Colonial Treasures: Guanajuato & San Miguel February 6-18, 2018
This tour takes place in the central highlands of Mexico in 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 multi-color houses. We’ll visit art and history museums, studios of local artists, and musical events. 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.
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, museum and private art studio visits, a fantastic hike and guided tour of the “new” pyramid outside of town, and plenty of marvelous meals at the plethora of great restaurants in town. (By the way, Travel + Leisure magazine just named San Miguel the Best City in the World!)
Note: For anyone who would like to stay on a few more days, I would be delighted to extend this tour with a visit to the Sierra Gorda to the Northeast of San Miguel. The area is known for its vast biological diversity as well as the Painted Chapels built there by Junipero Serra in the 1700s, but the real pot of gold at the end of this rainbow is a visit to Edward James' surrealistic sculpture garden, Las Pozas. We will stay in his home and hike in the jungle, an experience you're not likely to forget.
For more information or to register for this tour, please contact me directly by phone or email. I'll confirm availability, send you all the necessary paperwork, and you'll be on your way.
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.