Colonial Mexico (3n/4d)

The University of Guanajuato

The University of Guanajuato

Leave to from Mexico City to Queretaro. Visit of the city that has an important crossroad in Mexico history and played a leading role in the struggle for independence. Afterwards on to San Miguel de Allende, the home of countless artists and artisans from all over the world. Within its typical colonial outline, the peculiar parochial church stands out for its narrow towers, built in a self-styled neo-gothic. Overnight at Hotel selected.

After breakfast leave to Guanajuato probably Mexico’s most beautiful town, where the first battles of Independence War were fought. Upon arrival drive through a unique colonial, subterranean freeway, and start visits with historical Alhóndiga Fortress, the Basilica of our Lady of Guanajuato, San Roque Square, and past the birth-house of Diego Rivera, Mexico’s famous muralist. On to Teatro Juárez with its strange architectural mixture of art nouveau with Moorish and Hellenic styles. We drive up to the Pipila Monument for a breathtaking view of the city and, last but not least, we drive, to the Municipal Cemetery for a look at the gruesome “Guanajuato Mummies”. Continue in the afternoon with a visit to La Valenciana Church, close to the entrance of a gold mine once considered the world’s richest, still being exploited to the present day. The richness of the mine is reflected in the exuberant magnificence of La Valenciana’s gilded altarpieces. Overnight at Hotel selected.

Leave to Patzcuaro. Upon arrival a short walking tour of this busy and charming highlands town of cobble-stoned streets and red-tiled roofs, in the heartland of the Purépecha country. A drive to El Estribo lookout point will afford you a magnificent vista of Lake Pátzcuaro and its islands. Continue to Morelia. Built in the 16th century, the city is an outstanding example of urban planning which combines the ideas of Spanish architecture with the Mesoamerican experience. Morelia was the birthplace of some of the most important personalities of independent Mexico and has played a major role in the country’s history. Visit Government Palace, which formerly housed a religious seminary and is noted for the severe elegance of its colonial architecture, as well as for the remarkable murals of native Michoacán painter Alfredo Zalce; the austere pink sandstone Cathedral, and the State Museum, with its great collection of Tarascan archaeological pieces. Overnight at Hotel selected.

Visit of Morelia, known as the aristocrat of the Colonial cities. Fine sculpture Churches, a colorful plaza and numerous arcades will be worth this visit. After the visit, drive to Mexico City. Drop off at the hotel of your choice (not included)

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