Colonial Treasures: Guanajuato & San Miguel March 28-April 10, 2019
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. Our time in these very distinct locales offers us a well-rounded experience of Mexico’s past, present, and future.
In Guanajuato we’ll discover the wonders of a 16th-century city built along the contours of an ancient river, its steep hillsides dotted with multi-color houses tumbling town to the center of town. Underneath the city we’ll see the intricate system of tunnels that move traffic across the busy metropolis, allowing visitors to enjoy the relative quiet of pedestrian walking streets above. While here we will visit art and history museums, several excellent ceramic studios, and attend music performances in stunning locales. And this is my Mexican hometown, after all, so our time in Guanajuato is sure to include invitations to visit the private homes, roof top gardens, art studios, and shops of my many friends here.
From Guanajuato it’s a scenic mountain drive to San Miguel, stopping along the way in Dolores Hidalgo to shop for Talavera pottery, taste some outrageous ice creams, and further our ongoing lesson in the history of Mexico’s War of Independence.
The second week of the tour takes place in San Miguel, 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 fill this town. Aside from partaking of the #1 activities in San Miguel—shopping and eating—we will also take an in-depth walking tour of the historic center, visit many excellent private collections of folk art, and spend a day in the country with an archaeologist at the “new” pyramid outside of town. Nature lovers will appreciate a soak in the nearby natural hot springs and an early morning hike at El Charco, the vast botanical gardens above town. Again, because this is my Mexican stomping grounds, we can expect to be invited into the private homes, gardens, studios, and kitchens of my friends lucky enough to call this sweet spot home.
Colonial Treasures: Guanajuato & San Miguel de Allende
March 28 - April 10, 2019
This popular tour was scheduled and filled by a group of friends. If you and yours would like to do the same please someday contact me for details on how to arrange that.
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 before the tour I will send you detailed information: daily itinerary, travel notes, packing list, suggested reading, and more.