Mexico: Colonial Heritage Tour

From USD $840.00
  • Duration: 9 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: P0VPNA

Overview

Join our 9-day tour to explore the magnificent colonial heritage & natural beauties of Central Mexico.  Our way will follow the famous La Ruta de la Plata ("the Silver Road") - a historic route created during the colonial era and, according to experts, the oldest & longest built by the Spanish conquistadors in the Americas.

Highlights

  • Get to know Mexico City - the largest city in Latin America and a world-class cultural hub.
  • Climb huge Pirámides del Sol y de la Luna in UNESCO-declared Teotihuacán.
  • Stroll UNESCO-listed colonial centers of Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas & Morelia.
  • Visit la Mina El Eden,  the only mine in the country that allows visitors to enter.
  • See La Quemada - mysterious pre-Columbian ruins that used to be home to a flourishing Mesoamerican population.

Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico City

Bienvenidos a la Ciudad de Mexico - the largest city in Latin America where ancient and modern coexist in harmony. Arrive at any time before meeting your group and Tour Leader in the evening: welcome meeting, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Mexico City
  • Activities: welcome meeting

Day 2: Mexico City

Join your group for a walking tour around the historic center in the morning, then choose by yourself what to do next  - your Tour Leader will be happy to give suggestions. Optional dinner & get-together with the group in the evening.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Mexico City
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast
  • Activities: walking tour in Mexico City; guided visit to the Museum of Anthropology

Day 3: Mexico City - Querétaro - San Miguel de Allende

In the morning, we will continue our heritage tour in Querétaro - one of the most representative examples of Spanish Colonial cities in Mexico with a compact historical center with buildings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries that give us an idea of what life was like in those times. Afterward, go to San Miguel de Allende (UNESCO) - a small city with a huge cultural heritage and a cosmopolitan population that preserves its true colonial feeling. Walking tour, check-in, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group in San Miguel de Allende.

  • Transportation: private vehicle
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast
  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in San Miguel de Allende
  • Activities: walking tours in Querétaro & San Miguel de Allende

Day 4: San Miguel de Allende - Dolores Hidalgo - Guanajuato

Firstly, go to Dolores Hidalgo - the starting point of the fight for Mexican independence from the Spanish empire in 1810, led by priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. After a walking tour and optional lunch in the center of the town, continue to Guanajuato (UNESCO) - an opulent colonial city, located among gold and silver deposits, with its greatest peak in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Walking tour, check-in, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group in the evening.

  • Transportation: private vehicle
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast
  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Guanajuato
  • Activities: walking tours in Guanajuato & Dolores Hidalgo

Day 5: Guanajuato - San Luis Potosí - Zacatecas

First, go to San Luis Potosí (UNESCO) - a city with numerous baroque constructions, colonial mansions, and Novo Hispanic churches in the heart of what used to be the most important city in northern Mexico during the 17th century. After a walking tour and optional lunch in the center continue to Zacatecas (UNESCO). Check-in, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group in Zacatecas.

  • Transportation: private vehicle
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast
  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Zacatecas
  • Activities: walking tours in San Luis Potosí & Zacatecas

Day 6: Zacatecas

This day we will explore Zacatecas - the Northernmost pearl of our trip. In the morning,g join a walking tour around the historic center before taking the cable car to la Bufa,  a mountain with a very distinctive shape that is recognized as the city's most recognizable landmark. In the afternoon visit la Mina El Eden,  the only mine in the country that allows visitors to enter. Check-in, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group in Zacatecas.

  • Transportation: private vehicle
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast
  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Zacatecas
  • Activities: walking tour in Zacatecas; cable car to La Bufa; guided visit to la Mina El Eden

Day 7: Zacatecas - La Quemada - Aguascalientes

In the morning, we will continue our heritage tour going to La Quemada - the only big pre-Columbian ruins in this part of Mexico that used to be home to a flourishing civilization. After a tour around the pyramids, go to Aguascalientes - a prosperous industrial city with a handsome colonial center and numerous museums. Check-in, visit to historic thermal waters, walking tour, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group in Aguascalientes.

  • Transportation: private vehicle
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast
  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Aguascalientes
  • Activities: guided visit to La Quemada Archeological Zone; visit to thermal waters in Aguascalientes; walking tour in Aguascalientes

Day 8: Aguascalientes - San Juan de Los Lagos - Cuitzeo - Morelia

Firstly, in the morning, go to San Juan de Los Lagos. Founded in 1542, it is currently the second most visited religious place in Mexico. The town is especially famous for its Nuestra Señora de Los Lagos cathedral with six paintings that were allegedly created by Rubens. After an orientation walk around the historic center, continue to Cutzeo - a charming "Magic Town" on the shore of a same-named lake with a colonial center and nearby Tres Cerritos archeological site. Finally, after a walking tour and optional lunch in Cutzeo, we will go to the last destination of our trip - Morelia (UNESCO). Known as the "City of the Pink Stone", it is home to numerous Baroque and Neoclassical monuments.  Accommodation, walking tour, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group in Morelia.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Morelia
  • Transportation: private vehicle
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast
  • Activities: walking tours/orientation walks in San Juan de Los Lagos, Cutzeo & Morelia

Day 9: Morelia - Mexico City

End of our colonial heritage tour of Mexico: morning departure to Mexico City. If you decide to extend your vacations, we can always book you extra nights, or even take you on our next adventure

  • Transportation: private vehicle
  • Meals & Drinks: breakfast

Why go with us

  • Small groups of up to 13 travelers: closer communication, easier coordination, more adventures & fun!
  • Off-the-beaten-track tours with maximum immersion in local nature, culture, and traditions.
  • The easy-going atmosphere of our tours is perfect for informal travel & making new friends among co-travelers and locals.

Logistics

  • DEPARTURE: We will leave our accommodation in Mexico City on Day 3 morning.
  • ARRIVAL: We will be back in Mexico City on Day 9 afternoon.
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: We will send you an exact list of accommodations together with trip notes 2 weeks before the departure date. All accommodations are centrally located, tourist-class, locally-owned properties with private facilities in each room. We can arrange pre- & post-tour accommodations but not earlier than 2 weeks before the departure when we send you final trip notes. 
  • ROOMS: Most Triple Rooms have 2 separate beds from which at least one is king- or queen-size and are for 2 people; if Triple Room is not available on a particular day of the tour, you might be provided with 1 double/twin and 1 single room instead (based on availability and cannot be guaranteed). Most Quad Rooms have 2 separate king- or queen-size beds - each for 2 people; if Quad Room is not available on a particular day, you might be provided with 2 double/twin rooms instead (based on availability and cannot be guaranteed).
  • PHYSICAL CONDITION: This tour involves a decent amount of walking. Therefore, travelers should have moderate physical fitness condition.
  • ACTIVITIES: Participation in all activities is optional - just be sure to be in time for daily departures.
  • WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU: Comfortable clothes & shoes; a small backpack for daily tours; hat/cap, sunglasses & sunscreen; travel insurance; good mood & curiosity.
  • PRICING: The price of the tour/person depends on the number of travelers & room option you choose. 
  • GROUP VS. PRIVATE TOUR: Group Tour: take a trip with other travelers. Private Tour: take a trip on your own, with friends, couple, or family. While offering more privacy and exclusivity such tours may cost more than group ones. If you wanna take a private tour with a group that is bigger than 4, please contact us and we will send you a personalized offer. For private tours, the dates of departure (and in some cases the itinerary & activities) can be customized to your request.