Countryside Escapes Outside of Mexico City: Mexico City, Tepoztlan and Puebla

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Join us on this 10-day journey to explore the countryside outside Mexico City.

Begin your journey exploring the heart and soul of Mexico City.  Tour top sites with expert guides as you learn about Mexico’s cultural—from its rich, pre-colonial past to its current standing as one of the world’s best cities.

Explore the nearby countryside on a visit to the state of Morelos and its Magical Town of Tepoztlan.  Visit the historic palace and Cathedral of Cuernavaca as you learn about the city’s allure to both Aztec emperors and Spanish conquistadors. Stroll the streets of the colonial city of Puebla and visit some of its beautiful churches. Crest the amazing Paseo de Cortes where, in 1519, Hernán Cortés first glimpsed the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City). Take in views of two spectacular, towering volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, which shape the pass’ saddle.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Mexico City – Explore the historic center of Mexico’s capital and learn about the art, culture, and politics while visiting some iconic museums.

Tepoztlan – Located at the foot of Tepozteco Mountain and known as the reputed birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent God, Tepoztlan is one of the most charming “Pueblos Mágicos” in Morelos.

Cuernavaca – Discover tranquility and colorful landscapes in Cuernavaca, also known as the city of the eternal spring.

Puebla – Enjoy a private tour of Puebla’s historic city center, home to more than 70 churches and thousands of colonial buildings.

Paso de Cortes – Enjoy spectacular views of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes.

Cantona – Explore this impressive archeological site, the largest urban settlement ever discovered in Mesoamerica.

Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City

You will be greeted at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel for check-in and some time for rest and enjoy the hotel.

Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 2: Privately guided tour of Mexico City’s Historic Center & the MUNAL Museum

On day one, you will be picked up in your hotel lobby at 8:00 am. And bee one of the first to enter the famed Maya ball courts and temples of Uxmal. Under the tutelage of an expert guide, marvel at the achievements and mysterious demise of the Maya.

Discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican, colonial and revolutionary history while exploring the historic center of the capital with your personal, expert guide.

What is now the heart of this modern city was also once the center of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlan. Visit the Cathedral built upon the main Aztec temple by the Spanish conquistadors, as well as the painted representation of Mexico’s past by muralist Diego Rivera in the National Palace. You will then walk through some of the center’s iconic streets to the Palace of Fine Arts where you will explore its varied architecture.

Afterward, you will visit the MUNAL (Mexican National Art Museum) which holds an impressive collection of art from the XIX century through to the XX century. You will also be awestruck by the fabulous landscape paintings of Jose Maria Velasco and pieces of Siqueiros, Rivera and many others well-known Mexican artists. Upon completion of your tour, you will be driven back to your hotel for the rest of the evening on your own at leisure.

During this tour, you will have time for lunch at one of the amazing restaurants in the area.

Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 3: Private Art, Politics & Love Triangle: Kahlo, Trotsky & Riviera

Enjoy a full day learning about the art, culture, and politics that shaped movements and pushed boundaries in Mexico last century.

Your personal guide will lead you on a full-day exploration of Frida Kahlo´s artwork and tumultuous personal life, Leon Trotsky´s revolutionary politics, and controversy, finishing with an in-depth look into Diego Rivera´s passionate lifestyle, art, and legacy. This experience takes place in Mexico City´s charming southern neighborhoods of Coyoacan and San Angel and includes visits to Frida Kahlo´s Blue House, the Leon Trotsky House Museum and the Diego Rivera Casa Estudio. A visit to San Angel´s Saturday Bazar is optional – only available on Saturdays.

Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 4: Private transfer to Tepoztlan

Today after breakfast and hotel check out, you will be privately transferred to Tepoztlan, in the state of Morelos; your home for the next two nights. Restroom stops may be made along the way.

At arrival, you may check in and enjoy the rest of the evening on your own at leisure.

Overnight: Amomoxtli

Day 5: Privately guided excursion to climb the Tepozteco pyramid and rest of day at leisure

Along with your expert guide, enjoy a privately guided journey, ascending to the Tepozteco Pyramid. During a 40-minute hike up to the pyramid, admire amazing views along the way. Afterward, head toward the town’s market and wander through the ex-Convent of the Nativity, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Please note: this is considered a moderate to intermediate level hike; the climb up lasts between 40 minutes to an hour (depending on the pace) and does not have railings to hold on to for support.

You may optionally choose to journey to Taxco, located two hours (120 km or 75 mi) from Tepoztlan. Led by your guide, traverse this beautiful hillside town famous for its silver production. The Taxco silver mines were discovered by the Spanish in the 16th century and, to this day, the town is Mexico’s silver capital, with hundreds of shops selling locally-made silver jewelry. Wind up and down through the narrow, cobbled streets before arriving at the main plaza, where locals congregate on benches under the shade of the trees. Visit the 18th-century church of Santa Prisca which dominates the eastern side of the Zócalo. Wealthy Catalan miner Jose de la Borda ordered its construction in 1751 and for almost fifty years it was the tallest structure in Mexico. You’ll see that the church is much narrower than most churches due to the lack of flat land in Taxco on which to build. Ending your day, enjoy a magical panoramic view of Taxco during a brief cable car ride before being driven back to your hotel.

Back at your hotel relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain view from the garden/pool area or refresh with a cool drink at the restaurant’s bar surrounded by native cacti. Indulge your senses with dinner later in the evening where everything is prepared and rooted in local cuisine. The restaurant serves only the freshest nixtamal tortillas, garden herbs, local fruits and prepares traditional dishes with modern twists. They offer an assortment of vegetarian options for those who do not eat meat.

