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Mexico’s Colonial Treasures

Dive into the heart of Mexico with “Mexico’s Specials and Colonial Treasures,” a 14-day exploration that unveils the vibrant essence and historical depth of this rich country. From the lively streets of Mexico City and the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, to the serene beaches of Sayulita, this journey spans a diverse palette of experiences. Witness the majestic monarch butterfly migration, a seasonal spectacle from November to March, offering a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Traverse Mexico’s colonial heartland, exploring magical towns like San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, and delve into the origins of the world-renowned drink in Tequila town. Each day blends cultural immersion, culinary delights, and natural wonders, tailored for travelers seeking an authentic Mexican experience. Perfect for first-time visitors and those looking to discover the diverse landscapes, colonial architecture, and the legendary warmth of Mexican hospitality, this itinerary features unique accommodations, such as spacious rooms in tequila barrels nestled among agave fields, adding an unforgettable aspect to your journey. Ideal for couples, friends, and families eager for a comprehensive tour through Mexico’s specials and treasures, this tour is fully customizable to suit your travel preferences, ensuring memories to last a lifetime. Whether adjusting the tour’s length or altering the sequence of activities, your adventure can be tailored to match your desires.

14 Days – From £5,500 per person

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Mexico City, Teotihuacan, San Miguell de Allende, Guanajuato, Tequila, Puerto Vallarta

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Mentioned hotels with breakfast 
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • All entrance & guiding fees
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Mexico)
  • Domestic Flights
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Mexico start from £580 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. There are direct flights to Mexico City (MEX).

Send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at explore@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor the trip up to your plans and bookother  hotels. You can also combine this trip with other regions. For more Mexico travel inspiration check these itineraries.

The ideal months to follow this itinerary are November to April. This period offers mild to warm weather, less rainfall, and comfortable conditions for exploring cities, archaeological sites, and beaches. Additionally, from November to March, you have the unique opportunity to witness the monarch butterfly migration, a highlight of the tour. Late April and May offer warmer conditions and fewer crowds.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Mexico Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Mexico City

Arrive in Mexico City, one of the world’s most populous cities, brimming with culture and history. Upon arrival, check into Círculo Mexicano, your stylish urban retreat. We recommend spending your first evening at Plaza Garibaldi, immersing yourself in the vibrant sounds of mariachi bands. Enjoy the famous Tenampa cantina, indulging in an array of traditional Mexican botanas, a perfect introduction to the country’s culinary delights. The lively atmosphere, blending music with local flavors, offers a first taste of Mexico’s rich cultural tapestry. Overnight at Círculo Mexicano.

Mexico City Downtown Sunset

Day 2 - Mexico City

After breakfast, meet your private guide for a tour of the National Anthropology Museum, celebrated for its vast collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts. Continue to the historic heart of Mexico City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the past and present merge. From the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral to the ruins of the Aztec empire and the elegant Palace of Fine Arts, each step unveils a new layer of Mexico’s storied history. Your journey through Mexico City’s streets also includes stops for tasting iconic tacos and desserts. The day concludes with the excitement of Lucha Libre, where masked wrestlers entertain with their acrobatic prowess. Overnight at Círculo Mexicano.

Mexican Cuisine and Spirits

Day 3 - Xochimilco & Coyoacán

The day starts with a private excursion to the canals of Xochimilco, where you’ll navigate the ancient waterways on a traditional trajinera, learning about the area’s history and the chinampas. Continue with your guide to explore the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, including a visit to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul, reflecting the life and art of one of Mexico’s iconic artists. In Coyoacán, we suggest indulging in the neighborhood’s sweet treats, like churros and ice cream, exploring at your own pace. Return to your hotel, enriched by the day’s discoveries. Overnight at Círculo Mexicano.

Day 4 - Teotihuacan & Zitacuaro

Awake early for a breathtaking private hot-air balloon flight over Teotihuacan at sunrise. From the sky, marvel at the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, uncovering the vastness of this ancient ceremonial center. After landing, your private guide will lead you through the sacred grounds, allowing you to explore these monumental structures up close. The journey continues towards Zitacuaro, with a stop in the charming Pueblo Mágico of Metepec. Here, experience the vibrancy of local life, from excellent restaurants and lively cantinas to the fascinating pottery museum. Overnight in Hotel Casa Iturbe.

Teotihuacan Sunrise on the hot air baloon, Mexico

Day 5 - Monarch Butterflies

Today marks your first sighting of the great monarch butterfly migration — a heavenly experience that you will never forget. A guided walk through the Butterfly Biosphere Reserve forests leads you to the miraculous sight of over 60 million butterflies basking in the sunlight. Immerse yourself in the spectacle, with your guide enriching the moment with insights into the butterflies’ ecology and the conservation efforts preserving this phenomenon. Note the reserve’s altitude, as the visit entails a moderately strenuous hike. After immersing in this natural wonder, your adventure leads you to San Miguel de Allende. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps exploring the vibrant streets of this historic city. Overnight at Casa Arca.

