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"I haven't been everywhere,

but it's on my list"

Susan Sontag

EL CAMINO REAL DE TIERRA ADENTRO

An extensive exploration of Mexico's Silver Road

QUICK INFO

​Start:  Mexico City

Finish:  Mexico City

11 Hotel Stays:  Mexico City, Tepeji del Rio de Ocampo, Santiago de Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato City, Lagos de Moreno, Aguascalientes, Pinos, San Luis Potosi, Real de Catorce, Zacatecas

8 States:  Mexico, Hidalgo, Jalisco Queretaro, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas

Style:  Mid-range accommodations

Pace:  Active with 3 Rest Days

Difficulty:  Medium due to walking at high altitudes and options for horseback riding

Age Group:  29+ (all ages for private)

Group Size:  1-8 (unless private)

Price:  Based on the size of your group and length of your tour.  Please contact us for a custom quote.

TIPPING IS CUSTOMARY IN MEXICO

Please respect the local customs and tip between 10-20% for your guides and waiters.

TOUR OVERVIEW

ITINERARY 27 NIGHTS / 28 DAYS

This itinerary starts and ends in Mexico City, making this tour accessible for anyone around the world.  Please contact us with your dates and we can customize this tour to fit your schedule!

 

Please contact us if you would like to book a private tour for this itinerary.  We can adjust this tour for 10-14 days for those with less time, or up to 6 weeks for those who would like to travel through Durango and Chihuahua, or would prefer a more relaxed itinerary.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about Mexico's silver road from its indigenous roots to colonial times

  • Stay in UNESCO Historial City Centres and Pueblo Magico Towns

  • Visit world famous Museum of Anthropology & Chapultapec Park

  • Walk along a mesmerizing section of the historical & handmade road

  • Visit historical bridges and walk on cobblestone streets

  • Attend a walking street music theatre 

  • Explore UNESCO cities, historical haciendas, ghost towns, and an ancient city

  • Soak in medicinal spring waters and enjoy spa treatments

  • Horseback ride to a Shamanic Temple

  • Jeep Willy ride to the Peyote Desert 

  • Explore the core of one of Mexico's oldest mines & catch a gondola to La Bufa

  • Visit several wonderful museums and important select churches

  • Sample local wine & cheese

  • 3 special champagne breakfasts

  • 1 exceptional & private dinner party

  • Enjoy a mix of active and relaxed days

  • Travel a road less travelled by foreign visitors

SPECIAL SERVICES

  • Enjoy private transport for ease, convenience & comfort

  • Sim Card with free calling/texting within Mexico, to the USA and Canada, plus 2 GB of data for accessing the internet out of WIFI areas.  Please make sure your cell phone is unlocked before you depart your country.

  • Cooler with ice in vehicle for keeping beverages cold

  • We provide reusable picnic-ware to reduce waste

  • Full-service laundry once a week (extra charges apply)

  • Copper water bottle gift and free drinking water throughout our travels

  • Covid-19 Kit that includes a small, refillable hand sanitizer, 4 handmade face masks, laundry detergent for hand-washing masks daily, 4 clothes pegs, wet-wipes for personal use and lysol wipes for sanitizing tables or other objects.

  • We provide sanitizer for you to refill your bottle throughought the trip.

 
 
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MEXICO'S INTERCONTINENTAL TRADE ROUTE CONVERGES WITH LA RUTA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA

THE BATTLE FOR WEALTH AND POWER

This extensive tour through El Bajio region of Mexico offers an in-depth exploration of two important routes of Mexico.  La Ruta de la Independencia follows the history of Father Hidalgo's Cry of Dolores, and the war of Mexico's independence from Spain, while El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro remains an overlooked yet colossal fragment of an intercontinental trade route that served as a crossroads of the world that also triggered several battles for riches and power.

 

Join us for an extended journey through Mexico's nearly forgotten Silver Road, with elegant lodgings in UNESCO cities, enchanting Pueblo Magico's, one of which is a ghost town.  Sample the terroir of local wineries, soak in medicinal waters, horseback to a sacred temple and ride a jeep willy to the sacred Wirikuta, also known as the Peyote desert.  Crawl below the surface of the earth in one working and one abandoned mine, then ride a gondola to Cerro La Bufa, where Chichimeca warriors introduced the Spanish to silver deposits in an area still abundant with minerals.  Visit two stunning cities of the ancients, and people-watch in the plazas of Mexico's most opulent cities, raised from the riches of her mines. 

