8-Nights Exploration of the Great Colonial Cities
Exploration of the Great Colonial Cities
Mexico?s Great Colonial Cities is the perfect trip for a full immersion into the colorful folklore and flavors that make up Mexico. On this trip through colonial Mexico you will be winding down cobblestone streets, exploring colorful folklore, discovering pre-Columbian sites and devouring Mexican cuisine. Friendly locals from the regions we will visit are glad to share a smile or invite you into their workshops to browse the rich crafts traditions that have continued unchanged for generations. The journey will blend together for a full immersion in the beautiful colonial Mexico.
Your Itinerary Includes:
- 4 Days Mexico City
- 2 Days Morelia
- 3 Days San Miguel de Allende
8 nights from $5240 per person
Supplier: Swain Destinations
San Miguel De Allende
It is the smallest of the cities and perhaps the most relaxed, but it offers
such a variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries that urbanites find themselves
quite at home.
Most of the buildings in the central part of the town date from the colonial
era or the 19th century; the law requires newer buildings to conform to existing
architecture, and the town has gone to some lengths to retain its cobblestone
San Miguel has a large community of Americans: some retired, some attending
art or language school, and some who have come here to live simply and follow
their creative muses -- painting, writing, and sculpting. The center of this
community is the public library in the former convent of Santa Ana. It is a
good place to find information on San Miguel or just to sit on the patio and
A notable aspect of San Migueleña society is the number of festivals it celebrates.
In a country that needs only the barest of excuses to hold a fiesta, it is known
far and wide for them. Most of these celebrations are of a religious character
and are meant to combine social activity with religious expression. People practice
Catholicism with great fervor here -- going on religious pilgrimages, attending
all-night vigils, ringing church bells at the oddest times throughout the night
(something that some visitors admittedly might not find so amusing).
From the Alameda, a leafy center of activity since Aztec times, to the Zona Rosa, a chic shopping neighborhood, Mexico City offers endless options to urban adventurers.
Founded by the Aztecs as Tenochtitlán in 1325, Mexico City is both the oldest and the highest (7,349 ft) metropolis on the North American continent. And with nearly 24 million inhabitants, it is the most populous city in the world. It is Mexico's cultural, political, and financial core -- braving the 21st century but clinging to its deeply entrenched Aztec heritage.
You only need to stand in the center of the Plaza of Three Cultures to visually comprehend the undisputed significance of this city. Here, the remains of an Aztec pyramid, a colonial church, and a towering modern office building face one another, a testament to the city's prominence in ancient and contemporary history. Located at the heart of the Americas, Mexico City has been a center of life and commerce for more than 2,000 years. The Teotihuacán, Toltec, Aztec, and European conquistadors all contributed to the city's fascinating evolution, art, and heritage. Although residents refer to their city as simply México (meh-hee-koh), its multitude of ancient ruins, colonial masterpieces, and modern architecture has prompted others to call it "The City of Palaces."
The central downtown area resembles a European city, dominated by ornate buildings and broad boulevards, and interspersed with public art, parks, and gardens. This sprawling city is thoroughly modern and, in places, unsightly and chaotic, but it never strays far from its historical roots. In the center are the partially excavated ruins of the main Aztec temple; pyramids rise just beyond the city.
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