SANTIAGO DE QUERÉTARO
with side trips to Tequisquiapan, Bernal and Mineral de Pozos
June 2 – 6, 2006
A tour by Mexico Cultural Journeys

Join Isabel Fuente and Jim Lloyd for a tour of Querétaro and three historic and scenic towns no more than an hour away: Tequisquiapan, Bernal and Mineral de Pozos. We will be staying four nights in Querétaro and doing day tours to the other towns.

UPDATE: Pictures from the Tour Posted June 15, 2006

[Cathedral in Querétaro] [Governor's Palace in Querétaro]

[Aquaduct in Querétaro] [Indigenous Statue in Querétaro]

DATES: June 2 -6, 2006
TIME: Depart from Lloyd’s in Ajijic at 8:30 AM
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $3850 pesos per person
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: $5100 pesos per person
INCLUDED IN TOUR: Transportation, lodging for four nights, Trolley Tour.
PAYMENT: Full payment at the time of reservation. Non refundable after May 25th. .
FOR RESERVATIONS: Call or e-mail Isabel Fuente at 766-0822 or mexjourneys@prodigy.net.mx

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.

[Church in Tequisquiapan] [Bernal Church and Monolith] [Mineral de Pozos mines]

DAY FOUR: Following breakfast we head for Mineral de Pozos, a ghost town that within the past twenty years has become home to many artists and sculptors. This once opulent colonial city lived through several gold bonanzas from 1576 through the Revolution of 1910, and was declared a Historical National Monument by the Mexican Government in 1982. Exploring ex-haciendas, old ruins, chapels and underground mine tunnels are some of the popular adventures awaiting you here. We will have lunch in Pozos in one of the two lovely boutique hotels: Casa Mexicana or Casa Montana. Again our evening is free to do whatever we would like back in the city.

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.

Itinerary subject to change.

Mexican Cultural Journeys