With origins that date back several centuries, Mexico City is a wellspring of history. Beginning as the Aztec-built Tenochtitlan, the city was erected in the 14th century. The Spanish arrived nearly 200 years later, conquering the grand city only to rebuild from the ruins of its temples, pyramids, and palaces. Their new and opulent construction earned its nickname “The City of Palaces” and forms the center of modern-day Mexico City. Contemporary art and culture flourish here among the Spanish Colonial architecture, giving the city a character all its own. Mexico City boasts 10 archaeological sites and more museums than any other city worldwide. It is the Western Hemisphere’s oldest continuously inhabited city and is over 700 square miles in area.
The Historic Center of Mexico City comprises an area of 30 blocks, including the impressive town square. The Zocalo is the second largest town square in the world. Once the location of Tenochtitlan, the Zocalo still houses the ruins of the Aztecs’ Templo Mayor. Visitors can walk through what remains of the main ceremonial pyramid and see the Templo Mayor Museum, where artifacts and models illuminate the history of this great Aztec masterpiece.
In Mexico City, temples of ancient religions exist alongside Christian cathedrals and shrines. The echo of history reverberates here with elements of ancient, colonial, and contemporary influence. Join us to experience the splendor of this wonderful city.
Day 1 – Mexico City (incl.dinner)
Arrive to Mexico City Airport and transfer to hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a popular restaurant.
Day 2 – Mexico City and neighborhoods.(incl. breakfast, lunch)
Today you will have a complete visit to this great city that includes the Historical District to view the Constitution Plaza or Zocalo, The Metropolitan Cathedral and the archaeological site of Templo Mayor. The National Palace to admire the famous murals of Diego Rivera. Today you will also visit Chapultepec park and the Anthropology Museum. You will also explore some of the most interesting neighborhoods as the charming San Angel and Coyoacan.
Day 3 – Mexico City, Teotihuacan Pyramids, The Guadalupe Shrine (incl. breakfast, lunch)
Explore the Plaza of Three cultures, where Aztec, Spanish Colonial and contemporary elements combine to create a wonderful, multi-faceted atmosphere. Next, discover the archaeological site of Teotihuacan and take in the grandeur of its great pyramids, temples and avenues. After lunch return to Mexico City for a visit to the celebrated Guadalupe Shrine, one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide.
Day 4 – Cuernavaca, Taxco (incl. breakfast, lunch)
Venture outside Mexico City for a short trip to Cuernavaca. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” it houses important landmarks such as the Cortez Palace and the Cathedral, one Mexico’s oldest buildings. Next, stroll through the narrow streets amid the colonial buildings of Taxco. This silver mining city teems with old-style charm. See the gold-plated altars of the Santa Prisca church and visit the La Borda Plaza. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Mexico City for an afternoon of leisure.
Day 5 – Cholula, Puebla (incl. breakfast, lunch)
Today, discover some of the marvelous attractions that surround Mexico City. Travel through picturesque pine country to Cholula, a significant ceremonial center of the pre-Hispanic period. Along the way, watch for a fantastic view of the legendary Ixtacihuatl and Popocatepetl volcanoes. In Cholula, see the church that sits atop one of the world’s largest pyramids before heading to the city of Puebla for more of Mexico’s architectural treasures.
Day 6 – Mexico City, Coyoacan, Xochimilco (incl. breakfast)
Tour the delightful neighborhood of Coyoacan. Once a distinct town, it is now a part of Mexico City. The home of historical Spanish conqueror, Hernan Cortez is located here, now a government office. Visit La Casa Azul, or The Blue House, a museum devoted to the celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. En route to Xochimilco, stop at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico to admire the murals of Juan O’Gorman. Once in Xochimilco, board a trajinera to navigate through the area’s beautiful canals. Return to the hotel and spend your last evening in Mexico City at your leisure.
Day 7 – Return Flight (incl. breakfast)
Say farewell with breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport.