Welcome to Tlaxcala

Two large central plazas converge at the corner of Avenidas Independencia and Muñoz. The northern one, which is surrounded by colonial buildings, is the zócalo called Plaza de la Constitución. The southern square is Plaza Xicohténcatl.

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$112 Cultural & Theme Tours

Veracruz: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins Day Tour

Your day trip from Veracruz begins with hotel pickup by minivan for the approximate 45-mile (75-km) drive up the coast to Quiahuiztlan. When you arrive, walk around the archaeological ruins, set on a hill with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. During its time as part of the Tlaxcala confederation, the site was home to Totanac temples, plazas and a ballcourt. See what remains and learn about their significance from your guide.Back in your minivan, head south about 20 miles (30 km) to the archaeological site of Cempoala. Admire its ruins, including the Templo del Dios del Viento y la Cruz (God of Winds Temple and the Cross), Templo Mayor (Major Temple), Templo de las Chimeneas (Temple of the Chimneys) and Circulo de los Gladiadores (Circle of the Gladiators).From your guide, hear about Cempoala's Mesoamerican history — from its time as the capital of the Totanac Empire to its invasion by the Aztecs — and learn about the source of its name, which means ‘twenty waters.’ Then re-board your minivan for the drive to your final stop, La Antigua, about 20 minutes south. When you arrive in La Antigua, the first town the Spanish settled in Mexico, enjoy lunch (own expense) at Las Delicias del Mar, a local eatery. Then wander the small, tree-filled town with your guide, checking out its main attractions like La Casa del Cabildo (one of the oldest Spanish buildings still standing in Mexico); Ermita del Rosario (the first Catholic church in the Americas); and the 16th-century house of Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, who led the invasion of the Aztec Empire.Your tour ends with a final drive back to your Veracruz hotel.

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Archaeological Tlaxcala

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Val'QuiricoVisit Valquirico, a medieval style town inspired by the Tuscany region of ItalyDuration: 3 hours

$400 Cultural & Theme Tours

Fireflies Sanctuary, Culinary Experience,1-night at Historic Hacienda Hotel

ItineraryDay 1: Hacienda Stop At: Santuario de las Luciernagas, Tlaxcala, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastVisit to Fireflies SanctuaryDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Historic HaciendaDay 2: TlaxcalaStop At: Centro Historico de Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastVisit to Humantla, Puppet Museum, Walking Tour in TlaxcalaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro Historico de Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastCulinary Experience at Hacienda Santa BarbaraDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$69.99 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour Cacaxtla and Tlaxcala

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Cacaxtla-Xochitecatl Archeological Site, Nativitas Municipality, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastThe archaeological investigations carried out in the eastern section of the site since its discovery in the 1970s, an area known as Cacaxtla, reveal one of the most important societies that developed in the Epiclassic period (650-900 AD) of Mesoamerica. Its power achieved political, military and economic hegemony in a large part of the Puebla-Tlaxcala valley after the fall of Teotihuacan and Cholula, achieving long-distance trade relations with distant regions such as the Gulf Coast and the Basin of Mexico. Among its vestiges highlights the Great Basamento, a large architectural complex of superimposed and attached structures that feature sophisticated mural paintings, unique in their class, in the so-called Temple of Venus, Red Temple, Mural of the Battle and Portico A. Due to the need To protect the valuable paintings, in the 1980s a wide roof of around 10,000 m2 was placed on the medullar section of the Great Basamento.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro Historico de Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastThe historical center of Tlaxcala is the area of historical monuments of the city of Tlaxcala declared by the National Institute of Anthropology and History as built patrimony of the nation.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palacio de gobierno de Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastThe Government Palace of the State of Tlaxcala was built in 1545; It was the residence of Luis de Moscoso, Corregidor of the Province of Tlaxcala. The original building, has been identified as a sample of the Portuguese Mudejar, suffered significant damage with the earthquake of 1711 and had to be rebuilt. In the interior the ground floor presents / displays reduced arches, on columns both in carved stone; the walls of the arcade and the stairs are covered with fresco murals by the Tlaxcaltecan painter Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin, which represent fundamental scenes of the Tlaxcalan history.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan, Tlaxcala, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastAsentada sobre la cima de un cerro se encuentra esta joya, que fue levantada entre los siglos XVII y XVIII. Es una de las más bellas muestras del barroco poblano-tlaxcalteca.Duration: 1 hour

$269 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Firefly Sanctuary Tour

Day 1Meet our tour representative at Fiesta Americana Reforma Hotel in Mexico City.To begin we visit the historical city of Tlaxcala, you'll be surprised by the well-preserved colonial buildings which date back to the 16th century. You have time to have breakfast and after that we enjoy a city tour.Next in the line is arrive to the Sanctuary of the Fireflies where we stay for a while doing some activities like enjoy a delicious picnic lunch with roast beef, doing a hike  in the forest with a local guide and to know the kingdom of the fungi that grow in this humid forests, have a talk on the fascinating world of fireflies and how to respect them and finally the spectacular moment to hike in total darkness to mix in the natural environment of the fireflies. Time in silence to admire a show that you can never forget.We return to the city of Tlaxcala where a comfortable hotel awaits us. Dinner on board.Day 2 Start your Morning with a delicious breakfast at hotel. Next is a guided walking tour through the historic center of Tlaxcala. Free time for shopping.You enjoy a Tlaxcala traditional food in old house in the historic center.Next in the line is travel to Ex Hacienda de Chautla located in Puebla, it has a small 19th century castle, which is located in the center of a lake, surrounded by large English-style gardens and wooded trails. Free time to fish, paddle, relax with the view of the lake or take a walk.Transfer to Mexico City.