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Colonial towns in the west

Highlights

Mexico 8 days

ITINERARY OUTLINE

DAY 1: MEXICO CITY ARRIVAL
DAY 2: MEXICO CITY – BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – TEOTIHUACAN – CITY TOUR ZÓCALO - MEXICO CITY
DAY 3: MEXICO – TULA - QUERETARO
DAY 4: QUERETARO – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - GUANAJUATO
DAY 5: GUANAJUATO VISITE
DAY 6: GUANAJUATO – ISLA DE JANITZIO – TZINTZUNTZAN - PATZCUARO
DAY 7: SPATZCUARO – MORELIA - MEXICO
DAY 8: MEXICO DEPARTURE

 

The program

Day 1 : MEXICO CITY ARRIVAL

  • Arrival at the airport and transportation to the hotel.
  • Lunch and dinner non-included. Hotel.

Day 2 : MEXICO CITY – BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – TEOTIHUACAN – CITY TOUR ZÓCALO - MEXICO CITY

Meeting at 9:00am in the lobby of the hotel, and departure in private transportation to visit the surroundings of Mexico City. In the north of town, visit of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the 17th century. It is the most important religious site of Latin America and major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics coming coming from all over the world. There we also see the Old Basilica that is slowly sinking into the ground. The Old Basilica shelters a reproduction of the Black Madonna, which can be seen behind the choir inside the modern basilica.

Then we head to the archeological site of Teotihuacan with the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcóatl), the Temple of the Feathered Snails and the Palace of the Jaguars. The « City of the Gods» was built in the seventh century and was probably with its 200,000 inhabitants the most populated city in the world at that time.

Afterwards, we visit a carved obsidian workshop. Obsidian is volcanic glass-stone produced when felsic lava cools so fast that it practically doesn’t crystallize. Our host gives us flavors of tequila to taste.

Buffet lunch in Teotihuacan in a typical restaurant with view over the pyramids.
In the afternoon, return to Mexico City for a guided tour, mainly of the Zocalo, one of the largest squares in the world. There stands the largest Cathedral in the Americas, built on the site of the former grand Aztec temple «Teocalli». Its three naves shelter many chapels and altars adorned with gold, including the beautiful ‘Altar of Forgiveness’.

The Palacio Nacional (National Palace) was built on top of the Palace of Moctezuma and features frescos painted by famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. It houses nowadays the President’s offices.

The Templo Mayor (only outside) is a relic of the ancient Aztec capital Tenochtitlan… a pre-Columbian temple in the middle of urban jungle: simply amazing!

Lunch and dinner non-included. Hotel.

  • Note 1: Stage of 45 km/28 Miles – 1 hour trip between Mexico City and Teotihuacan.
  • Note 2: English-speaking guide provided all day.
  • Option : Ballet Folklórico at the Palacio des Bellas Arte: 80 Usd/ person. (Only wednesday and sundays).
  • Option : Evening with mariachis on the Garibaldi Square: 15 Usd/ person.

Day 3 : MEXICO – TULA - QUERETARO

Departure at 9:00am from the hotel in private transportation heading west to visit the colonial towns of Mexico.
Stop at the archeological site of Tula, ancient capital of the Toltec civilization. Lunch. Visit of the site with its impressive statues « Los Atlantes ».

Arrival in the afternoon at Queretaro, a remarkable town built in classic architecture, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Visit of the town walking through numerous stately houses, fountains, churches and convents. The Santa Clara Church is particularly interesting: the simplicity of its façade makes a strong contrast with its exuberant interior decoration.

Lunch and dinner non-included. Hotel.

Note: Stage of 212 km/ 131 miles– 2:30-hour trip between Mexico City and Querétaro.

Day 4 : QUERETARO – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - GUANAJUATO

After breakfast, departure at 9:00am in private transportation to San Miguel Allende, a small colonial town with narrow cobbled streets and an amazing charm. The pastel colors, the dozens of handicraft boutiques, the colonial architecture give to the town an adorable atmosphere. Guided visit in English of the town and mainly of the Parish Church, the Plaza de Allende, the Santo Domingo, San Francisco, and San Felipe Neri Churches.

Then in the late afternoon, we will go to the picturesque town of Guanajuato, with its pastel colored houses and numerous flowered window boxes. On the way, we stop in Dolores Hidalgo, the peaceful little town where Father Miguel Hidalgo uttered his famous cry for the independence of Mexico (the "Grito de Dolores") on September 16, 1810.

Check-in at the hotel. Lunch and dinner non-included. Hotel.

Note: Stage of 164 km / 102 miles – 2:30-hour trip between Queretaro and Guanajuato.

Day 5 : GUANAJUATO VISITE

Day dedicated to the visit of Guanajuato. Discovery of this ancient silver mining capital, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We do an off-trails city tour: panoramic drive, El Pipila monument (savior of Guanajuato), dam of la olla, visit of the mine ‘el nopal’ (specialized guide and helmet provided), the house of the aunt Aura (house of fear), the ex-hacienda del cochero (museum of the inquisition) and finally the San Cayetano temple.

