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Marvel at this state capital’s colonial architecture, ornate churches, 18th-century bullring, pre-colonial artifacts and its volcanic backdrop.

Tlaxcala is a compact colonial city featuring pleasant squares and colorful buildings to wander past. Interesting museums and ornate churches abound and ancient archeological sites and an imposing volcano are all within easy reach.

This historic city, officially named Tlaxcala de Xicohténcatl, is situated just to the east of Mexico City. Tlaxcala rests on the country’s semi-arid Mesa Central at 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) altitude.

Begin your tour in the center of the city, at the fountain of the Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square). Join a guided tour around the Government Palace to learn the history behind its many murals. Try traditional Mexican dishes at a café and gaze at the Palace of Justice and other stately buildings.

Get a deeper understanding of Mexico by visiting one of the city’s many museums. Browse the Museo Vivo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares (Live Arts and Popular Traditions Museum) for an insight into the region’s traditional way of life. In the Museo de Arte de Tlaxcala, view the contemporary art collection and early pieces by the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Experience the spiritual side of Catholic Mexico in the Baroque Basilica of Ocotlán. Head farther out to the Ex Franciscan Monastery of Asunción. The high-set complex houses a cathedral and the Museo Regional de Tlaxcala with religious artifacts. While here, visit the restored 18th-century Plaza de Toros, a bullring named after the famous Mexican matador Jorge "El Ranchero" Aguilar.

Take a tour to the archeological sites of Cacaxtla and Xochitécatl, just to the southwest. These scenic ruined cities are well preserved and known for large murals and an unusual Spiral Pyramid.

Experience the nighttime wonderland of the Santuario de las Luciérnagas, a forested area wonderfully illuminated by fireflies. Bring your walking shoes to see this woodland sanctuary by day too.

Before leaving Tlaxcala, head out to La Malinche National Park to see La Malinche (Matlalcuéyetl). This volcano is Mexico's sixth-highest peak and looms over the city to the southeast. Go horse riding or hike around its base, then relax with a drink at a café and look back at the wonders of Tlaxcala.

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