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Santa María Tonantzintla

Santa María Tonantzintla: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Small Group Tour

1. From Mexico City: Cholula Pyramid & Puebla Small Group 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.

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: Cholula and Baroque Architecture Private Day Tour

3. 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 Santa María Tonantzintla

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 38 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.

We had an amazing day with Francisco who was very caring and organised. Francisco went an extra mile and prolonged the trip for us to have the full experience even though we lost some time due to traffic accident. Alberto who was the guide at Cholula was absolutely amazing and very knowledgable. Puebla is a must see too - it is such a beatiful place! We can only recommend this trip!

A very beautiful day with Javier who transported me with a lot of kindness, kindness and professionalism. The guide Alberto a Chamula allowed me to immerse myself in the history of this city of pyramids and churches. I encourage you to choose them ...

Javier & Alberto were great! The day trip was well planned, very informative and a nice break from Mexico City!

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