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“A magical place to let your imagination run free”

Great Pyramid of Cholula
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Private Tour to Cholula and Puebla
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Buenos Aires
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“A magical place to let your imagination run free”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This pyramid is today hard to notice at first, because vegetation grew all over it, and parts were excavated to build other things, notoriously an imposing asylum in the early 1900. You will first go into the tunnels (not original): kilometres of them exist, and you should hire a guide (not expensive) because if not there is no way of enjoying this mysterious way. Definitely not for claustrophobic people! Afterwards, you will emerge in a field full of ruins of pyramids, where you may let your imagination run free, in order to recreate the imposing scenes that once took place there. Don't miss to experience the "bird sound" phenomenon, in the middle of the big stones. End this visit by climbing the rebuilt side of the pyramid... but carefully. The handicraft fair below is scarcely interesting. Climbing to the little church in the top of the pyramid is worthwhile, but mostly for the views it features.

Visited November 2012
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“That's it?”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

We left feeling a bit underwhelmed, but to be fair we went without a guide, and it's not particularly well labeled in terms of what you're seeing inside those tunnels. But then the guide would have cost us another 180 pesos, 4 times as much as the admission price... little bit steep, no?

The site museum explains a little bit more -I'd go there first.

The church is nice. Good views of the volcano. But I really wanted to get that iconic photo of the church in the foreground with the volcano in the background, and that's not here. You have to go somewhere away from the actual site (obviously). But where that is, I still do not know.

Around the site, old ladies have stands selling everything from chocolate (the ground Mexican chocolate kind) to chapulines (very um... crunchy).

Since it's one of the largest pyramids in the world, I thought we had to make the trip from Mexico City. It would be a shame to come so far and not see it. Figured we'd make it a day trip along with Puebla. But now that we did, we're left kind of wondering whether that day would be better spent seeing something else in Mexico City. Kind of underwhelming, especially if you've been to Teotihuacan. If you're a student or backpacker who measures time in weeks or months instead of days, definitely go. Otherwise, on a short trip, I'd actually give it a miss.

Visited November 2012
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We had a guided tour of Cholula which included a walk through the tunnels under the remains of the pyramid. We also walked to the church on top from where there are stunning views of Popacatepetal volcano. A must if you are staying in Puebla.

Visited October 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Amazing internal view of the Cholula Pyramid”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was an easy 2 hour bus trip from Mexico City, Cholula and Puebla were wonderful! The little museum alongside the pyramid entrance was pretty good, but the walk through the tunnels within the pyramid (which looks like a grassy hill) were really incredible, and a bit spooky!
The view from the top of the church is well worth the (rigorous) climb up to the top.

Visited October 2012
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“The Pyramid with the Catholic Church On Top”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Cholula, on the outskirts of Puebla, is one of the most interesting small cities in Mexico. It was a major religious center at the time of the Conquest. You can read a description of the place in a book (still in print) by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of the conquistadores who came with Cortés. The Spanish had most of the native shrines destroyed and built churches at all the temple sites-- they say that there are 365 churches in Cholula. But the Virgen de los Remedios church is the only one I know that sits on top of one of the great pyramids of Mexico. You can go inside the pyramid itself! The archaeological site is expansive, with good signage. I highly recommend using a guide-- he'll point out elements that you shouldn't miss. You can walk up to the church, too-- and maybe buy some roasted grasshoppers on the way.

Visited July 2012
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