Route of the Gods 8 Days
Arrive into Mexico City airport and transfer to your hotel of choice. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure
Get oriented early, so you can get more out of your vacation! You will be advised of your pick up time from your hotel and your Mexico City tour includes a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, one of the finest archaeology museums in the world. This tour will also take you to the Chapultepec Park, the main avenues, residential areas and monuments. You will enjoy the many attractions of the Main Square (Zocalo), such as the cathedral, the National Palace with Diego Rivera’s amazing murals and numerous shops and restaurants. Return to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
Today your cultural experience continues on to the Teotihuacán Pyramids and the Guadalupe Shrine. The tour also includes a visit to the Three Cultures Plaza, an interesting site that features 3 architectural samples of three different historical times in Mexico; the archaeological ruins of Tlatelolco Ceremonial Centre, a church built by the Spaniards in the 16th century and the impressive Foreign Affairs Ministry Building. Continue to the Guadalupe Shrine, this is one of the most sacred places for Mexicans and Latin Americans, where the Guadalupe Virgin is visited by some 10 million people a year. You will then continue on to Teotihuacán, Mexico’s largest fully excavated archaeological site with some of its highest pyramids; the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. This ceremonial centre is an important Aztec religious site, where they worshipped their gods with rituals and human sacrifices. Return to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
Today your full day tour takes you to Puebla, a colonial city east of Mexico City. This is the meeting point of the Eastern Sierra and the Central Highlands making it possible to see the peaks of the highest volcanoes in Mexico; the Popocatepeti (The Smoking Mountain) and the Ixtaccihuati (The Sleeping Women). Puebla is popular for its delicate cuisine, beautiful arts and crafts, ceramics, including the world famous “Talavera” patterned pottery and its 365 church domes; one for every day of the year. Churches built during the colonial period over ancient Mesoamerican ceremonial centres to stop Indians worshiping their gods. Visit the main square, the magnificent Cathedral, main avenues and monuments. You then continue on to Cholula Ruins and explore the biggest pyramid in old Mesoamerica through its narrow tunnels. The pyramid is underground and the splendid Virgin de los Remedios Church is built on top. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure
Today your tour heads south of Mexico City to Cuernavaca, a fine colonial city considered the City of Eternal Spring, because of its wonderful sunny days and warm weather all year round. Then we continue on to Taxco, the silver capital of the world. Enjoy a full day browsing the winding cobblestone streets for artifacts of silver, gold, brass and copper in the artisans’ workshops. A guided visit to the Santa Prisca Church is included, one of the richest and best examples of the Mexican ‘churriguresque’ architecture style of the 16th century. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure.
Today your tour will take you to the old Aztec City of Xochomilco. The Aztec Indians developed a system of floating reed mats loaded with soil and they used these as gardens. Visitors now float in flat bottomed boats through the remaining agrarian canal system that once fed the Aztec capital. The banks of the canal are covered in gardens of flowers and some boats now carry Mariachi musicians to serenade the visitors. Lively markets provide you with an opportunity to practice your haggling skills in order to pick up a bargain and some local arts and crafts. Return to you hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure.
The day is yours to explore this fine city on your own or to re-visit somewhere you may like to spend some more time at, before your evening transfer to the Folkloric Ballet. The imposing Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) in Paseo de la Reforma is built of marble and was constructed between 1904 and 1934. It is a handsome venue for the world famous Ballet Folklorico. See traditional costumes, theatrical dancing and music. Your tour includes round trip transfers and admission.
Depending on your flight time, you may have the chance for some last minute shopping before your transfer back to Mexico City airport.