Imagine Mexico ... riding trails that have been in use since ancient times, connecting peaceful rural villages, through fields of vivid marigolds, always within view of snow capped volcanoes. We have biked the back-roads in the states of Puebla and Veracruz for the past 10 years, and have come to love (and know) this part of the world as much as our native Nova Scotia. There is so much to see and experience here -- Puebla’s bustling UNESCO World Heritage site, white water rafting on the Rio Pescado, Tehuacan's cactus forests, the great pyramids of Cholula -- and we would love to share it with you.
This is by far the most diverse region we travel to, with the most options available for us to design the best trip for your interests. Puebla's routes have everything for those who like easy rides ending in boutique hotels, challenging routes culminating in simple lodges, and routes incorporating a mix of both. There are adventurous routes that have you biking at 10,000 feet, hiking an extinct volcano and white water rafting. And if improving your Spanish is on your to-do list, we can craft a Spanish Immersion bike trip, led by Eastwind's founder and Spanish speaker, Peter.
What is at the very heart of Puebla, Mexico and our trips here is the cuisine. Imagine handmade tortillas baked over a wood fire, topped with queso fresco and salsa verde after a long day on the bike. The region's renowned mole poblano alone is worth the trip. And that's only the beginning.
Day 1 Puebla/Cholula: ; Meet and take a walking tour of great pyramid at Cholula; stay at Estrella de Belem inn; dine on square under portales
Day 2 Cholula: Bike back roads around base of Popocateptl volcano through rural villages; arrive at exquisite folk art church in Tonantzintla; bike back to Cholula; total 30-45KM stay at Estrella; dine in downtown Puebla
Day 3 Tehuacan: Ride through cactus desert to San Juan Raya; community visit/lunch; shuttle to Hotel Nacional Tehuacan; total 30-50KM dine on city square
Day 4 Coatepec: Begin cycling at 10,000 feet; all day descent over a vertical mile through tiny villages; picnic lunch; arrive at Casacadas de Xico for swim and walk60KM; stay at Posada Coatepec in beautiful coffee town; dine at inn
Day 5 Coatepec: Bike or transfer to Jalcomulco for white water rafting adventure; raft the Rio Pescados Class III water; afternoon explore village and relax at jungle base camp; take temazcal a traditional steam bath; dine on home cooking made by village women.
Day 6 Puebla: Bike to ruins at Cantona; explore newly discovered ruined city from 700AD; bike past old haciendas to day’s end 50KM; on to Puebla; stay at boutique hotel Casa Reyna or the classic Hotel Coloniale; dine at El Mural de los Poblanos for classic Puebla cuisine.
Day 7 Puebla: Early morning walking tour of markets and UNESCO World Heritage Site city center; late breakfast and transfer to Mexico City airport
Dates and Costs:
We offer this tour anytime between November 1st and March 31st. Price is based on various factors such as duration, accommodations, group size etc. Thus the final price can vary from $1500 -$2800. Please contact Eastwind Cycle to design and price a custom journey to fit your criteria.