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XVII Century Talavera Kitchen, Puebla

10 DAYS APRIL 20-29

Mexico City has transformed itself during the last 20 years into the Colonial Capital of Meso-America. The world-class city has clean air, safe streets, fabulous architecture, ancient archeology, and some of the best museums in the world.We will embark on a colorful trip enjoying Mexico City’s wonders, beautiful natural sites, castles, museums, markets, and bazaars. Then, for something completely diverse, we will visit unique villages nestled around area lakes. Each village is known for its own talented artists and craftsmen - weavers, mask makers, painters, sculptors, wood carvers, and potters.

We will stay in interesting hotels, try wonderful restaurants, and visit with artists in their homes and studios. An inside look at one of the most interesting cities in the world.

Group Itinerary & Highlights
9 nights/10 days/16 meals

Friday, April 20: USA / Mexico City
Arrive to Mexico City and check into hotel.
Hotel Casa Gonzalez 

Saturday, April 21: Historic District
National Folk Art Museum
Templo Mayor, former Aztec Capital
Lunch at restaurant Café Tacuba.
Bazar Sabado, in San Angel.
Hotel Casa Gonzalez  (B, L)

Sunday, April 22: Mexico City
Mexican National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle.
National Museum of Anthropology.
Lunch in the Museum of Anthropology.
Dolores Olmedo Museum.
Hotel Casa Gonzalez  (B,L)

Monday, April 23: Mexico City/Morelia
Depart for Morelia.
Lunch at great restaurant La Galereña, in Salamanca
Yuriria & visit amazing XVI Century church & convent
Check into hotel. Hotel Virrey de Mendoza.
Evening optional street food walking tour
Hotel Virrey de Mendoza  (B, L)

Tuesday, April 24: Morelia
Walking tour of the Historic District
Grand Cathedral of Morelia.
Colonial Art Museum.
Clavijero Cultural Centre & State Library within an old church.
Regional Museum of Michoacan.
Lunch at restaurant Chango.
Colonial aqueduct & Tarasco Fountain & Lover’s alley.
State Folk Art coop of Michoacan.
The evening will be at leisure
Hotel Virrey de Mendoza  (B, L)

Wednesday, April 25: Traditional villages

Depart for Patzcuaro.
Visit the home & workshop of the acclaimed Juan Torres & Family.
Visit the traditional home & workshop of Fernando Arroyo & Family.
Visit the home studio of Alvaro de la Cruz.
Festive lunch at TBA
Town Craft Market.
The evening will be at leisure.
Hotel Casa Encantada  (B,L)

Thursday, April 26: Traditional villages
Drive to the traditional Puerepecha village of Tzintzuntzan.
Archaeological site of Tzintzuntzan.
Visit home studio of palm artist Antonio Cornelio.
Enjoy a festive lunch TBA
Visit home workshop of potter Angelica Morales.
First Augustinian church in the Americas.
Return to Patzcuaro.
Hotel Casa Encantada  (B,L)

Friday, April 27: Patzcuaro Magic Town
Depart for the village of Ahuiran and visit the home studio of rebozo weaver Cecilia Bautista Caballero.
Famous guitar & wood carver’s village of Paracho.
Town of Uruapan and visit the home workshop of mask maker Martin Salgado.
Enjoy a festive lunch TBA.
Arts & Crafts Market & Huatapero Museum.
Return to Patzcuaro.
Hotel Casa Encantada  (B,L)

Saturday, April 28: Central towns
Copper Museum in the village of Santa Clara del Cobre.
The balance of the day will be at leisure.
Festive farewell dinner at favorite restaurant La Surtidora.
Hotel Casa Encantada  (B,L,D)

Sunday, April 29: Morelia/USA
Departure day: Transfers to the airport.
Hotel Casa Encantada  (B)

B – Breakfast L – Lunch/Comida D – Dinner


transfers in Mexico
daily breakfasts/many lunches/some dinners
daily happy hour/snacks
educational guide
tips for listed meals included

Contact Joan: 512-797-9559  email