UPDATE: Pictures from the Tour Posted June 15, 2006
DAY ONE: On our way to Querétaro, we stop in Leon for lunch and visit the art studio of Alejandro Lopez a well known artist in Leon and San Miguel de Allende. His work is bright and cheerful with Mexican themes. Lunch will be at an Italian restaurant nearby. Arriving in the beautiful city of Querétaro, we check into our centrally located hotel around 5:00. The rest of the afternoon is free to visit the historic city founded in 1541. We will have dinner in one of the many restaurants that offer a variety of international and Mexican cuisine.
DAY TWO: Following breakfast we have a walking tour of the city. The downtown offers the visitor over 460 years of history and tradition through its aqueduct, churches, mansions and palaces that make this city one of the most beautiful colonial spots in all of Mexico. The evening is free to visit many of the historic sites and to stroll the narrow streets and alleys that are lined with shops that offer a wide variety of crafts and other items. At 6:00 PM we take an evening Trolley Tour of the city. We are free to dine on our own before or after the tour.
DAY THREE: After breakfast we board our bus and go to Tequisquiapan, well know for its straw and rattan market. The attractive square in the center of town is surrounded by shops and restaurants featuring the cheese and wine for which “Tequis” is known. We will be visiting on the last day of their annual Wine Festival. A short distance away, we stop at Cava Freixenet a winery known for its excellent wines and champagne. After a tour and tasting we head to Bernal, a most charming city that will have you thinking you have arrived on a movie set at Disney Studios. It is also the site of one of the world’s largest monoliths (see left picture below) like Ayer’s Rock in Australia. Bernal is the place to shop for hand woven woolen rugs, bedspreads and ponchos. Photographers will have a field day here. Then back to Querétaro for another evening on our own.
DAY FIVE: The morning if free to shop or tour in Querétaro and an early lunch before we leave for home at 1:00, arriving in Ajijic around 7:00 in the evening.
Mexican Cultural Journeys