 

Mexico's Silver Road is a path worn well by the ancients, but long forgotten by modern man.  For history lovers beguiled by the eclectic fusion of indigenous history, colonial history, and beautiful architecture, this is an experience you will never forget.

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BASIC TOUR ITINERARY

MEXICO CITY 

Day One: Stay in Mexico City (2 Night Stay)

 

Your guide will greet you at Mexico City airport to assist you with your arrival, including an ATM so you may withdraw local currency. Need snacks or beverages for your hotel? Your guide can assist you. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30 PM for transport to our orientation dinner party.

 

Day Two: Stay in Mexico City (2 Night Stay)

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby no later than 7:45 for a champagne breakfast. This morning we will explore Mexico’s historical centro, including the Zocalo and walking tour along the Reforma. After lunch, we will visit the world famous Museum of Anthropology and Chapultapec Park.  We will depart our hotel for dinner at 6:30 PM.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

MEXICO CITY TO TEPEJI DEL RIO

Day Three: Stay in Tepeji del Rio (2 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 74 KM

Travel Time: 1 Hour 50 Mins

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby no later than 7:30 AM for hotel check-out and transport to a favourite haunt of the late Anthony Bourdain, Fonda Margarita Restaurant. Following breakfast, we will depart Mexico City for  Pueblo Magico Tepotzotlan. We will enjoy a leisurely tour of the historical centro, including lunch, before leaving for an afternoon exploration of Tepeji del Rio historical centro.

 

Day Four: Stay in Tepeji del Rio (2 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 20 KM

Travel Time: 40 Mins

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for transport to breakfast. Today is one for travelling back in time, in the tiny village of Santiago Tlautla. Our journey today takes us back in time, as we explore the historical vestiges of the small town, and walk from the Bridge of Tlautla, to the Ex-Hacienda de la Canada along what is possibly the best preserved section of the authentic El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Please wear sturdy shoes, as we will cover about 8 KM’s of distance throughout the day. We will return to Tepeji del Rio for dinner.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

TEPEJI DEL RIO DE OCAMPO TO SANTIAGO DE QUERETARO

Day Five: Stay in Santiago de Queretaro (2 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 170 KM

Travel Time: 3 Hrs

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:30 for check-out and transport to breakfast. Today we will begin with a visit to the ancient city of Tula.  From Tula, we will head for an artisanal brewery and winery near San Pedro del Rio before arriving in Santiago de Queretaro. Meet in the hotel lobby by 6:30 for transport to dinner.

 

Day Six: Stay in Santiago de Queretaro (2 Night Stay

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for transport to champagne breakfast. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before embarking on a walking tour of Queretaro’s historical centre and UNESCO protected structures in relation to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

SANTIAGO DE QUERETERO TO SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

Day Seven: Stay in San Miguel de Allende (3 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 69 KM (Return)

Travel Time: 1 Hr 15 Mins (Return)

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, then enjoy some free time. We will depart Queretaro City by 12 PM for Dos Buhos Winery. Here we will enjoy wine samplings and lunch. We will depart Dos Buhos Winery by 2:30 for the UNESCO heritage centro of San Miguel de Allende, arriving at 3:00. Check into your hotel and enjoy some rest and relaxation until we meet for dinner at 6:30.

 

Day Eight: Stay in San Miguel de Allende (3 Night Stay)

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, before we head out on a historical walking tour of San Miguel de Allende. Please wear sturdy shoes, as the streets are uneven cobblestone, rendering San Miguel de Allende a reputation as “City of Fallen Women.” It should also be noted that San Miguel has a lot of hills, so between the cobblestones and altitude, we will take our walking tour at an easy pace. We will break for lunch, and end our tour early so guests can rest or explore on their own.

 

Laundry Day: Please have your laundry organized by load and bring it with you to breakfast so we can have it returned to you the same day. 

