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Colonial Treasures of Mexico

This tour of the vibrant capital of Mexico City, colonial  Puebla and the magical Silver City of Taxco, offers natural beauty, culture, history (UNESCO World Heritage Sites), and wonderful gastronomic experiences! 
We begin and end in Mexico City. The buzzing downtown area features Pre-Hispanic and colonial-era splendour, as well as many old-school cantinas, intriguing museums, inspired dining and boat excursions along ancient canals.

In the state of Guerrero we’ll visit Taxco, famously known for its silver jewelry production. The narrow cobbled streets here are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and a stunning cathedral. 
Puebla has a historic centre (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with stunning colonial architecture. The city is also known for its warm hospitality, relaxed atmosphere and a prime view of Mexico’s Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes. 

* This tour is suited only for the fit and active traveller.
Tour Highlights:

   • Boat ride to Xochimilco Floating Gardens (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
   • Chapultepec Castle and the National History Museum 
   • Visit the home of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, in the charming neighborhood of Coyoacan
   • Enjoy the breathtaking Folkloric Ballet presentation in the Palace of Fine Arts
   • Visit the lovely Cuernavaca - “City of Eternal Spring”
   • The charming Silver City of Taxco
   • Colonial City of Puebla (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 
   • Cholula - the largest pyramid in the world
   • Unique towns with marvellous architecture, amazing crafts and delicious regional food   

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart for Mexico City, and upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in Mexico City’s most beautiful area - Reforma Avenue.
On our morning city tour we’ll see many fabulous statues and monuments, like the iconic Angel of Independence and the amazing Palace of Fine Arts. Then our guided walking tour of the historic center will take in the Cathedral, National Palace and the ruins of the ancient Tenochtitlan. Tonight is our Welcome Dinner.
Today we’ll visit 2 of Mexico City’s most important attractions. In Xochimilco we’ll ride a traditional “Trajinera” to see the Floating Gardens, and then tour the Coyoacan neighbourhood including the Frida Kahlo Museum. Lunch included.
We first tour Chapultepec Park, including the colonial Chapultepec Castle - formerly the official residence of Mexican heads of state. After a pleasant stroll through the park, we head to La Ciudadela - Mexico’s most visited arts and crafts market.
We depart for Taxco, with a tour en route of Cuernavaca - “City of Eternal Spring”. Here we will visit the ancient Cathedral, with its surrounding fortresses and outdoor altar. We’ll also see the fascinating House of Cortes - summer home of the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma.
We begin with a cable car ride which offers incredible panoramic views. Then we drive to the old city and take a fascinating walk along the decorated cobblestone streets, which are lined with wonderful colonial era buildings as well as silver shops. We will stop at the Penintents sculpture to learn about the traditions during Holy Week. At the main plaza we find the magnificent Santa Prisca Church built by the French miner Jose de la Borda (paid for out of his own pocket) and Borda’s House.
We proceed to Puebla. The afternoon will be at leisure to get acquainted with this wonderful city, or join your Tour Manager for a drink in Puebla’s most traditional cantina called La Pasita (The Raisin). This old cantina is famous for it´s drink called Pasita - made from raisin liquor with cheese and dry fruit. It may sound strange, but it is actually quite delicious!
On our guided walking tour of the main plaza we’ll see the magnificent Cathedral, Candy Street, Plaza of the Frogs and the Palafoxiana Library - the first public library on the continent, opened in 1646. Then we’ll see the Chapel of the Rosary and the Artists Corner. After our lunch in one of Puebla´s most traditional restaurants, we’ll visit the famous Talavera Market to see the beautiful ceramics the city is famous for.
Today we tour the Magical Town of Cholula, also known as the Sacred City. It is said that Cholula is the oldest city in America, and has been inhabited since 1100 BC. We will see the Great Pyramid of Cholula - the largest pyramid in the world. At the museum here we’ll learn about this ancient culture and we’ll walk through the tunnels that were discovered at this ancient site. Then we’ll admire the beautiful Church of the Remedies, and enjoy a fabulous view of the twin volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. We finish with a visit of the extraordianary and colourful church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, which combines Christian and Pre-Hispanic features. This is Mexico’s best example of indigenous Baroque Architecture.
We visit Izucar de Matamoros, which features wonderful crafts of international fame, including the incredible Trees of Life. At the House of Culture we’ll see these unique pieces, meet the artisans and learn about their techniques passed on through generations.
We visit Zacatlan, famous for its clocks. At the plaza we’ll admire the beautiful floral clock made with fresh natural flowers. At the Museum of Clocks we’ll see the first factory of monumental clocks in America. We finish with a sampling of the delicious apple Cider and cheese bread this town is famous for.
We visit the Magical Town of Huamantla, beginning with the main plaza and City Hall, followed by the National Museum of Puppets. Located in an 18th century colonial home, the museum features puppets from all over the world. We then visit a beautifully restored 18th century hacienda where we will try a Pre-Hispanic drink called pulque and enjoy a wonderful lunch.
Morning at leisure in Puebla, before we return to Mexico City for a free afternoon.
At leisure to explore this amazing city on our own. After our Farewell Dinner we’ll enjoy a breathtaking presentation by the famous Amalia Hernandez Folkloric Ballet in the Palace of Fine Arts.
We transfer to airport for our flight home.
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