Day 6 - San Miguel de Allende

Explore the historic and vibrant San Miguel de Allende with a private guide. Begin with a panoramic view of the city, absorbing its architectural marvels. Delve into the heart of the city, visiting the central plaza and the famed Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Your exploration continues along the cobblestone streets, visiting key cultural sites, including museums, churches, and art galleries. A visit to Fabrica La Aurora highlights San Miguel’s creative spirit, where art studios, galleries, and boutiques occupy a former textile factory, showcasing the city’s artistic renaissance. Overnight at Casa Arca.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Day 7 - Mexican Cooking Class

Begin with a vibrant market visit in San Miguel de Allende, choosing fresh ingredients for a private cooking class on ‘los antojitos mexicanos.’ Guided by a local chef, delve into the diversity of Mexican chiles and craft a variety of salsas, perfectly paired with artisanal cheeses. This immersive class not only introduces you to traditional dishes like guacamole and various guisos (stews) but also culminates in a tasting session of your creations, accompanied by a handcrafted margarita. Spend the evening at leisure, reflecting on your culinary journey. Overnight at Casa Arca.

Market in Guanajuato, Mexico

Day 8 - Mineral de Pozos & Wine

Dive into the intriguing history of Mineral de Pozos, a ghost town reborn as a Pueblo Magico. Once a thriving mining hub, its deserted streets and abandoned mines tell tales of a bygone era. Now, amidst a revival, explore its historical ruins and experience the quiet beauty that surrounds them. Your journey continues to Dolores Hidalgo, where Mexico’s fight for independence began. Here, try your hand at traditional ceramics and sample unusual sorbets flavored with local ingredients. The day ends with a visit to Cuna de Tierra vineyard, nestled in picturesque landscapes. Enjoy a relaxed wine tasting, learn about winemaking, and savor a specially prepared four-course meal. The evening concludes as you arrive in Guanajuato, ready for another adventure. Overnight at Hotel Quinta Las Acacias.

Mineral de Pozos, Jalisco, Mexico

Day 9 - Splendid Guanajuato

Guanajuato, a city where history whispers from every corner, awaits your exploration. Start with a funicular ride for breathtaking city views, followed by an exploration of its underground tunnels, an architectural marvel. The “Alley of the Kiss” and panoramic vistas offer memorable moments. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guanajuato boasts a maze of cobblestone streets and vibrant architecture, alongside landmarks such as La Compañía and La Valenciana churches. Each step through this city is a step back in time, uncovering the rich tapestry of Mexican culture and history. Overnight at Hotel Quinta Las Acacias.

 

Guanajuato in the tram, Jalisco, Mexico

Day 10 - Tlaquepaque to Tequila

Today takes you to Jalisco, the heartland of the tequila drink. Your journey starts in Tlaquepaque, famous for its artisanal crafts. Stroll through this area’s vibrant streets, exploring art galleries, museums, and shops set in historic buildings. Leaving the city behind, you’ll head towards Tequila, a Pueblo Magico named after the iconic spirit. On the way, the sight of expansive agave fields offers a perfect photo opportunity. Tequila town, with its quaint plaza, church, and cobblestone streets, invites exploration. Tonight, you’ll stay in a unique hotel where rooms are shaped like large tequila barrels at Matices Hotel de Barricas. Enjoy an evening walk and perhaps a drink at La Capilla, a bar famous among tequila enthusiasts. Overnight in Matices Hotel de Barricas.

Day 11 - Tequila & Sayulita

Wake up surrounded by agave plants that stretch as far as the eye can see. This morning, tour a local distillery to see tequila’s journey from harvesting agave to distillation, highlighting the blend of tradition and modern techniques. Experience the flavors of tequila through guided tastings, deepening your appreciation for this iconic spirit. The journey shifts from the highlands to the Pacific’s edge, leading you to Sayulita, a picturesque village near Puerto Vallarta. Renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, vibrant streets, and beautiful beaches, Sayulita offers a peaceful retreat. Overnight in Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas.

Tequila Town, Mexico

Day 12 - Marietas Islands

Embark on a snorkeling journey to the Marietas Islands, a sanctuary of abundant wildlife and underwater beauty. After a brief boat ride, dive into the clear waters of this National Marine Park with your guide to explore its vibrant sea life and volcanic rock formations. The highlight is the hidden Playa del Amor, where the ocean meets the sand beneath a natural stone dome. Back in Sayulita, the afternoon offers a choice: catch a wave with a surfing lesson, courtesy of the town’s renowned surf-friendly beaches, or hike the scenic trails for panoramic coastal views. Overnight in Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas.

Day 13 - Fishing & Las Caletas

Start with an early fishing excursion, immersing yourself in Sayulita’s rich marine environment. Alongside local fishers, you might catch tuna, marlin, or mahi-mahi, and see dolphins or even whales. Savor your catch at a local eatery, prepared fresh for your. Later, relax on the sun-drenched beaches, soaking in the serene ocean atmosphere. The day concludes with a sunset sail to Las Caletas, accessible only by water. Enjoy a candle-lit buffet dinner serenaded by traditional Mexican music, followed by “Alma,” a captivating show combining acrobatics, music, and storytelling, under the stars. Overnight in Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas.

Day 14 - Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, soaking in the final moments of tranquility and beauty that has defined your stay. As you prepare for departure, reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences, from the vibrant underwater worlds to the serene beaches and cultural richness encountered at every turn. With memories of sun-drenched days, majestic landscapes, and the warm hospitality of the people you’ve met, a private transfer will convey you to the nearest international airport. Your journey through Mexico concludes, but the stories and discoveries of this adventure will accompany you long after.

Ocean sunset in Mexico

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