 

Day Nine: Stay in San Miguel de Allende (3 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 32 KM (Return)

Travel Time: 40 Mins (Return)

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for champagne breakfast before departing to the nearby village of Atotonilco, famous for the UNESCO protected Santuario de Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco. This is a remarkable church with an interesting history and magnificent paintings from floor to ceiling. From here, we will spend a luxurious afternoon being pampered at Mayan Baths Hotsprings & Spa. Upon returning to San Miguel de Allende, we will enjoy free time for rest or more explorations.

 

Please Note: Once your reservation is confirmed, we will send you information about available spa treatments so we can schedule appointments for our guests. If you are not interested in the spa, we can arrange for a taxi to return you to San Miguel de Allende for other optional activities. Please contact us for more information.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE TO GUANAJUATO CITY

Day Ten: Stay in Guanajuato City (3 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 177 KM

Travel Time: 3 Hrs

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast before heading off on a busy adventure with many stops. Our first destination is the sleepy village of Mineral de Pozos, which boasts a fascinating history including countless ruins of old haciendas and mine sites. We will climb down into a working mine, visit an artist who crafts Pre-Hispanic instruments, and explore the mesmerizing Mina de Santa Brigida & Ex-Hacienda. We will have a light lunch in Mineral de Pozos, then head to Cuna de Tierra to enjoy charcuterie and wine. Our next destination is the Pueblo Magico of Dolores Hidalgo, where Father Hidalgo made his infamous el grito “Cry of Dolores.” Here we will visit the Church of el Grito and browse through Talavera shops. We will depart Dolores Hidalgo by 5 PM for arrival in Guanajuato City before dark.

 

Day Eleven: Stay in Guanajuato City (3 Night Stay)

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast before a magical tour of one of Mexico’s most opulent cities. Guanajuato City was raised from the riches of her mines, and the architecture here is outstanding. We will enjoy a walking tour, lunch and a guided tour to some of Guanajuato’s most treasured UNESCO structures. We will return to our hotel by 4 PM so guests can rest before dinner, or explore on their own.  Tonight we will enjoy a private dinner party of traditional cuisine from abroad that wouldn't be possible were it not for trade with Mexico.

 

Day Twelve: Stay in Guanajuato City (3 Night Stay)

Tour Duration: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast before visiting one of Mexico’s most famous museums – the Museo de Momias (Mummy Museum). From here, we will enjoy a second tour of Guanajuato City’s most important UNESCO structures and points of interest. We will return to our hotel by 4 PM so guests can rest. Tonight, dinner is scheduled for 6 PM before enjoying an evening of street theatre entertainment!

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TOUR OVERVIEW

GUANAJUATO CITY TO LAGOS DE MORENO

Day Thirteen: Stay in Lagos de Moreno (2 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 103 KM

Travel Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins

Tour Duration: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:30 to check out and have breakfast.  We will depart for a direct trip to Lagos de Moreno, where we will check into our hotel and embark on a walking tour of Lagos de Moreno’s historical centre. Unwind in an enchanting space and enjoy respite in this historical city.

 

Day Fourteen: Stay in Lagos de Moreno (2 Night Stay)

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, then enjoy a rich and leisurely champagne breakfast. If you would like to horseback ride today, we can make arrangements for you. Today is a day of rest for those who are eager for some down-time.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

LAGOS DE MORENO TO AGUASCALIENTES

Day Fifteen: Stay in Aguascalientes (3 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 91 KM

Travel Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, then depart Lagos de Moreno for En Carnación de Díaz, where we will visit a UNESCO designated cemetery, and historical centre. We will arrive in Aguascalientes at approximately 5 PM.

Day Sixteen: Stay in Aguascalientes (3 Night Stay)

Tour Duration:  9 AM - 4 PM

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, then depart on a walking tour of Aguascalientes. We will visit several UNESCO designated structures that are related to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. 

Laundry Day: Please bring your laundry to breakfast, so we can organize it for return the same day.

 

Day Seventeen: Stay in Aguascalientes (3 Night Stay)

Travel Distance: 72 KM (Return)

Travel Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, then depart for Cienguilla to visit a fascinating farm related to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. We will have a relaxed visit here, returning to Aguascalientes for dinner.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

AGUASCALIENTES TO SAN LUIS POTOSI

Day Eighteen: Stay in Pinos (2 Night Stay)

Thursday: March 18, 2021

Travel Distance: 135 KM

Travel Time: 1 Hr 15 Mins

Tour Duration: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, and enjoy some free time in Aguascalientes before departing at 12 PM for the UNESCO designated fort of Ojuelos de Jalisco. We will have lunch in Ojuelos prior to our journey to the Pueblo Magico of Pinos.

