Day 05: 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 fusion of the European and PreHispanic 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.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, English-speaking Guide during all excursions, Walking Tour at night in Guanajuato in English, Overnight Hotel in Guanajuato.
Day 06: Wednesday / Guanajuato – San Luis Potosi – Zacatecas
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 San Luis Potosi. Panoramic tour of the center and then continue to the beautiful city of Zacatecas, a magnificent historic monument of the vice royal era, located on a hillside of the Cerro de la Bufa. At night we will for a walk to get a first impression of this colonial jewel. Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Walking Tour Guanajuato in English, Panoramic Tour of San Luis Potosi, Walking Tour at night in English in Zacatecas, Overnight in Hotel in Zacatecas.
Day 07: Thursday / Zacatecas – Tlaquepaque – Guadalajara
Pink quarry stone constructions and plazas, filigree ironwork on balconies, narrow streets and stone paved streets, polished by time, characterize Zacatecas. The city was founded in 1548, originally as a residence for those working in the surrounding mines. In the time it became a cultural center with a beautiful architecture. Visit the cathedral, built in 1752, which is considered a masterpiece of the baroque style. You will have a gorgeous panoramic view of the city from Cerro de la Bufa, where we take the cable car and visit the Eden mine. It will be a great experience entering the mine, as we hop on a small train with narrow wagons, similar to those used in the New Spain era to transport precious minerals. Next, 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. It attracts many of Jalisco’s most talented artists and has a reputation for the quality and diversity of its products. We then proceed to nearby Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and home of many of Mexico’s most beloved traditions.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Cable Car Ride, Guided visit to the Eden Mine in English, Overnight Hotel in Guadalajara.
Day 08: Friday / 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! Afterward, return to Guadalajara. 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. Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Visit in Tequila Distillery in English and Tequila Tasting, Guided Walking Tour in Guadalajara in English,
Overnight Hotel in Guadalajara