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Exploration Route through Morelos, Puebla and Veracruz

Atlixco, Tlayacapan, Cuernavaca, Orizaba, Tepoztlán, Puebla, Cholula, Cuautla, Oaxtepec

Cuernavaca is the city where this tour begins. This is not only a place for resting for there are also many cultural activities to enjoy. We recommend you visit the Centro Cultural Teopanzolco (Teopanzolco Cultural Center), the Museo Morelense de Arte Popular (Morelense Museum of Popular Art), La Tallera which was Siqueiros' studio, of course the Centro Histórico (Historic Center) and especially the Jardín Juárez (Juarez Garden), so you can admire the kiosk designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tepoztlán is located 40 minutes northeast of Cuernavaca. The most popular activity in this ancient pre-Hispanic ceremonial center is to climb the Cerro Tepozteco (Tepozteco hill). You must take into consideration that the journey is strenuous, it takes about two hours and is not recommended for people with health problems. What we do recommend to everyone is to stroll through the cobbled streets while you eat an ice-cream, admire the handcrafts and then head to the market to eat the traditional quesadillas and the itacates, they are a delight!

Oaxtepec is located 35 minutes southeast of Tepoztlán. This small town is famous for its spas and for the excellent state of conservation of the old convent of Santo Domingo, now transformed into a museum, where you can learn more about the Olmec and Toltec cultures. We recommend that you visit the downtown area and try the sopa de flor de calabaza (pumpkin flower soup) and the picaditas (sopes).

Just 20 minutes away is the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tlayacapan. Strolling through downtowns colorful streets of the is simply wonderful, especially Calle Emilio Carranza where you can buy traditional handcrafts made with palm leaves and clay. It is also worth visiting the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the old convent of San Juan Bautista. Don't leave here without trying the delicious dishes prepared with pipián and charales.

Cuautla is located an hour south of Tlayacapan. We recommend that you go to its spas and the town center, where you can visit the Museo Histórico del Oriente (Eastern Historical Museum) and the Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apóstol Parish). Head to Los Portales where you can enjoy the rich gastronomy of the place.

The tour now continues in the state of Puebla, in Atlixco. This beautiful place is famous for its history and its production of flowers. The colonial heritage can be witnessed in the Zócalo, the Ex Convento de San Francisco (Ex Convent of San Francisco) and the Parroquia de Santa María (Santa María Parrish), among others. We recommend that you stroll along Calle Hidalgo and visit the Reloj Monumental (Monumental Clock), it is the ideal place to take great photos. To try the local dishes, go to the Market and order mixiotes de carnero (ram mixiotes) or consomé Atlixquense.

Cholula is located 40 minutes northeast of Atlixco. It is a Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) with a great pre-Hispanic and colonial history. Go to the Plaza de la Concordia and eat at one of the restaurants in Los Portales (The Portals). Then explore the Complejo Religioso de San Gabriel Arcángel (Religious Complex of San Gabriel Arcángel) and the Capilla Real de Naturales (Real de Naturales Chapel). Do not miss the Archaeological Zone, where you can visit the interior of the great pyramid, climb to its top and enjoy the enchanting views from the atrium of the Iglesia de la Virgen de los Remedios (Church of the Virgen de los Remedios).

Leaving Cholula, to the southeast, you will arrive at Puebla in thirty minutes. In this colonial city you will be able to enjoy the centuries-old collections that protect its many museums as well as many cultural activities. The mandatory visit is to the Zócalo, the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the Cathedral. In Los Portales (The Portals) you can enjoy typical dishes such as cemitas and mole poblano as well as enjoying the colonial facades of the city. We recommend that you walk along the pedestrian street 5 de Mayo and admire the beautiful Capilla del Rosario (Chapel of the Rosary).

