• Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Discover architectural wonders on this guided day trip to Cholula and Puebla from Mexico City. Inside Cholula’s archaeological zone, feast your eyes on Pirámide Tepanapa, or the Great Pyramid, the world’s largest — even bigger in volume than Cheops in Egypt! Wind your way through the UNESCO-listed city of Puebla, home to gorgeous tiled buildings and Mexican Baroque churches, including the Church of Santo Domingo and Chapel of the Rosary. Bonus: Hotel transport and lunch are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Puebla and Cholula from Mexico City
  • Explore the archaeological zone of Cholula
  • Enjoy guided visits of Talavera and onyx factories
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch included

What You Can Expect

Puebla and Cholula Day Trip from Mexico City

Puebla and Cholula Day Trip from Mexico City

After hotel pickup from Mexico City, travel with your guide southeast to Cholula, just outside of Puebla. Head inside Cholula’s Archaeology (Park Zona Arqueológica) and visit the world’s largest pyramid — the Great Pyramid of Cholula, aka Tlachihualtepetl, towering at 180 feet (55 meters) with a square base of 1,300 feet (396 meters).

From the pyramid base, look up to see the Church of Our Lady of the Remedies perched on the summit. Hear about how Hernan Cortes ordered construction of 365 churches on this site, one for every day of the year.


Then, your guide takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Puebla, a city where buildings are sculpted out of freestone and covered with painted ceramic tiles. The charming city boasts 70 churches in its historic district alone. Swing by the 16th-century Church of Santo Domingo, whose plain gray and pink exterior belies the opulence inside.


Next, visit the Chapel of the Rosary, part of the Church of Santo Domingo and once considered the eighth wonder of the art world. Admire the gilded stucco inside this example of Mexican Baroque architecture.

Gaze at the serene-blue Convent of Santa Monica, now home of the Museum of Religious Art. Finally, visit onyx and Talavera ceramics factories, and learn about how these artisanal items are crafted, before enjoying transport back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Overview: Another great tour booked through Viator. Our guide, Miguel, was fantastic and totally fluent in English with a great sense of humor. You will visit a number of beautiful churches that rival the most magnificent of Europe on this tour. If you're an old church or architecture fan this trip is for you. Plan on lots of driving about 90 minutes out and 2.5 hours back - that's just the way it is on roads and highways that can be exceptionally bumpy. Purchase the lunch option it's quite good. Lots of walking and climbing so wear good shoes and comfortable clothing. A definite return destination!
- Departure details: we were picked up on time at our hotel in a small van, then transferred to a mid-sized bus for the trip. About an hour into the trip we stopped at a rest stop for a bathroom break. On the way there Miguel told us about terrain and topography for the area we were driving through. The rest stop is a great place to take pictures of two volcanoes, weather permitting.
- Cholula: First destination was the Pyramid of Tlachihualtepetl and the Church of Our Lady of the Remedies. To get to the church located at the top of the pyramid which looks like a big hill we went through a 300 foot archeological tunnel. Once we emerged we began our trip up to the top where the church is. It's a good climb but the path is well paved. At the top the church is beautiful with 360 degree views of the Cholula and Puebla region.
- Puebla: Adjacent to Cholula, we visited another beautiful church then had a good lunch at a local restaurant, followed by two more magnificent churches one being the cathedral in Puebla. We then had about an hour to stroll around the main plaza in Puebla. NOTE: the plaza is beautiful but it is not necessarily a tourist destination in and of itself. It's a shopping and restaurant district for the residents. Nice place but don't expect to buy any souvenirs per se. Additionally, the description of the tour lists a visit to onyx and Talavera ceramics factories, which we did not and after a long day I'm glad we didn't.

Erin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip! Tour guide was fantastic.

Doug F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Interesting tour. Great guide. We used this trip to transition from Mexico City to Puebla. Guide was very helpful.

Deborah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Miguel was a wonderful guide! He seemed genuinely excited about showing us the designated sites and explaining their history. The driver of the van was really good too! sorry...can't remember his name.The churches Miguel showed us were stunning and his knowledge of their history and the art inside was very thorough. I really loved going through the tunnels in Cholula too! If I could change anything, it would be to have more time in Cholula and a simpler lunch in Puebla.

Sanjeevee C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour with great guide. Really enjoyed the commentary and pace of the tour. It was a bit hectic in Puebla as we did not get too much time to stroll around the town itself, however it does have a great coverage of all important things to see in Puebla. Cholula was worth it. Had enough time to explore the pyramid.

Georgiana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very good tour, with professional guide, recommended to everybody!

Annie Gee USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a really wonderful small 12-15 people trip-Sergio was our tour guide, he was so attentive, informative and interesting. Everything was great about this trip, from being picked up at our hotel in the morning and dropped off at the end of the tour, to going to Puebla and seeing the beautiful pottery and visiting the churches in Cholula, don't miss this trip. Loved the hotel in Puebla where we had lunch. This trip has convinced me that small group tours are the way to go. Loved Puebla and Cholula-Thanks Sergio!

Philip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour with experienced Tour Guide.

sunshine789

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

it was great and we all have an amazing time while join Puebla and Cholula tour, thank you.

Aleksandra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

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