Pilgrimage to Central Mexico, Private tour
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Explore the religious history of central Mexico during this memorable seven-day pilgrimage. See some of the most significant temples, cathedrals, and historic sites of the country, beginning and ending your exciting journey in the large capital city of Mexico. Visit the charming colonial towns surrounding Mexico City, such as Puebla, Taxco and Cuernavaca, and bask in the sights and sounds of this beautiful region. This trip is sure to fill your heart with joy and provide you with memories to last a lifetime.
Mexico City: The enormous, bustling capital city maintains its colonial charm and offers a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere.
Taxco: This whitewashed town will charm you with its hilly surroundings, romantic courtyards, narrow cobblestone streets and the lovely towering Church of Santa Prisca.
Cuernavaca: Nicknamed the ‘the city of eternal spring”, for its landscapes full of colours where you cannot miss its cathedral, its former convent of La Asuncion and the palace of Cortes, among other emblematic places.
- Operated with English or Spanish-speaking licensed local guide
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- 6 breakfasts
- Air-conditioned transportation with pick-up/drop-off as indicated in the itinerary
ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:
- All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Mexico City tour, Guadalupe Shrine, Teotihuacan archaeological site, Monastery of San Agustin, Our Lady of Ocotlan, Puebla city tour, Church of Santa Prisca, Cuernavaca Cathedral and ex-Convent of Dominico de la Natividad
- Motorway tolls and parking fees
- Meet and greet
- Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
- Optional tours
- International / Domestic flight tickets or Mexican visa fees
- Airport departure tax
- Gratuities for drivers and guides
- Border taxes.
- Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice
- Please note that ex-Convent of Dominico de la Natividad is closed on Mondays.
What do I need to bring?
Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Mexico. A jumper and/or coat is recommended for Mexico City as early mornings and nights can be cool year-round. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
Day 1,2 Mexico City
- Standard Hotel Category = Regente or similar 3*
Day 3 Teotihuacan
- Standard Hotel Category = Villas Teotihuacan Hotel Spa or similar 3*
Day 4 Puebla
- Standard Hotel Category = Colonial or similar 3*
Day 5 Taxco
- Standard Hotel Category = Monte Taxco or similar 4*
Day 6 Mexico City
- Standard Hotel Category = Regente or similar 3*
- Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.
Day 1 : ARRIVAL MEXICO CITY
Arrive at Mexico City International Airport. Our representative will meet and greet you, and then transfer you to the selected hotel. Have the rest of the day at leisure, taking advantage of the hotel amenities or exploring the beautiful surroundings.
Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 2 : MEXICO CITY
After breakfast, you will have a wonderful day visiting the most important churches and buildings in Mexico City, including the Church of the Holy Family where you will see the tomb of the beatified Fray Miguel Agustin Pro and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America. Also visit the National Palace featuring impressive murals by famous artist Diego Rivera, the 18th-century Santo Domingo Church, and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Overnight in Mexico City
Day 3 : MEXICO CITY – TEOTIHUACAN (50km – 2 hrs)
Have a tasty breakfast at the hotel and depart north of the city. En route we make a stop at the Plaza of the Three Cultures, named after the three cultures reflected in the buildings – Tenochtitlán, Spanish, and modern Mexico. Continue to the Shrine of Guadalupe, the ‘Patroness of the Americas’, visiting its old temple which was constructed in the early 18th century in reverence to the Virgin Mary, admiring the new basilica, and catching a glimpse of the other religious buildings. Head to Acolman, and en route, visit the Church of the Fifth Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe, where the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to Juan Diego. In Acolman, a small town north of Mexico City, we will visit the 16th-century Monastery of San Agustin. Continue to Teotihuacan for your overnight stay.
Overnight in Teotihuacan.
Day 4 : TEOTIHUACAN – OCOTLAN – PUEBLA (170km – 3 hrs)
In the morning, after breakfast, visit the Teotihuacan archaeological site – ‘the place where the gods were created’ – including the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the Avenue of the Dead and the Quetzalcoatl temple. Find out more about the life of the ancient Aztecs while learning about the use of obsidian and maguey. Afterwards, continue to Ocotlan for a visit to Our Lady of Ocotlan. The apparitions of Ocotlan began in 1541 when the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego Bernardino, who was going to bring healing water to his ill family. She showed Juan a spring of water and said: “Not only your relatives and friends will be healed, but also all those who drink this. Know that upon drinking just one drop, the sick will not only be cured, but they will receive perfect health!” From this, a shrine was constructed to commemorate this holy encounter and the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Continue to Puebla and check into your hotel.
Overnight in Puebla.
Day 5 : PUEBLA – TAXCO (250km – 4 hrs)
After breakfast, we explore the colonial city of Puebla. Enjoy a panoramic tour visiting most of the city’s famous churches, such as the cathedral, the Convent of Santa Monica, followed by the gilded and sculpted Rosary Chapel. A short stroll through the picturesque city centre allows you to appreciate the range of architectural styles, with a strong presence of baroque palaces, monasteries, and mansions. Local geological features are reflected in the widespread use of Cantera stone, a grey volcanic rock, together with red brick and tiles. Enjoy the colours of Puebla, indulge in its local food, and learn about the tradition of Talavera pottery. Continue to the beautiful city of Taxco, known as the “Silver Capital of the World”. Visit the famous parish Church of Santa Prisca to admire its impressive Churrigueresque style. Then, stroll the charming cobblestone streets, admiring the silver work of skilled craftsmen.
Overnight in Taxco
Day 6 : TAXCO – CUERNAVACA – TEPOZTLAN – MEXICO CITY (200km – 4 hrs)
Depart early in the morning after breakfast to Cuernavaca, acclaimed throughout Mexico as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its year-round warmth. Upon arrival, see the Cathedral of Cuernavaca, one of oldest cathedrals on the American continent, built by some of the earliest Christian missionaries in Mexico in the 16th century. Continue to beautiful Tepoztlan. Protected by huge mountains and riffs, this ‘Magical Town’ stands at the foot of the Tepozteco Mountain. Local folklore considers Tepoztlan the birthplace of deity Quetzalcoatl, meaning ‘feathered serpent’. Next, we see the 16th-century ex-Convent of Dominico de la Natividad (closed on Mondays), a mesmerising UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here we head back to Mexico City to enjoy your last night in the capital.
Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 7 : DEPART MEXICO CITY
Have a delicious breakfast at the hotel and, at the appropriate time, enjoy a comfortable transfer to the airport for your return flight home.