From vibrant Mexico City to watersports and sunbathing on the Pacific Coast, take in the delights of Mexico! Also on your itinerary are visits to colonial gems San Miguel de Allende, mountainous Guanajuato, and the heritage city of Guadalajara, where historic highlights, rich cultural experiences and fabulous cuisine await.
Mexico City, the nation’s capital, is vibrant, colorful and full of character. Fascinating museums rub shoulders with beautiful churches while theme parks co-exist harmoniously with long-standing academic institutions in this sprawling city.
Mexico City’s Highlights & Hidden Gems Set off from your hotel on this discovery tour of the nation’s capital. Start your exploration at the historic city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site that reflects seven centuries of the country’s rich past. Stroll across the Zocalo, or main square, dating back to Aztec times, now lined with government offices on one side while boutiques and hotels take up the other side. If you are lucky, you might get to watch a free Aztec dance performance or a concert here. Amble over to the National Palace with its façade of red volcanic rock housing a collection of murals by famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Marvel at the architectural magnificence of the Metropolitan Cathedral that sits on a sacred Aztec site as you stroll past it accompanied by your local expert. Drive down the expansive Reforma Boulevard that bisects the sprawling city bordered on either side by tall buildings. Stop to click photographs at the Independence Monument, a victory column on a roundabout on the avenue before you walk into the rolling green space that makes up Chapultepec Park. Enjoy stunning views of Chapultepec Castle, the erstwhile abode of emperors and heads of state, and the upscale residential neighborhood around it before returning to your hotel. (Half Day; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that the National Palace is closed on Mondays. It may also be closed on other days for official events without prior notice, being the main office of the President. Do carry sunscreen, wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for the season.)
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Teothiuacán Rise and shine early to reach Globo Puerto, the site of your aerial adventure over Teothiuacán. Following a brief orientation, plus coffee and cookies, take off while the sun lights up the dramatic landscape. Soak in breathtaking views of the pyramids as you glide over the expansive ancient site of Teothiuacán, nestled within the lush Valley of Mexico. Enjoy the unique perspective that allows you to view and appreciate the city designed in a perfect grid system along the main Avenue of the Dead, which extends for about 3 miles. Marvel at the highlights of this ancient city including Sun Pyramid, Pyramid of the Moon, Quetzalpápalotl Palace, and Quetzalcoatl Temple. As you witness Teothiuacán’s layout from this vantage point and listen as your pilot shares interesting facts, you will begin to understand the extent of celestial knowledge that these ancient civilizations had. After an hour of exploration, land and celebrate with a champagne toast before heading back. (Half Day; Time: 0500; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: You will be required to sign a waiver form. The flight is subject to weather conditions and may not be refundable. In some cases, the company will offer a coupon for another ride the next day)
San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque mountain resort town set in the colonial highlands region of Central Mexico. Take in the city’s cosmopolitan vibe and thriving art scene with its myriad galleries, studios, street artists, and incredible culinary diversity.
Rock and Relax at Bernal Rise and shine early morning, and set out for La Peña de Bernal, the world’s third largest monolith standing at 1000 feet, looming over the town of Bernal, in central Mexico. Traversing the wooded surrounds, hike up the rugged path lined with local stalls. Head to the peak while listening to local folklore and soaking in the peaceful atmosphere. Visit the chapel with a large cross on top, and also enjoy panoramic vistas of the Mexican countryside. A haven for adventure enthusiasts, especially rock climbers and rappelers across the world, Peña de Bernal also attracts holistic practitioners. Expect to experience a strange peace and a wonderful calmness around due to the energy the rock emits, thanks to a unique combination of minerals present in it. Said to possess mysterious properties, several events revolve around the monolith including the Spring Equinox, and the local Fiesta de la Santa Cruz. (Half Day; Private Activity & transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Notes: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.)
Romantic Countryside Vineyard Tour Discover the secret behind the delicious wines of the country’s Bajío region on this informative vineyard tour. After breakfast at your hotel, arrive at the De Cote Vineyard located on the outskirts of San Miguel, accompanied by your English speaking guide. You have the option to hike through the sprawling vineyard on foot, explore it on a bike, or experience it in the unique setting of a train wagon! Walk through the wine fermentation tanks, discovering Cava or sparking Spanish wine. Enjoy a glass of white or rosé cava served by the vineyard’s very own sommelier. You could also bike your way to discover all the nooks and corners of the lovely vineyard, making your way to the wine cellar and tank room. Learn all about the making and maturing of wine from an expert sommelier, followed by a wine tasting session. Savor glasses of the vineyard’s delicious red and white wines. If you opt for the train tour, enjoy an informative session on the art and science of wine making from the vineyard’s expert sommelier aboard the train wagon. Drop into the wine cellar and tank room on the wagon, followed by wine tasting where you can enjoy glasses of the delicious red and white wines produced at the De Cote Vineyard. (Full day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7hrs, 1100-1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Wine tasting; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Please bring sun hat, shades, sunscreen, light clothes & comfortable walking shoes).
