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LA PUERTA DEL CAMINO REAL
MEXICO'S SILVER ROAD 

March 12-28, 2023
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MEXICO'S SILVER ROAD


There were three major trade routes of Mexico that intersected in Mexico City.  The first route was through the Port of Veracruz from Spain, while the next was the Manila Galleons that sailed from the Philippines into Acapulco.  What became a route of major riches, was El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, or The Royal Interior Road, which followed ancient indigenous trade routes through the silver-rich territory of Mexico to what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Coined "Mexico's Silver Road," this extraordinary region is bursting with opulent architecture and incredible UNESCO sites, all built from the riches of Mexico's silver mines.

 

Join us and explore the region known as "The door to the Royal Road," or La Puerta del Camino Real.  This adventure covers UNESCO sites and cities, Pueblo Magico's and ghost towns, bridges, important churches, a sacred Wixaritari temple and the sacred Peyote home of Wirikuta, a portion of the original road, and more.  Don't miss this epic and beguiling journey through Mexico's intercontinental trade route that was key to powerful transformations around the world.

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"We loved the silver tour.  We loved the magnificent architecture, native ruins and rich history.  Mexico is full of beautiful places and endearing people."

*****
Lisa Romary & Dave Mosher

QUICK INFO

PRICE DETAILS
$76, 000 MXN based on shared accommodations
$22,000 Single Supplement
TOUR LOCATION
Central Mexico
TOUR DATES
March 12 - 28, 2023
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  29+
Group Size:  8 (Min) - 12 (Max)
HOTEL LOCATIONS - 16 NIGHTS
CDMX - Mexico State x 1 Night
Tepotzotlan - Mexico City x 1 Night
Santiago de Queretaro - Queretaro x 2 Nights
Guanajuato City - Guanajuato x 2 Nights
Mineral de Pozos - Guanajuato x 1 Night
Real de Catorce - San Luis Potosi x 3 Nights
Zacatecas City - Zacatecas x 3 Nights
Pinos - Zacatecas x 1 Night
Lagos de Moreno - Jalisco x 2 Nights
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INTERNATIONAL HUB OF THE WEST

Hotel Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

Date:  Sunday March12, 2023

 

Arrive in Mexico City with enough time to check into your hotel, and meet us for our welcome dinner. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 6 PM. Tonight will be an early night, as many of our guests will have been travelling all day. Our dinner is for making introductions, handing out physical itineraries, and answering last minute questions.

Please Note:  Our welcome dinner is important to attend, as we will collect your insurance information, proof of covid vaccine and emergency contact information. 

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Dinner Included – Drinks and Drink Tips are Separate 

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HEART OF A TRADE EMPIRE

Hotel Location:  Tepotzotlan, Mexico

Date:  Monday March13, 2023

 

This morning we check out of our hotel by 7:00 AM, and head for breakfast before visiting the Ancient City of Gods. The UNESCO protected city of Teotihuacan is a massive archaeological site, but we will have the chance to explore the main temples. We will enjoy lunch in Teotihuacan before departing for Tepotzotlan, where we will visit the Museo Nacional del Virreinato, housed in the Old College and Templo of San Francisco Javier.

*****​

All Entrance Fees Included

All Meals Separate

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FRAGMENTS OF THE OLD ROAD

Hotel Location:  Queretaro, Queretaro

Date:  Tuesday March 14, 2023

 

This morning we check out of our hotel and depart Tepotzotlan for the magnificent Arco del Sitios. From there, we will explore an ancient section of the original El Camino road, which was constructed by hand, before a short stop at the ancient city of Tolan-Xicocotitlan, more commonly called Tula. We will arrive in Santiago de Queretaro by dinner time.

*****​

All Entrance Fees Included

All Meals Separate

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A CITY ONCE DIVIDED

Hotel Location:  Queretaro, Queretaro

Date:  Wednesday March 15, 2023

 

This morning we will explore two contrasting areas of the centro of Santiago de Queretaro – one of which has charming, meandering roads lined with interesting shops and restaurants, which was once the indigenous quarter, while the other is a traditional Spanish grid design. We will be visiting several important historical sites that have been earmarked as significant to the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

 

This evening, enjoy a very special dinner party at Queretaro’s top-rated restaurant Ticua. We will have a set menu, featuring special cuisine, and an interesting discussion about the exotic foods that arrived in and departed Mexico as a result of colonialism.

*****​

All Entrance Fees Included

Dinner Included – Drinks & Tips Separate

Breakfast and Lunch Separate

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A CITY OF TUNNELS

Hotel Location:  Guanajuato, Guanajuato

Date:  Thursday March 16, 2023

 

Though now a very modern spa, the waters we will soak in this morning were once a pilgrimage site for indigenous groups, especially warriors, who revered these medicinal spring waters for their healing properties.

 

Following lunch, we will visit the magnificent Santuario de Jesus Nazareno, which is lovingly called Mexico’s Sistine Chapel.

 

Next we head to La Valenciana Mine, to descend about 60 feet into the bowls of the earth to visit an expansive mine site.

 

We will arrive in Guanajuato City on time for dinner.

*****​

All Entrance Fees Included

All Meals are Separate

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A STAR-CROSSED LEGEND

Hotel Location:  Guanajuato, Guanajuato

Date:  Friday March 17, 2023

 

This morning we will enjoy a fascinating walking tour of this opulent city, which was raised from the riches of her silver mines. We will ride a funicular to the look-out, or “Pipila,” for superb views of the city, visit the regional museum, and Museo ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera.

 

Following lunch, we will break for free time so guests can relax, read, journal, shop or continue exploring. Some options here include the childhood home of Diego de Rivera, and the Mummy Museum.

At 7 PM, we will meet at Juarez Theatre for some entertaining street theatre that tells Guanajuato's own star-crossed "Romeo & Juliet" tragedy that hails from the city's mining history.

*****​

All Entrance Fees Included

Street Theatre Included

All Meals Separate

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WELLS OF THE EARTH

Hotel Location:  Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato

Date:  Saturday March 18, 2023

 

This morning we depart Guanajuato City, first stopping in the Pueblo Magico of Dolores Hidalgo. We will visit the celebrated church of the Grito, which is iconic in Mexico due to Father Hidalgo’s cry of independence, which began here. Our other reason for stopping in Dolores Hidalgo is to visit the pottery shops, where vendors may say you are purchasing Talavera pottery. Though the pieces here are very inexpensive and beautiful, they are not authentic nor as fine as certified Talavera. (We still collect it!)

 

From Dolores Hidalgo, we will visit Cuna de Tierra Winery for a beautiful charcuterie plate and wine tasting. Our last stop will be the Ex-Hacienda and Mine Ruins of Santa Brigida.

*****​

All Entrance Fees Included

Wine Tasting & Charcuterie Lunch Included

Breakfast & Dinner Separate

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JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Hotel Location:  Real de Catorce

Date:  Sunday March 19, 2023

 

This morning, we will descend into the working gemstone mine of San Rafael, before departing for the famed town of Santa Maria del Rio, where the finest rebozos in Mexico are manually woven on backstrap looms. After having lunch, we will embark on our longest drive, which will take us approximately 4.5 hours to reach the entrancing ghost town and Pueblo Magico of Real de Catorce. Here we will enjoy a relaxed evening at our hotel, complete with dinner and mezcal tasting.

*****​

All Entrance Fees Included

Dinner & Mezcal Tasting Included – Drinks & Drink Tips Separate

Breakfast & Lunch Separate

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