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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine & Tlatelolco Tour

1. Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Guadalupe Shrine & Tlatelolco Tour

Make the most of your next trip to Mexico City with a trio of Mexico’s must-see historical monuments. Mexican Root is a celebration of the civilizations and cultures that have made Mexico what it is today. Visit the legendary Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Tlatelolco and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan on this full-day excursion from Mexico City. Your first stop will be in Tlatelolco, Mexico City’s most significant archaeological site. Alongside temples dedicated to Mexican deities, learn the more macabre side of their history, including human sacrifices, mass graves, and the so-called Lovers of Tlatelolco  Continue to the Guadalupe Shrine, located in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In this 18th-century shrine, you’ll see a cloak with the image of Guadalupe as you learn about her significance to the culture and people of modern Mexico. Spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to an indigenous Mexican. Then have time to lunch and recharge energies. Head to one of the most jaw-dropping sites in Mexico, the great Teotihuacan Pyramids to explore the mystical site with the guide. See the Pyramid of the Sun, with its more than 200 feet tall, the largest in Mesoamerica. Along with a trip along the Avenue of the Dead learn about the origins of this religious city and see the Temples of Quetzalpapalotl, the Temple of the Feathered Shells, and the Pyramid of the Moon Enjoy a tour full of adventure, history, and some of the most breathtaking views of Mexico.

Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Tlatelolco Day Trip by Van

2. Mexico City: Teotihuacan and Tlatelolco Day Trip by Van

Take in the three most culturally and historically important sites in the Mexico City area on a full-day tour. First, visit the archeological site of Teotihuacan and marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. See the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Dead's Avenue. Next, you’ll head to Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine was built to commemorate the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant. The third and final stop of the tour is Tlatelolco, where it is said that the past, present, and future of Mexico meet. The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is named after the three periods of Mexican history represented by structures from the pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent mestizo nation.

Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

3. Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

Leave Mexico City behind and discover the cultures that founded it. Choose your closest pickup spot and explore the greater State of Mexico. Learn incredible facts about the cities and sacred sites that thrived before Spanish influence. Your experience begins with a walk through the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. Visit the church of Santiago de Tlatelolco, contemplate the ruins of a pre-Hispanic city, and see the monument in honor of the student movement of 1968. Continue your experience at the Guadalupe Basilica complex and climb the sacred hill of Tepeyac, the place where the Virgin Mary appeared to the Indian Juan Diego. Head to the Chapel of the Roses and enjoy a sweeping view of Mexico City. During the visit to the religious complex, admire the Chapel of the Indians, the Chapel of the Pocito, and the modern basilica, the place where the sacred blanket of Juan Diego is kept. To finish off your experience, go to the State of Mexico and discover the archaeological complex of Teotihuacan. Explore the archaeological zone and learn about the important history of this significant pre-Hispanic city. In Teotihuacan, you'll have time for lunch at a traditional restaurant, where you can enjoy a variety of typical dishes of the region (costs not included). This activity also includes a visit to a handicraft center, where you can optionally taste liquors of the region (cactus and prickly pear) and try the traditional drink known as pulque (costs not included).

Mexico City: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus City Tour

4. Mexico City: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus City Tour

Explore Mexico City and hop on and off at the stops along 3 different tour circuits, with just 1 ticket. Visit the most important monuments, streets, and neighborhoods of the capital city of Mexico. The three different circuits are: Circuit 1 - Downtown - Polanco (Green) Enjoy a panoramic view of the capital's Zócalo. Discover the famous Reforma Avenue with its majestic buildings and several notable monuments such as the Angel of Independence and Diana the Huntress. Travel through parts of the trendy Roma, Condesa, and Polanco neighborhoods. Circuit 3 - Temples (Yellow) See several buildings that have an important role in the history of Mexico, such as The Franz Mayer Museum, The Basilica of Guadalupe, The Temple of San Judas Tadeo, and one of the most important monuments at the Benito Juárez Hemicycle. Circuit 4 - Downtown - South (Blue) Visit the most beautiful areas in the south of Mexico City such as Coyoacán, where you can visit Frida Kahlo's Blue House Museum. Explore the beautiful parks of San Ángel and visit the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) campus.

Mexico City: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

5. Mexico City: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

Visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, a religious site that sees over 20 million pilgrims annually. The shrine is the most important in the Catholic world and one of the world’s 20 most-visited places. The Virgin of Guadalupe is part of Mexican identity. Experience the influence in Mexican culture throughout the day. Tour the basilica and climb Tepeyac Hill during this 4-hour activity. According to believers, the hill was the site of the miracle of the apparition of fresh flowers and the first of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Visit the museum of the basilica, located in the old Capuchin convent. Afterwards, take some time to explore on your own or attend mass.

Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

6. Mexico City: Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco

Embark on a full-day guided tour to some of Mexico City's most famous landmarks. Discover more about Mexican culture and history with your guide as you visit Tlatelolco, the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation, travel with your guide to the first stop on the tour, Tlatelolco. This ancient pre-Columbian landmark is located at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and is an important archaelogical site. It is also notoriously known as the location of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre. Following this, travel onwards to Teotihuacan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is estimated to be 2,500 years old and contains some of the most significant Mesoamerican pyramids, such as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Climb to the top of these pyramids to get a spectacular view of the “City of the Gods” and the surrounding valley. After exploring the ancient city, stop for lunch at a traditional Mexican restaurant, at your expense. After lunch, make your way to the final stop on the tour at one of Mexico’s most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dating back to the Spanish conquest of the region, the site has undergone multiple transformations throughout the centuries and has remained an important destination for the Catholic community of the country. Afterwards, enjoy transportation back to your accommodation to finish the day.

Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine

7. Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine

The day begins with a panoramic tour in Tlatelolco, today the largest Archaeological site in Mexico City that was part of the capital of the Aztec Empire. It was the main marketplace of that empire and where the conquest of the Aztecs was consummated. Right there is the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, where the pre-Hispanic, colonial and present world of Mexico meet. Later, continue the tour to the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most important religious building in all of Mexico and one of the most visited places in the Catholic world, which receives annually more than twenty million pilgrims. After the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, continue to Teotihuacan, the City of the Gods, located in the northeast of Mexico City. In Teotihuacan, the guide will tell you about the history of this place, its mysteries, its development, its greatness, its importance and its fall. After, you will have free time for those who wish to climb to the Pyramid of the Sun or walk through the famous Avenue of the Dead.

Mexico City: Pyramids of Teotihuacan & Basilica of Guadalupe

8. Mexico City: Pyramids of Teotihuacan & Basilica of Guadalupe

When you are picked up you will head to the impressive Teotihuacan Pyramids to explore the ancient site with a guide. See the Temples of Quetzalpapalotl, the Temple of the Feathered Shells, the impressive Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Sun, located along the long Avenue of the Dead.  Admire the colorful murals and see the Mesoamerican artifacts in the Archaeological Museum as you learn more about this ancient civilization.    After lunch (not included in the tour price), continue on to the Guadalupe Shrine, located in the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, close to the spot where Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to a local young Mexican. The basilica houses the hallowed image of the Virgin of Guadalupe and has been a pilgrimage site since the 16th-century. See the old basilica, which was completed in 1709, and visit the new church, built between 1974 and 1976, after the old church began to sink into the ground. Experience one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Mexico as you tour the impressive atrium and interior of the new basilica, which now houses the shrine.

Mexico City: Private City Tour with Teotihuacán & Basilica

9. Mexico City: Private City Tour with Teotihuacán & Basilica

Start your 12-hour tour at the heart of Mexico City – its zocalo, or central square. See the ancient Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, home to murals by the famous Mexican artist, Diego Rivera. Next, head to the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacán, one of the most impressive archeological complexes in Mexico. Take a walk along the Path of the Dead and climb one of the world’s tallest pyramids. Hear about the history of Teotihuacan and Aztecs from your guide. Head back toward the city and stop to visit the most important religious site in Latin America – the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine is home to the original shroud of the Virgin Mary.

From Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan Pyramids

10. From Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan Pyramids

Step back in time with admission to Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan on this day trip from Mexico City. Take in religious sights like the Santiago de Tlatelolco Church in Plaza de las Tres Culturas and the Guadalupe Shrine. Buy some souvenirs with a guided visit to handicraft shores.  Your 8-hour tour begins in the morning with a visit to the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – who has been called The Empress of America. At the Plaza de las Tres Culturas you’ll see the 16th-century Santiago de Tlatelolco Church and the remnants of early Aztec temples. The tradition of La Villa de Guadalupe involved a miracle and an American Indian saint. With the vision of the Virgin Mary in 1531 there began a saga that helped convert millions of Indians to Catholicism, and the image became a symbol for Mexican Christians around the world. Today La Villa de Guadalupe is a popular site visited by people of all religions and nationalities. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the famous archeological site of Teotihuacan, approximately 50 kilometers north-east of Mexico City. You’ll see the monumental Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of Quetzalpapalotl, and the Avenue of the Dead. This was one of the few cities in the world that was considered worthy of habitation by the gods of the culture. The archeological vestiges of Teotihuacan, such as remnants of the fine pottery produced here, have ended up in museums around the world.

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We had great day at Teotihuacán. Our driver David and tour guide Fernando took excellent care of us providing detailed as well as entertaining information throughout the trip and taking us safe to the site and back. Definitely worth the money and highly recommendable.

Great way to get to know Mexican history. Guides were awesome, answered all questions, and were very friendly. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a day trip where they don't have to worry about anything.

Wonderful experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable. We had a great time. Highly recommend booking this tour if you want to see the pyramids.

Marcos gave us the most enjoyable trip we've had to date in Mexico. It was informative, on time, and very poignant.

100% recommend this tour! Marcos was an amazing tour guide and was very knowledgeable and friendly.