 

Day Nineteen: Stay in Pinos (2 Night Stay)

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Friday: March 19, 2021

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for champagne breakfast. Today we will enjoy a leisurely tour of Pinos, and a chance to unwind and relax.

 

Day Twenty: Stay in San Luis Potosi (1 Night Stay)

Saturday: March 20, 2021

Travel Distance: 98 KM

Travel Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast and depart for the UNESCO Centro of San Luis Potosi. After checking into our hotel, we will begin our walking tour of the only UNESCO designated location in this state, that correlates to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Our tour will end no later than 5 PM so you have a chance to rest before dinner at 7 PM.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

SAN LUIS POTOSI TO REAL DE CATORCE

Day Twenty One: Stay in Real de Catorce (3 Night Stay)

Sunday: March 21, 2021

Travel Distance: 287KM

Travel Time: 5 Hrs

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast and depart for the small but important mining village and ghost town of Cerro San Pedro. After lunch, we will depart for Real de Catorce. Please read the notes about the Ogarrio Tunnel prior to booking your tour, as this tunnel is narrow, low and long. There is a video on the tour page that shows the entire journey, for those who suffer from claustrophobia. This tunnel is absolutely mandatory for getting in and out of the town of Real de Catorce. Our hotel will arrange a special dinner for us tonight, so we can just unwind in our lovely setting and relax.

 

Day Twenty Two: Stay in Real de Catorce (3 Night Stay)

Monday: March 22, 2021

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for champagne breakfast and depart by 9:30 AM for the ghost town of Puebla Fantasma, which is located far above the ghost town of Real de Catorce. Please note – this tour is designed for novice riders, but does involve switch-backs along a handmade road that climbs up a mountainside. Your guide will move at a slow pace, and will find appropriate places for you to mount and dismount. This is a fantastic tour, as you will leave with an impression of just how difficult the life of a miner truly was in historical times, especially when considering the high altitude, manually constructed road, and gruelling conditions in dangerous mines.

We will return to Real de Catorce for lunch and a walking tour of the centro.

 

Day Twenty Three: Stay in Real de Catorce (3 Night Stay)

Tuesday: March 23, 2021

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast and depart by 9 AM for the sacred Shamanic Temple of Cerro del Quemado, which overlooks the sacred peyote desert below. This journey is more gruelling that Puebla Fantasma, as it is twice the length in distance, and involves a lot of tricky foot-work for the horses. We will travel at a slow pace for about one hour each way, embarking near the end for a steep and difficult climb, on foot, to the Shaman’s temple.

Returning to Real de Catorce, we will have lunch before embarking on a thrilling adventure to Wirikuta, aboard a Jeep Willy. This ride involves a narrow, twisting road along a lonely ravine of hacienda ruins and a mine site we will visit. From there, we are destined for the peyote desert, where the Wixaritari will show us peyote plants and a root that is used for handmade soap and toothpaste. We will return to Real de Catorce at approximately 4 PM.

 

Tonight, we will enjoy a special dinner party at the hotel.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

REAL DE CATORCE TO ZACATEAS

Day Twenty Four: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Wednesday: March 24, 2021

Travel Distance: 334 KM

Travel Time: 5 Hrs

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast and depart by 9 AM for lunch in Guadalupe, followed by an interesting museum featuring an important and historical collection of paintings. From Guadalupe, Zacatecas is only a 10 minute commute. We will enjoy some rest before dinner.

 

Day Twenty Five: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Thursday: March 25, 2021

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for champagne breakfast. This morning we will explore Zacatecas historical centre before heading to Mina el Eden, one of Mexico’s oldest mines. Following our mine tour, we will ascend on a gondola, to La Bufa, where Chichimeca warrios first introduce the Spanish to silver deposits – sparking the construction of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, along with several wars. Our tour concludes at 4 PM, with some rest time before dinner.

