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Viva Mexico Tour

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Enjoy an authentic tour in the fantastic, unique country of Mexico where there is loads history and traditions to discover sure to provide memories to last a lifetime. This tour is ideal for those who search for places with a profound culture, historic legacy, colonial monuments, world class museums and archaeological sites.

  • A knowledgeable tour leader An English speaking driver guide will be provided during the tour
  • Travel in comfort on this fantastic holiday During the tour you will be travelling in comfort in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Stay in comfortable deluxe hotels during the tour During the tour you will be staying in deluxe hotels, all 4* or above to ensure you have a great holiday

Day 1: México City
Arrival in México City and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in México City.

Day 2: México City - Tepotzotlán - Tula - Querétaro
Tepotzotlán is a city and a municipality in the state of Mexico. It is located 40 km northeast of Mexico City about a 45-minute drive along the Mexico City-Querétaro. In Aztec times, the area was the centre of a dominion that negotiated to keep most of its independence in return with being allied with the Aztec Triple Alliance. Later, it would also be part of a “Republic of the Indians,” allowing for some autonomy under Spanish rule as well. The town became a major educational centre during the colonial period when the Jesuits established the College of San Francisco Javier. The college complex that grew from its beginnings in 1580 would remain an educational canter until 1914. Today this complex houses the Museo del Virreinato (Museum of the Vice Regal or Colonial Period), with one of the largest collections of art and other objects from this time period. Tula Archaeological Site, which was the most important of the Toltec Culture, with a series of important buildings, such as the Central Altar, the Coatepantli, also known as the wall of the serpents, The Burnt Palace and the Ball Court. Still spectacular and one of the most regarded attractions are the “Atlantes” Gigantic Stone Sculptures of enormous warriors that symbolized the army, prevalent before the Aztec take over. After this visit we will continue to Queretaro in the afternoon to visit the city. Queretaro was an important city during the Colonial Period, surrounded by gold and silver mines, which produced wealth to build and impressive colonial architecture, filled with eighteenth century mansions and churches, specially nominated by the UNESCO. Queretaro is a state capital north west of Mexico City, which played an important role in history, where the insurgent plans were prepared for the Independence from the Colonial Domination of Spain in the Early 19th Century. Queretaro witnessed the burial of Austrian Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg. It was also the siege of the Promulgation of the Constitution that emerged from the Mexican Revolution 1910-1917.

Overnight in Querétaro.

Day 3: Querétaro - San Miguel de Allende - Dolores Hidalgo - Guanajuato
We will continue the route of the most outstanding cities of the 18th Century, which in 1810, played the role of the “Cradle of Independence”. These cities surrounded by important mining facilities, also constructed monumental colonial buildings of outstanding architecture. First stop will be San Miguel de Allende with elegant mansions and palaces which were the residence of the owners of the silver mines. Today San Miguel is a City sponsoring art in all sorts of manifestations. Later, through a patch of mountains, we will reach Dolores Hidalgo where the Bell of Independence was first sound on the 15th of September of 1810. We then a bit later, will arrive to Guanajuato, a State Capital and a very important Colonial City during the Spanish Domination. The Historic District is a very well conserved jewel and tourist destination.

Overnight in Guanajuato.

Day 4: Guanajuato - Morelia
Today we will leave from Guanajuato to the neighbouring State of Michoacán. We will drive towards Morelia through one of the most fertile vegetable intensive agriculture land and pass rivers and lagoons along the way before we reach this other State capital. Morelia was founded in 1541. It was named Valladolid by Don Antonio de Mendoza, the first Viceroy of “Nueva España” as the Country was known during the Colonial Period. In 1828, it was renamed Morelia in honour of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon one of the Generals who consolidated the Independence of Mexico. In Morelia, We will visit the State Museum: this 18th century mansion was restored to contain the State Museum in 1986. It is divided into three sections: Archaeology, History and Ethnology. There is example of an antique pharmacy dating from 1868. The city is really imposing; you will feel back in the 17TH and 18TH century due to the excellent conservation of the Colonial Heritage.

Overnight in Morelia.

