Fabulous Treasures of Mexico
Experiencing Mexico’s natural and cultural wonders can be an enchanting experience from the moment you arrive. This 10-day trip takes you to discover Mexico’s hidden gems and indulge in its colorful history and delicious gastronomy. You will have the chance to witness its traditions, explore breathtaking natural landscapes, and meet friendly locals who will warmly welcome you and make your experience in Mexico unforgettable.
This trip is an opportunity to explore Mexico beyond the famous Riviera Maya. You will discover some less touristy yet incredible places and get acquainted with the region’s ancient culture and traditions. Enjoy its ancient culture and traditions and learn why UNESCO lists Mexican cuisine on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Bellas Artes Palace
Church in Cholula
Hierve el Agua
Explore the must-see attractions of Mexico City, including the historic Basilica of Guadalupe and its breathtaking city center, home to numerous museums that showcase the country’s rich culture and traditions. Embark on a unique adventure and uncover the mysteries of the ancient Mayan city of Teotihuacan, or take a colorful barge and explore the canals of Xochimilco. Visit the famous Blue House, home to the Museum of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and explore Puebla’s Pueblos Magicos (Magic towns). Explore Oaxaca, home to natural and cultural wonders.
Upon your arrival at Mexico City International Airport (MEX), a driver will transport you to your hotel. If your flight arrives early, your guide will take you on a city tour after you settle in.
Mexico City shines like a bright star in the Mexican galaxy, a city full of life with endless possibilities to explore, from the captivating museums to the traditional cantinas and from the delightful culinary experiences to the serene boat rides along the ancient canals.
You’ll immerse yourself in Mexico City’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll discover a vibrant atmosphere filled with ancient palaces, stunning churches, and bustling markets. The Zocalo, the largest central plaza in Latin America, is a must-visit, where you’ll find traditional food stands that are the city’s heart.
Your tour will take you on a journey through time as you explore the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Templo Mayor, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Casa de Los Azulejos. Afterward, stroll through the Roma and La Condesa districts, where tree-lined streets, cute coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and art galleries await you.
These neighborhoods, once home to aristocrats, now offer a relaxed vibe and are a short walk from the famous Chapultepec Park. Discover the unique shopping experience of the area’s many artisans and quaint boutiques.
Four nights in Mexico City.
Teotihuacan, the most significant city in Mesoamerica, is home to a remarkable complex of pyramids. The site’s ruins, comparable in significance to those found in Yucatan and Chiapas, showcase the impressive technological advancements of the time. Behold the remarkable technological power of Teotihuacan that will ignite your imagination and fill you with inspiration.
Explore the archaeological site up close by taking a walk through it. You’ll witness the magnificent buildings full of history and culture. The experience is ideal for discovering a new place where traditions, history, culture, and mysticism come alive every moment. During the walk, you’ll have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Sun and the Moon’s pyramids, admire the beautiful and impressive valley, and explore the citadel and its various constructions.
Afterward, we will visit the Shrine of Guadalupe, the world’s second most visited Marian sanctuary, surpassed only by the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican. Within the tranquil walls of the Basilica de Guadalupe, you will encounter a diverse range of people, reflecting the dynamism of Mexican society.
As you walk through the Plaza Mariana, marvel at the banners held high by pilgrims. They participate in hourly masses within the massive basilica that can hold up to 40,000 congregants. The short walk up the hill, lined with small shrines and a leafy paved pathway to the baroque Capilla del Cerrito, provides a perfect opportunity for contemplation. As you descend, take in the beauty of additional gardens, churches, and chapels, and observe Mexicans from all walks of life paying their respects.
In the morning, we’ll head to Xochimilco and take a lovely cruise on a traditional pre-Hispanic barge or boat called ‘trajineras.’ It’s a colorful and picturesque boat that will allow you to immerse yourself in Mexican folklore and discover hidden gems. You’ll navigate through one of the last traces of the Aztec period, passing by ancient and peaceful canals and artificial islands created by the native peoples hundreds of years ago. Along the way, you can indulge in regional drinks and snacks prepared on the restaurant boats that line the area and listen to live mariachi music as you float past beautiful floating gardens.
