Escorted Colonial Route to the Pacific

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Price: from $1,199 per Person

To get a taste of the real Mexico, this journey will start in Mexico’s capital city. This is where all of Mexico comes together. Then travel through a series of colonial cities, many of which earned the World Heritage status because of their extraordinary beauty, architectural uniqueness, and historical significance. Follow the colonial route to the State of Jalisco. Get to know Guadalajara, Mexico´s second largest city, be serenaded by mariachi, and learn everything about tequila. End this journey with some ‘Fiestas Tapatias” in the relaxed and open-minded beach town of Puerto Vallarta, a real treat for sun lovers on Mexico’s scenic Pacific Coast.

Day 1

FRIDAY: WELCOME IN MEXICO CITY

You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, free time to start exploring the city. As the country´s capital, the “Distrito Federal” is a mosaic of contrasts but most of all an experience in which all of Mexico comes together. It’s the perfect place to start your trip in Mexico.

Overnight in Mexico City at Hotel Casa Blanca or Similar

Day 2

SATURDAY: CITY TOUR AND ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM

Get to know one of the world´s biggest and most exciting cities! With its distinct mestizo culture, blending native Indian (Nahuatl) and Spanish heritage, this mega city is the beating heart of the country. Enjoy a guided visit in the historical center, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. This interesting tour will include “The Zocalo”, the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace, home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. Next, we drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive in Chapultepec Park. In pre-Hispanic times a summer residence for the noble class of the Aztecs, now it is Mexico City’s largest park and one of the largest city parks in the world. We will visit the Museum of Anthropology (closed on Mondays). This museum is considered to be among the world’s finest of its kind. Here you will admire the famous Aztec calendar stone, models of Tenochtitlán, a fascinating market place diorama, giant stone Olmec heads from the jungles of Tabasco and Veracruz, among many other interesting treasures.

Overnight in Mexico City at Hotel Casa Blanca or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 3

SUNDAY: PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACAN AND THE SHRINE OF GUADALUPE

Teotihuacán, ‘the place where gods were created’, is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the country. The history of Teotihuacan is quite mysterious. The earliest buildings were constructed around 200 BC. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacán was the biggest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural centre of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you will encounter the magic and mystery of Teotihuacan. Admire (and climb?) the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Walk down the Avenue of the Dead, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and the Fortresses. Before arriving back at your hotel, we make a stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world.

Overnight in Mexico City at Hotel Casa Blanca or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 4

MONDAY: TULA – QUERETARO – SAN MIGUEL

Today we will leave the big city. Departure to Tula.Once upon a time, after the fall of Teotihuacan, Tula was the capital of the Toltecs and one of the most powerful cities of Mesoamerica. The most famous building of this archeological site is the temple of ‘Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli’, an impressive pyramid with beautiful statues of Toltec warriors (Atlantes) on top of it. We will then continue to Queretaro, an attractive city which has played a crucial role in Mexican history. In Queretaro we will enjoy an included lunch. After a short tour around the town´s well-preserved historic center, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage, we will go to San Miguel de Allende, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico. Let us show you the highlights of the city, including the famous “Parish of San Miguel”, the iconic church in Neo-Gothic style, with the pink, sugar-candy pointing towers. These bizarre towers were designed by an untutored Indian, Zeferino Gutierrez, in the late 19th century. In the main chapel you will see the much revered image of the Cristo de la Conquista, made from cornstalks and orchid bulbs by Indians in Patzcuaro in the 16th century. In the evening you will have some free time for dinner and to enjoy the night ambiance of the city. Also a great opportunity for shopping typical crafts.

Overnight in San Miguel de Allende at Hotel Imperio de Angeles or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 5

TUESDAY: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE – GUANAJUATO

In the morning we will go for a short drive to the town of Atotonilco. Here we will visit the Chapel built in the XVI century. You can see the encounter and fusion of the European and Pre-Hispanic cultures in its walls and ceilings. We will continue to the town of Dolores Hidalgo, a small town where Miguel Hidalgo, father of Mexico, delivered his famous “Grito de Dolores” (Cry for Independence). This cry symbolizes the start of the Mexican independence movement in the early nineteenth century. In the evening we will arrive in Guanajuato. After check in at the hotel we will go for a night-tour to see the illuminated center of the city.

Overnight in Guanajuato at Hotel Holiday Inn Express or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 6

WEDNESDAY: GUANAJUATO – TLAQUEPAQUE – GUADALAJARA

With its history as an important mining center, Guanajuato derived great wealth from its abundant silver deposits. The city is a true jewel among Mexico´s colonial cities. You will be surprised by its beauty, with its winding lanes, its plazuelas shaded by Indian laurels, its large variety of decorative styles, and its curious underground avenue. In the morning we will further explore the city. Enjoy sights such as the Hidalgo market, Juarez Theater, the University, the “Alley of the Kiss”, the Alhondiga de Granaditas, and the monument of El Pipila. After this we will travel to western Mexico, to the pottery village of Tlaquepaque. Tlaquepaque is probably Mexico’s largest and most important arts and crafts center, hosting wares from all over the country. Present day Tlaquepaque is still rich in local tradition and art.

Finally we will proceed to nearby Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and home of many of Mexico’s most beloved traditions.

Overnight in Guadalajara at Hotel De Mendoza or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 7

THURSDAY: TEQUILA AND GUADALAJARA

Today we start with a visit to the town of Tequila, to the origins of Mexico´s most famous liquor. On the way to Tequila, we will enjoy spectacular views of agave plantations. In the colorful town of Tequila, we will visit one of the most recognized haciendas dedicated to the production of tequila, to learn about the production process of Mexico´s national drink. Of course we will also have the opportunity to taste some tequila! Afterwards, return to Guadalajara. Before arriving in the city we will visit the impressive crafts market of Tonalá. Back in Guadalajara we will go for a tour including the huge twin-towered cathedral surrounded by attractive plazas, the “Government Palace”, Degollado Theater, and Hospicio Cabañas.

Overnight in Guadalajara at Hotel De Mendoza or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 8

FRIDAY: PUERTO VALLARTA

In the morning we will take you to the bus terminal, for a first-class bus from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta. Its tropical climate, tranquil beaches, liberal ambiance, and its many natural wonders make Puerto Vallarta the perfect holiday destination. Please contact us for a beach extension.

Included: Breakfast

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