Nights

15

Closest Airports

Zacatecas / Leon

From

$57,000 MX

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart”
- Confucius

La Puerta del Camino Real

The Door to Mexico's Silver Road

Overview

March 1 - 16, 2020

La Puerta del Camino Real is the Door to the Royal Road - in reference to the Royal Interior road that stretched for literally thousands of miles to the northern US.  Today, this region is scattered with opulent cities and crumbling villages, archaeology sites, and artisan food markets.  

Please Note:  Travel can come with hiccups along the way - such as flat tires, engine failure, inclement weather etc.  While we certainly don't plan on such obstacles, we ask our guests to remain flexible and positive if we are presented with such challenges.  This may include waiting by the roadside for help, or having to change itinerary plans for vehicle repairs.  This is not a common issue, but please keep in mind that accidents, flat tires, and rainfall can occur at any time.   

Inclusions

Transportation
Van, Gondola, 
Arrival/Departure costs to Zacatecas & from Leon are not included.
Guides
Bilingual Guides speak English and Spanish
Accommodations
3 Star Accommodations Included
Meals
3 Dinners, 3 Breakfasts.  All other meals are separate.
Activities
All activities, museums, park entrance fees included, unless noted.
Zip Lines & Horseback Riding are not included

Pricing

We have divided our prices into two categories.  The tour price is per person, whereas the room cost is based on a shared accommodation for 2.  For solo travelers, please understand room prices are the same for a single as they are for a shared room, unless otherwise noted.  If you are open to sharing a room with another solo traveler of the same sex, we will try our best to accommodate you.  As we would require rooms with two beds, we will confirm your guaranteed price before you pay your deposit.

PLEASE NOTE:  WE REQUIRE A 50% DEPOSIT FOR ALL RESERVATIONS.  BALANCE IS DUE UPON ARRIVAL.

 

 

Tour Price: $33,000 MX Per Person

Accommodations: $24,000 MX Per Solo Traveler or Per Couple


 

COUPLES IN SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: $90,000 / 2

SINGLES IN PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS: $57,000 / 1

Fall in Love with these Powerful Lands

  • Stay in 3 UNESCO World Heritage Centres & 2 Pueblo Magico Ghost Towns

  • Visit Mina el Eden & La Bufa, where silver in Mexico was discovered

  • Browse the incredible Rafael Coronel Mask Museum

  • Explore the ancient Toltec city of La Quemada

  • Traverse the 2 KM Ogarrio Tunnel to Real de Catorce

  • Horseback ride to El Quemada and Pueblo Fantasma (Optional)

  • Jeep Willy ride to the Peyote Desert (Optional)

  • Explore Santa Brigida Mine in Mineral de Pozos

  • Visit the UNESCO protected church in Atotonilco

  • Swim in Hotsprings

  • Dr. Rossana Quiroz Ennis, of the Institute for Prehispanic Astronomy at Canada de la Virgen will offer us a private tour of the ancient Otomi city with insights into pre-colonial astronomy.

  • Visit Guanajuato's famous Mummy Museum

  • Enjoy a private dinner party with Israel Salazar at El Arrecife

Travel in Comfort & Peace

  • All Transportation is provided from Zacatecas to Leon
  • Travel with a knowledgeable, bilingual and local guide
  • All hotels are booked in advance
  • Travel with a group no larger than 8 (unless you request this tour for a private group)
  • Enjoy a variety of activities, including archaeology, historical sites, and cultural experiences
  • Stock the communal cooler with your favorite beverages for long drives

Embark on an Adventure!

If you are interested in this tour, but cannot attend due to our dates, please contact Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com for more information on booking a private tour!  

Day One:

Welcome to the City of Zacatecas!  Your guide will pick you up at the airport and transport you to the hotel.  Once we have everyone's flight details, we can work out our activities and meals for this day. 

Please Note:  If you would like assistance finding flights to Zacatecas, please contact us for help!

Accommodations:

Hotel in Zacatecas TBA

Meals Included:

Welcome Dinner (Alcoholic beverages not included)

Day Two:

Meet for breakfast at 8 AM and head for the ancient silver mine of Zacatecas.  At the end of the mine museum, is an elevator that will deliver us near the gondola to La Bufa.  We will head to La Lleyenda Restaurant for lunch before heading to the Rafael Coronel Museum.

Accommodations:

Hotel in Zacatecas TBA

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Day Three:

This morning, we will meet for breakfast at 8AM before heading to the ancient Toltec city ruins of La Quemada.  This fantastic site is desolate and void of crowds, making it an exceptional site to visit.  From La Quemada, we will return to Zacatecas for free time. 

Accommodations:

Hotel in Zacatecas TBA

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Day Four:

Today is a free day to enjoy in Zacatecas.  You may like to visit neighbouring town Guadalupe, or simply browse through the shops, relax, or curl up with a good book.

Accommodations:

Hotel in Zacatecas TBA

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Day Five:

Following breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head down the highway to the intriguing Pueblo Magico Real de Catorce.  We will check into our hotel and enjoy a walking tour of this intriguing ghost town.

