Mexico City, Puebla & Cholula
Archeology, Anthropology and Arts
Day 1 Arrive Mexico City—Zocalo Central http://www.centralhoteles.com
Mexico City (Ciudad de México), capital of the country and seat of the government, lies at an altitude of more than 2,200 meters in the Anáhuac Valley surrounded by mighty mountain ranges. The city’s location is breathtaking; two magnificent snow-covered volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, tower above it at heights of more than 5,000 meters. Find your urban sanctuary at the Zocalo Central hotel located in the heart of Zocalo, Mexico City.
Day 2 Historic Mexico City Tour
Enjoy a historic city center (Centro Histórico de la Ciudad), 15-square-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site containing more than 1,400 important buildings from the 16th to 19th centuries. Begin in the Zocalo-the Plaza de la Constitucion (Constitution Square) which includes The National Palace with the mural painted by Diego Rivera, the Templo Mayor of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and the Cathedral. After lunch, stride through Avenida Madero to the Tolsa Plaza; perceive the famous Postal Palace and Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Day 3 Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle
Bosque de Chapultepec is Mexico City’s principal park. Once a stronghold of the Toltec, it was here in AD1200 that the Aztecs settled. We follow the hill path to arrive at the Castillo de Chapultepec, formerly an imperial palace and presidential residence, overlooking marvelous panoramic views of Mexico City. Located inside the park is the National Museum of Anthropology, regarded as one of the top museums in the world. Stroll through 3500 years of Mexican history, from prehistoric times to the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. The remains and the objects of Lord Pakal, the great Maya ruler, are housed here.
Day 4 Coyoacan, Xochimilco and Ballet Folklorico evening show.
Visit the colonial neighborhood of Coyoacan where the Dolores Olmedo Patino Museum is located. This museum features at least 137 of her friend, Diego Rivera’s works, 25 paintings of Frida Kahlo and 37 creations of Rivera’s first wife. Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum and the Museum of Popular Culture. Stroll down the oldest street in Mexico, Calle Sosa, where such well-known people as Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz also walked. If time permits, cruise part of the 50 miles of the Xochimilco floating gardens.
Founded by Amalia Hernandez, the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico has performed more than 15,000 shows worldwide. The folk dance company is dedicated to preserving Mexico’s traditional arts by filming dances, recording music and photographing costumes from regions throughout Mexico, and presents these forms on stage. You will be mesmerized by dance and choreography.
Day 5 Teotihuacan and Basilica of Guadalupe
Teotihuacan, “the place where men become gods,” one of the most important ruins of the world. Mystery envelops this epicenter of Aztec culture and commerce for ancient Mesoamerica. The pyramid of the sun and the pyramid of the moon are among the best-known structures in these ruins. Continue on to visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most visited Catholic shrine in all the Americas
Day 6 Transfer to Puebla (2.5hr), Hotel Colonial Puebla http://www.colonial.com.mx/colonial/hing.htm
Nestled in the middle of Mexico, under the imposing view of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, Puebla opens its doors and boasts its official titles: It was named a “heroic” city for being the site where Mexican troops’ defeated the French army in 1862 (Battle of Puebla); and it was also named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. A great example of colonial architecture, Puebla brings the visitor back to the time when the conquistadores were building exuberant palaces in European style.
Day 7 Puebla City Tour and Cholula
Our city tour includes Puebla’s Cathedral, one of the oldest in Mexico, and often said to be second only to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. The Capilla del Rosario (Rosary Chapel) sometimes referred to as “the golden house” because of the lavish use of gold leaf, and the Museo Casa del Alfenique, renovated over-the-top 18th-century decorative style colonial house with a vast collection of historic and religious paintings.
After lunch we continue to the hidden pyramid of Cholula, once the largest in the world. It can be visited through tunnels that bring visitors deep inside what at first glance seems a hill with a church on top. On our way we’ll admire the Popocatepetl and Iztacihuatl volcanos.
Day 8 Depart Puebla to Mexico City airport (2hrs)
The 2017 Mexico City package price is $2165 per person double occupancy, $450 single occupancy. Package includes 7 night’s hotel lodging, 2 main meals per day, and private day tours with local bilingual guide and driver, Ballet Folkloric show tickets and transportation, private transfer from Mexico City to Puebla, 1 airport transfer out of Mexico City from Puebla, entrance fees and regular tips (maids and meal).
It does not include airfare, airport transfers in Mexico City, meals not indicated in the itinerary, tips for guide, or trip insurance.