The Essence of Tlaxcala and Puebla

  • Hidalgo

Tour at a Glance

  Limited to 16 guests                   5 Days / 4 Nights                Physical demand: Level 2  
  Feb 8 - 12, 2018                  Jun 14 -18, 2018              
Feb 7 - 11, 2019                  Jun 13 -17, 2019
2018 - COST PER PERSON:    

  Sharing room:                     $ 1,200 USD ( $ 1,500 CA)  
  Single supplement:            $ 250 USD  ( $ 300 CA)  
  Charges will be processed in MXN.  
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Tour Details


Experience Tlaxcala and Puebla, neighboring cities with centuries of shared history and culture. Absorb the essence of these two significant regions in comfort and style with a small group of travelers and expert guides.

Take in the peace and beauty of Tlaxcala on our first day. This city is the capital of the smallest state in Mexico. We’ll stay at a comfortable hotel on the main square, enjoy local cuisine, tour the city’s sites, and discover its significant history. 

The second day our journey takes us around Malintzi Volcano to the bucolic village of San Pablo del Monte, where we’ll visit the town’s Talavera factory and shop. The next adventure is our drive into the historic zone of central Puebla City where we’ll be checking into our newly updated hotel near all the sites. In contrast to diminutive Tlaxcala, Puebla is Mexico’s 4th largest city. It is a bustling metropolis of beautiful 17th and 18th century architecture, excellent cuisine, and an outstanding intellectual atmosphere. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and is considered a photographer’s dream. This safe city is an international draw for business, education, and tourism. It is no surprise that it has won many accolades in the past years including: “One of the top 10 destinations in the world 2012” (Lonely Planet Travel Guide), and “#13 of the must visit cities in the world for 2012” (New York Times).

Our expert local city guide will give us an in-depth tour of Puebla’s historical zone, as well as a morning tour of the striking Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl, and two of its Spanish churches. We’ll visit one of Puebla’s finest Talavera factories, have time to wander the Antique Corridor of Los Sapos, the exquisite Amparo Museum, as well as El Parian, an open market filled with stands and shops selling Talavera and other artisan goods from Puebla. If you enjoy excellent regional cuisines, you are in for a treat! We’ll take you the best of Puebla’s restaurants. 

On our journey back to San Miguel we’ll take in the exceptional archeological site of Cacaxtla, with some of the best preserved murals in Mexico. We’ll have time see the site, bird watch, and or enjoy your picnic lunch in this lush and beautiful setting.

Join Travelian Tours expert guides for this inside look at this important safe region of Mexico!


Itinerary - 5 Days

DAY 1 - Tlaxcala- History, Art and Regional Cuisine
7:00 am Meet at St. Paul’s church and depart for Tlaxcala (box breakfast en route)
Enjoy lunch* at a local Tlaxcalan restaurant with unique cuisine and delicious fresh, cold pulque. After checking into our hotel, walk to important sites and visit the Artisan Museum and shop. Meet in the hotel lobby for drinks and walk to dinner*.

DAY 2 - San Pablo Talavera, Puebla Cuisine
After breakfast at our hotel, check out, drive to Puebla via San Pablo del Monte, and visit its Talavera factory and shop. From there, drive into downtown Puebla for a traditional (Poblano*) Comida*. After checking into our hotel, there will be a brief orientation in the lounge. Have time to wander and take photos or relax. Meet for dinner* that evening.

DAY 3 - Puebla - Historic Tour, Cuisine, PoblanoTalavera
After breakfast at our hotel we’ll depart for a Historic Tour of Puebla with our local (Poblana*) guide. Enjoy lunch* (comida) at one of Puebla’s best restaurants. Our van will pick us up and take us to one of Puebla’s finest Talavera factories with its exquisite shop for those who are looking for a special Talavera piece to purchase. Time for further wandering and shopping in the afternoon (El Parian and downtown shops). Meet for dinner* that evening. 

DAY 4 - Cholula - Tour of Archeology and History, Cholulan Cuisine and More!
After breakfast at our hotel our guide will take us on a tour of the site Cholula’s Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl, as well as the Spanish Churches of San Francisco Acatepec and Santa Maria Tonantzintla. Enjoy local cusine at a popular Cholulan restaurant for comida*. Visit a famous local artisan on our way back to Puebla. Once at our hotel, relax, spend time visiting the Museo Amparo, or spend time photographing the plethora of architectural wonders. Meet for dinner* that evening.

DAY 5 - Cacaxtla Archeological Site, Journey to San Miguel de Allende
After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll check out and depart for our next adventure to visit the Cacaxtla Archeological site and famed murals. There will be time for bird watching and a picnic lunch at this peaceful site. There will be time for a picnic lunch at this peaceful site. A sack lunch will be provided for travelers to enjoy at the site or en route back to San Miguel de Allende.
Approximate arrival to San Miguel will be 6 pm.

*Poblano or Poblana means a person or something from Puebla

* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the tour's fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.



  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Water Bottle
  Insect Repellent
  Day Pack
  Light-weight walking/hiking shoes 
  Pack your toiletries and travel documents in your day pack A supply of resealable plastic storage bags can be  handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used as mid-morning snacks 
  Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  Money belt
  Be sure to bring your own Kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  Bring $3000 to $3500 Mexican Pesos for meals not included


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Travelian Tour Leader

Colleen Besman
Photo of Collen Besman Colleen grew up in Central and South America, and is English-Spanish bilingual. She has traveled extensively in Mexico, both on her own and with tours she has organized for 17 years.
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Rodrigo Lopez
Photo of Rodrigo López Rodrigo is an enthusiastic birdwatcher and photographer. His love of Mexico is shared daily in the outstanding in-depth tours he develops and shares with travelers. He holds degrees in Business Administration from the prestigious Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City, and Creative Marketing from Texas A & M (Mexico City Program).
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Tour Cost


$ 1,200 USD ( $ 1,500 CA)

  Price per person, double occupancy.
For a single-room, add:

$ 250 USD ( $ 300 CA)

  Accommodations (4 nights)
  Breakfast daily
  Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Professional local guides
  Travelian tour leaders
  Small group experience: 18 travelers maximum
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Physical Demand

    LEVEL 2
    Includes Level 1 plus: Walking or hiking modest uphill/downhill in town or on improved (paved or gravel) trails for a period of up to four hours at a time. Or walking in urban settings with stair-climbs.

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