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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 a 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.

Teotihuacan Tour + Transport + Basilica + Tlatelolco + cave

3. Teotihuacan Tour + Transport + Basilica + Tlatelolco + cave

It is a guided tour with transportation included and ticket to the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán, plaza of the three cultures, Basilica of Guadalupe and a craft house. At each stop you are given free time, a stop is made around 2:00pm at a restaurant for lunch (the price of food is not included). We pick you up at your hotel or a meeting point and when we return we drop you all off at the Palace of Fine Arts, it is a midpoint of CDMX. The tour starts at 8:00am and ends at 6:00pm. Itinerary: 8:00am: We pick up passengers at their hotel or Airbnb (ask if you are within the pickup area) or at a meeting point (1.- Sheraton María Isabel Hotel 2.- Hilton Reforma Hotel 3.-Canada Hotel). 9:00am: We start the tour visiting the square of the three cultures and we give you an introduction to the history of our Mexico 10:00am: We arrive at Teotihuacan and visit a Crafts House where there is an exhibition on the uses of the maguey plant, the extraction of the first paper, thread, needle by the Teotihuacan culture, replicas of Teotihuacan obsidian masks as well as the tasting of typical Mexican drinks. 11:00am: We enter the archaeological zone of Teotihuacan (the ticket price is included), we visit the most important monuments such as the pyramid of the sun, the causeway of the dead, the plaza of the moon, the jaguar mural, the pyramid of the moon, accompanied of the explanation about the history and culture of the Teotihuacano people, at the end we give you free time to tour the place as you wish and take photos. 2:00pm: We are going to eat in a typical Mexican restaurant where your palates will be delighted with the best dishes of Teotihuacan cuisine and its exquisite exotic dishes (the price of the food is not included). 4:30pm: We are back in Mexico City and we will visit the Basilica of Guadalupe and Tepeyac Hill. Mexico is a deeply religious country, however the majority of its population is not Christian, it is Guadalupana and this Church is its home. 6:00pm: We finish the Tour. We leave you at the palace of fine arts, which is a midpoint of most of its hotels as well as points of tourist interest so that you can continue enjoying the beautiful Mexico City.

Mexico: Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour

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

Escape Mexico City and discover the cultures that founded it. Choose your closest pickup location and explore the State of Mexico. Learn incredible facts about the cities and sacred sites that thrived before Spanish influence. Your experience begins with a stroll 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 your 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, head 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.

From Mexico City: Guadalupe Shrine and Teotihuacan Pyramids

5. 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.

Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Basilica of Guadalupe Guided Tour

6. Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Basilica of Guadalupe Guided Tour

Make the most of your Mexico City visit with a guided tour that takes you to some of the city's most iconic and culturally significant destinations, including the Plaza of the Three Cultures, the archaeological complex of Teotihuacan, and the Basilica of Guadalupe. Begin your adventure at the Plaza of the Three Cultures, a historical square that beautifully encapsulates the fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and modern influences in Mexico. As you explore this site, gain a deeper understanding of the country's multifaceted heritage. Then, head to the renowned pyramids of Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These ancient marvels stand as a testament to the civilization that once thrived in the region. As you climb the Pyramid of the Sun or the Pyramid of the Moon, soak in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Continue to the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most visited Catholic shrine in the world, to experience the spiritual heart of Mexico where two apparitions of the Virgin are said to have appeared. Explore the Basilica's architecture and learn about the significance of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

7. Teotihuacán, Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and Acolman Tour

Discover the Aztec remains of Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district, and marvel at monuments from the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern history of Mexico City. Admire the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco, built by Franciscans in the 16th century. Continue to the archaeological site of Teotihuacán to explore one of the largest urban centers from the ancient world. Learn about the splendor of the historic city as you look at different structures such as the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Discover the remains of the Quetzalpapálotl complex, thought to have been the home of a high ranking priest. Stroll down the Avenue of the Dead to look at different architectural styles. Visit a handicraft center and get explanations about ancient crafts and traditional drinks. Take part in a tasting of tequila, mezcal, and pulque, and then visit the 16th-century monastery in Acolman.

Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine

8. 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.

México: Pyramids of Teotihuacán & Basilica of Guadalupe

9. México: Pyramids of Teotihuacán & Basilica of Guadalupe

We will begin with a brief visit to the most important Sanctuary in Latin America, you will know the true story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the symbolism that surrounds her and the story of the "Miracle of her Eyes", in addition to tour the seven churches that make up the so-called "Guadalupe Valley" with its ancient basilica and the modern architecture of the current home of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The visit will continue to the site of the ancient Gods, "Teotihuacán" emblematic for its Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and for its beautiful obsidian stone and the maguey cactus. You will know the origins of the Teotihuacan culture which will help you understand why in Mexico there is a cult of death, and last but not least the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. We also make an explanation and sample of the "agave" from which different materials are obtained such as the well-known "Drink of the Gods" (you will get a free drink tasting) and the needle and thread, which were used to make the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Itinerary Information: *Hotel pick up. *Begin the tour with the visit to the Sanctuary of "Our Lady of Guadalupe", you are going to walk through the "Guadalupe Valley" while you hear the history of this place and know more about this Sanctuary. Continuing the tour , our next stop will be the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, where you can walk trough the named "Roadway of the Dead" to appreciate the view of the pyramids while the guide explain. When finished the visit of the pyramids, outside the archeological zone you will have a free tradicional drink tasting and the explanation of the work with the obsidian stone and the agave. *Once the tour is finished you will be returned to your hotel.

Mexico: Basilica of Guadalupe and Pyramids of Teotihuacán

10. Mexico: Basilica of Guadalupe and Pyramids of Teotihuacán

Heading to the Basilica, before we will visit the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, where the story of Juan Diego and the Virgin of Guadalupe begins in the church of Santiago of Tlatelolco, we will learn about the story of the Virgin and all the symbology that surrounds it, "The miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe". Once arriving at the Basilica, we will visit the Marian complex with its more than 7 churches and the history of the architecture of the ancient Basilica and the modern one. Later we will go to the city of the Gods, better known as “Teotihuacán”, where you can appreciate the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the Roadway of the Dead and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Also you will see the maguey (agave from which, from its fibers, the mantle of the Virgin of Guadalupe is made) and the obsidian (semi-precious stone typical of the place.) We will be able to taste pulque, the first fermented drink from maguey and the famous Mexican tequila and mezcal.

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Guide was at picup well in advance, tour was well scheduled without too much rush and guiding was generally good occasionally accent made English difficult pock up

Alexa, Jorge, & ? were very good guides. Alexa spoke both Spanish and english. She understood travelers needs and her knowledge of history was excellent.

it was on time, the guide was very fun. i didn't have.to think about anything.

Full day which allows you to see different spots with a top guide

Aleksa and Andres were great guides ! We enjoyed every minutes.