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Exploring Colonial Mexico

Mexico City, Morelos, Guanajuato, Guadalajara

Mexico is an incredibly diverse country with hidden treasures around every corner. From one of the largest cities in the world to countless tiny pueblos, from mountains to jungles and deserts to tropical beaches, and from ancient ruins to modern skyscrapers, Mexico is truly its own fascinating world filled with enchanting surprises.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure flight from North America
  • Arrive in Mexico City Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America. Our Tour Director will meet us at the airport in Mexico. Our private coach will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel in Mexico City.
  • Hotel check in For the next three evening(s) we will enjoy the convenience of our centrally-located Mexico City hotel, where daily breakfast will be included.
  • Mexico City Mexico City, also known as the Valley of the Damned, is the capital city of Mexico and is located in the Valley of Mexico. It is the most important center for financial, economic and cultural events of the country. Mexico City is one of the world's largest and most populated cities. The city was originally built by the Aztecs in 1325 on an island of Lake Texcoco, with the municipality of Mexico City established in 1524.
  • Dinner Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2 Mexico City: The Zocalo
  • Plaza de la Constitucion Explore the section of Mexico City known as the Zocalo, which is the historic center and is dominated by the Plaza de la Constitucion, the third largest square in the world.
  • Templo Mayor Enjoy a visit to the Templo Mayor, sight of the great Aztec temple, which stood at the heart of Tenochtitlan. Our visit will include a tour of the Excavations and the Museum.
  • Cathedral Metropolitana Visit the Cathedral Metropolitana, the biggest church in Latin America, and the heart of the world's largest Catholic diocese.
  • Palacio Nacional Take a visit to the Palacio Nacional, which is dominated by the great mural by Diego Rivera painted above its main staircase and along two walls of the courtyard. This spectacular mural was painted between 1929 and 1935 in the aftermath of the Revolution.
  • Museo Mural Diego Rivera Visit Museo Mural Diego Rivera, a small two-story gallery built around one of Rivera’s masterpieces, the mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central. Painted in 1947 for the dining room of the nearby Hotel Prado, the mural combines the history of Mexico with the dreams of its protagonists and of Rivera himself.
  • Dinner Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
  • First Concert Performance You first concert performance is tonight.
Day 3 Day Trip to Puebla – Taxco
  • See the City of Eternal Spring Inhabited since around 1200 BC, Cuernavaca is one of the oldest cities in Mexico. It is located 55 miles south of Mexico City, in the northern region of the state of Morelos. It has a pleasant climate all year round, and is also known as the City of Eternal Spring.
  • Palacio de Cortés Visit to the Palacio de Cortés, built by the Spanish on the site of the Aztec pyramids they destroyed. Originally the residence of the conquistador Cortes, today the palace houses a series of murals by Diego Rivera, which depict Mexico's history from the Conquest to the Revolution, and artifacts from the region.
  • Taller Siqueiros Visit Taller Siqueiros ("La Tallera"), the house and studio of the painter and muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, who was born in Chihuahua in 1896 and died in Cuernavaca in 1974. The property is now a museum dedicated to his work, much of which reflected his Marxist political ideology.
  • Arrive in Taxco Taxco is a charming colonial town nestled in the mountains of Guerrero state between Mexico City and Acapulco. The town's winding cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses with red tile roofs and its impressive Santa Prisca cathedral all combine to make Taxco a lovely and picturesque town.
  • Santa Prisca y San Sebastian Church Visit the Santa Prisca y San Sebastian Church, one of Mexico's most impressive baroque churches, featuring an ultra-carved façade. The interior is highlighted by the intricacy of the gold-leafed saints and cherubic angels, as well as the paintings by Miguel Cabrera, one of Mexico's most famous colonial-era artists.
  • Mercado Central Explore the Mercado Central, which meanders deep inside the mountain and features a collection of wholesale silver shops and numerous food stands.
Day 4 Explore Morelia
  • Travel to Morelia Morelia is a capital of the state of Michoacan and area know as the “Colonial Heartland.”
  • Morelia Cathedral Visit the Cathedral, built with the pink volcanic stone that Morelia is famous for. Considered by many as the most beautiful cathedral in Mexico, it incorporates the finest features of the styles of religious architecture, including Plateresque, Mannerist, and a native style of Baroque characterized by sobriety and restraint.
  • Walking Tour Take a guided Walking Tour and view sights such as the Templo de las Monjas (Nuns' Temple), a lovely old church with a unique twin facade and B-shaped floor plan, the massive Palacio Federal, which houses many official bureaus, the colonial Aqueduct, whose graceful arches stretch more than a mile and the Church of San Diego. Visit the church, the most ornate in Morelia, known as El Santuario de Guadalupe. The interior is spectacular and looks like a jewel box.
  • Hotel check in For the next one evening(s) we will enjoy the convenience of our centrally-located Morelia hotel, where daily breakfast will be included.
  • Dinner We will enjoy our evening meal together in a local restaurant.
Day 5 Morelia – Queretaro – Guanjuato
  • Walking Tour of Downtown Querétaro Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Querétaro and view the town's most important plaza, Jardín Zenea and the San Francisco Church. Explore the pedestrians-only Andador Libertad and the Plaza de Independencia with its carefully hedged Indian laurel trees, outdoor restaurants, and colonial mansions. Allow time to explore the Casa Queretana de Artesanía, a handicrafts store run by the state that sells weavings, clothing, pottery, hand-carved furniture, onyx, opals, and jewelry, all from Querétaro. Between well-traced streets and corners full of local color, Queretaro reminds us about the mythical Corregidora (magistrate), Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, and the conspiracy that unraveled the Independence war. This Colonial city invites us to visit it by cable car through its emblematic neighborhoods, with grand Spanish style and characteristic doors and gates. In the main plazas, such as Independencia, you will find curious handicraft shops and restaurants where you can try traditional dishes such as enchiladas queretanas.
