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Colonial Heritage (6 days / 5 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Patzcuaro
v/   Guadalajara
v/   Tlaquepaque
v/   Guanajuato
v/   San Miguel Allende
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A circuit from Mexico City exploring the country┬┤s rich colonial past and treasures.
Day 1:Mexico City - Morelia - Patzcuaro (must be Sunday)
Day 2:Patzcuaro - Guadalajara
Day 3:Guadalajara / Tequila - Tlaquepaque
Day 4:Guadalajara - Guanajuato
Day 5:Guanajuato - San Miguel de Allende
Day 6:San Miguel de Allende - Queretaro - Mexico City


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
Mision Patzcuaro
Mision Patzcuaro
Patzcuaro
Lazaro Cardenas 321 Centro
27 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Holiday Inn Centro Historico Guadalajara
Holiday Inn Centro Historico Guadalajara
Guadalajara
Av. Juarez 211-103 Centro. Guadalajara Jalisco
90 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Holiday Inn Express Guanajuato
Holiday Inn Express Guanajuato
Guanajuato
Euquerio Guerrero 120 | Burocrat
165 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Mision de los Angeles Oaxaca
Mision de los Angeles Oaxaca
Oaxaca
10 blocks from the main square, Plaza Juarez
145 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Day 1:  Mexico City - Morelia - Patzcuaro (must be Sunday)
Departure from Mexico City to Morelia, beautiful city founded in 1541 by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza, with the name of Valladolid. In 1828 its name was changed to Morelia, to honor Don Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, hero of the Mexican independence. Morelia is known as the aristocrat of the colonial cities. Fine sculptured churches, a colorful plaza and numerous arcades, make this visit worthwhile. Continuation of the trip to arrive in Patzcuaro. Overnight.

(Included meals: NA)
Day 2:  Patzcuaro - Guadalajara
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit of Patzcuaro, which means "place of stones", tiny fishing town where you will visit the the house of the eleven patios, the main plaza and the Basilica de la Salud. It is the oldest city of Purepechas, who up to date still observes their indigenous customs and speaks their dialects. Depart to Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and home of the famous tequila drink. Overnight.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 3:  Guadalajara / Tequila - Tlaquepaque
Breakfast at the hotel. Over the way to Tequila, we have a lovely view of maguey plantation. It is called Tequila Weber Blue Agave, because of its gray color, and it is the raw material for the national drink tequila. At Tequila town, we will visit the Hacienda San Jose del Refugio and we will learn about the modern process for making tequila in a new distillery. We will have the opportunity to taste the tequila. We will continue to the pottery village of Tlaquepaque, probably Mexico is largest and most important arts and crafts center, hosting wares from all over the country. At present days Tlaquepaque is still rich with local tradition and art. It attracts many of Jalisco is more talented artists, and has a reputation for the quality and diversity of its wares. Many summer homes have been converted into shops, which house various crafts, art and restaurants. The heart of Tlaquepaque is El Parian, a popular place to relax for people wishing to people watch or simply sit and watch the world go by, enjoying he steady pace of life in this small town. Lunch is included in a typical local restaurant. Return to Guadalajara. Overnight.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4:  Guadalajara - Guanajuato
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, sightseeing tour of the city, which includes the huge twin-towered cathedral surrounded by attractive plazas, the government palace, Degollado theater and Hospicio Cabañas. Guadalajara as it is now, first arose in 1560 after two failed attempts of raising the city in two other areas. It is the capital of Jalisco State, Western Mexico. The city itself is filled with numerous museums, historical buildings, galleries and outstanding restaurants.

We will continue our trip to Guanajuato. The town presents a highly unusual appearance, with its winding lanes, its plazuelas shaded by Indian laurels, its large variety of decorative style and, above all, its curious underground avenue that lies along the bottom of a ravine hollowed out by a torrent, the waters of which are now held back by a dam.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 5:  Guanajuato - San Miguel de Allende
Breakfast at the hotel. This visit, mainly on foot, includes the Hidalgo market, Juarez Theater, the university, the alley of the kiss and the monument of El Pipila, a hero of the Independence. The city is an authentic jewel among the colonial cities, was once an important mining center, which derived great wealth from its abundant silver deposits. After visit, we will depart to San Miguel de Allende. Overnight.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 6:  San Miguel de Allende - Queretaro - Mexico City
Breakfast at the hotel. Walking tour of the town San Miguel de Allende, taking you past by the famous church with pink, sugar-candy pointed towers of the parroquia dominating the building. These bizarre towers were designed by an untutored Indian, Zeferino Gutierrez in the late 19th century. In the main chapel is the much revered image of the Cristo de la Conquista, made by Indians in Patzcuaro from cornstalks and orchid bulbs in about the 16th century.

We will continue to Queretaro, attractive city which has been declared a national monument. It is situated at the bottom of a basin surrounded by hills from where you have some excellent views. Continuation of the trip to arrive in Mexico City. Drop of at hotel (not included).

(Included meals: Breakfast)
 
Trip type:
  Shared service
(can be done privately also)
Departures:
   Fixed Sundays