Day 5: Morelia - Santa Clara del Cobre - Pátzcuaro
We will depart from Morelia onto Santa Clara del Cobre which is a town and municipality located in the centre of the state of Michoacán, Mexico, 18 km from Pátzcuaro and 79 km from the state capital of Morelia. While the official name of the municipality is Salvador Escalante, and the town is often marked as "Villa Escalante" or "Salvador Escalante" on maps, both entities are interchangeably called Santa Clara del Cobre. The town is part of the Pátzcuaro region of Michoacán, and ethnically dominated by the Purépecha people. These people have been working with copper since the pre-Hispanic era, and led to this town’s dominance in copper crafts over the colonial period (1519–1821) until well into the 19th century. Economic reverses led to the industry’s near-demise here until efforts in the 1940s and 1970s managed to bring the town’s work back into prominence. We will continue to Pátzcuaro. Since the Mexican Revolution, Patzcuaro has worked to keep its traditional colonial-indigenous look. Unlike the capital, houses in Pátzcuaro are made of adobe and/or wood and generally have tiled roofs. Cobblestone streets dominate the centre of town down to the lake. The town is filled with stores and vendors selling a wide variety of crafts, many in bright colours. Patzcuaro is the market hub of the region, with smaller villages bringing in their own specialized crafts such as copperware, black pottery, musical instruments, baskets etc. Local dishes include tamales filled with fish, tarasca soup, red pozole, atole, and a number of cold drinks based on corn. The courtyards and balconies are almost always filled with flowering plants, which is a tradition in Patzcuaro, with many homeowners sharing tips and plants with each other, sometimes even cross breeding a new variety of flower.

Overnight in Pátzcuaro.

Day 6: Pátzcuaro - Tlaquepaque - Guadalajara
Today we will leave onto Tlaquepaque, a fashionable colonial neighbourhood in the southeast of Guadalajara, was once a small village in its own right, even in pre-Hispanic times. Today, it’s a trendy (and touristy) boutique shopping district offering fine arts & crafts, galleries and excellent food. If you are visiting Guadalajara city, make sure that you spend a few hours exploring the many treasures of historical Tlaquepaque. Continue to Guadalajara. Guadalajara is Mexico's second biggest city, and in many respects can be considered the quintessential Mexican destination. This is the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila, but also one of the country’s industrial and business centres, sometimes referred to as Mexico's Silicon Valley. Unlike many colonial cities that maintain their original town plan, in the 1950s Guadalajara underwent a major project that changed the face of the city. Older buildings were razed to allow for wide avenues with new constructions, underground parking lots and shopping centres. Fortunately, the most beautiful older buildings were left intact. At the heart of Guadalajara is the cathedral. With its twin pointed towers and central dome, it is the most recognizable landmark on the Guadalajara skyline. The Cathedral is surrounded on all four sides by plazas. Plaza Guadalajara faces the church. Its central fountain depicts two lions with their paws resting on the trunk of a tree, the city's coat of arms. To the south is the Plaza de Armas with its art nouveau bandstand and matching lampposts. The adjacent Government Palace has a lovely baroque façade and a spectacular mural in the interior main staircase, which was painted by Jose Clemente Orozco. To the north of the Cathedral is the Rotondo de los Jaliscienses Ilustres. This green space has a central circular monument with seventeen ribbed columns; the statues surrounding it represent Jalisco's illustrious sons (and one daughter), people from Jalisco who have made notable contributions in arts, science and politics.

Overnight in Guadalajara.

Day 7: Guadalajara - Tequila - Puerto Vallarta
On the last day, we will leave to visit Tequila. In the area around the town of Tequila in the state of Jalisco, greenish blue fields of agave stretch out mile after mile over the rugged, hilly terrain. All of the tequila in the world, some 60 million gallons a year, is produced in this region, which includes parts of the states of Guanajuato, Nayarit, Michoacan and Tamaulipas. In 1978 the “Appellation of Origin Tequila” was instituted, decreeing that agave-based drinks made anywhere else may not be labelled tequila. On our visit to Tequila you will see the town's 18th century church, the National Museum of Tequila and tour a distillery or two where you'll learn about the tequila-making process and sample different varieties of the spirit. We will continue to our final destination Puerto Vallarta.

Transfer to your selected hotel for your 3 or 7 night beach extension.

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Viva Mexico Tour

viva mexico tour
  • Day 1Mexico City
  • Day 2Mexico City - Tepotzotlan - Tula - Queretaro
  • Day 3Queretaro - San Miguel De Allende - Dolores Hidalgo - Guanajuato
  • Day 4Guanajuato - Morelia
  • Day 4Guanajuato - Morelia
  • Day 5Morelia - Santa Clara Del Cobre - Patzcuaro
  • Day 6Patzcuaro - Tlaquepaque - Guadalajara
  • Day 7Guadalajara -Tequila - Puerto Vallarta

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