Great Pilgrimage to Mexico

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This program can be operated in three different options:

DAY 01. MEXICO CITY – ARRIVAL TRANSFER

Airport Welcome at the international airport of Mexico city and transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 2. BASILICA OF GUADALUPE – PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACAN

Today begins our great pilgrimage going to the most important sanctuary of our journey: The Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe. Our day starts visiting the square of three cultures and the parish of Santiago Tlatelolco famed for being the seat of the first archbishop of Mexico and where the Indian Juan Diego took the flowers that miraculously created the image of our lady of Guadalupe, that we will visit afterwards at its Basilica, on the main altar, where will take mass and communion, and our companion priest will lead a programmed mass in one of the chapels. We will also visit the first hermitage, the Indian chapel, the holy water well chapel, the original basilica and the Tepeyac hill, where the apparitions took place to the Indian Juan Diego, and the flowers were given to him to take to the first archbishop of Mexico. The visit will take all morning since it’s the main highlight of our journey; the rest of the day will be to visit the town of Tulpetlac and its church built where Juan Diego was born, the Acolman Monastery, which is one of the first built in America in the XVI century, in order to admire its facade and its impressive structure; we will also visit the world renown archaeological city of Teotihuacán and its incredible pyramids of the sun and the moon. Lunch (not included) at the Pyramids return to Mexico city. Overnight.

DAY 03. CITY TOUR – XOCHIMILCO

Mexico city tour, driving through its modern and ancient avenues, streets and squares in order to visit the national metropolitan cathedral, the national palace and the city hall, all located at the “Zocalo” or main square of the city, that is the heart of our nation; we will also take a panoramic visit to the “Templo Mayor” archaeological excavations and visit Guatemala street and its hundreds of religious articles stores; the church and square of Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic), the first university and the seat of the holy inquisition back to the colonial times; we will also visit the San Francisco and la Profesa churches from the XVI century and drive through Tacuba street to admire its ancient buildings, squares and monuments, the square of Santa Veracruz (Holy Cross) and its leaning churches and stop at San Hipolito (Saint Hipolite) parish church for a visit and see its famous image of San Judas Tadeo (Saint Judas Tadeous), that has converted it to be the second most important and most visited religious place in the city after the Guadalupe basilica.

We will continue our journey through the modern Pink Zone or Zona Rosa and Polanco districts that are full of restaurants, bars, stores and night entertainment; go through Chapultepec park and its world renown museums and onto Insurgentes boulevard considered to be the longest avenue in town, going by the Siqueiros Poliforum, the Insurgentes theater to see its famous mural paintings until we reach colonial San Angel Distric for a visit to el Carmen parish church and its religious colonial arts museum and beautiful world renown colonial San Jacinto square, the Chimalistac chapel, all from the XVI century; our journey continues to the university and its mural paintings accomplished by some of the most famous Mexican artists, the Cuicuilco archaeological zone and its rounded pyramid and then onto Xochimilco: the Aztec floating gardens for a Prehispanic boat ride and a visit to the XVI century San Bernardino Monastery. Continue to Coyoacan through colonial and cobble stone roads to one of the most famous conquerors` residential areas and its XVI century San Juan Bautista (Saint John The Baptist) parish church and Santa Catarina (Saint Catherine) church to admire its premises and paintings. Overnight.

DAY 04. MEXICO CITY – TLAXCALA

Today our pilgrimage leads us to San Miguel de los Milagros and its holy water from its well. We will visit the grotto where the Archangel Michael appeared; we will also visit the archaeological city of Cacaxtla. Our journey continues to Tlaxcala city to visit the basilica of our lady of Ocotlan, very much venerated by Mexican people and from abroad since she appeared here and was miraculously stamped in a tree trunk. The Tlaxcala city will also be visited; return to Mexico city. Overnight.

DAY 05. TLAXCALA – TEPOTZOTLAN – QUERETARO

The day starts with a visit to colonial Tepotzotlan and its San Francisco Xavier (Saint Francis Xavier) temple considered being as one of the most impressive baroque buildings built in Mexico. We will also visit the monastery and its Religious colonial art museum. On the way we will take a short stop to Cuautitlan and its chapel where the virgin also appeared to Juan Diego’s uncle; We’ll continue to San Juan del Rio and Queretaro city, considered to be one of the most amazing colonial cities, visiting its avenues, squares, mansions, its aqueduct, its unforgettable churches, convents and opal and jewelry shops; at night we will visit the main square for dinner, shopping and great atmosphere. Overnight.

