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“Incredible man made marvel, you can see the Mexico's history there.”

Great Pyramid of Cholula
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“Incredible man made marvel, you can see the Mexico's history there.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

There are several places in Mexico that represents one of its historic stages but this is one of the few of them where you can see the three main periods of the mexican history in the same place: prehispanic, colony and modern.
The largest base pyramid in the world with one of the most beautiful colonial catholic church at the top surrounded by the modern city of Puebla with their high ranked universities, zoo's and beatiful volcanoes makes this atraction unique.
First, you can visit the prehispanic museum, after that, you can get in the tunnels to explore the hearth of the pyramid for $4usd, if you want a guide, it costs only $15usd for all your family.
After that, you should climb the pyramid by the stairs and reach the church, there you can see 360º panoramiv views of the city and if you are lucky, you will see both volcanoes Popo and Izta. Insight the church, there is a wall with most of the legends of the town printed there in spanish and english.
Finally, once you are down again, there is a park where you can see the show of the Voladores de Papantla, they risk their lives every half hour for your voluntary donation, also you will find a small market with beautiful artcrafts and a lot of mexican food.
If the day was too warm for you, let the small kids play on the dancing fountain and if they caught by the intermitent water sprays, they will be refreshed (don't drink that water).
I encourage you to search more over this place on the internet, you will find amazing facts about this place, one of the most unknow of them is the relative position of this pyramid with the Templo Mayor in Mexico city and the sun orbit during winter solstice, you will be surprised.
If you want to know more details about this place, mark this as useful for you so I will write a more detailed review.

Visited January 2013
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Compared to other pyramid sites in Mexico, such as Teotihuacan, a visit to this one seems of little value. You can have a guide take you through the (modern) tunnels inside. It is cramped, cold, and they may or may not know what they are talking about. The park like area surrounding is attractive for wandering and climbing. The streets nearby are full of the usual shops selling the usual trinkets. I considered the visit a waste of time.

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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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