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Let's find together the magic and flavours of this land full of history and culture... Viva Mexico!

WONDERS OF MEXICO

CENTRAL STATES

DECEMBER 6 - 16 TH, 2019

OBJECTIVES OF THE TRIP:

-Visit the main cultural attractions in Mexico City and Mexico Central States

-Understand and connect with local traditions explained by expert guides fully in Russian

-Visit the main spots in Mexico City Downtown

-Discover cities included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list

-Enjoy the magic of the world-class Mexican cuisine and Culture.

 

WHO is this trip for?

This trip is for the travellers with curious minds and adventures souls, enjoying the discoveries of the new cultures, history of different nations and people, “dive deep” to the traditions, unique architecture, authentic art, local colours and culinary tastes of Mexico Central States.

 

I  T  I  N  E  R  A  R  Y

 

DAY 1:

WELCOME!

DAY 1:

  • Arrival to hotel in Mexico City

DAY 2:

MEXICO CITY

& ITS TREASURES

DAY 2:

Breakfast in the hotel

Driving along the beautiful avenue of the city - Paseo de la Reforma, you will see historical monuments and a visiting card of Mexico - the statue of the Angel of Independence.

 

Next you will visit the Anthropological Museum, located in Chapultepec Park. The museum is considered to be one of the richest museums in the world. There are 26 exhibition halls in which thousands of exhibits of ancient pre-Columbian civilizations are collected. After museum you will be part of the author's tour of the historic center of Mexico City: A relaxing evening walk at the end of a long day at the most significant place of the city, where the oldest Aztec temples merge into one ensemble with colonial baroque churches and modern financial centers. A place steeped in the history, character and mood of the capital of Mexico, where the pulsation of a huge metropolis begins. The heart of the historic center of Mexico City is often called the "city of palaces". Here you will see for yourself that this name is true.

You will receive a tour of the Cathedral and the Altar of Release, made in the 17th century from marble, onyx and gold. As well as visiting the Presidential Palace with its famous wall paintings of the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The historic center is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight at a hotel in Mexico City

DAY 3:

COYOACAN &

FRIDA KAHLO

DAY 3:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

We will go to a picturesque area called “Coyoacan”, where we will visit the house-museum of cult Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as the refuge of Leon Trotsky in Mexico.

 

The paintings of Frida Kahlo are the world heritage of art, although in fact it is the embodiment of strong inner experiences, pain and tragedy in the personal life of the artist herself.

 

Museum- House of Trotsky. Mexico opened its doors to Lev Trotsky and Natalia Sedova in January 1937. Diego Rivera obtained permission for Trotsky to arrive in Mexico from the country's president, Lazaro Cardenas. In the house in which Trotsky spent the last two years of his life you can see the personal items of the great revolutionary, his letters and latest works. Here he was killed and buried along with his wife, Natalia Sedova.

 

After you can expect a pleasant boat ride in the water channels area of Xochimilco, this is a picturesque zone located in the south of modern Mexico City, where authentic floating islands, the chinampas, built by the Aztecs, have survived from ancient times.

 

Here you can go boating along the old canals, taste typical Mexican food and listen to traditional Mexican music performed by the Marjachi and Marimba bands. Overnight at a hotel in Mexico City

DAY 4:

MORELIA & JANITZIO

DAY 4:

Departure to Morelia-Pink City (250 km, 4 hours on the way)

 

Thanks to the preservation of the colonial architecture and the layout of the historic center, the city is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

Most of the famous monuments date back to the 18th century. The buildings are built in various architectural styles that dominate Mexico in different periods of history, but almost all of the pink canter stone, giving the old town a solid appearance. The distinctive color of beautiful architecture has earned him the nickname "Ciudad Rosa" (Pink City).

 

Our tour begins with a tour of the Cathedral of Morelia, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Mexico. This is the only cathedral in Mexico, whose facade is not oriented to the West, it is compared to the Cathedral in Mexico City.

 

Further Tarascas Fountain (Fuente Las Tarascas) symbolizes the fertility of the lands of the state of Michoacan. The fountain depicts three women holding a fruit basket. The fountain has become one of the iconic symbols of the city.

