Authentic Mexican cuisine at a real hacienda • Spanish architecture of Morelia • Hike to see millions of monarch butterflies
• Hands-on cultural experiences • Soak up the quiet charm of Patzcuaro • National parks
Butterflies aren’t the only draw to this region of Mexico. Explore the ancient archeological wonders, colorful colonial cities, rich vibrant culture, and the unforgettable cuisine in this part of the country known as the “Soul of Mexico” by locals.
Day 1 – Arrival in colonial Guanajuato. Fly in to Leon then enjoy private transfer to the brightly colored city of Guanajuato. Check in to the hotel then relax before an amazing Mexican dinner.
Day 2 – Explore Guanajuato. There is absolutely so much to do and see in Guanajuato! Today you’ll learn the stories of Mexico’s heroes of independence on a historic walking tour, visit the Hidalgo market, ride the funicular up to the famous Pípila statue for a sunset view overlooking the city. Then wrap up the day with an entertaining troubadour show as they sing their way through the city streets.
San Miguel de Allende
Day 3 – Hacienda life. It’s not every day you get to visit an authentic hacienda. Find out what role haciendas played in Mexican history and then lounge in a hammock or sit by the pool before a one-of-a-kind lunch. Then it’s on to San Miguel de Allende, another colonial masterpiece in central Mexico.
Day 4 – Galleries and markets and more. Voted one of the best cities in Mexico to visit, San Miguel bursts with opportunities for excellent dining, shopping, and local hands-on opportunities to experience culture. The city also just happens to be our guide’s hometown and he knows it like the back of his hand. He’ll give you an inside look at what the city has to offer. Later enjoy free time to explore some of the galleries and markets on your own.
Day 5 – One of the most beautiful cities in the world. Mexicans proudly boast that Morelia is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. And, it doesn’t have the rush of tourists. Explore the historical city center and the breathtaking cathedral. Visit a local ministry impacting underprivileged youth in the community. Then in the evening hit the best taco stand ever, right in the home of a local Christian family.
Day 6 – Butterflies! A long day but totally worth it! Drive several hours to the Monarch Butterfly reserve. After a short hike, you’re in for a treat: millions of monarch butterflies in all of their brilliance. Late afternoon we’ll visit San Felipe, a small ruins tucked away off the beaten track before heading back for a late dinner.
Morelia & Patzcuaro
Day 7 – Patzcuaro and local markets. Sleep in, enjoy a free morning, or take a cooking class (space is limited!) by a well-known local artist who also happens to be a great chef. If you choose the cooking experience, wake up early to hit the local market and shop for ingredients you’ll use to make an authentic Mexican lunch. Next you’ll head to the quaint town of Patzcuaro.
Day 8 – Avocado orchard. Patzcuaro is a cool little colonial town with lots of places to explore. Check out the family-owned chocolate store, the plaza and restaurants. Then you’ll take a boat ride to Janítzio Island and after visit a family-owned avocado orchard for a quick tour and a heaping bowl of homemade guacamole, chips and salsa.
Day 9 – Santa Clara. Visit the nearby town of Santa Clara and watch how copper is shaped into jewelry, cups, home furnishings, etc then shop for the perfect remembrance of Mexico. Next it’s on to Morelia for a farewell Mexican feast.
Day 10 – Enjoy free time to relax and explore a little more on your own before your trip home. Adios!
Small group tour
Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Morelia, Patzcuaro and surrounding areas
$1,879 USD per person, based on double occupancy
Contact us for custom itineraries and dates.
How is this tour unique?
What are some cultural activities included in this tour?
- Sample dishes unique to colonial Mexico and learn the interesting stories behind them.
- Travel to a small family avocado orchard, hear from the family about their small business, and sample some amazing chips, guac, and salsas.
- Interact with local people to get an inside look at life in small town Mexico
What does the tour price include?
- Nine nights’ accommodation
- Breakfast daily plus 6 lunches and 4 dinners
- Private transportation, inclusive of airport transfer
- All tour activities and entrance fees per itinerary
- Local, English-speaking guide who’s knowledgeable of the local region and culture
- All pre-trip information, including detailed itinerary, travel and cultural tips
Doesn’t include gratuities and international airfare (into Leon-Guanajuato and out of Morelia).