Accommodations:

Amor Y Paz

Meals Included:

Dinner 

Day Six:

Today there are optional tours to horseback ride to El Quemada or Pueblo Fantasma, or for the truly ambitious - both!  If you are not an experienced rider, please be aware that the journey to El Quemada takes about 1 full hour on horseback, each way, over tricky ground.  The journey to Pueblo Fantasma is about 30 mins each way, on switchbacks that take you up quite high.  Your horse will move slowly, at a walking pace.

Accommodations:

Amor Y Paz

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Day Seven:

This morning, our optional tour to Wirkuta and MIna el Sacabon will start after breakfast.  This journey is not for the faint of heart - as we will descend a narrow road on the edge of a ravine in a 1950's Jeep Willy.  Wirikuta is the dessert where the indigenous Wixaritari (Huichol) harvest peyote.  The Wixaritari believe Wirikuta is where the sun was born.  We will depart early for a lunch-time arrival and an afternoon of free time.

Accommodations:

Amor Y Paz

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Day Eight:

This morning we will depart Real de Catorce following an 8 AM breakfast.  We will bring a picnic lunch, as our next stop will be in the famous weaving town of Santa Maria del Rio.  From here, we will travel to Cuna de Tierra Winery for wine tasting and beautiful charcuterie platter.  We will arrive in the Pueblo Magico Mineral de Pozos on time for dinner.

Accommodations:

Hotel in Mineral de Pozos TBA

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Day Nine:

This morning we will meet for breakfast at 8 AM before our adventure around Mineral de Pozos begins.  We will start with the Mina San Rafael, where visitors can enter the mine.  From here, we will stop at Luis Cruz' Casa del Venado Azul to see his incredible collection of pre-Columbian instruments.  Following lunch, we will spend the afternoon exploring the picturesque ruins of the Santa Brigida mine.

Accommodations:

Hotel in Mineral de Pozos TBA

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Day Ten:

This morning we will meet for breakfast, then head for the Pueblo Magico town of Dolores Hidalgo, famed for Father Hidalgo's "Cry of Dolores," which sparked the fight for Mexico's Independence from Spain.  Following lunch and a shopping spree through Dolores Hidalgo's talavera shops, we will make our way to Atotonilco to see one of Mexico's most famous, UNESCO protected churches.  If our group is interested, there are hotsprings at Atotonilco!  We will head to San Miguel de Allende and check in.  

Accommodations:

Hotel in San Miguel de Allende TBA

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Day Eleven:

Today is for free time in the Pueblo Magico San Miguel de Allende.  If you would like us to arrange a cooking class or walking tour, please let us know in advance.  We can let other guests know your plans and see if we can put together a small group for cost sharing.  

Accommodations:

Hotel in San Miguel de Allende TBA

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Day Twelve:

This morning, we will visit Dr. Rossana Quizo Ennis' Museum of prehispanic astronomy.  Following lunch, we will make our way with Dr. Quizo Ennis to the ancient ruins of Canada de la Virgen for a guided tour based on her astronomical studies at this intriguing site.  We will then head for the city of Guanajuato for dinner.

Accommodations:

Hotel in Guanajuato City TBA

Meals Included:

Lunch

Day Thirteen:

Later this morning we will enjoy a guided food tour of Guanajuato City.  By evening, we will meet for the pilgrimage to the Alley of the Kiss.

Accommodations:

Hotel in Guanajuato City TBA

Meals Included:

Lunch (As part of the food tour)

Day Fourteen:

We will head to the Mummy Museum this morning.  If you are troubled by sinister subject material, please ask us for more information on this exhibit, as some who are sensitive may find this museum troubling.  Upon returning to the main core of downtown, we will enjoy our last day of free time.

Accommodations:

Hotel in Guanajuato City TBA

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Day Fifteen:

We will depart Guanajuato City after breakfast for the bustling centre of Leon.  Stopping first at La Libertad Brewery seems like a good way to get our last day started!  We will browse through the fascinating leather supply market, and enjoy a tour of Claudio's shoe shop (shoe-lovers take note - you can order a pair of tailor made leather shoes here).  Finally, we will end our tour with a wonderful dinner party at Israel Salazar's El Arrecife Restaurant!  

Accommodations:

Hotel in Leon TBA

Meals Included:

Dinner

Day Sixteen:

Once we have information for everyone's flight home, we can make arrangements for this day.  We hope you have all thoroughly enjoyed this two week exploration of Mexico's silver road and beyond.

Accommodations:

N/A

Meals Included:

Meals are not included

Explore With Us

Cancellations

To book your tour with Soul of Mexico Tours, please contact us directly at info@soulofmexicotours.com to reserve your seat.  We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation, with balance due in Mexican Pesos upon your arrival.  We accept all major credit cards, including American Express, and Paypal.

We do not charge booking fees unless you cancel your reservation.  This is in reference to the 3% processing fee we are charged for credit card processing.

Tours that are cancelled prior to three months before departure will be fully refunded, minus the 3% credit card processing fee.  

Deposits for tours that are cancelled within three months of departure will not be refunded unless we can find a guest to fill your spot.  This policy is due to reservations and rentals for transportation.

In the event that your plane is delayed due to inclement weather, we will make arrangements to catch you up with our group.

Photo Gallery

Please enjoy browsing through our photo gallery.  All photos in this gallery reflect this tour itinerary, though we cannot guarantee weather, random subjects or crowd volumes.  Please contact us if you have any questions!  

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