Mexico City to Oaxaca
Day 1 Mexico City - Puebla
This morning you will be taken by car to Mexico's fourth largest city- Puebla
En route we visit Cholula, a small colonial town with some fine churches and the remains of the Tepanapa pyramid, measuring 450 metres along each side of the base and 65 metres high, making it larger in volume than Egypt's pyramid of Cheops. Now overgrown and with a church at the top, it is difficult to recognise the remains of this magnificent pyramid.
Puebla is best known for the beautiful Talavera tiles that adorn its walls, domes, and interiors; and for the mole poblano, Mexico's national dish that originated here. The streets of Puebla, a World Heritage Site, are lined with churches, mansions, and other handsome buildings and are a delight to stroll around.
Day 2 Puebla -Oaxaca (B)
You will be transferred to the bus station for a morning bus journey to Oaxaca .On arrival you will be transferred to the hotel
This afternoon visit Monte Alban, a World Heritage Site, spectacularly situated on a mountain 400 metres above the Oaxaca Valley, a few kilometers west of Oaxaca. Monte Alban is the greatest of the Zapotec cities and it came to dominate the cultural, religious, and economic life of the region. It is also a triumph of engineering where the mountain top was leveled to allow for the creation of the ceremonial site. We will explore the Gran Plaza, the Ball Court, the Observatory, the Palace, and other notable structures.
Day 3 Oaxaca (B)
Morning tour of Oaxaca
Oaxaca, located in a valley surrounded by the Sierra Madre del Sur, was once the centre of the Mixtec and Zapotec civilizations. Today Oaxaca is a combination of pre-conquest, colonial and modern influences. The early Zapotecs developed a great civilization at nearby Monte Albán centuries before the birth of Christ. Two of Mexico's most famous presidents, Benito Juárez and Porfirio Diaz, were of Zapotec origin.
After the Spanish conquered Oaxaca in 1533, the city quickly took on a Spanish flavour, with ornate buildings, churches, elegant archways, balconies, decorative grill work and charming plazas. Yet despite its colonial heritage, the city remains basically Indian at heart, wherein lies its charm.
Later this afternoon you will be transferred to the airport or bus station ( overnight comfortable sleeper bus possible to Tuxtla Guitterez )
NB This itinerary available in reverse
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