DAY 1 - DEPART
MARCH 11, 2019
We will visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, Latin America’s most revered religious shrine. It is here where the Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have appeared before an Indian named Juan Diego in 1531, and an image of her was miraculously emblazoned on his cloak. We will have time to explore the New Basilica de Guadalupe (the Old Basilica, built in 1700, is slowly sinking) and to see Juan Diego’s cloak.
DAY 2 - TAXCO
MARCH 12, 2019
In Taxco we will visit a silver shop where we will learn everything about the silver mining process. The Spaniards were drawn to the area in 1522 by Aztec tales of rich mineral deposits and the subsequent silver boom lasted until the 19th century. We will walk through the town, clinging to a steep hillside, its narrow cobblestone streets twisting and turning between colonial buildings and opening onto pretty plazas. We will visit the church of Santa Prisca, a treasure of baroque architecture.
DAY 3 - PUEBLA
MARCH 13, 2019
We will explore Puebla – a Unesco World Heritage Site – its streets lined with churches and colonial mansions, many adorned with the beautiful hand-painted Talavera tiles for which the city is famous. This is also the place where Mexico’s national dish – the ‘mole poblano’ – originated. We will visit the Cathedral – the second largest in Mexico; Casa del Alfeñique – its delicate white ornamental plasterwork resembles alfeñique, a sugar and almond paste; Mercado El Parian – a crafts market in the ‘artist’s quarter’; Templo de San Francisco – where the body of San Sebastian de Aparicio lies, a Spaniard who came to Mexico in 1533 and planned many of the country’s roads before becoming a monk; Cerro de Guadalupe – a hilltop park containing the historic forts of Loreto and Guadalupe; and Calle 6 Oriente – known for its typical candy shops.
DAY 4 - TEOTIHUACAN - BASILICA
MARCH 14, 2019
Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive cities of the ancient world, held sacred by the Aztecs. We will explore its temples, palaces and pyramids, including the Quetzalpapalotl Palace Complex, the Temple of the Feathered Conches, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the immense Pyramid of the Sun, ranked among the biggest in the world. We will visit the Basilica of Guadalupe where we will have mass.
DAY 5 - MEXICO CITY -COYOACAN - XOCHIMILCO
MARCH 15, 2019
We will visit the magnificent Mexico City, built on top of the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Our first stop is the Zocalo (main square), one of the biggest public squares in the world. We will visit the Catedral Metropolitana – the biggest church in Latin America, and the Palacio Nacional (if it is open) – which hosts Diego Rivera’s murals depicting the history of Mexico. We continue to a handicraft market, where we will have time for some browsing. We then drive along the famous boulevard Paseo de la Reforma, built during the short-lived reign of Emperor Maximilian to connect the main square and his castle in Chapultepec. We will visit Coyoacan, a former colonial village, located in the south of Mexico City. Coyoacan still has its own identity, with narrow colonial-era streets, plazas, cafes and a lively bohemian atmosphere. We will walk along Coyoacan’s main plaza, churches and beautiful old buildings, including the house of conqueror Hernan Cortes. We will drive to the floating gardens of Xochimilco in the south of Mexico City. They were once connected to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) by a causeway, and the Aztecs grew much of their food here. We will navigate the channels on board of a typical ‘trajinera’, a flower-decked punt, and will discover how Aztec life was before the conquest.
DAY 6 - RETURN HOME
MARCH 16, 2019
Mass at the Basílica of Guadalupe. Transfer from hotel to airport .
ITiNERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
Round Trip Airfare
Air Conditioned Motor Coach
Professional English Speaking Tour Escort
Breakfast and Dinner daily
All entrance fees to sites
Porterage at hotels
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Visa Fees for Non Citizens