Colonial Treasures: Guanajuato & San Miguel September 12-24, 2017
This two-week tour takes us to the central highlands of Mexico to visit two Spanish Colonial gems, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Nestled in the rich mining hills of the Sierra Madre Occidental, these two historically important and visually exciting towns share a rich history of conquest and revolution yet today each has its own unique identity and dynamic personality.
These very distinct locales—one a bustling capital city filled with European-style architecture and important historical museums, monuments, mines, and haciendas, the other a small yet cosmopolitan town brimming with art galleries, sidewalk cafes, and shops—allow us a well-rounded experience of Mexico’s past, present, and future.
In Guanajuato we’ll discover the wonders of a 16th-century city filled with narrow pedestrian streets meandering their way to tree-lined plazas with fountains and cafes, its steep hillsides dotted with multicolor houses. We’ll visit art and history museums, studios of local artists, and at least one musical event. The area is also known for its rich history of ceramics, and our trip will include visits to the workshops of some of Mexico’s masters—Gorky Gonzales and Capelo both call Guanajuato home—as well as some lesser-known but equally talented ceramic artists in and around Guanajuato.
From Guanajuato it’s a scenic mountain drive to San Miguel, with a stop in Dolores Hidalgo along the way. Dolores offers us talavera pottery, outrageous ice cream, and an important chapter in our ongoing lesson in the history of Mexico’s War of Independence.
San Miguel is a charming and friendly artist’s enclave known for its picturesque charm as well as the wealth of restaurants, art galleries, spas, and shops that line every block. Aside from partaking of the #1 activity in San Miguel—shopping up a storm—other not-to-be missed activities include an in-depth walking tour of the historic center, gallery and museum and private home visits, a guided tour of the “new” pyramid outside of town, a soak in the nearby natural hot-springs, a visit to the vast botanical garden El Charco, plenty of marvelous meals at the plethora of great restaurants in town, not to mention simply sitting on the main square watching the world go by.
When you travel with MY MEXICO TOURS the hands-on care begins before you leave home. I’ll help you find the best flight, send you interesting background information on the area and events we’ll be seeing, and about three weeks before the tour you’ll receive a detailed information booklet with your daily itinerary, travel notes, packing list, suggested reading, and more.