  • Guanajuato Travel to Guanajuato, Mexico’s most beautiful silver city, which climbs out of a rugged ravine and up the bald hills that once supplied a quarter of New Spain’s silver output.
  • Hotel check in Our base for the next three night(s) will be Guanajuato (area), where breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • Dinner Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening.
Day 6 Guanajuato: Birthplace Of Independence
  • Church of San Cayetano Visit the magnificent Church of San Cayetano, built toward the end of the colonial period in the opulent style of Mexican ultra baroque. The interior is a dazzling affair, with gilded carvings and retablos.
  • Walking Tour Take a guided Walking Tour of the City Center and view the Plaza de los Angeles, Callejon del Beso (Alley of the Kiss), Casa rul y Valenciana, Calle Hidalgo, Basilica Nueastra Sanora de Guanajuato, Teatro Juarez, Jardin de la Union, the University, the Templo de la Compana, and the Casa Diego Rivera.
  • Museo Regional la Alhondiga de Granaditas Visit the Museo Regional la Alhondiga de Granaditas, built as the town granary, it soon became a symbolic building in the fight for independence. Here, exhibitions tell the story of Guanajuato and the struggle at the granary. Two floors of rooms hold exhibits of pre- Columbian artifacts, as well as displays on colonial history, and regional crafts.
  • Church of San Diego Make a brief visit to the Church of San Diego, which stands almost as it did in 1633, when it was built under the direction of Franciscan missionaries.
  • Funicular Railway Journey on the Funicular Railway, which runs up the hill from behind the Church of San Diego to view a statue; the city's monument to the hero José de los Reyes Martínez, better known as El Pípila. Today, El Pípila's statue raises a torch high over the city in everlasting vigilance. This is the best vantage point in Guanajuato to enjoy panoramic views of the whole city.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
  • Second Concert Performance Your concert performance is today.
Day 7 Day Trip to San Miguel De Allende
  • Guided Walking Tour San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful city with opulent mansions, and handsome churches, all connected by cobbled streets. Enjoy a guided Walking Tour of the city center and view the Templo de la concepcion, the Escuela de Bellas Artes, Casa del Mayorzgo (the most sumptuous mansion), Casa Allende, Casa del Inquisidor, the Templo de San Francisco and the Templo de Nuestra Senora de la Salud.
  • Church of La Parroquia Visit the Church of La Parroquia, which has become the emblem of San Miguel. The church is an object of great pride to the citizenry and a source of discomfort for architectural purists. Originally built in the colonial style, it was remade in the late 19th century by a local builder named Zeferino Gutiérrez, who reconstructed the towers and facade.
  • Oratorio de San Felipe Neri Visit the Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, which features a series of 33 oil paintings showing scenes from the life of the Florentine St. Phillip Neri by the painter Miguel Cabrera. View the Santa Casa de Loreto, an opulent side chapel where a multi-tiered lantern illuminates the lavishly decorated octagonal space within.
  • Dinner This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Day 8 Head to Guadalajara
  • Lagos de Moreno Today we will travel from Guanajuato to Lagos de Moreno, an architectural jewel, which boasts many 18th and 19th century buildings, and is often called the “Athens of Jalisco."
  • San Juan de Lagos We continue on our journey from Lagos de Moreno to San Juan de Lagos. San Juan de los Lagos is a city of enormous importance to Catholic pilgrims and some 9 million pilgrims come to visit the city’s great Cathedral each year. Visit the Cathedral that features a corn-paste statue enshrined in the altar, which was originally made for the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome. View the vast interior, which features six paintings attributed to Rubens.
  • Hotel check in Guadalajara We will continue to Guadalajara (area), our base for the next two night(s). Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
  • Dinner We will enjoy our evening meal together in a local restaurant.
Day 9 Get to know Guadalajara
  • Guadalajara’s historic center Today we will explore Guadalajara’s historic center, beginning with a visit to the Cathedral; the most easily recognized building in the city, around which four open plazas make the shape of a Latin cross. Construction on the cathedral started in 1561 and continued into the 18th century. The interior is open, airy, and majestic and items of interest include a painting in the sacristy ascribed to the renowned 17th-century Spanish artist Bartolomé Estaban Murillo.
  • Teatro Degollado Visit the Teatro Degollado, a Neo-classical 19th-century opera house named for Santos Degollado, a local patriot who fought with Juárez against Maximilian and the French. Apollo and the nine muses decorate the theater's pediment and the interior is famous for both the acoustics and the rich decoration.
  • Plaza de Armas Explore Plaza de Armas, the oldest and loveliest of Guadalajara’s plazas, which is dominated by a cast-iron Art Nouveau bandstand made in France. It was a gift to the city from the dictator Porfirio Díaz in the 1890s.
  • Palacio del Gobierno Enter the Palacio del Gobierno, a handsome palace, built in 1774, which blends Spanish and Moorish elements. Inside the central courtyard, above the staircase to the right, is a spectacular mural of Hidalgo by the modern Mexican master José Clemente Orozco. The Father of Independence appears high overhead, bearing directly down on the viewer and looking as implacable as a force of nature.
  • Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustre View the Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres, where sixteen white columns, each supporting a bronze statue, stand as monuments to Guadalajara's and Jalisco's distinguished sons.
  • Museo Regional de Guadalajara Take a visit to the Museo Regional de Guadalajara, which contains some of the region's important archaeological finds, fossils, historic objects, and art.
  • Dinner We will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant today.
  • Third Concert Performance Your third concert performance will be today.
Day 10 Final Farewells
  • Departure to North America Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.