Guanajuato is a beautiful mountainous city characterized by candy-colored buildings and narrow hilly alleyways. Jardin de la Union, featuring trimmed Indian laurel trees fringed by restaurants and cafes, forms the social heart of this university town.
Glimpses of Guanajuato Enjoy a day out in the hilly town of Guanajuato learning about its silver mining history over rounds of pulque. Stroll on its narrow cobblestone streets flanked by bright colorful buildings, and the historical center that flaunts colonial charm and neoclassical architecture. Drive about its network of underground tunnels that populate the city’s dry river bed. Relive old romantic folklore with your partner at the Alley of the Kiss. Drop by the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, a granary converted into a museum that details the history of the region. Past its central courtyard and Tuscan style columns, soak in José Chávez Morado’s dramatic murals showcasing Guanajuato’s history. Marvel at the flamboyant red and gold oriental interiors of Teatro Juarez that features precious metals, carved and stained glass, presenting a stunning example of eclecticism. Finally, visit the landmark Hidalgo market, a large metal complex that houses a central clock tower, Mexican food, and a medley of local produce. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate)
Guadalajara presents a heady concoction of the classic and the contemporary. Celebrating its poster image of Mexican heritage, thanks to local Mariachi melodies, the stylish sport of charreadas, and the folkloric Mexican hat dances, Guadalajara is also an attractive hub for technology startups.
Day Tour of Mexico’s Artisan Towns Visit the trendy village of Tlaquepaque, situated just outside of Guadalajara and famed for its exquisite Mexican arts and crafts. Step into colorful mansions tastefully converted into artist studios and boutiques. Browse through cultural museums and specialty galleries that showcase ceramics, basketry, pottery, jewelry, and quirky papier-mâché dolls. Take a break at the central Hidalgo Garden square and soak in the many inspirations. Nearby, explore Tonalá, the premier hub of Mexico’s art scene. On Thursdays and Sundays, artisans from neighboring regions congregate to set up delightful tianguis in the open air market, filling the streets of the town. Get lost in the myriad offerings that include Huichol paintings, antiques, ceramics, Oaxacan wool rugs, and milagros, among other unique products. Interact with craftspeople at their workshops tucked away in the bylanes. Between souvenir shopping, stop by for masa cakes, as mariachi musicians and dancers entertain at the bandstand. Finally, enjoy panoramic vistas of Tonalá at the Cero de la Reina viewpoint. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: Carry sunscreen, wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, and bring cash for souvenirs).
A Taste of Tequila Driving down from Guadalajara, revel in the landscape of the Jalisco countryside carpeted with blue-agave fields against a backdrop of volcanic mountain surrounds. Welcome to Tequila! Soak in the colorful buildings and cobblestone streets as the gorgeous Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol looms over the town square. Catch the fascinating act of voladores, who perform ritualistic harvest dances on a towering pole at regular times through the day. Next up, visit a working distillery in downtown Tequila to understand the entire production process of this namesake firewater, the national drink of Mexico! During this entertaining tour, watch truckloads of blue agave being sliced, learn about the handpicked ingredients used to create tequila, and its aging process in the cavas. Also, step into the fields to see jimadores, or local farmers, harvesting agave, and horses grazing about. Sit down with your host for an elaborate tequila tasting session. Sample Blanco, Reposado and Añejo varietals of tequila, complemented by fruits, spices, and snacks of cooked agave plants. Salud! (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: Carry sunscreen, wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, and bring cash for souvenirs).
Punta Mita is a 1500-acre private peninsula on the northern tip of Bahía de Banderas, gracing Mexico’s western coast. Blessed with a balmy climate throughout the year, this chic resort town boasts beautiful white sands, rocky promontories, and dramatic cliffs.
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Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Guadalajara – Puerto Vallarta (Flight)
All activities as listed :
Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Teothiuacán