At the end of the day, we enjoy the « callejon del beso ».
Lunch and dinner included. Hotel in the center of town.

Special evening:
After dinner, you will attend a "Callejoneada", with musicians, troubadours and poets who will lead you in the bustling streets of the city with a glass of wine in hand.
Price: 20 euros per person (available a glass in souvenir).

Day 6 : GUANAJUATO – ISLA DE JANITZIO – TZINTZUNTZAN - PATZCUARO

Departure in the morning to the city of Patzcuaro, the center of the Tarascan population. Visit of the ‘house of eleven patios’, an ancient dominican convent built in the seventeenth century.

In the afternoon, we take a boat trip to the Island of Janitzio. On the way we stop to see the fishermen, their famous boats and nets. On the island, we will visit the statue of Morelos, a true architectural feat that tells the story of the Mexican Revolution. Stroll in the small streets and lunch with a local family.

Return at the end of the day to Patzcuaro after a stop in the village of Tzintzuntzan, famous for its monastery and its wood handicrafts.

Lunch and dinner non-included. Hotel.

Note: Stage of 195 km / 121 miles – 2:30-hour trip between Guanajuato and Patzcuaro.

Day 7 : PATZCUARO – MORELIA - MEXICO

Departure from the hotel at 9:00am in private transportation to Morelia, a colonial city built in pink stones that kept a flair of the past and that has been designated a World ‘artistic’ Heritage Site by UNESCO. Discovery of the cathedral on the Zocalo built in a mixture of baroque, herreresque and neo-classic styles.

Arrival in Mexico City at the end of the day.
Lunch and dinner non-included. Hotel.

  • Note 1: Stage of 50 km / 31 miles – 1 hour trip between Patzcuaro and Morelia
  • Note 2: Stage of 325 km/ 201.9 miles – 4 hour trip between Morelia and Mexico City.

Day 8 : MEXICO DEPARTURE

Departure from the hotel in private transportation to Mexico City Airport 3 hours before take-off.

 

 

More Information

Our hotel selection

CITY HOTEL * TYPE PLAN BREAKFAST URL
guanajuato meson del rosario 3 std with bf a la carte www.travelbymexico.com/guan/mesonrosario/
mexico metropol 4 std with bf buffet www.hotelmetropol.com.mx
patzcuaro la casa de rosy 2 std with bf americain www.lacasitaderosi.patzcuaro.org
queretaro quinta santiago 4 std with bf americain www.hotelquintasantiago.com

* bf : breakfast - * std : standard room

 

Included

  • Guides at stages as mentioned (day 2),
  • Private transportation except when specified (vehicle with AC and Spanish speaking driver),
  • Hotels 2/3 or 3/4 stars in double occupancy with breakfast except when specified,
  • Lunches and dinners mentioned « included »,
  • Entrance to sites and parks except when specified « not included » or non accompanied,
  • Visits and excursions mentioned.

Not included

  • International flights,
  • National flights,
  • National and international airport taxes,
  • Options,
  • Individual equipment,
  • Hospitalization insurance / mandatory repatriation,
  • Lunches and dinners mentioned as « non-included » in the program (count on 5 to 15 euros/ pers/ meal,
  • Drinks,
  • Tips,
  • Visits not mentioned.

Note:
Hotels are reserved at time of booking the trip and if indicated hotel is not available a hotel of the same standard will be considered.

Equipments:
Read the equipment list to take along (French version only)

Information:
Read practical information before departure (French version only)

Note:
The trip will be confirmed as we receive a deposit payment on our bank account. The balance will have to be paid before arrival in Mexico.

Important:
As security measures, we recommend you take along photocopies of each traveler’s passport and insurance policy.
Terra Maya reserve the right to modify the program in reason of weather or social perturbations in the country of visit, as well as if one or more participants present health problems during the trip.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Office: +52 999 923 43 02 – within Mexico: 01 999 923 43 02
Cell (24/7): +52 999 156 81 58 – within Mexico: 01 999 156 81 58

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Rates

CONFIDENTIAL PRICES (in Usd per person) *

 

Rest

Base 2/3 persons

1.084 Usd

Base 4/5 persons

756 Usd

Base 6/7 persons

618 Usd

Base 8/10 persons

550 Usd

Base 11/14 persons

574 Usd

*Attention:
Prices are valid all year long for the selected dates which can however be increased at the moment of the reservation and according to the tourist season and of the local festivals (Easter, July, August, death’s day, December and January).

Options: Single room: 178 usd per person.

All our programs can be modified to suit your requirements.
You can base your trip on our sample programs or we can tailor make your holiday especially for you. Let us know your choice of duration, stops, types of accommodation and activities and we’ll work together to build the journey of your dreams.