We continue to explore the main attractions of the city, the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) of the 17th century, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Aqueduct (El Acueducto) stretches for several kilometers along Av. Acueducto.

 

Moving to Patzcuaro

 

Undoubtedly, the main attraction is Lake Patzcuaro with Janitzio Island towering in the middle, easily recognizable by the 40-meter figure of Morelos; inside the figure are the wall paintings of Ramón Alba de la Canal. We will make a trip to the island - there are not only cars, but also bicycles - steep stepped streets rush up. Goods and products that fill the shops and restaurants are transported on the backs of their owners. The pearl of the island's cuisine is white fish, which is caught here in Patzcuaro Lake with fishing nets resembling butterfly wings

If your skill and health allow you to reach the top of the island, then you are lucky enough to take breathtaking pictures of the island itself and its neighbors, as well as extraordinary landscapes stretching for tens of kilometers around.

 

Check in hotel

 

Holiday at the hotel in Patzcuaro

DAY 5:

PAZTCUARO, WHERE TRADITIONS ARE ALIVE

DAY 5:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Leaving the hotel.

 

We are heading to Santa Clara del Cobre, a city where mainly representatives of Purpecha Indians live. Purepecha people settled in this region in the 12th century.

 

Representatives of this tribe have always widely used copper, which was considered a rather rare metal. They made brass bells, jewelry and tools, such as axes.

 

Currently, the city is the center of copper mining, where you can see various copper jugs, flasks, ladles, trays, huge vases, etc. The most interesting objects of folk art are presented in the local museum.

 

Further you are expected by the author’s excursion around the city Patzcuaro, which most fully represents the country's early colonial era. Patzcuaro - the former capital of the Purepecha Indians, located on the shore of the beautiful Lake Patzcuaro, was included in the list of "Magic Cities of Mexico". The founding of the city dates back to 1532, when Bishop Vasco de Quiroga was sent by the Spanish court to settle the local conflict with the Purepecha Indians. In our times, Patzcuaro has preserved the traditions of ancient times and remained as it was 470 years ago. Its streets keep traces of Spanish rule and Indian traditions.

 

Every house, every Patzcuaro courtyard takes us back centuries, despite their modern content: Casa de los Once Patios in the House of the Eleven Squares, where once was the abode of Dominican nuns, built in 1742, now houses a network of small shops, you can purchase local handicrafts, admire the work of the loom, which has been creating colorful natural fabrics for more than 300 years. Twin squares: Vasco de Quiroga and Gertrudis Bocanegra, bordered by buildings, mainly medieval architecture, are the architectural symbol of the city, its commercial center.

 

Patzcuaro magically attracts art and craft lovers. We will take a walk along the most interesting streets of this ancient town, visit the city library with magnificent wall paintings of the great Juan O'Gorman.

 

Transfer to Guadalajara (approximately 4 hours on the way)

 

Check in to the hotel in Guadalajara

 

Relax in the hotel

DAY 6:

GUADALAJARA

DAY 6:

Today we will visit with you one of the main factories of Tequila "Casa Herradura", an ancient estate, whose traditions go back to pre-Spanish times. You will hear the story of this legendary drink, show you how blue agave is processed in the field. Walk through the cozy streets of the town of Tequila, whose name determined the fate of these lands.

 

Further, you are expected by an author's excursion on the historical center of Guadalajara

The city is named after the eponymous Spanish city, the name of which comes from the Arabic word meaning “River flowing between the rocks”.

 

Guadalajara is known for the buildings of the Spanish colonial architecture of the XVI-XVIII centuries, in particular baroque churches.

 

Guadalajara is a city symbolizing Mexico. Mexican music, national cuisine and traditions. This is the most musical city of Mexico. Musicians Mariachis - is an integral part of the city.

Rest in a hotel in Guadalajara

DAY 7:

 

GUANAJUATO

DAY 7:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Leaving the hotel.

 

We leave for the city of Tlaquepaque - the center of Mexican art. We will see with you the amazing work of contemporary artists, Indian art, galleries and restaurants.

 

Tlaquepaque is probably the largest and most important center for crafts in Mexico, where you can see products from all over the country. Today, Tlaquepaque is a village rich in local traditions and art. It attracts many talented artists Jalisco and is famous for the quality and variety of its products.

