Begin in the buzzing metropolis of Mexico City, exploring the historical streets of the famous Zocalo (city centre) and indulging in the city’s diverse culinary scene. Venture out of the city to the magnificent ruins of the Teotihuacán pyramids, once Central America’s largest city. Spend a day strolling around the many churches of Puebla, before heading to colourful neighbouring Cholula, where you can view the ancient shrubbery-covered temple, the Great Pyramid. Admire the unique petrified waterfalls at Hierve el Agua, before heading to Oaxaca, a city steeped in culture and tradition, where you can browse traditional craft markets and enjoy the region’s many gastronomical specialties.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Oaxaca, Hierve el Agua, Mexico City, Puebla, Cholula
Activity Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Culinary
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

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Stroll through Mexico City’s famous Zocalo

Stroll through Mexico City’s famous Zocalo

Day 1–2 in Mexico City

The oldest capital city in the Americas, Mexico City is a buzzing tribute to an incredibly storied history, where pre-Hispanic and colonial-era buildings sit alongside innovative urban architecture and revamped public spaces. Visitors can explore the historic centre — known as Zocalo — and admire murals by renowned painter Diego Rivera, before heading to the excellent National Museum of Anthropology and History or to a classic old-school cantina for some authentic Mexican cuisine.

Visit the many churches of Puebla

Visit the many churches of Puebla

Day 3 in Puebla

The capital of the Puebla Municipality and one of Mexico’s biggest cities, Puebla’s well-preserved historic centre is home to 70 churches and a wealth of elegant colonial architecture, earning its nickname “the city of angels”. Once known as a symbol of virtue and conservatism — Puebla state remains the wealthiest Catholic diocese in Mexico — the city is currently undergoing a cultural and touristic revolution. With a dynamic art and crafts scene (the region is known for its fine Talavera ceramics), multiple universities and rich culinary heritage, Puebla easily deserves a few days of your time.

Explore colourful Cholula

Explore colourful Cholula

Day 4 in Cholula

A brief 20-minute bus ride away from Puebla, Cholula de Rivadavia has undergone a transformation in recent years, from small satellite town and occasional tour stop to a bona fide boutique destination. Boasting a rich history and more relaxed atmosphere than Puebla, Cholula is perhaps best known as the site of the Great Pyramid, an ancient shrubbery-covered temple with a Spanish church built atop its peak.

Watch the sunset at otherworldly Hierve el Agua

Watch the sunset at otherworldly Hierve el Agua

Day 5 in Hierve el Agua

This series of natural rock formations and mineral springs has become a popular day trip from Oaxaca which can be combined with hikes in the Valle de Tlacolula. These calcified waterfalls are formed by mineral water which has pushed through karstic limestone, depositing falls and small pools onto the cliff’s edge. Prior to the 1300s when they appear to have been abandoned, the springs supplied an ancient irrigation system for the valley below through a series of canals and terraces, unique to Mexico.

Embrace your inner-foodie in striking Oaxaca

Embrace your inner-foodie in striking Oaxaca

Day 6–8 in Oaxaca

Vibrant and historical, Oaxaca City is a captivating blend of old and new that just begs to be explored. Street art covers its pastel-coloured lanes and intoxicating smells float from every window. Known as the gastronomic capital of Mexico for good reason, sample the famous mole negro, a spicy, smoky meat and bean stew, although there are six other famous moles to try too. Don’t miss the Guelaguetza folk festival in July.

Oaxaca state offers so much more than just its capital city — visit Monte Alban, the ancient Zapotec capital city and one of the most important archeological sites in the Americas, and take a trip to Hierve El Agua, otherworldly natural limestone formations that resemble petrified waterfalls.

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Learn about Mexican muralism in Ocotlán de Morelos

Learn about Mexican muralism in Ocotlán de Morelos

Head to the hometown of Oaxacan painter Rodolfo Morales to view his incredible murals in the municipal palace of Ocotlan. One of Mexico’s most renowned indigenous artists, Morales specialised in surrealist paintings of Mexican culture, and frequently depicted images of his hometown, including local churches and markets.

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