After this colorful visit, we will go to the colonial district of Coyoacan, considered a magical neighborhood for its bohemian atmosphere full of stories, galleries, and crafts. Here, you can admire the stucco and tile facades of the beautiful colonial mansions of the XVI century, romantic tree-lined cobbled streets, and the main square where you can see the imposing mansion of the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes and the beautiful church of San Juan Bautista.
The tour culminates in the enchanting world of Frida Kahlo, where you’ll discover the life of this iconic Mexican artist and her celebrated spouse, the muralist Diego Rivera. The museum is in the impressive Casa Azul (Blue House), where Frida was born and raised as a child and where she returned to spend her last years. Stroll through the picturesque garden with its Mesoamerican pyramid at the museum dedicated to her history passionate and moving artwork. Casa Azul houses an extensive collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts, Mexican folk art, and some of her famous paintings, letters, indigenous jewelry, and personal effects.
Embark on an adventure to Chapultepec Park, a grand expanse larger than Central Park in New York. Explore its vast offerings, including museums, art galleries, a food market, and the castle where they filmed the timeless classic Romeo and Juliet.
After taking a walk in the park, we will stop at the National Museum of Anthropology, the best museum in Mexico City. This immense museum traces the history of human life going back millennia throughout the present country of Mexico and beyond. Independent exhibition areas, indoor gallery halls, and wonderful outside exhibits exist. You’ll discover old civilizations and cultures by period and region.
The museum has the world’s most significant ancient Mexican art and displays about Mexico’s contemporary indigenous groups. Some of the essential highlights of the museum are:
- The Aztec calendar stone is perhaps the most acclaimed work of Aztec sculpture.
- A recreation of the tomb of the ruler Pakal the Great. Archeologists discovered the grave of one of the city-state’s longest and most essential rulers in Palenque, one of the most representative Mayan cities. It’s a remarkably stunning and untouched collection of Mayan carvings, artworks, and jewels.
- The jade mask of the Zapotec Bat God. Archeologists discovered it while excavating a tomb in the archeological site of Monte Alban.
Later, you can go through the large food market in the park’s center and try Mexican food such as tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and mole.
Prepare to embark on a visit to the Chapultepec Castle, an exclusive estate that was once home to the royals. The preservation of the palace at the east end of the court is a testament to the luxurious lifestyle of those who once resided there. Allow yourself to immerse in the magnificence of the sumptuously furnished salons that open onto an exterior deck, offering an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the city.
As we drive to Cholula, one of the Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns), prepare to be amazed by the stunning views of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. Once a colorful satellite town of Puebla, this town has transformed into a beautiful boutique city break.
Discover the wonders of the archeological zone of Cholula, where the Pyramid Tepanapa, with its domed church, awaits you. The pyramid appears more like a hill than a pyramid, but inside, kilometers of tunnels veining the structure await your exploration. From the church grounds on the peak, you can marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of Cholula and beyond to the volcanoes and Puebla.
Enter the pyramid through the spooky north tunnel and experience the multiple layers built on each other during various reconstructions. The excavated areas around the pyramid and the tunnels beneath it, which span over eight kilometers, offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of this awe-inspiring destination.
Prepare to be awed by the beauty of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a church that seamlessly combines indigenous and European designs. From the moment you step through the doors, you’ll see a stunning mosaic of religious imagery, surrounded by walls and ceilings adorned with intricate plaster moldings painted in brilliant, vibrant hues. The result is a space overflowing with energy and life, leaving an indelible impression on all who visit.
Lastly, we’ll visit Puebla, a city that used to be known for its conservatism, Catholicism, and traditional values but has now transformed and become a symbol of change. The city’s rich history and culture are evident in its exceptionally preserved center, stunning Cathedral, and beautiful churches. The younger generation of Poblanos has embraced the city’s vibrant art and nightlife scenes, adding a fresh and exciting dimension to Puebla’s already thriving community.
