Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities

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Days: 9

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Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities is the perfect trip for a full immersion into the colorful folklore and flavors that make up Mexico.

Cathedral in Guanajuato MexicoOn this trip through colonial Mexico you will be winding down cobblestone streets, exploring colorful folklore, discovering pre-Columbian sites and devouring Mexican cuisine. Friendly locals from the regions we will visit are glad to share a smile or invite you into their workshops to browse the rich crafts traditions that have continued unchanged for generations.  The journey will blend together for a full immersion in the beautiful colonial Mexico.

 

 

Highlights

Mexico City – Visit historical places such as the Zócalo, National Anthropology Museum, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teotihuacan

Morelia – Tour Michoacan’s UNESCO World Heritage city and its beautifully maintained and restored colonial architecture

Patzcuaro – Visit the lake and Isla Janitzio before stopping off in the pueblo to try some of the local Tarascan specialties

Santa Clara del Cobre – Visit local Purepecha communities with traditional food and custom and get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the region’s famed copper workshops

Queretaro – Stop by the colorful city where the Historic Center is an open museum where the vivid streets serve as art galleries and the Baroque buildings as exhibitions, all guarding a piece of rich history related to Mexico’s independence from the Spanish.

San Miguel Allende – See one of the many churches in town and explore the Museo Casa de Allende (house of San Miguel’s most famous son and namesake, Ignacio Allende)

Guanajuato – Discover spectacular colonial era architecture including Barroque churches and facades, Juarez Theater, the Alhondiga de Granaditas and also visit the cast-iron-and glass Hidalgo Market

 

Dates & Prices

Dates

Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Customizable Itinerary

Day 1

Mexico City
Bienvenidos a Mexico! After being greeted at the airport, you will be transferred by private car to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to do some exploring on your own and at night enjoy a private dinner with wine or artisanal beer pairing. Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 2

Teotihuacan and Mexico City Historic Center
Your personal, bilingual guide will meet you at your hotel and you will head on to Teotihuacán, which in Nahuatl means ‘the birthplace of the gods’. Your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the area that echoes with the sound of Mesoamerican flutes played all around. You may also have a chance to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

Afterwards, you will have time for lunch followed by a tour of Mexico’s Mesoamerican, Colonial and Revolutionary history while exploring the historic center of the capital. What is now the heart of this modern city was also once the center of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlan. You will visit the Cathedral built upon the main Aztec temple by the Spanish conquistadors, as well as the painted representation of Mexico’s past by muralist Diego Rivera. Taking a walk along some of the center’s iconic streets, you will arrive at the Palace of Fine Arts where you can explore its varied architecture. It is also the theater that famously hosts the Folkloric Ballet and is home to more murals by Diego Rivera. Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 3

Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum and Transfer to Morelia
This morning after breakfast, enjoy a private tour of  Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum. This museum houses important pieces from all over the Mesoamerican world and is the most visited museum in Mexico. Designed and built by architect Pedro Ramirez Vasquez in 1964, it is considered important for its architectural design as well as the vast array of artifacts that it houses. Your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the museum, taking you on a journey through the many histories and cultures of Mesoamerica. One of the most important pieces housed at the museum is the 24-ton Aztec Sunstone, found buried beneath the city´s main square in 1790. While you observe its intricate craftsmanship, your guide will explain the legend of the five suns that is depicted in the stone.

Later this afternoon, hit the road to the colonial city of Morelia, built in the 16th century according to plans that melded Enlightenment ideas with local traditions. At sunset enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace of your hotel and cherish the panoramic views and sun’s warm glow upon the typical pink sandstone buildings of the city. Overnight: Villa Montaña Hotel & Spa 

Day 4

Santa Clara del Cobre and Patzcuaro
Meet your expert guide in the hotel lobby for a private excursion into the atmospheric Purepecha highlands. First, you will visit Santa Clara del Cobre for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the region’s famed copper workshops. While the mines of this copper mining town are now closed, copper crafting continues. Watch families of multiple generations as they work on their art with ease and skill. You will visit the central plaza, named after Vasco de Quiroga, the Spaniard in charge of building the town after the Spanish conquest. Wander the cobble stoned streets, taking in its colonial and indigenous feel as your guide shares the history of this Magic Town.

Afterwards, you will stop for a panoramic view of lovely Lake Patzcuaro’s shining waters and the rocky island of Janitzio. In the colonial village of Patzcuaro, be sure to try some of the local Tarascan specialities. Overnight: Villa Montaña Hotel & Spa 

Day 5

Morelia to San Miguel Allende with Queretaro en route
Today you will be privately transferred to San Miguel de Allende. On your way out of Morelia, you may marvel at the 18th-century aqueduct designed to bring water from hillside springs to the growing city. Then pay a visit to another colonial jewel, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Queretaro. Stroll the cobblestone streets and view landmarks such as the lovely Church of San Francisco and the expansive Plaza de Independencia.
At arrival in San Miguel de Allende, you may check in to your luxury hotel in the centre of the city and enjoy the rest of the evening on your own at leisure. Overnight: Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

Day 6

San Miguel Allende Private Tour and Fabrica La Aurora Art Center
Enjoy privately guided tour exploring the colorful Historic Center of San Miguel de Allende. Your day will begin by looking out over the city, taking in the architecture and surrounding area. You will then head into the town to visit the iconic central plaza, where locals come to gather and chat under the shade of the trees before going inside San Miguel’s famous pink church (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel) that boasts gothic-style architecture.

Your guide will lead you in wandering through the cobbled streets of this culturally rich town, visiting museums, churches, art galleries and workshops, as well as some of the most iconic buildings and structures. You will also visit Fabrica La Aurora a beautiful art and design center housed in a former textile factory that dates to the turn-of-the century. The Fabrica La Aurora is home to over forty galleries, studios, shops, and restaurants. Among old textile machines and hydraulic turbines, you will find artists busy at work in their studios, new exhibits in contemporary art galleries, furniture and interior design stores, antiques and jewelry boutiques. Overnight: Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

Day 7

Guanajuato City Tour
Your private bilingual guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am to start your day exploring the colorful capital of the state by the same name. Here your guide will lead you in exploring the historical center, visiting the statue of Pipila, one of the earliest heroes of the revolution, the Juarez Theater with its roof crowned with Greek muses and the narrow Alley of the Kiss, where you will learn about the love story that gives the street its name. Stroll the streets of the city with its underground passageways and if time allows you will visit some of the multiple museums of the city and the workshop of renowned local artist Gorky Gonzalez. Overnight: Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

Day 8

San Miguel to Mexico City with Bodegas de Cote Vineyard en route

Today we leave San Miguel Allende and head to Mexico City. About  three hours into the drive,  stop at Bodegas de Cote in Queretaro for a private tour of the vineyard followed by gourmet lunch and wine pairing. The vineyard, that featured 24 varieties of grapes, was built on ecological and sustainable design principles by two brothers who share a passion for showing visitors the unique experience of tasting and pairing delicate Mexican wines. Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

 

Day 9

Departure Day

You will be privately transferred to the Mexico City International Airport  for your departure flight home.

La Alameda

Four Seasons Mexico city

Centro Historico

Anthropology Museum

Mexico City

Teotihuacan

Santa Clara del Cobre

Santa Clara del Cobre

Hotel Villa Montana

Hotel Villa Montana

Morelia

Patzcuaro

Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Queretaro

Queretaro

Fabrica la Aurora Art Galleries

Main Plaza in San Miguel

Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

San Miguel de Allende

Guanajuato

Guanajuato

Guanajuato

Bodegas de Cote Vineyard

Bodegas de Cote Vineyard

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