DAY 06. SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE – GUANAJUATO

Continue our journey to historical San Miguel de Allende, where we will admire its mansions, convents, monasteries and churches dating back from the colonial times which all are full of history. We will take a stroll to visit to its neo-gothic parish church and its hundreds of handicrafts stores through its cobble stone streets. Our next visit is Guanajuato City, that a century ago was one of the most important mining centers of the world. We will ride through its underground avenues that cross the entire city, squares, theaters, mansions and impressive churches decorated on baroque style as well as the mine of la Valenciana and its beautiful temple and the church of Villaseca that is the most visited and venerated sanctuary of Guanajuato; a visit to the basilica of our lady of Guanajuato to worship her will also be accomplished on our downtown walking tour; overnight.

DAY 07. GUANAJUATO – SAN JUAN DE LOS LAGOS – GUADALAJARA

Today we will visit one of the most important highlights of our pilgrimage: the basilica of our lady San Juan de los Lagos which is the second most important and most worshiped Sanctuary of our country. Meet thousands and thousands of pilgrims that come here everyday and feel that incredible faith, energy and power that surrounds its premises. En route, we will go by the great statue of “Christ the King” at the very geographical center of Mexico and a stop for shoe and leather shopping at Leon city; continue in the late afternoon to Zacatecas city; overnight.

DAY 08. ZACATECAS – FRESNILLO

Welcome to wonderful Zacatecas city to visit its impressive baroque Cathedral, squares, palaces and its aqueduct, which have made this city to be part of the world heritage by UNESCO. Prepare for a wonderful visit on our Pilgrimage: we will also depart for Fresnillo city to visit the third most important and most famous sanctuary of Mexico: “Holy child from Atocha”, see thousands of people traveling from all over to worship and venerate this holy and miraculous image and its premises.

DAY 09. ZACATECAS – SAN LUIS POTOSI – QUERETARO

Today we leave for San Luis Potosi city to visit its Carmen parish church, located in the very heart of this colonial city; we will also visit the San Francisco (Saint Francis) church and its unique baroque decor as well as the colonial ancient part of town. Continue to Queretaro city; overnight.

DAY 10. QUERETARO – MEXICO CITY

Transfer back to Mexico city to:

OPTION A)

To take your flight back home. End of our pilgrimage.

OPTION B)

Do your last shopping and sighseeing. Overnight.

DAY 11.

Departure transfer to take your flight back home. End of our Pilgrimage.

OPTION C)

DAY 11. PUEBLA – CHOLULA

Our program starts approaching the everlasting snow capped mountains: Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl that we will admire in a close and safe area, from a possible eruption, since this volcano is active. The first stop will be in Cholula or the city of 365 churches, since it has one for each day and all were built by the colonial times; here we will see the San Gabriel (Saint Gabriel) parish that resembles a mesquite. Cholula is also the house of a great Toltec archaeological city that keeps the largest pyramid in the world, that we will visit; on the way to Puebla, we’ll stop at Santa Maria tonantzintla and San Francisco Acatepec Indian communities´ parish churches to admire the incredible baroque plaster Indian work built in them and fully covered by gold leave and its facades beautifully decorated by talavera Indian tiles, all built in the colonial times. As we reach Puebla city we will be delighted by its majestic colonial architecture; this was a city built and inhabited by the Spanish conquerors. We’ll see its magnificent cathedral, the Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic) church and its chapel of the rosary virgin, considered to be the 8th wonder of the art world. The main square, the hidden convent of Santa Monica (Saint Monica), which operated secretly and was accidentally discovered in 1934. And the highlight of our visit to Puebla is the visit to “Our lord of wonders” which is visited by thousands of people everyday, since he has given many miracles and people has a very strong worshiping and faith to him. Time for onyx and Talavera shopping that are native to this Area; return to Mexico city. Overnight.

DAY 12. MEXICO CITY – DEPARTURA TRANSFER

Departure transfer to take your flight back home.

End of our pilgrimage.


 OPTION “B” includes:

All the services OPTION “A” plus…

One night in Mexico City 

 

OPTION “C” includes:

All the services OPTION “A” plus…

Tour Cholula/Puebla

Two additional nights in Mexico City

 

OPTION A: 10 days / 09 nights

OPTION B: 11 days / 10 nights

OPTION C: 12 days / 11 nights 


 Notes: All the colonial cities visited in our pilgrimage are part of the world heritage, declared by UNESCO. Masses held by our companion priest can be programmed, everywhere in advance, upon request, including the Guadalupe Basilica.