Colonial Cities 11 Days
Arrive into Mexico City airport and transfer to your hotel of choice. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure
Today your Mexico City tour includes a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, one of the finest archaeology museums in the world. This tour will also take you to the Chapultepec Park, the main avenues, residential areas and monuments. You will enjoy the many attractions of the Main Square (Zocalo), such as the cathedral, the National Palace with Diego Rivera’s amazing murals and numerous shops and restaurants. Return to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
Today’s cultural experience continues on to the Teotihuacan Pyramids and the Guadalupe Shrine. The tour also includes a visit to the Three Cultures Plaza, an interesting site that features 3 architectural samples of three different historical times in Mexico; the archaelogical ruins of Tlatelolco Ceremonial Centre, a church built by the Spaniards in the 16th century and the impressive Foreign Affairs Ministry Building. Continue to the Guadalupe Shrine, this is one of the most sacred places for Mexicans and Latin Americans, where the Guadalupe Virgin is visited by some 10 million people a year. You will then continue on to Teotihuacan, Mexico’s largest fully excavated archaeological site with some of its highest pyramids; the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. This ceremonial centre is an important Aztec religious site, where they worshipped their gods with rituals and human sacrifices.
Return to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
After breakfast, drive to Puebla, a colonial city east of Mexico City. This is the meeting point of the Eastern Sierra and the Central Highlands making it possible to see the peaks of the highest volcanoes in Mexico; the Popocatepeti (The Smoking Mountain) and the Ixtaccihuati (The Sleeping Women). Puebla is popular for its delicate cuisine, beautiful arts and crafts, ceramics, including the world famous “Talavera” patterned pottery and its 365 church domes; one for every day of the year. Churches built during the colonial period over ancient Mesoamerican ceremonial centres to stop Indians worshipping their gods. Visit the main square, the magnificent cathedral , main avenues and monuments. You then continue on to Cholula Ruins and explore the biggest pyramid in old Mesoamerica through its narrow tunnels. The pyramid is underground and the splendid Virgin de los Remedios Church is built on top. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure.
At the appointed pick up time, you will head south of Mexico City to Cuernavaca, a fine colonial city considered the City of Eternal Spring, because of its wonderful sunny days and warm weather all year round. Then we continue on to Taxco, the silver capital of the world.
Enjoy a full day browsing the winding cobblestone streets for artifacts of silver, gold, brass and copper in the artisans’ workshops. A guided visit to the Santa Prisca Church is included, one of the richest and best examples of the Mexican ‘churriguresque’ architecture style of the 16th century. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure.
Pick up from Mexico City hotel and transfer to Guanajuato hotel, via the town of Queretaro where you will see Plaza de Armas & Plaza de la Corregidora, La Casona, The Temple of San Francisco, Theatre of the Republic.
Today you will take a tour of Guanajuato including the Theater Juarez, the craft market, old mine in the neighborhood of Valenciana, old residential area, Monument of the Pipila.
Transfer from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende, via the town of Hidalgo. You will stop here to see the Museum House of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The Priest Don Hidalgo launched the September 16, 1810 legendary “cry of independence,” rebelling against the domination of the Spanish crown. Drop off at hotel.
Today you will take a tour of San Miguel. You will visit the library, Fabrica la Aurora, Botanical Garden, the craft market, San Miguel Arcangel Parish and Goverment Palace.
Transfer from your San Miguel hotel to Mexico City hotel.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for you departure.