Orizaba is located two hours and fifteen minutes southeast of Puebla. The Historic Center is unmissable and not having a good café de altura (high altitude grown coffee) there is unforgivable. The Cathedral and the Museo de la Cerveza (Beer Museum) are just some of the most representative places. We also recommend going to the Paseo del Río area, which covers about 5 kilometers (3 miles) in the heart of the city. The tour ends in Heroica Córdoba (Heroic Córdoba), a site of great historical importance in the country. As you stroll through the Historic Center, you can admire the most important colonial buildings in the city, such as the Portal de Zevallos (Zevallos Portal), the Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception) and the Museo del Café (Coffee Museum).
Cuernavaca is the city where this tour begins. This is not only a place for resting for there are also many cultural activities to enjoy. We recommend you visit the Centro Cultural Teopanzolco (Teopanzolco Cultural Center), the Museo Morelense de Arte Popular (Morelense Museum of Popular Art), La Tallera which was Siqueiros' studio, of course the Centro Histórico (Historic Center) and especially the Jardín Juárez (Juarez Garden), so you can admire the kiosk designed by Gustave Eiffel.

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The Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tepoztlán is located 40 minutes northeast of Cuernavaca. The most popular activity in this ancient pre-Hispanic ceremonial center is to climb the Cerro Tepozteco (Tepozteco hill). You must take into consideration that the journey is strenuous, it takes about two hours and is not recommended for people with health problems. What we do recommend to everyone is to stroll through the cobbled streets while you eat an ice-cream, admire the handcrafts and then head to the market to eat the traditional quesadillas and the itacates, they are a delight!

Oaxtepec is located 35 minutes southeast of Tepoztlán. This small town is famous for its spas and for the excellent state of conservation of the old convent of Santo Domingo, now transformed into a museum, where you can learn more about the Olmec and Toltec cultures. We recommend that you visit the downtown area and try the sopa de flor de calabaza (pumpkin flower soup) and the picaditas (sopes).

Just 20 minutes away is the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tlayacapan. Strolling through downtowns colorful streets of the is simply wonderful, especially Calle Emilio Carranza where you can buy traditional handcrafts made with palm leaves and clay. It is also worth visiting the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the old convent of San Juan Bautista. Don't leave here without trying the delicious dishes prepared with pipián and charales.

Cuautla is located an hour south of Tlayacapan. We recommend that you go to its spas and the town center, where you can visit the Museo Histórico del Oriente (Eastern Historical Museum) and the Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apóstol Parish). Head to Los Portales where you can enjoy the rich gastronomy of the place.

The tour now continues in the state of Puebla, in Atlixco. This beautiful place is famous for its history and its production of flowers. The colonial heritage can be witnessed in the Zócalo, the Ex Convento de San Francisco (Ex Convent of San Francisco) and the Parroquia de Santa María (Santa María Parrish), among others. We recommend that you stroll along Calle Hidalgo and visit the Reloj Monumental (Monumental Clock), it is the ideal place to take great photos. To try the local dishes, go to the Market and order mixiotes de carnero (ram mixiotes) or consomé Atlixquense.

Cholula is located 40 minutes northeast of Atlixco. It is a Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) with a great pre-Hispanic and colonial history. Go to the Plaza de la Concordia and eat at one of the restaurants in Los Portales (The Portals). Then explore the Complejo Religioso de San Gabriel Arcángel (Religious Complex of San Gabriel Arcángel) and the Capilla Real de Naturales (Real de Naturales Chapel). Do not miss the Archaeological Zone, where you can visit the interior of the great pyramid, climb to its top and enjoy the enchanting views from the atrium of the Iglesia de la Virgen de los Remedios (Church of the Virgen de los Remedios).

Leaving Cholula, to the southeast, you will arrive at Puebla in thirty minutes. In this colonial city you will be able to enjoy the centuries-old collections that protect its many museums as well as many cultural activities. The mandatory visit is to the Zócalo, the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the Cathedral. In Los Portales (The Portals) you can enjoy typical dishes such as cemitas and mole poblano as well as enjoying the colonial facades of the city. We recommend that you walk along the pedestrian street 5 de Mayo and admire the beautiful Capilla del Rosario (Chapel of the Rosary).

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