EPIC DMC welcomes you to one of the most exiting capitals of the world. Our representative will meet and greet you at the airport. Leave it in EPIC´s hand for a smooth arrival. On the way from the airport to the hotel, absorb the hustle and bustle of this metropolis. Settle into your exclusive downtown hotel before you head to your welcome reception in the courtyard of the hotel.
Coyoacán, San Angel and the Canals of Xochimilco
Head to the southern suburbs of Coyoacán and San Angel. Originally separate colonial towns, both were eventually absorbed by the ever-growing capital. But they managed to retain their original charm and tranquility. During the private walking tour of Coyoacán you will start with Frida Kahlo’s Blue House (the birthplace and home of the artist displaying her personal belongings and art), followed by the “Plaza Hidalgo” with its ornate grand church “Templo de San Juan Bautista”. San Angel’s cobblestone streets lined with colonial churches and mansions takes you completely back in time. The “Bazar del Sábado” (Saturday Bazaar), a bustling market (on Saturday´s only, but shops are open during the rest of the week) held alongside the 16th century San Jacinto Church, offers a mix of jewelry, ceramics, glassware and antiques. You will also visit the “Casa Estudio de Diego Rivera”, the actual home of Diego and Frida. Lunch is at a hacienda next to the Studio.
Following lunch, visit the ancient Aztec waterways of Xochimilco, which remind you of Mexico’s many layers of cultural and historical past. During the two hour private ride in one of the traditional Trajineras (river boats in the Nahuatl native dialect) ply through the ancient canals with a stop in the “Nativitas Embarcadero”, a large crafts market. Time and interest permitting you can tour the Dolores Olmedo Museum which houses 137 original works by Diego Riviera, 25 paintings by Frida Kahlo and more than 600 pre-Hispanic artifacts. Returning to the hotel in the late afternoon the evening is at leisure. Dine at the hotel, or explore the abundance of restaurant within walking distance.
Historical City Center and the National Anthropology Museum
After a scrumptious breakfast your guide will pick you up for a full day tour of the city and one of the 10th most visited museums in the world. The Historic Center with the “Catedral Metropolitana” (the cathedral was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 and is the largest cathedral in the Americas), the Aztec’s Templo Mayor (the Templo Mayor was one of the main temples of the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City) and its Museum, The Palacio Nacional (seat of the government, construction started in 1522, Diego Rivera murals can be viewed depicting Mexico’s history), the Zócalo (the main square), and the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Beautiful Art), the most important cultural center in the city.
Lunch will take place at one of the fine eateries in the Historic Center. In the afternoon you will “lose” yourself in the amazing history of Mexico. The “Museo Nacional de Antropología” contains significantarchaeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico, such as the Stone of the Sun (or the Aztec stone calendar), the 16th-century Aztec statue of Xochipilli, giant stone heads of the Olmec civilization, treasure from the Maya civilization, and much more.
At night, hit the streets with Segways. The private tour will take you along Reforma Avenue, which is without question one of the most beautiful avenues in town, full of art and monuments at every corner. “Paseo de la Reforma” is Mexico’s Champs Elysées, home to the Stock Market, the Senate, luxurious hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and some of the most important buildings in the city.
Teotihuacan and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Early start to beat the traffic and to see the magnificent “City of the Gods”, Teotihuacan, from the air. Hot air balloons have been reserved to fly over the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. After the 1 hour ride, a private walking tour takes you through the Avenue of the Dead, a visit to the Palace of the Jaguars, and a climb onto the pyramids which you saw from the sky.
After lunch you return back to the capital for a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic Church and National Shrine of Mexico. The shrine was built near the hill of Tepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. The Basilica is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, and is visited by several million people every year, especially around December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast day.
At night you will get to dine in Polanco’s posh “Presidente Masaryk Avenue”, one of the most sophisticated neighborhoods in Mexico City; home to designer boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs.
Today the UNESCO World Heritage City of Puebla is on the list of “things to do”. Enjoy a private tour of Puebla’s Historic Centre. Puebla’s Zócalo is home to more than 70 churches and thousands of colonial buildings, many covered with azulejos (ceramic tile) for which the city is known for. Visit the shady central plaza and its imposing Cathedral, along with the must see “Museo Amparo”, “Casa de la Cultura” and “Teatro Principal” (one of the oldest in the Americas, dating back to 1759).
Lunch is all about sampling Puebla’s famous mole (a sauce entailing chocolate, chili and between 20 to 36 other ingredients, depending on the region it is from) and other specialties. In the afternoon, you will see Cholula and the Great Pyramid with the “Nuestra Señora de los Remedios” sanctuary on top of it (which affords some of the best views of neighboring Popocatépetl volcano (the second highest peak in Mexico) and the Iztaccíhuatl volcano. The massive Cholula Pyramid is the largest in the world by volume. In the days before the Spanish conquest, Cholula was a sacred city and a major commercial center. The area has probably been inhabited for over 3000 years, and the original pyramid may be over 2000 years old.
Departing Mexico City, EPIC DMC will coordinate the luggage pull at the hotel, and arrange for transfers back to the airport.