel, and the Zocalo.  Continuing onwards, you’ll enjoy a tasting of locally produced liquors and candies, before heading to the bohemian artist’s neighborhood. Afterwards, amble through the El Parián marketplace, viewing traditional handicrafts produced by local artisans, and the Alley of the Frogs, a bustling avenue filled with vendors and technicolor buildings. The tour continues with a visit to the secret tunnels of Xanenetla, built by the Mexican army in the 19th century, and only recently unearthed. Your tour concludes with a visit to panoramic viewpoint at the Fortress of May 5th, after which you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, or any other point in Puebla.

Puebla: Private Walking Tour with Candy and Liquor Tasting

Puebla: Private Walking Tour with Candy and Liquor Tasting

Along with your guide, see 7 of the most popular sites in the beautiful and dynamic city of Puebla. Meet your guide at the middle of the city’s main square. First, you'll go to the Palafoxiana Library, which houses a great Bishop’s donation of 5,000 books to the city. This wood-paneled library, built in the 18th century, is a truly beautiful place to explore. Then, head to the Puebla Cathedral, an ornate Roman Catholic church in the city’s center. Next, see Zocalo, the city’s main square, and a miniature model of the city. At the Rosary Chapel, admire the splendor of this golden 17th century chapel, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Built in the Spanish Baroque style, this gilded chapel shines with the light coming in through its gorgeous windows. You won’t want to forget your camera.   Next up, visit the “sweet street”, where you can taste typical candies and liqueurs of the region before heading to the Artist Quarter. Wander through quaint cobblestone roads and admire the market stalls highlighting the talent of the city. Continue on to the traditional market “El Parián”, which is full of traditional handicrafts and one of the most popular attractions of the city. Finally, visit the “alley of the frogs” (Plazuela de los Sapos), a popular antique shopping street that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Puebla: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cholula

Puebla: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour with Visit to Cholula

Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Puebla and Cholula on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head straight to the Regional Museum and Archeological Zone of Cholula, which is considered the oldest city in America. Enjoy a guided tour of the region, ending on top of the pyramid where the symbolic Remedio's Church is located. Afterward, head back to the historical center of Puebla for a guided tour. First, pay a visit to the Palafoxiana Library, the first of its kind in all the Americas. Later, stroll past the Cathedral, the Zocalo, and the gold-plated rosary chapel. In the "Street of Candies", enjoy a tasting of local sweets and liquors.  Later, visit the artist plaza and an artisan craft market, as well as a visit to the Alley of Frogs, where you will find an antique flea market. Finally, visit the famous Cinco de Mayo forts which surround the city before getting dropped off back at your accommodation. Sundays and Mondays the Archaeological site is closed.

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Overall rating

4.5
(10 reviews)

Our 3 hour tour was great! My young adult children were expecting boredom, but really enjoyed themselves. It was a nice blend of history, architecture, tastings, learning, and shopping. We had a private tour, and they sent 2 guides for our group of 5 people, making it possible to split up a couple of times when we were interested in doing different things. Guides spoke great English, and were personable, informative, and we never felt rushed.

Damian was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable and adapted the day of sightseeing according our interests and needs. We covered a lot. Damian is fun to be with. We highly recommend him. We hadn't expected a driver in addition to Damian, and Pablo was excellent and drove us to Cholula as well as around Puebla.

Excellent Guide - knowledgable, friendly, patient and good English. Very accomplished driver - dealt with some challenging weather conditions.

Excellent. Mariana and the driver were super friendly and the service was truly personalized. We enjoyed it very much

So much to see in Puebla so if you can't stay a few days, this is the best choice.