Mexico City to Puebla & Oaxaca
Embark on a true cultural expedition via this Mexico City to Puebla & Oaxaca tour. Begin by experiencing the far reaches of urban Mexico City, including the fabled canals of Xochimilco and the iconic artist Frida Kahlo’s house, before discovering some of the region’s ancient cultural history at the Teotihuacan ruins. Exchange big city lights for smaller, more traditional cities of Puebla and Oaxaca, wandering colonial city centers and a maze of dynamic marketplaces. Finally, dive head-first into the traditional flavors of endemic mezcal paired with authentic, local cuisine.
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- Immerse yourself in Mexico City, including visits to the districts of San Angel, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco, as well as the iconic artist Frida Kahlo’s Blue House.
- Journey to Teotihuacan, one of the most important Mesoamerican archaeological sites, built by the Aztecs almost two millennia ago.
- Explore the city, ruins, and churches of Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s cultural capitals known for its Day of the Dead celebrations.
- Drive along the scenic Paseo de Cortes, a mountainous pass between revered Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes.
- Wander the streets of charming Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage historic site, with visits to the colonial center and a local market for produce and flowers.
- Dazzle your tastebuds with a traditional regional lunch near Cholula, Mexico.
- Dive into the up-and-coming world of boutique mezcal, an agave-derived alcohol, on a tasting tour that goes off the beaten path.
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After breakfast you’ll travel to San Angel, a cobblestone-lined and colorful sector of Mexico City. If your dates align with a Saturday in town, you can tour the Bazar del Sabado, an artisan market which brings in people from all over the city. Then, carry on to Coyoacan, which boasts a street with 64 buildings that are recognized for their historic value. For lunch, discover the Coyoacan Market for some authentic Mexican cuisine, and then carry on to Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, where you’ll tour the home where the ionic Mexican painter lived her first and final moments of life. End your day in Xochimilco, meaning ‘place of the flowers’, exploring the ancient canals by boat which are currently used for growing flowers (rather than crops, once used by the Aztecs).
Today you’ll travel to Teotihuacan, nearly an hour outside of the city, to tour what is considered to be one of the most important Mesoamerican archaeological sites. With the echoes of flutes around you, you’ll travel down the Avenue of the Dead – the path climbed to the top of the pyramid by those surrendered to the gods. You’ll also explore the towering Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, offering beautiful views across the city and valley of Teotihuacan. Learn all about the cosmology and religion of the Aztecs during your visit and before returning to your hotel back in the city.
Today you’ll set off for Puebla (4hrs drive), enjoying an adventure along the way! En route to Cholula, nearly 3hrs from Mexico City, traverse through Paseo de Cortes, a mountainous pass at nearly 12,000ft above sea level situated between the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl Volcanoes. The pass is named for the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes, who entered the valley of Mexico in 1519 seeking conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. Stop for a traditional regional lunch in route before reaching Cholula, where you’ll then walk the tunnels and climb the impressive pyramid overlooking the city, dedicated to the Aztec God, Quetzalcoatl.
Spend the day taking in the sites of Puebla City, which sits at the foot of the Popocatepetl Volcano. Founded in 1531, Puebla retains its authenticity, which you’ll see as you tour the Historic Center (UNESCO site), the Zocalo city center, wander down the famous ‘Candy Street’ and visit the National Palace. Following lunch, you’ll enjoy a guided visit of either the International Barroco Museum, Amparo Museum or Los Fuertes (depending on the day of the week, some museums may be closed).
After breakfast, you’ll be privately transferred to Oaxaca where you’ll settle in for the next few days. In the evening, discover some outstanding Mezcales on a guided tour off the beaten path with a variety of tastings, savoring the authentic flavor of the endemic agaves of the region. Then, top your night off with one of Oaxaca’s most famous evening delicacies, grilled Tlayuda! If your evening alights with a Friday or Saturday, some live music will accompany your meal.
You’ll tour Oaxaca’s historic city center today with your private guide, learning about the city’s cultural heritage while also visiting the Oaxaca Museum of Culture, which features an impressive exhibit of treasure found in one of the tombs at the Monte Alban archaeological site.
After breakfast, you’ll set out to explore the Mesoamerican traditions of the Zapotec and Mixtec at Monte Alban before journeying into Oaxaca’s colonial past at Tlacochauhuaya, home to one of the most important churches for the newly arrived Spanish. You’ll then visit Teotitlan del Valle, where Zapotec traditions live on in contemporary form within the woven goods. End your tour at the famous 2,000yr tree at Tule.
When necessary, you'll be transferred to the airport for your fight home.
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