Overnight: Amomoxtli

Day 6: Private tour to Xochicalco & Cuernavaca City tour with a visit to the MMAC

Today journey to the archeological zone of Xochicalco, in the State of Morelos (1:15hrs, 70km or 43 mi). Xochicalco, meaning House of Flowers, is made up of both a ceremonial center and a residential center that was home to some 20,000 people. Explore the Temple of the Feathered Serpent and observe representations of Quetzalcoatl, an ancient deity, that are similar to those found at Teotihuacán and some Maya sites. Higher up on the temple are depictions of towns that paid tribute to Xochicalco, illustrating the importance and power of this city-state.

Afterward, explore Cuernavaca’s historic palace and cathedral as you learn of the city’s attraction to both Aztec emperors and Spanish conquistadors. Visit a palace-turned-museum that is dedicated to the history of Morelos. This Renaissance-style building was built on top of a Mesoamerican pyramid base that can still be seen. Your guide will then lead you on an exploration of the city, traversing the central gardens, known by locals as the Zócalo, that are lined with a variety of shady trees.

Next, visit the MMAC, Museo Morelense de Arte Contemporáneo, the contemporary art museum in Cuernavaca. Through the preservation, research and exhibition of national and international artworks, it contributes to the knowledge and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art.

Upon completion, head back to your hotel for the rest of the evening on your leisure.

Overnight: Amomoxtli

Day 7: Private transfer to Puebla via Paso de Cortes with a traditional lunch en route

Your personal guide will meet you at your hotel and you will journey to the city of Puebla, roughly a 2-hour drive from Tepoztlan (138 km or 86 mi) through the Paseo de Cortes.

Paso de Cortés is a mountainous port 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) above sea level and located between the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes in central Mexico. The pass of Cortés is located in the state of Mexico, in the municipality of Amecameca. From here you will be able to appreciate views of the Malintzin volcano (or Malinche) and Orizaba Peak to the east, the Ajusco volcano in Mexico City to the west, and the Valley of Mexico and the Sierra de Las Cruces to the south.

The pass acquired its name from the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who entered the valley of Mexico in 1519, seeking the conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. It is said that from this point Cortes sent an expedition to climb the volcanoes in order to obtain sulfur for the production of gunpowder for their firearms.

On route to Puebla, make a stop to enjoy a regional lunch of fresh, blue corn quesadillas stuffed with Chicken Tinga or Squash Blossoms and a warm cup of Atole or coffee. Upon conclusion, head back to your hotel in Puebla.

*Please be aware that weather conditions in the Paso de Cortes may interfere with mountain-volcano views and/or may not be available due to sleet or landslides.

Overnight: Hotel Cartesiano

Day 8: Private Talavera Workshop Experience & Puebla Historic Center

Talavera Poblana, traditional Mexican and Spanish pottery and earthenware, has been a labor of love for skillful artisans for centuries, and this morning experience begins with a visit to Uriarte Talavera, the largest fabricator of Talavera in all Latin America. This Puebla factory, housed in the original home of Don Ignacio Uriarte, operated as a family workshop until the 1990’s. When Puebla was founded in 1531, the Spanish commissioned artisans from Talavera de la Reina to produce tiles for the churches, thus bringing the tradition to the New World. Enjoy a private factory and showroom tour, and then join in a ceramic hand-painting workshop experience.

After your morning at the pottery factory, visit the historic center of Puebla, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Can’t-miss highlights include the renowned Capilla del Rosario, boasting Mexican Baroque architecture and 23-carat gold leaf adornment throughout the church; beautiful Palacio Nacional; Zócalo (the main square) and the impressive Biblioteca Palafoxiana, founded in 1646 and the oldest library in the Americas. The cloistered Baroque building is impressive with the ornate Virgin of Trapani altar and rich 18th-century wood bookshelves and was recognized by the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2005. At the end of this culture-filled day, sit back and enjoy your private transfer back to the hotel.

You’ll have time for lunch on your own.

Overnight: Hotel Cartesiano

Day 9: Private Full-day tour to Cantona archaeological site

After connecting with your expert guide in the hotel lobby, you will be driven about an hour to the Mesoamerican archaeological site of Cantona (also known as La Casa del Sol), a thriving commercial center during the 7th and 10th centuries. Spanning over five square miles in northeastern Puebla, Cantona is the largest urban settlement ever discovered in Mesoamerica. Consisting of numerous small pyramids, this site boasts two-dozen ball courts, 100 plazas, 2,000 living spaces, and 20 different entrances. The buildings were constructed with carved stones without the use of cement or stucco. The well-preserved metropolis has a complex network of over 500 cobblestone streets that connect all parts of the city.

After exploring this impressive archeological site, stop for lunch at small, local, and rural but well-kept restaurant, run by a group of women from the community. Enjoy a traditional meal while you contribute to support the local economy.

Optionally you may also visit the Barroco International Museum, designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, for a guided tour. This tour will educate you on the Baroque period, and important time the 17th and 18th centuries, while also touching upon features of the contemporary Neo-Baroque.

At the close of this full day, your private driver will take you back to your hotel to spend a leisurely evening as you please.

Overnight: Hotel Cartesiano

Day 10: Departure Day

After breakfast and hotel check out, your private driver will meet you in your hotel lobby to take you to the Mexico City International airport.

Dates

Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

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