 

Day Twenty Six: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Friday: March 26, 2021

Travel Distance: 106 KM

Travel Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, following commute to La Quemada Archaeological Zone. This incredible site is hunched up a hill, and involves some climbing – though nothing too strenuous. Following our tour of this fascinating site, we will return to Zacatecas for lunch and a tour of the Rafael Coronel Mask Museum – a fantastic art gallery. Enjoy some rest and relaxation before dinner.

 

Day Twenty Seven: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Saturday: March 27, 2021

Meet in the hotel by 7:45 for a leisurely champagne breakfast. As today is our last day, we don’t have any plans. Please contact us if you would prefer to schedule activities for this day. Many guests will prefer to enjoy a free day to explore the city and shop for trinkets and gifts for loved ones.

 

Our dinner party tonight will be in a special restaurant, where we can enjoy our last night with relaxing ambience and good wine.

 

Day Twenty Eight: Stay in Mexico City unless you book a connecting flight elsewhere

Sunday: March 28, 2021

 

Once we have our flights confirmed, we will provide details for this day.
 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

SAN LUIS POTOSI TO REAL DE CATORCE

Day Twenty Four: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Wednesday: March 24, 2021

Travel Distance: 334 KM

Travel Time: 5 Hrs

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast and depart by 9 AM for lunch in Guadalupe, followed by an interesting museum featuring an important and historical collection of paintings. From Guadalupe, Zacatecas is only a 10 minute commute. We will enjoy some rest before dinner.

 

Day Twenty Five: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Thursday: March 25, 2021

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for champagne breakfast. This morning we will explore Zacatecas historical centre before heading to Mina el Eden, one of Mexico’s oldest mines. Following our mine tour, we will ascend on a gondola, to La Bufa, where Chichimeca warrios first introduce the Spanish to silver deposits – sparking the construction of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, along with several wars. Our tour concludes at 4 PM, with some rest time before dinner.

 

Day Twenty Six: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Friday: March 26, 2021

Travel Distance: 106 KM

Travel Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins

Tour Duration: 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:45 for breakfast, following commute to La Quemada Archaeological Zone. This incredible site is hunched up a hill, and involves some climbing – though nothing too strenuous. Following our tour of this fascinating site, we will return to Zacatecas for lunch and a tour of the Rafael Coronel Mask Museum – a fantastic art gallery. Enjoy some rest and relaxation before dinner.

 

Day Twenty Seven: Stay in Zacatecas (4 Night Stay)

Saturday: March 27, 2021

Meet in the hotel by 7:45 for a leisurely champagne breakfast. As today is our last day, we don’t have any plans. Please contact us if you would prefer to schedule activities for this day. Many guests will prefer to enjoy a free day to explore the city and shop for trinkets and gifts for loved ones.

 

Our dinner party tonight will be in a special restaurant, where we can enjoy our last night with relaxing ambience and good wine.

 

Day Twenty Eight: Stay in Mexico City unless you book a connecting flight elsewhere

Sunday: March 28, 2021

 

Once we have our flights confirmed, we will provide details for this day.

IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTES

CLAUSTROPHOBIA & OTHER WARNINGS

Are you afraid of being underground or in enclosed spaces?  Do you have ethical issues with the dead being displayed in museums?  Do you have food allergies or preferences?  While we can certainly make allowances for certain phobias or preferences, we ask that you please read through this section to ensure this trip is right for you. 

1)  CLAUSTROPHOBIA

There are three activities that include the underground:

  • Mina San Rafael in Mineral de Pozos is optional

  • Mina el Eden in Zacatecas is optional

  • The Ogarrio Tunnel to Real de Catorce is NOT optional

Please watch the video below to assess whether or not you can handle this entrance to the Pueblo Magico ghost town of Real de Catorce.  The drive takes approximately 4 minutes.  We've had one guest on tour who suffers from claustrophobia, but managed this entrance with support from fellow travelers.  She also watched this video before agreeing to this trip - so had time to prepare herself.  (She skipped the optional underground tours, which truly are more enclosed than the tunnel is.  Please refer to the "History in Depth" section for more information about the optional tours ).

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2)  HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE DEAD?

The Mummy Museum is a major highlight for most who travel through the many incredible tunnels that lead into Guanajuato City.  This macabre collection of cadavres includes murder victims, a woman who was accidentally buried alive, and a mother who died in childbirth.

