Some of the many attractions you will see while traveling through Cholula are 37 of the most beautiful churches that were built by Cortes many years ago. Aside from the churches there are many pyramids and ruins that archaeologists have been studying for years. Your best option for seeing the sights in Cholula would be to hire a guide who can take you and also inform you of all the rich history that is here in Cholula.
This pyramid had been fought upon by the Toltecs and Cortes but at the time they just thought of it as a hill and had no idea that beneath it was a great pyramid. The hill and pyramid were not uncovered until the early 1930′s. First archeologists discovered the one pyramid and then shortly after that they found two more on top of each other. It was like peeling an onion to find one pyramid after another existed on this hill. It is believed that the first pyramid found here dates back to AD 210 and was probably constructed by the Olmecs. Following the Olmecs there was a Chimichec-Toltec bunch that had come to the area within Cholula late into the 12th century where they had a battle with people in Tula. Following all of this Cholula was known for being a great place to escape to. The last pyramid to be created was that of Tlachiaualtepetl which was more of a hill and it was though that a lot of human sacrifices took place here. This hill was so sophisticated that it had its own drainage system that is what preserved the area and kept it in good shape all these years. This is the biggest pyramid in all the world measuring over 410 meters along the bottom and 61 meters high. This place was last dug up by archaeologists in the early 1970′s. If you visit it today you can go through the caves and tunnels that lay on its west side. If you wish to tour theses tunnels and caves you can every day from 9am-6pm. The cost is 38 pesos for adults and children and students can enter for free.
Museo De Sitio
Prior to finding the tunnels of the above discussed pyramid you will find a museum just across the way. here you will find a diagram about the pyramid as well as many artifacts that display the significance as being a very sacred place to the Cholulans. While you are at the museum you will see the Codice of Cholula which is a 17th century remembrance of the bloody massacre that occurred here. One of the famous murals that was reproduced is called Los Bebedores and you can view this reproduction in this museum. The museum is connected to the tunnel where the real mural was said to have been painted. The museum is open every day 9am-6pm and you can have tours in Spanish and English. The price of admission is free.
Tunnels and Patios
If you wish to explore the caves and tunnels you must walk through the maze of tunnels on the base of the pyramid. The tunnels have been carved out by archaeologists over the last four decades and they are over 7 kilometers in length. The only parts that can be walked through and explored by visitors are around 280 meters of it as they are the only safe and lighted areas within. There is a section where visitors can view a bit of an old staircase that is within the pyramids walls. The pyramid is over nine stories high of which two stories can be explored safely with a guide. You will also be able to view the Patio de los Altars which is a whole area outside of many alters. and you can see the many stages of construction that took place here many years ago. You can purchase a brochure in English for 6 pesos at a bookstore at the end of the tunnel.
Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Los Remedios
This sanctuary was built on the top of the pyramid in the late 1500′s and from its top you can see all of Cholula. You are able to hike to the top here but it is quite difficult. This sanctuary was built by the Spanish to keep away the evil spirits of The Aztecs who had been here at a much earlier time. This sanctuary was to honor the Virgin of Los Remedios. This sanctuary had collapsed in an earth quake in the late 1800′s but was rebuilt using a lot of the same pieces. There was yet another earthquake in the late 1990′s which led to the Cholulans doing more repair work again. The virgin is a again well preserved and they hold festivals and celebrations in June and September to honor her. There are blue lights that display her name there. If you stand here on a very clear day you can see all the way to the volcanoes of Popocatepetl and also Itzaccihuatl. You can tour this area everyday from 7am-8pm and the admission is free.