Puebla, Mexico

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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover architectural wonders on this guided day trip to Cholula and Puebla from Mexico City. Inside Cholula’s archaeological zone, feast your eyes on Pirámide Tepanapa, or the Great Pyramid, the world’s largest — even bigger in volume than Cheops in Egypt! Wind your way through the UNESCO-listed city of Puebla, home to gorgeous tiled buildings and Mexican Baroque churches, including the Church of Santo Domingo and Chapel of the Rosary. Bonus: Hotel transport and lunch are included.
  • Day trip to Puebla and Cholula from Mexico City
  • Explore the archaeological zone of Cholula
  • Enjoy guided visits of Talavera and onyx factories
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch included
After hotel pickup from Mexico City, travel with your guide southeast to Cholula, just outside of Puebla. Head inside Cholula’s Archaeology (Park Zona Arqueológica) and visit the world’s largest pyramid — the Great Pyramid of Cholula, aka Tlachihualtepetl, towering at 180 feet (55 meters) with a square base of 1,300 feet (396 meters).
From the pyramid base, look up to see the Church of Our Lady of the Remedies perched on the summit. Hear about how Hernan Cortes ordered construction of 365 churches on this site, one for every day of the year.

Then, your guide takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Puebla, a city where buildings are sculpted out of freestone and covered with painted ceramic tiles. The charming city boasts 70 churches in its historic district alone. Swing by the 16th-century Church of Santo Domingo, whose plain gray and pink exterior belies the opulence inside.
Next, visit the Chapel of the Rosary, part of the Church of Santo Domingo and once considered the eighth wonder of the art world. Admire the gilded stucco inside this example of Mexican Baroque architecture.
Gaze at the serene-blue Convent of Santa Monica, now home of the Museum of Religious Art. Finally, visit onyx and Talavera ceramics factories, and learn about how these artisanal items are crafted, before enjoying transport back to your hotel.

Reviews

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j
, Sep 2018

All I have to say is AMAZING tour and take it! You will love it!

R
, Sep 2018

Had a great time seeing the place. Guide is very knowledgeable of the place and history. Small group is great too. Had a great time!

P
, Sep 2018

We booked this trip as an English guided tour of Puebla and Cholula. to be picked up at our hotel by 8.45 am. We had the hotel call the tour operator around 9.00 am, . She was put on hold and eventually lost the connection. As she was trying again the company called back to inform me that the pick up driver was having traffic problems, some streets were closed etc etc. We were picked up soon after that and taken to the "gathering place" where we waited with 7 others until past 10 am for arrival of minibus, Finally left at 10.30 making the tour start 1 hour delayed. The "English" part of the tour consisted of the driver-guide explaining in Spanish to the other people with a short quick English summary between his Spanish commentaries. He was fine and did his best but the experience was very unsatisfactory. When we finally arrived at Cholula,time was an issue because of the late start and the same at Puebla since the time was not extended to allow for the late start.. If I were to do this again, I would try a totally different tour company,

J
, Aug 2018

Overview: Another great tour booked through Viator. Our guide, Miguel, was fantastic and totally fluent in English with a great sense of humor. You will visit a number of beautiful churches that rival the most magnificent of Europe on this tour. If you're an old church or architecture fan this trip is for you. Plan on lots of driving about 90 minutes out and 2.5 hours back - that's just the way it is on roads and highways that can be exceptionally bumpy. Purchase the lunch option it's quite good. Lots of walking and climbing so wear good shoes and comfortable clothing. A definite return destination!
- Departure details: we were picked up on time at our hotel in a small van, then transferred to a mid-sized bus for the trip. About an hour into the trip we stopped at a rest stop for a bathroom break. On the way there Miguel told us about terrain and topography for the area we were driving through. The rest stop is a great place to take pictures of two volcanoes, weather permitting.
- Cholula: First destination was the Pyramid of Tlachihualtepetl and the Church of Our Lady of the Remedies. To get to the church located at the top of the pyramid which looks like a big hill we went through a 300 foot archeological tunnel. Once we emerged we began our trip up to the top where the church is. It's a good climb but the path is well paved. At the top the church is beautiful with 360 degree views of the Cholula and Puebla region.
- Puebla: Adjacent to Cholula, we visited another beautiful church then had a good lunch at a local restaurant, followed by two more magnificent churches one being the cathedral in Puebla. We then had about an hour to stroll around the main plaza in Puebla. NOTE: the plaza is beautiful but it is not necessarily a tourist destination in and of itself. It's a shopping and restaurant district for the residents. Nice place but don't expect to buy any souvenirs per se. Additionally, the description of the tour lists a visit to onyx and Talavera ceramics factories, which we did not and after a long day I'm glad we didn't.

