Colonial Treasures: Guanajuato & San Miguel Spring 2018
This two-week tour takes place in 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 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 guided tour of the “new” pyramid outside of town, and plenty of marvelous meals at the plethora of great restaurants in town.
Note: Because of the accommodations I've selected for this tour I am limiting the number of participants to 8. In Guanajuato we will stay at Alma del Sol, a 5-bedroom B&B in the heart of the city owned by my dear friend Hugo, with whom I worked for many years at the Casa de Espíritus Alegres. In San Miguel I've decided to rent a private home for our stay, which should be just fantastic. Can you say "Our very own rooftop terrace?"
The exact dates of this tour are to be decided depending on the desires of the participants, but I think February or March would be great months to consider. By April we'll bump into Easter, which is a big beautiful week-long event in Mexico, but it is also very crowded and therefore not the best time to visit, but then again, maybe that's exactly when we should go!
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.