5. From Mexico City: Taxco, Cuernavaca & Puebla in 2 Days
Take 2 of the most popular day trips from Mexico City on consecutive days and explore 4 of the country's most fascinating locations. Travel back in time to the colonial era and marvel at the monuments of Cholula, Puebla, Taxco and Cuernavaca. See one of Mexico's grandest cathedrals, get stunning views of the volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, benefit from the opportunity to buy traditional crafts and more.
Day 1: Puebla and Cholula
Benefit from pick-up at your centrally located meeting point in Mexico City, and journey to the historical cities of Cholula and Puebla. Relax on the 2-hour journey along a highway that passes through mountains and offers breathtaking views of the beautiful Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. Upon arrival in Cholula, admire the hundreds of churches and visit the impressive Church of Santa María de Tonantzintla, built in an indigenous-Baroque style that stands out for its interior of gold and wealth of decorative elements.
Continue to the city of Puebla, located just 15 minutes from Cholula. Popularly known as the “City of Angels,” Puebla is one of the 5 most important colonial cities in Mexico. Enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) to experience the gastronomic variety of the city. Choose from a simple and traditional semita (small, sweet loaves) or the exquisite and laborious mole poblano (a thick, rich, chocolate-tinged sauce). Then, take a walking tour through the historical center and see the 16th and 18th century buildings along with the main Plaza de Armas (also known as the "Zócalo"). Admire the cathedral, begun in 1575 under the orders of Philip II of Spain. Take a look at the Church of Santo Domingo with its portal of a pure classic style, and then experience the buzz of the crafts market and find beautiful and traditional Talavera figurines. Sample sweet treats, such as sweet potatoes prepared in different flavors. Return to your original meeting point for drop off at the end of the day.
Day 2: Taxco and Cuernavaca
Today, take a full-day trip out of Mexico City to admire 2 staggering colonial towns. First, enjoy a scenic drive to "The City of Eternal Spring" at Cuernavaca. Marvel at the 16th-century cathedral (one of the oldest in the country) and go to the Palacio de Cortés, the oldest conserved colonial-era civil structure on the continental Americas. Look at the monument to the military insurgent and Mexican patriot, José María Morelos.
Continue to the colonial city of Taxco, and journey through hundreds of years of history along the cobblestone streets and cozy squares. Feel the strong old-world ambiance that has withstood the passing of time, and discover one of Mexico's grandest churches at the Church of Santa Prisca, built in 1759 by the French/Spanish immigrant, José de la Borda. He literally stumbled upon a huge silver spring and Taxco is now known worldwide for its silver mines and shops. Benefit from the opportunity to see and buy art pieces from Mexican artisans.