Teotihuacan & Shrine of Guadalupe Basilica from Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico
- Teotihuacan: Explore this ancient Mesoamerican city, which dates back to 200 BC. Take time to explore the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, The Avenue of the Dead and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec deity.
- The Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe: The Roman Catholic cathedral and shrine is dedicated to the apparition of the Virgin Mary, who appeared to a Mexican peasant in 1531 and requested construction of a church in her honor.
About This Mexico City Tour
Mexico City’s Plaza de las Tres Culturas is the kickoff point of your excursion. This main square of the “three cultures” was constructed to pay homage to three primary periods in Mexican history: The pre-Columbian era, the age of Spanish colonialism and the current mestizo independent nation.
Then, your tour will continue north of Mexico City to Teotihuacan, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the country. The oldest structures at “The Place Where Gods Were Created” date back to 200 BC, but the heyday of the settlement would have been around the 1st Millennium AD when the city was home to as many as 200,000 inhabitants. Teotihuacan’s status as the largest city in the Americas coincided with its period of greatest prosperity, when it was the cultural center of pre-Columbian Mexico.
Be prepared for some physical activity, as there will be walking and climbing involved to get the best view of the Avenue of the Dead: From the Pyramid of the Sun on one end and the Pyramid of the Moon on the other. Your trip includes a visit to the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and the fortresses.
There is a crafts center onsite at Teotihuacan, where artisans create products out of obsidian and maguey. You can do some souvenir shopping before heading to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The shrine is a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and Catholics from all around the world.
Fifth Time’s a Charm
According to Catholic accounts, the Virgin Mary appeared as a vision a total of five times before Juan Diego and his uncle at the site of Guadalupe. Her request was simple: She identified herself as the mother of God and asked for a church to be built on the site in her honor. Diego reported the incident to the archbishop, who said he needed a miracle in order to grant the request. After a back and forth among Diego, the archbishop and the Virgin Mary, the miracle finally occurred: Juan Diego’s cloak filled with roses when he opened it to show the archbishop. On the fabric within the cloak was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. A small, hastily erected church was built on the site where the magnificent cathedral stands today.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your Mexico City hotel, our representative will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
Lunch is on your own. Please bring some extra cash for food, beverages and for those important souvenirs.
This is a moderate activity with approximately three miles of walking over uneven terrain. This is not a suitable tour for you if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Scenic, Shopping
Air-Conditioned Van or Bus.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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