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A Taste of Highlands

Mexico City


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Embark on this multi-day land tour and get an authentic taste for the Mexican Highlands. Journey to a range of historical landmarks, beautiful ruins left over from a long ago past, and the amazing Magical Towns of Mexico. Enjoy this entire experience with the company of a multilingual and knowledgeable guide.
  • Day 1. Mexico City
  • Day 2. Mexico City - Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque - Chignahuapan Hot Springs
  • Day 3. Chignahuapan - Cacaxtla – Puebla
  • Day 4. Puebla - Cholula – Puebla
  • Day 5. Puebla – Orizaba
  • Day 6. Orizaba – Veracruz
  • Day 7. Veracruz – Cempoala - Papantla - El Tajin - Mexico City
  • Day 8. Mexico City - Teotihuacan - Zocalo - Mexico City
  • Day 9. Mexico City – Airport


Day 1. Mexico City

Meet and greet at Mexico City airport and transfer to your hotel.
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2. Mexico City - Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque - Chignahuapan Hot Springs

The 16th century aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, was incorporated into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2015. It is the most important colonial hydraulic engineering work in the Americas. Fray Francisco de Tembleque was responsible for this significant achievement with construction beginning in 1553. When completed, the aqueduct ran from the Tecajete Volcano to the town of Otumba, an impressive 28 miles long!
Later, continue on to another of Mexico’s designated Magical Towns, Chignahuapan, where you will find thermal baths and a source of sulphurous waters, which the locals claim has healing properties.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 3. Chignahuapan - Cacaxtla – Puebla

On the way to Puebla you’ll visit the archaeological site of Cacaxtla. The key discovery here is the Great Basamento, a large architectural site of well preserved structures featuring colorful murals, art from another time.
Continue on to Puebla and stroll through its historic center as if it were an open museum, with interesting features and delightful surprises around almost every corner.
Spend the evening exploring on your own.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 4. Puebla - Cholula – Puebla

Live the magic that is Cholula, guarded by the Popocatepetl Volcano and home to the largest pyramid base in Mesoamerica. The sanctuaries, arches, domes and fortress convents in this area vary in architectural style but never compromise their spiritual and artistic coexistence.
Continue to the small town of Tonantzintla and its noteworthy church. A unique religious structure valued for its decor, featuring what is called folk or indigenous Baroque style.
After lunch, return to Puebla, for some fun on a huge ferris wheel before visiting a Talavera factory.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 5. Puebla – Orizaba

Orizaba, known as "The City of Cheerful Waters" is another of Mexico’s beautiful Magical Towns. The city sits in a valley surrounded by mountains, and overlooking the valley is Pico de Orizaba. A grand volcano, standing at 5,600 meters high, it’s Mexico’s highest mountain.
Enjoy a walk through the historic center to admire the colonial architecture and the Iron Palace, designed by Gustave Eiffel – of Paris’ famed Eiffel Tower. After lunch continue to the Eco-parque del Cerro del Borrego, for a cable car ride up the mountainside to admire the majestic views.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 6. Orizaba – Veracruz

After breakfast, travel to the coffee plantations of Cordoba, Veracruz to sample delicious coffee brews, the result of the perfect height and climate of this mountainous region.
Continue to the port of Veracruz, situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a stroll through the historic city center and Los Portales an area with various cafes, restaurant, and bars. Then stop for a delicious lunch complete with Nieves de Guero, a traditional ice cream of the city. Cap off the day with a visit fort San Juan de Ulua.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 7. Veracruz – Cempoala - Papantla - El Tajin - Mexico City

In the morning, stop at Cempoala, an interesting archaeological site whose inhabitants developed an advanced irrigation system.
Next, visit Papantla to learn about and witness the ancient ritual of the Voladores de Papantla, where "birdmen" launch themselves from the top of a 150-foot pole and slowly descend attached only by rope tied to their feet.
Later explore the archaeological site of Tajin. named a World Heritage site in 1992, due to unique cultural and architectural discoveries.
Then head back to Mexico City with a stop for lunch in Tulancingo, the 2nd largest city in state of Hidalgo.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 8. Mexico City - Teotihuacan - Zocalo - Mexico City

Today discover the incredible archaeological site of Teotihuacan whose history began several thousand years ago. This immense ceremonial center is home to the famous pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Later, lunch at a local restaurant.
Return to Mexico City to stroll through the famous Zocalo, the world's third largest public square. This Historical Center includes the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral (the largest in Latin America), the extravagant architecture of the National Post Office and the Palace of Fine Arts.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 9. Mexico City – Airport

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Included In The Excursion

  • Round-trip, air-conditioned transportation
  • English-speaking host and crew
  • Entrance fees

Practical Information

  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Bring bathing suit, towel, hat, sunglasses, biodegradable sunblock, an extra T-shirt, insect repellent and camera
  • Bring money for food, drinks, tips and souvenirs (tipping is optional)

Good To Know

  • Tour Language: English/Spanish
  • Tour Location(s): Mexico
  • Season: All year
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Good Physical Condition Required: No
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Suitable For Elderly: Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: Yes
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