If you're short on time but don't want to compromise on adventure, this packed six-day trip to Central Mexico is for you. Start in Mexico City, where you'll explore the city and go on a street food tasting tour. Spend a couple of days in Cholula, learning about agricultural crops, Talavera art, and more.

Highlights

  • Visit the archeological site of the Templo Mayor
  • Go biking in Teotihuacán to see ancient pyramids
  • Explore the history of the local agricultural staple of Cholula: corn
  • Learn about the history of the colorful Talavera tiles

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Mexico City, City Center Walking Tour & Street Food Tasting Mexico City
Day 2 Biking in Teotihuacan "The City of the Gods", Transfer to Cholula Cholula
Day 3 Puebla City Tour & Talavera History, Cholula Corn & Markets Tour Cholula
Day 4 Free Day in Cholula Cholula
Day 5 Free Time in México City, Transfer to Mexico City Mexico City
Day 6 Depart Mexico City  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City, City Center Walking Tour & Street Food Tasting

Tacos with carnitas and chicharrón
Tacos with carnitas and chicharrón

Welcome to Mexico City!

Explore the historic center of the Mexican capital on a walking tour to learn about the city's history, its art, and its architecture. 

Start with a visit to the impressive Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), the symbol of Porfirio Díaz's rule, then continue through Madero's pedestrian street until you reach Plaza de la Constitución, better known as Zócalo. It's one of the largest squares in the world and is home to a number of important historical buildings and monuments, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the archeological site of the Templo Mayor, and the National Palace.

To get a feel for the real México you have to venture into a local market, the heart of each neighborhood. You'll visit the nearby market, navigated by your guide to help you find the best street tacos. Taste the city's best street food, smell the cooking food from each stall, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere as you peruse like a local — this is the real Mexico City. 

Day 2: Biking in Teotihuacan "The City of the Gods", Transfer to Cholula

View of the Pyramid of the Sun and the Avenue of the Dead
View of the Pyramid of the Sun and the Avenue of the Dead

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel start your biking tour. Your destination is Teotihuacán — "the place where men become gods" — an archeological site located in the State of Mexico, between the towns of San Martin de las Piramides and San Juan Teotihuacan, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City.

Your tour starts at the Valley of Teoticuacán, where your guide will walk with you through the mural route, where you can see the ancient barrios of Tetitla, Atetelco, and Tepantitla. Next, continue to the archaeological zone to see the pyramids and Palace of the Butterflies.

During the visit, you'll also have the opportunity to try pulque, a traditional alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey (agave) plant. In addition, you'll visit a cactus products factory to learn about all the different products that are made with the plants.

In the late afternoon following the tour transfer to Cholula, located approximately two hours away. Once you arrive at your hotel, take the rest of the day to rest and relax after your adventure. 

Day 3: Puebla City Tour & Talavera History, Cholula Corn & Markets Tour

Colorful talavera ceramics
Colorful talavera ceramics
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Enjoy a walking tour through the historic center of Puebla, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Start at the impressive Cathedral and the Chapel of the Rosary, undoubtedly one of the most splendid examples of the Novo-Hispanic baroque. Afterward, continue with a visit to a Talavera workshop to see one of Mexico's most iconic handicrafts. Then, head to the Palafoxiana Library, a center of universal knowledge and one of the first libraries of the American continent. Its literary variety and bibliographic richness earned it the title of Memory of the World by UNESCO.

During your walk through the beautiful streets of the historic center, you will also see other iconic sites such as the Calle de Los Dulces, the famous Barrio del Artista, and Barrio de Los Sapos, as well as the El Parián handicrafts market.

In the afternoon, meet with your private guide who will take you to the town of Cholula. You'll spend the afternoon exploring the city and some of its iconic architecture. Discover some of the most iconic churches, such as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, which is built on top of a pyramid dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl. Learn about the history and the history of how indigenous and colonial cultures have mixed to create an entirely unique city. 

In addition to its architecture and historic sites, Cholula is famous for its gastronomy. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's food scene, especially the preparation and use of corn in common Mexican foods. On this tour, you'll discover and learn everything about the process of corn, from its cultivation to the preparation of tortillas. At the end of the tour, you will taste some of the most delicious foods that are derived from corn — the staple of Mexican gastronomy.

Day 4: Free Day in Cholula

Free day in Cholula
Free day in Cholula

You'll spend the day exploring Cholula and some of its iconic architecture. Discover some of the most iconic churches, such as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, which is built on top of a pyramid dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl. Learn about the history and the history of how indigenous and colonial cultures have mixed to create an entirely unique city. 

In addition to its architecture and historic sites, Cholula is famous for its gastronomy. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's food scene, especially the preparation and use of corn in common Mexican foods.

On this tour, you'll discover and learn everything about the process of corn, from its cultivation to the preparation of tortillas. At the end of the tour, you will taste some of the most delicious foods that are derived from corn — the staple of Mexican gastronomy.

Day 5: Free Time in México City, Transfer to Mexico City

Put yourself in the locals' shoes as you walk around
Put yourself in the locals' shoes as you walk around

Enjoy some free time in Mexico City.

There are plenty of museums, historical monuments, galleries, restaurants, archaeological finds, parks, and much more to discover. Popular options include a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum or an afternoon of tequila tasting. 

Other options include visiting local markets, restaurants, cafés, or walking different and authentic neighborhoods such as San Angel, Santa Maria la Rivera, Coyoacan, La Condesa, or La Roma to put yourself in the locals' shoes. 


After, drive from Cholula back to Mexico City. 

Day 6: Depart Mexico City

Come back soon!

After breakfast, your private transportation will take you to Mexico City Airport to catch your flight home. 

 

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