Two nights in Puebla.
Explore historic downtown Puebla’s traditional markets and small restaurants. Sample local gastronomical delights and bring home recipes to share. You will indulge in mouthwatering tamales, corn-based molotes, and tacos poblanos while exploring the city’s history and monuments alongside your guide. You will continue your journey savoring savory chalupas before satisfying your sweet tooth on Calle del Dulces (Street of the Sweets) and wrap up your meal with classic sweets like camotes and tortitas de Santa Clara.
Let’s head to the vibrant Barrio del Artista neighborhood to experience the local culture and browse through the handicraft market, El Parian. You can also sample some pasita, a local liqueur made from raisins, at the city’s oldest cantina, La Pasita. To top it off, we’ll visit a nearby traditional pastry shop and indulge in a delicious flan dessert.
If you want a place to have dinner, try out El Mural de los Poblanos. It’s a sophisticated restaurant that boasts beautiful murals. It is an excellent place to try out the complex flavors of mole. Mole is a sauce and marinade from Puebla and Oaxaca known for its complexity, mystery, and flavor. Get ready to indulge in a sensory adventure that will leave you with a lasting impression.
Discover the captivating city of Oaxaca today – a cultural colossus that will leave you in awe. With its classy plazas, splendid churches, and lively markets, this city boasts a UNESCO World Heritage badge for its unique gastronomy blend, colorful festivals, and rich history.
Take a walking tour through the colorful streets, starting at the former Monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzman, now the Museum of Cultures. From there, visit the impressive Cathedral and head to Plaza de la Constitucion, where you can experience the unadulterated regional flavor that pulses through the city.
While exploring the city, one may observe the metropolis’s gritty edge, exemplified through satirical street art, longstanding street markets, and bohemian bars. Oaxaca has a unique personality that captivates and leaves you wanting more.
Explore the historic center’s coffee shops, art galleries, stores, restaurants, and bars. This city offers something for everyone beyond its beautiful churches.
Three nights in Oaxaca.
Today, embark on a journey that begins in the quaint village of El Tule. You’ll be amazed there by the Tule Tree – the world’s most expansive tree, standing tall for over 2000 years.
Next, we go to Hierve el Agua, a breathtaking petrified waterfall amid low brush-covered mountains. The natural infinity pools on the cliff’s edge offer awe-inspiring mountain range views. Over time, the water has created white mineral formations that resemble giant frozen waterfalls, making this a truly unique experience. The area has two waterfalls, one with four popular mineral pools, and the other is a quieter spot to enjoy the natural beauty. The water at Hierve el Agua is mineral-rich and typically cool to cold, providing a stunning and unforgettable bathing experience.
We will end our day with a trip to the village of Teotitlan del Valle, which is well-known for its handicrafts. You can explore the shops, stroll, and learn about the regional tequila-making process.
Today, you’ll be able to participate in a cooking class with a local cook and discover the secrets of making mole. The day will start with a visit to the market to purchase the freshest ingredients. After a delicious lunch, you’ll continue your journey to Monte Alban.
Monte Alban stands tall on a hilltop a few kilometers west of Oaxaca, symbolizing the ancient Zapotecs who once ruled Oaxaca’s Valles Centrales. As you explore this incredible archaeological site, you will go back to a thousand-year history that has left behind palaces, temples, tall platforms, an observatory, and a ball court arranged one after the other. The unique astronomical observatory and excavated tombs will inspire you, and the ancient ball court will take your breath away. You will be left in awe of the fantastic 360-degree views over the city, distant mountains, and valleys.
The adventure of discovering Mexico’s fabulous treasures concludes with a transfer to Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) for your return flight home.
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Fabulous Treasures of Mexico
-All private transportation.
-Nine nights of hotel accommodations.
-Professional certified guides.
-All park entrance fees.
-Tours and excursions as listed.
Fabulous treasures of mexico
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