Welcome to the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean. Puerto Vallarta is one of the best beach resorts in Mexico. It is located in the most Mexican of all states: Jalisco (home to tequila, mariachi and charros). It all makes Vallarta a great place to start your Mexican trip.
On arrival, we will be waiting for you at the airport to take you straight to your hotel. Airport is not that far and taxis are easy available and safe to hire on arrival. However, since today is your first day in a new country, we prefer to make things easier for you.
You will stay for 5 days in Vallarta, enjoying the sun, the sand, the beach and some piñas coladas. Whether you choose our DeLuxe accomodation or our 4* Promo, you will fancy your hotel. It is an all inclusive -better called “worries free”-. If you are for DeLuxe, it is located just by the beach. If you choose our promo at 4* hotel, it is just one block away from the beach, in the best pedestrian area of town.
Beach, sun, relax. Have some margaritas and enjoy the Mexican food. That is the perfect way to start your trip. Today there are no activities programmed. In case you want to make use of your free time, take a look to Caballo Blanco beach, just a few kilometers south or your hotel. On your way back you could try Kliff, an awesome restaurant over a cliff facing the ocean. No services are included today.
Sun, beach, relax and a great boat tour to one of the most iconic beaches in Mexico, Playa del Amor (Love Beach) in Marietas Is. is world famous and though it is very limited to swim into it, you will have a boat tour around the islands. This is a group tour. Here, take a look to see where you are going today.
You will be back to Vallarta early in the afternoon. Please, take some time to visit the city centre and the Malecón (Corniche). Lots of restaurants, bars and stores and to loose notion of time. One of our favorites restaurants in the area is Le Café des Artists. Not the cheapest in town, but extremely nice decoration and awesome cuisine. Try the set menu (about US$120) with Mexican wines paring.
Alright. Though Vallarta’s city centre has a couple of block in the most colonial style, we want you to see the real old Mexico. So, today you will join a small guided group tour to visit San Sebastian del Oeste. It is a small beautiful town in the moutains close to Vallarta. This is a full day excursion with return to your hotel in Vallarta.
Again, sand, beach, sea and cocktails under Vallarta sun. However, there is a small spin for today as you will enjoy sea in a flyboard! It is easier than it looks like and certainly very, very fun. The pier where your boat will leave for this activity is very close from your hotel (a taxi should cost no more than 120 pesos).
Photos are not permitted as the activity is a trade mark in Mexico, so there is no point in bringing –and risking- your camera to the boat. However, the flyboard team will take photos such as the one below at a fee (own cost).
One of Mexico’s most complete destinations is waiting for you. Today you will board a coach straight to the state capital (about 4hrs). Road is beautiful as you will cross some mountains. You will love Guadalajara and it will be your base for the next 3 days.
Your entry point is Zapopan, Guadalajara’s wealthiest suburb. On arrival to the local bus station (around 2pm) you will have a transfer to your hotel. Your accomodation will be in a great hotel, in fact, the tallest building in the city in a great location. No activities for the rest of the day.
The city is asking your to visit and know its secrets. So today you will join a group tour around the city. One of the most remarkable places you will visit is Tlaquepaque /tlak-kae-pah-kaeh/. Once a town away form the big city, it is now a suburb with a very classical and vivid city centre. You will walk along Independencia Ave., a pedestrian area with many stores to buy souvenirs. There is the full range of it, from modest stalls selling cheap and rustic, to high-end jewelers and galleries. You will love the diversity of products and charm of the place. It is not favored only by foreigners, but we Mexicans love to walk and shop around it.
The tour will give you time for lunch. Try to head to Parián, in the same Independencia Ave. Parián is a plaza with over a dozen restaurants serving local cuisine. In the middle of the plaza there is a kiosk with mariachi bands singing traditional songs from 2pm onwards. As you can see in the photo below, locals and tourists enjoy the place. Our tip: try a cazuela, a very refreshing drink with orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit and, of course, tequila.
You are in tequila country and may be had a few tequilas while on the beach. Since we thought you might like to know more about this spirit, today you will have a full day tour to Tequila -the town, tasting included. Trains only depart of Saturday, so if you want to join the train tour -very, very, very reommended- you should start your COLONIALtour also on Saturday. If it is not possible, do not worry, we can also arrange it by private car.
Tequila is made from agave, a very peculiar plant with peaks instead of branches. And it has denominación de origen, similar to French AOC. Thus, only the beverage made from agaves grown in a specific region can be called and sold as tequila. Tequila and Arandas are the two towns where it all started and that have most tequileras. A day not to be missed.
The next few days are to visit a couple of towns that showcase all the spirit of good old Mexico: Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Both of them are considered World Heritage by UNESCO. They are truly beautiful and could be the highlight of any other trip.
You will have a bus tickets to Guanajuato. It will be about 4 hours crossing a region named El Bajío (the area where most Mexican movies of the golden era were filmed). Arrival to Guanajuato is just after midday. Since bus station is far from your hotel, there will be a taxi already waiting for you.
Guanajuato is just one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It had its shining moment during the colony due to it is silver mining activity. Its relevance is shown today in the buildings and manors around the city.
