Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities

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Days: 8

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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

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

Guanajuato Mines –  Wind through underground passage ways and learn about the discovery of silver and the mining industry at Boca Mina — one of Latin America’s most productive silver mines for over a century

 

Dates & Prices

Prices

Because this itinerary will be custom tailored to your liking, please inquire for pricing.

Dates

This trip can be customized for a private journey all year round.

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, get in a bit of shopping or relax and enjoy the pool. Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 2

Teotihuacan and Mexico City Historic Center
Early today after breakfast you will be met in the hotel lobby for a privately guided tour of the stunning archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, famous for the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Your guide will enhance your experience with expert explanations.

After Teotihuacan, time for lunch will be provided (not included) in Mexico City’s downtown area before continuing your tour of the Historic Center of Mexico City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be swept away by the grand murals of Diego Rivera on the walls of the National Palace; pay a visit to the 16th-century Metropolitan Cathedral; and travel back in time to the reign of the Aztecs at the massive pyramid of Templo Mayor.
Overnight: Four Seasons Mexico City

Day 3

Mexico City to Morelia
Continue the exploration of Mexico City  by a morning visit to the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology with its stunning collection of Aztec, Mayan and Olmec treasures.

Later, hit the road to the colonial city of Morelia, built in the 16th century. We suggest you end the evening on the terrace of your exquisite hotel as the sun begins to set, casting a warm glow upon the typical pink sandstone buildings of the city and enjoy rest of evening and dinner at leisure. Overnight: Villa Montaña Hotel & Spa 

Day 4

Santa Clara del Cobre and Patzcuaro
Journey off the beaten path today on your excursion into the atmospheric Purepecha highlands. Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the region’s famed copper workshops in the scenic town of Santa Clara del Cobre. After watching the expert crafts people shape copper into exquisite works of art, perhaps try your own hand at this ancient art. Stop for a panoramic view of lovely Lake Patzcuaro’s shining waters and the very steep and rocky island of Janitzio. In the colonial village of Patzcuaro, be sure to try some of the local Tarascan specialities at lunch (not included) before returning to Morelia where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Spend some time in the pool, kick back on the terrace or venture into town for a bit of shopping. Overnight: Villa Montaña Hotel & Spa 

Day 5

Morelia to San Miguel Allende with Queretaro
On your way out of Morelia, 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. Relax and savor the royal treatment during your lunch at Casa de la Marquesa, one of the city’s grandest colonial mansions. This afternoon, relish the fresh mountain air of San Miguel de Allende, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to gorgeous mansions with bougainvillea-draped walls, luxuriant gardens and burbling fountains. Upon arrival, check in to your luxury hotel in the center of the city. Overnight: Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

Day 6

San Miguel Allende Private Tour
Today you will meet your guide to enjoy privately guided exploration of the city center in a walking tour, visit the most important attractions including the famous Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel designed by the indigenous stonemason Zeferino Gutierrez from a postcard depicting a Belgian Church! The history and lore of San Miguel are intertwined with the Independence Movement, and the energy and spirit of freedom of expression have continued on in the lively creative enclave of modern day San Miguel.

San Miguel de Allende is also known internationally by its great variety of handicraft works, today 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 jewellery boutiques. Overnight: Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

Day 7

Guanajuato
The Age of Silver had its epicentre in the mines of Guanajuato, and today your private guide will lead you on a captivating journey through the winding streets and subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the grand Juarez Theater, the Alhondiga de Granaditas, a massive building that could store a year’s worth of grain; and the cast-iron-and glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Then, tour a local mine to learn about the rise of the mining industry after the discovery of silver in the 16th century. Before returning to San Miguel de Allende, you have some time for a bit of exploring, shopping or just soaking up the atmosphere. Overnight: Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

Day 8

Mexico City

This morning, you will be privately transferred from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City for your onward flight home.

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La Alameda

Centro Historico

Anthropology Museum

Mexico City

Teotihuacan

Santa Clara del Cobre

Santa Clara del Cobre

Hotel Villa Montana

Hotel Villa Montana

Morelia

Patzcuaro

Main Plaza in San Miguel

Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada

San Miguel de Allende

Guanajuato

Guanajuato

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