package

Colonial Highlights

Location

Mexico

Duration

6 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 970
Brief

Go back in time and explore Mexico’s fascinating colonial heritage. Start in Mexico City, one of the World's most fascinating cities then discover the highlights of Central Mexico, a perfect getaway from Mexico City. You will be surprised by the beauty of inland Mexico. Travel to the cradle of the Mexican Independence Movement. Stroll the picturesque streets of Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato. Let these places tell you fascinating stories that mark Mexican history.

Day 1

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, you will have some free time to start exploring the city.

Overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2

Mexico City

Get to know one of the world's biggest and most exciting cities! With its distinct Mestizo culture, Nahuatl and Spanish heritage, this mega city is the beating heart of the country. Enjoy a guided visit to 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, drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive in Chapultepec Park. In pre- Hispanic times, it served as 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. Next is the Museum of Anthropology (closed on Mondays). This museum is where you will see the famous Aztec calendar stone, models of Tenochtitlan, 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 (Breakfast).

Day 3

Mexico City

Teotihuacan, ‘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 been home to 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacan was the biggest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around 8C, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural center 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, you will 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 (Breakfast).
 

Day 4

Mexico City - San Miguel de Allende

Today you will move 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. Afterwards, continue to Queretaro, an attractive city which has played a crucial role in Mexican history. In Queretaro, enjoy an included lunch. After a short tour around the townґs well preserved historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you will continue 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 towers. These bizarre towers were designed by an untutored Zeferino Gutierrez, in the late 19C. In the main chapel, you will see the much-revered image of the Cristo de la Conquista, made from cornstalks and orchid bulbs by natives in Patzcuaro in the 16C. 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 for handicrafts.

Overnight in San Miguel de Allende (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 5

San Miguel De Allende - Guanajuato

In the morning, go on a short drive to the town of Atotonilco where you will visit its famous Chapel. You can see fusion of European and Pre-Hispanic cultures in its walls and ceilings. 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 19C. In the evening, you will arrive in Guanajuato. After check in at the hotel, enjoy a night-tour to see the illuminated center of the city.

Overnight in Guanajuato (Breakfast).

Day 6

Guanajuato - Mexico City

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, you 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. Then you will travel to the town of Tepotzotlan for a short visit including its impressive church (nowadays the Vice Regal Museum). Late in the afternoon, you will head back to Mexico City. You may request for airport drop-off to be arranged free of charge.

(Breakfast).

package code: MX229667
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