Your hotel for the next 3 days will be in a great position just in the middle of the compact and easy-to-walk city centre. You will love it for its design and charm. There are no plans for today and tomorrow. Just enjoy the many corners, bistros, galleries and terraces the city has to offer.
May be today you want to head directly to the Pipila Monument for an amazing view of the city (like the one below). It is just 200m away from your hotel though you have to climb a long staircase.
Free to roam around Guanajuato. Try not to miss these four places: Plaza de la Paz, Museum of Quixiote, Kissing Alley and the staircase of Guanajuato University. All of them in a radius of 300m from your hotel. Once your trip has been confirmed we will happily share many recommendations about what to do on this lovely and easy-to-walk dream city.
In 2016, San Miguel de Allende was considered by Travel + Leisure as the 3rd most beautiful city in the world. yes, you read it right… in-the-world!
You will have a full day (8hrs) private tour to San Miguel de Allende departing from your hotel in Guanajuato. These two cities are very close (45min.). Along the tour you will visit the most notable sites in town, such as San Gabriel parish, the City Hall, the house of De la Canal count, the Allende House and Angela Peralta Theater.
This city is not only beautiful but full of history as it was the second town to embrace the fight for liberty during the Independence War (1810). In fact, Ignacio Allende (local to this town) is one of the country’s founding fathers, and hence the full name of San Miguel.
It might be important to visit the local attractions but you need also to feel the town. So you will have plenty of time to wander around discovering amazing galleries, secret restaurants and some cantinas (taverns). We stronly recommend you to visit either “La 21unica” cantina or “Bezzito” bar & lounge. Once finished, you will be brought back to your hotel in Guajanuato.
Mexico City, or CDMX as it is now fashionably written, is truly an amazing place to stay for days. Trust us when we say that it is as interesting as Paris or Rome. We are not joking. Lots of museums, palaces, parks and classy neighborhoods. Aussie Leah McLennan writes about the wonders of the city.
You will have a bus ticket to CDMX (about 5hrs). The road is a fast motorway around beautiful Bajío (Lowlands) landscape. On arrival, we will pick you up and take you to nearby Basilica of Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine is one of the most visited religious site in the world, more than St Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican, and second only to Meiji shrine in Tokyo.
You will have plenty of time to visit the old and new shrine and to see the main artifact of devotion in Mexico and Latin America, the ayate, a piece of cloth where, according to tradition, Lady Guadalupe’s image was printed by miracle.
After the visit you will be taken to the your hotel. We have chosen a very nice accomodation in one of the best areas of the city. It has all the art-decó flav of Condesa district, surrounded by cafés, bistrós and art galleries.
Mexico City is huge. So we have to choose wisely what places to visit in order for you to see the most important attractions without feeling you are rushing through it.
Today you will join a small group for a guided tour around the city center, visiting the Zocalo (main square), Templo Mayor (remains of the old Tenochtitlán city, the capital of the Aztec Empire), Cathedral and the beautiful and amazingly large Anthropology Museum (one of the best in the world, interesting and comprehensive).
Your group tour will end very near Polanco district (one of the posh areas of CDMX). A segway tour around its gardens and steets is almost compulsory. So, obviously one of such is included. 90 minuted roaming through CDMX best. There is no transfer back to the hotel included as it is easy to have a uber costing no more that $100 (eque. to US$5).
Frida Kahlo is one of the top Mexican names around the world. She and her husband, Diego Rivera are two icons of Mexican art in the 20th century (they even share the honour of having their avatar at the $500 bill).
Her neighborhood was Coyoacan, a former township that was completely urbanized in the 1920s. This district has a very unique and distinct charm. Like a small town within the big city.
This will be your destination for the day in a private tour taking your to Frida’s Museum (Casa Azul), and many other places in historic Coyoacán. Tour will be half day and you can either choose to come back to your hotel or remain in this lovely area until evening where bohemian bars and cafés open (transfer back to the hotel in that case will be on your own). Lunch will be at Chilanguita, a relaxed restaurant with Mexican antojitos. Not something fancy, but very tasty.
¿Ever flown in a hot air balloon? Either you had or you had not, today will be an unforgetable journey above one of the most fascinating archeological sites in the world. Teotihuacán was the capital city of the Toltec Empire and has two massive and amazing pyramids: Sun and Moon.
Very early in the morning we will pick you up for a transfer to Teotihuacan (about 60km away from the hotel). And yes, a hot air balloon above Teotihuacan is included. Happy flight!
After landing back to the ground you will have free time to walk and climb Sun Pyramid (Moon is only accesible to half of its heigth). You will be back to the city around 4pm, an ideal hour to walk in Condesa district or take some time to get inside Soumaya Museum in close-by Polanco district (no transfer included to Soumaya Museum).
We are sad because this is the day you end your Mexico trip. Should you want to extend, please let us know. We have not included private transfer to airport as we believe it is easiear and cheaper to ask for an uber to pick you up. We do hope you have had a wonderful during our COLONIALTour.
COLONIALTour combines perfectly with add-ons to Yucatán, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Cuba.