 

While some viewers are fascinated to see death from a personal stand-point, others suffer an ethical dilemma around respect for burial practices, and the fact that these people have been unearthed and put on display.

Yes - this is a rather sinister experience, and one that could be traumatizing for those who are sensitive about burial practices. 

This is not a required activity.


 

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3)  JEEP WILLY RIDE TO WIRIKUTA

One optional tour involves riding a Jeep Willy to the Peyote desert.  Guests can opt to travel inside the vehicle, or on top.  Obviously, the most adventurous travel atop the willy - while the more cautious ride inside.

We dare-say - nobody who embarks on this trip is truly "cautious" - but we highly recommend taking a chance on this incredible adventure!

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4)  HORSEBACK RIDING TIPS FOR SAFETY

1)  Make sure you can stand up, in your stirrup, with your feet squarely balanced, and your crotch positioned slightly above the horse.  Ask the attending guide for assistance on this.  Never embark on a journey if your feet are not comfortably in the stirrups.  Your feet should remain firmly planted in the stirrups, so your butt can remain stable in your saddle.

2)  Make sure you can control your body position with your thighs.  This will ensure you maintain your balance.  The saddle horn is not useful for balancing your body or directing your horse.  When going down hill, you can hold onto the back of your saddle and lean back slightly, with your legs firmly locked onto the horse.   

 

3)  Make sure you feel in control of your body, and your horse, before you depart.  If you do not feel in control, alert your guide.  

4)  Hold your reigns close to your belly, rather than close to your chest.  Make sure the reigns are loose enough so your horse can walk without having the reigns pulling on their jaw.

 

5)  Never be afraid to back-out.  


This is not a required activity.

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5)  HEIGHTS

We don't have many activities that involve heights - unless we are in an area with a gondola or zip-line. 

 

All zip-line activities are optional. 

 

If you are truly terrified of heights, please inform us so we can discuss any activities on our tour that include gondola rides.

TRIP INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

All Hotel rooms are mid-range featuring private bathrooms.  We cannot always guarantee king size beds, but do our best to source comfortable spaces.  

Hotel accommodations are based on 2 per room.  If you are traveling alone and would like a private room to yourself, please contact us for single supplement price.

All meals are included

Desserts are not included

Drinking water is included

Beverages are not included

Return Transport from/to CDMX Airport included*

Private Transportation by van or car included

Flight from Zacatecas to Mexico City included

*As our guide will not be returning to CDMX with our group, our return transportation to CDMX airport is by taxi.  We will cover your fare.  If you require extra assistance, please let us know in advance.

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LIST OF TRIP ACTIVITIES

Ancient Cities

Tula, Hidalgo

La Quemado, Zacatecas

Museums & Historical Sites

Chapultapec Museum, Mexico

Xochimilco Agricultural Canals, Mexico ​

Pre-Hispanic Astronomy Museum, Guanajuato

Sanctuario de Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco, Guanajuato

Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, Guanajuato 

Museo Casa Olga Costa & José Chávez Morado, Guanajuato 

Ex Hacienda & Mina de Santa Brigida, Guanajuato

Church of the Grito, Guanajuato

Templo del Calvario, Guanajuato

Lagos de Moreno & Bridge, Guanajuato

Fort of Ojuelos, Jalisco

Hacienda de San Pedro Gogorrón, San Luis Potosí

Cerro de San Pedro,San Luis Potosi

Puebla Fantasma, San Luis Potosi

El Socavon de la Purisma Concepcion, San Luis Potosi

Museo de Guadalupe, Zacatecas

Mina el Eden, Zacatecas

La Bufa, Zacatecas

Rafael Coronel Mask Museum, Zacatecas

Zacatecano Museum, Zacatecas

Sacred Destinations

Wirikuta (Peyote Desert), San Luis Potosi

Cerro Quemado, San Luis Potosi

Musical Events & Special Parties

 

El Callejon del Beso Street Theatre, Guanajuato

Private Dinner Party, Guanajuato

Private Dinner Party, Real de Catorce

Private Dinner Party, Zacatecas

 

EL CAMINO REAL DE TIERRA ADENTRO

Historical Overview

 
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COMING SOON