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Route of central regional handcrafts: clay and talavera

Puebla, Mexico City, Cholula, Metepec, La Marquesa, Toluca

You will depart from the Capital of the State of Mexico, Toluca to begin with this route. Visit the downtown are where you will see the Catedral de San José de Toluca (Cathedral of San José de Toluca), as well as the famous Cosmovitral del Jardín Botánico (Cosmovitral of the Botanical Garden). You will also find cafes and restaurants to spend a very pleasant afternoon. Some of the typical delicacies of Toluca are the chorizo ​​and a great variety of dulces de leche (milk sweets). A few minutes from downtown you will reach the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Metepec. The Plaza Juárez is perfect for strolling, with its beautiful Tlanchana fountain. Nearby you will find many pottery workshops in which you will find the handcrafts made out of clay which make Metepec famous, especially the “trees of life”. One activity to do is to climb the Cerro de los Magueyes to visit the former convent of San Juan and admire the landscape from there.

Continue to La Marquesa, to be in contact with nature and the wonderful landscape of pine forests and streams. It is perfect for horseback riding, ATV riding or just resting. There are plenty of dining options here from rabbit to trout.

Then it‘s time to enjoy the dynamism of Mexico City. Here there is no shortage of attractions for either day and night, starting with the impressive Zócalo where you can admire the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral), the Palacio Nacional ( National Palace ) and the Templo Mayor (Major Temple). There are also many museums to discover, such as the Museo de Antropología e Historia (Anthropology and History Museum) and, just a few feet away, the Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle). In Coyoacán, stroll through its squares and parks and take the opportunity to visit Frida Kahlo's house. Do not forget to take a trajinera tour of Xochimilco, and also enjoy the delicious food that includes the tlacoyos, the huaraches and the guajolotas.

The itinerary continues to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Cholula in the state of Puebla. In this wonderful place you will perceive the constant presence of pre-Hispanic roots mixed with colonial influence. The former Convento Franciscano de San Gabriel (Franciscan Convent of San Gabriel) is one of the oldest in Mexico that you should not miss, as well as the Capilla Real de Naturales (Royal Chapel of Naturals). It is also possible to visit the archaeological zone and climb the pyramid and even see it from the inside. The dish to try here is the Cholulteca soup, exquisite!

The route ends in Puebla. In this city you will enjoy the rich history that surrounds it, starting with the Zócalo, the Casa de la Cultura ( House of Culture) and the beautiful Cathedral. At Los Portales you can enjoy typical dishes such as chiles en nogada, mole poblano and cemitas.
You will depart from the Capital of the State of Mexico, Toluca to begin with this route. Visit the downtown are where you will see the Catedral de San José de Toluca (Cathedral of San José de Toluca), as well as the famous Cosmovitral del Jardín Botánico (Cosmovitral of the Botanical Garden). You will also find cafes and restaurants to spend a very pleasant afternoon. Some of the typical delicacies of Toluca are the chorizo ​​and a great variety of dulces de leche (milk sweets). A few minutes from downtown you will reach the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Metepec. The Plaza Juárez is perfect for strolling, with its beautiful Tlanchana fountain. Nearby you will find many pottery workshops in which you will find the handcrafts made out of clay which make Metepec famous, especially the “trees of life”. One activity to do is to climb the Cerro de los Magueyes to visit the former convent of San Juan and admire the landscape from there.

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Continue to La Marquesa, to be in contact with nature and the wonderful landscape of pine forests and streams. It is perfect for horseback riding, ATV riding or just resting. There are plenty of dining options here from rabbit to trout.

Then it‘s time to enjoy the dynamism of Mexico City. Here there is no shortage of attractions for either day and night, starting with the impressive Zócalo where you can admire the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral), the Palacio Nacional ( National Palace ) and the Templo Mayor (Major Temple). There are also many museums to discover, such as the Museo de Antropología e Historia (Anthropology and History Museum) and, just a few feet away, the Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle). In Coyoacán, stroll through its squares and parks and take the opportunity to visit Frida Kahlo's house. Do not forget to take a trajinera tour of Xochimilco, and also enjoy the delicious food that includes the tlacoyos, the huaraches and the guajolotas.

The itinerary continues to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Cholula in the state of Puebla. In this wonderful place you will perceive the constant presence of pre-Hispanic roots mixed with colonial influence. The former Convento Franciscano de San Gabriel (Franciscan Convent of San Gabriel) is one of the oldest in Mexico that you should not miss, as well as the Capilla Real de Naturales (Royal Chapel of Naturals). It is also possible to visit the archaeological zone and climb the pyramid and even see it from the inside. The dish to try here is the Cholulteca soup, exquisite!

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