 

Moving to Guanajuato.

 

We will spend the evening in the most romantic way, taking part in “Callejoneada” - a theatrical performance, a “pedestrian serenade” traditionally arranged by students of the theatrical faculty of the state university, dressed in 17th-century Spanish costumes, which will lead us through the narrow streets and alleys of the old town telling about tempting legends and humming melodic serenades of lovers under ancient balconies.

 

Overnight at hotel in Guanajuato.

DAY 8:

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

DAY 8:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Author's guided tour of Guanajuato. In colonial times, the city in general welfare was the second after the capital, despite its small size. The reason for this was the mine of Valencia in the mountains in the west, which in the 18th century was not only the deepest in the world, but also gave 60% of world silver production. We will visit the famous silver mine and the extraordinary Catholic church with a former monastery, we will learn another story of the real richest Mexican family of the 18th century. In 1988, the city was recognized by UNESCO as the cultural heritage of mankind. Its labyrinth-like winding streets spread out from the center away into the mountains, forming an unpredictable network, houses of which are located so close to each other that the ancient balconies almost touch and create an understandable comfort for their love-neighbors, and the streets themselves, lined with steps, are so narrow that squeeze into them can only be firmly hugging the companion and giving a hot kiss. We will visit this world-famous Kisses Lane - Callejon del Beso: its legend and history. The architecture of the city will also amaze you, for it’s not for nothing that this is the Center of the Cervantino Music Festival, where annual performers from all over the world gather in October.

 

Unique buildings of classical and modern theaters, the building of one of the oldest universities in Mexico, the museum of iconography, Diego Rivera's house - museum, because he was born in this city in 1886, visiting the famous Mummy Museum, which has more than a hundred mummified bodies in its collection, including The smallest mummy in the world and much more is waiting for you on this day.

 

Lunch time.

 

Moving to San Miguel de Allende - to the city of artists, poets and theater-goers, who are called national monuments and who were able to win such cities as Hong Kong, Vienna and Paris in competition for the prize “Best in the World by Traveler's Choice” established by for the award "The best in the world", awarded by readers of the magazine "Leisure". Acquaintance with the city. When an entire city is called a national monument, you can bet that there is something special in it, besides age. Perhaps this is due to the way the sun illuminates the buildings of the colonial era and gives additional brightness to their already bright facades.

 

Or by the fact that before the gaze of walking around this city a spectacular view can appear suddenly through a narrow cobblestone street - the towers of the Gothic church, the lake lying far below, a distant ridge of gray-blue mountains. Or maybe the reason is the sounds of this city, the melodious ringing of church bells, the clatter of beautiful horses on which the guards circle the main square. And maybe the point is shopping, in a huge variety of fine restaurants, in a combination of fine arts and traditional folk crafts.


Founded almost 500 years ago, this magical city in the Sierra Madre mountains in central Mexico represents the perfect combination of rich history and sophisticated modernity with almost perfect weather, which serves as a kind of icing on this pie of fate. The architecture of San Miguel de Allende is one of its main wonders. Here you can find in countless features that make the Mexican architecture of the colonial era so charming and seductive. The center of attraction of this amazing city, of course, is the unusual church of St. Michael the Archangel.

 

It was built at the end of the XVII century on the main square of the city. Made of pink stone, the temple, as it were, strives to the blue height. Today, the 400-year history of San Miguel, its exquisite architecture of the colonial period, fountains and courtyards, combined with authentic Mexican traditions, make it a rare treasure. Its population in excess of 110 thousand people, approximately five percent consists of immigrants from the United States, Canada and European countries. In this city we will spend 2 hours.

 

Moving to Queretaro.

 

Check in hotel in Queretaro

 

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 9:

QUERETARO

DAY 10:

TEOTIHUACAN

DAY 11:

DEPARTURE

DAY 9:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Leaving the hotel.

 

We follow in Queretaro - “The most noble and loyal city of Santiago de Queretaro” - the name bestowed by the viceroy Count of Albuquerque in 1656 and confirmed in 1712 by king Felipe V throughout the 18th century.