M
, Jul 2018

Nice tour, friendly guide, good food! We would prefer some more time in Puebla.

m
, Mar 2018

The Driver was lost in both Mexico City and Puebla, killed the van 6 times at stop ebla, messed up the tickets at Cholula, we waited over 30 minutes for the driver/tour guide to return to us with the tickets.

He was over 30 minutes late to pick us up to go back to Mexico City, He never showed us anything in Puebla, he passed by the restaurant twice before letting us off. NO TOUR at all in Puebla!!!!!!

Very poor expericence

W
, Mar 2018

CAVEAT EMPTOR.

I would have liked to given our tour experience 5 stars because I know it could have been great, and had anticipated having a wonderful experience.

Sadly, if I had the option to rate the tour with NO stars I would. The reason is very simple. On the day that we, and a nice group of about 10 other mostly native English-speakers went on this tour, WE WERE NOT PROVIDED WITH A TOUR GUIDE. We did not receive the advertised tour! I'm pretty sure that everyone who accompanied us on this tour were extremely disappointed, and felt short changed.

As we were leaving Mexico City with our friendly and capable driver, Ulysses, who bravely led us on this odyssey, we suspected something was wrong, but were given no explanation as to why an English-speaking tour guide did not board the van with us. Was a tour guide going to meet us later on at our destination? Apparently not! We were not offered an alternative, or refund, before we got on our way.

When we arrived in Cholula Ulysses led us out of the van, and did his best, I guess, to give us a tour of the archeological site on top of which is perched the beautiful church, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. My wife and I got barely a glimpse of the interior of the church before being led through narrow passage ways through the remains of the pre-Hispanic temple remains below. Then off to the delightful historic quarter of Puebla where we were left on our own to tour without any guidance.

The highlight - we did have a very nice, enjoyable and tasty lunch provided in the Hotel Colonial, getting a chance to chat with some of our friendly tour mates. We were very grateful for that. A corner churro shop was also delightful.

We explored the neighborhood around the hotel on our own. Since arriving home, and googling Puebla, I am even more painfully aware how much we missed by not having a tour guide. We didn't bring a guidebook, and really didn't know what we were looking at. Chapel of the Rosary, Church of Santo Domingo, Convent of Santa Maria?? Maybe. Onyx and Talavera ceramics factories?? Definitely not!

I've learned so much more about the beauty and history of Puebla since returning home.

Sorry for the longwinded review which most people will not have the patience or time to read, but I just had to vent for all of us on this tour. Again, this could have been a really great experience, but our group, unfortunately, was cheated. Luck of the draw, I guess.

I
, Mar 2018

Excellent tour guide very knowledgeable and extremly nice person great, comfortable bus, great food.
The only complaint is: we spent way too much time in Cholula and as a result, did not have nearly enough time in Puebla! Puebla is a major historical attraction and a very important city of World Heritage. It deserves a tour of its own. This is the 2nd time we take this tour first time was in 2011. Back then, we only spent 45 min. in Cholula, which was great, because while becoming familiar with the Pyramid and its history, and taking in the stunning view of the church, we were later allowd to spend more time in Puebla and had almost 2 hours of free time there to shop and see the sights. This time, we only had 1 hour. Which is SO NOT ENOUGH!!!! The tour should be more balanced to allow people explore Puebla more. Again, many thanks to the guide, who was EXCELLENT!!!!

C
, Feb 2018

The trip was interesting and the guide gave us a lot of information.

E
, Feb 2018

Great trip! Tour guide was fantastic.


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