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Duration: 10h 30m
Location: Mexico City, Mexico | Mexico City, Mexico
Pre-hispanic & Spanish colonial architecture & culture
Lavish Mexican Baroque church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla
Archaeological site at the enormous Great Pyramid of Cholula
Free time to have lunch & explore Puebla's historic center
Visit to the sumptuous gilded Rosary Chapel at Santo Domingo
Guided tour of Puebla and Cholula
Live commentary in English
Roundtrip transportation to and from your Mexico City hotel
Delve into Puebla’s pre-Hispanic history and colonial past with a cultural and architectural tour of its fascinating churches, ancient archaeological sites, and charming, UNESCO-designated center.
After being picked up from your hotel, ride to the church at Santa Maria Tonantzintla—the spectacularly mosaicked interior blends indigenous and Baroque styles in a wild explosion of designs and details for an elaborate effect known as horror vacui, or fear of empty space.
This intriguing mix of pre-Hispanic elements and Christian culture is even more apparent at Cholula, where a Catholic church is perched on top of a pre-Columbian Teotihuacan pyramid. Enter the excavation tunnels dug into this archaeological site for a look at the staircases, structures, and murals within.
From Cholula, head into colonial Puebla—known as “The City of Angels.” Puebla’s cosmopolitan vibe and traditional flavor earned it a nod from UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Stop for lunch at your leisure—Puebla is the birthplace of the emblematic Mexican dish, mole. Then stroll the historic center to scope out the charming talavera tiles and frescoes that ornament the city’s buildings and façades.
Listen to the legends behind Puebla’s austere cathedral’s soaring bell tower—it’s said that angels raised the 18,000 pound (8,100 kg) bell to the top of the lofty belfry. Then step into the gilded stucco and onyx stonework of the Rosary Chapel at Santo Domingo—it’s a dazzling conclusion to your day in Puebla.
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours
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At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
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