Queretaro is an exceptional example of a colonial city whose structure symbolizes its multi-ethnic population. The urban architecture of the Baroque style earned him such fame that in 1996 UNESCO declared the city a world heritage of mankind.

 

Time for lunch

 

Moving to Teotihuacan, San Martin de las Piramides

 

Check in hotel in Teotihuacan

 

Rest in a hotel

DAY 11:

Breakfast in the hotel

Leaving the hotel

Transfer to Mexico City Airport

DAY 10:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Our tour begins with a visit to the archaeological complex Teotihuacan - "City of the Gods", without a doubt, is considered one of the largest cities of ancient civilizations in Mexico. This archaeological complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main attractions are the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, the Alley of the Dead, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent with an ornament in the form of huge snake heads.

 

Next, the Temazcal ritual awaits you, a steam bath that is used for therapeutic and ritual purposes.

 

Due to its needle shape, it represents the bosom of our mother earth, as well as elements such as water, air and fire, which purify and harmonize our mind, body and spirit.

 

The rite begins with the cleaning of the copal and continues with a session of the broth with 12 aromatic herbs.

Benefits: stimulates the lymphatic system, helps to eliminate toxins, lose weight, improves blood circulation, frees the airways, stimulates self-analysis, relaxes and reduces stress and tension.

 

After Temazcal, a spa procedure will be performed using clay.

 

Rest in the hotel

 

Night in Teotihuacan (Mexico City area)

Included in the price:

• Russian-speaking professional guide of the highest category

• Transport throughout the route - mini bus for 16 people.

• Transfer from Mexico City Airport on the first and last day

• 3-4 * hotels with breakfast.

• Tequila tasting in the eponymous town of Tequila

• All entrance fees to museums and archaeological zones on the program.

• Kayehoneada in Guanjuato (musical tour of the city)

• Boat rental (gondola in Xochimilco, boat in Patzcuaro)

• Ritual Temazcal (with Shaman)

• SPA with white clay procedure

 

Price does not include:

• Flight to Mexico City

• Lunches and dinners

• Medical insurance (required)

 

The approximate cost of lunch or dinner is 20-25 usd per person, not including alcohol

 

 

 

Hotels:

1. Mexico City - Hotel Astor 4 *, Antonio Caso 83, Mexico City, 06470, Mexico -3 nights

2. Patzcuaro - Mision Patzcuaro Centro Historico 4 * - 1 night

3. Guadalajara - Hotel Dali Plaza Ejecutivo 3 * (with excellent central location and reviews) - 2 nights

4. Guanajuato - Hotel San Diego, 4 * - 1 night

5. Queretaro, Hotel Centro 19, 4 * - 1 night

6. Teotihuacan (Mexico city area) - La Finca del Abuelo 4 * - 2 nights

 

 

 

No visa to Mexico required for the citizens of Canada, US, Russia, Ukraine

 

 

Prices and occupancy

Tour price: US $ 1500 per person (at the rate of 16 people in a group, 2 people in a room.)

 

 

Booking policies

 

-Booking percentage:  50 % of the tour price with tour reservation

 

 

 

Tour guide Bio

 

Anton Pineda Mitiaev. I have been a professional Russian-speaking guide throughout Mexico for over 15 years and have extensive experience in traveling routes designed specifically for the needs of clients. “So what is Mexico?” You ask me. There are some stereotypes that Mexico is a sombrero, cacti and rivers of tequila. And I will tell you that this is just a tiny fraction of this huge, amazing country and its culture!

Mexico is a mosaic of colors, a variety of tastes, these are colorful traditions and riddles of ancient civilizations, this is fiery music and charming voices of mariachi, this is love, this is passion, this is an explosion of emotions!
It is in Mexico that you can enjoy the diversity of nature: the beautiful coasts of seas and oceans, caves and mountains, volcanoes and canyons, deserts and dense tropical forests, as well as waterfalls, cenotes, rivers with mangroves and their own ecosystems and, naturally, with their inhabitants.
Since I am the owner of Mexican and Russian blood, it will be a great honor for me to host my mother’s countrymen in my father’s homeland! I look forward to seeing you in our wonderful country of contrasts called “MEXICO”