On this Mexico Tour Module you will get to know the colonial jewels of the state of Michoacán and finally relax on the beautiful beaches of the Pacific coast.
According to your time of arrival you are picked up from the airport in Mexico City and brought to your hotel. Overnight stay. (Meals: none)
Discover the finest culinary secrets of the historical center of Mexico City, known only by the locals. Here is a city where the ancient traditions and unique flavours of Mexican cuisine can be found. Our passionate foodies immerse you in a world of historic streets, elegant mansions and charming plazas while telling entertaining stories and enigmatic legends that make this capital city so magical.
The meeting point for the tour is Restaurant Oaxaca (Luis Moya 59) and you will need to make your way there on your own.
On your walking tour, explore the delicious flavours of the diverse cuisine of Mexico´s many different ethnic groups – from the perspective of your local guide who knows the markets and most essential restaurants. Mexicans love to eat and it is an important part of their culture. Your stops on the tour will include Mexico’s oldest candy shop, the best seafood stand in the historic center, the finest cheese and sausages in the country, one of the city’s oldest and most traditional cantinas, the exotic San Juan market and a small Oaxacan snack. For the rest of the day you will have a full belly and after saying goodbye to your guide you will make your way back to your hotel on your own (not included).
Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel in Mexico City to begin your adventure to the top of the breathtaking volcano “Nevado de Toluca”. Approximately 22 km from Toluca, the Nevado de Toluca volcano which is sometimes called Xinantécatl is the fourth highest in Mexico at 4680m with spectacular crater lakes and a wide summit spanning 1.5km. From the base camp – Parque de los Venados you will begin your ascent and after about 3-4 hours of hiking you will reach the summit and will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view over the region. With a little luck and clear weather you can even see the enormous Popcatépetl volcano in the distance. Explore the unique landscape of the summit and after a sufficient break begin your descent. After a 3-hour descent, you will continue to Morelia.
Note: We recommend this tour only if you are in good physical condition and health. The ascent is classified as low difficulty and can therefore be carried out with little hiking experience.
Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Distance: approx. 420 km | Total driving time: approx. 8 hours
Today, explore the city of Morelia which is the capital of Michoacán and probably the most aristocratic of all the colonial cities in Mexico. In 1991 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its outstandingly well-kept buildings and donwtown. Explore the centro historico with its breathtakingly beautiful Cathedral built with rose stone, the impressive mansions and the well-established University. Morelia is said to be a true gem among the colonial cities. Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Morelia along with a delicious local lunch (not included) before heading to Pátzcuaro where you can enjoy a quiet evening. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Distance: approx. 60 km | Total driving time: approx. 1 hour
Today, explore the adorably rustic colonial village of Pátzcuaro. Enjoy the centro histórico with its relaxing plazas, impressive churches and loam houses with tiled roofs. Visit the most important landmarks of the city and if you are travelling on the right day even a typical Mexican market. Take a boat (not included) over to the Isla Janítzio that is situated in the sickle-shaped Pátzcuaro Lake. The island is famous for a 40-meter high monument of Morelos as well as its colourful graveyard and Day of the Dead celebrations. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today, stop at the unique archaeological site of Tzintzuntzan which was founded in 1325. This site was home to the powerful Purépecha who managed to defeat multiple Aztec invasion attempts and maintain their stronghold in the region. Next, stop at the magical town Santa Clara del Cobre which is famous for its beautiful copper artesenia. You will have time to visit a workshop and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (not included) before continuing to the Pacific coast. Stop in Ixtapa which is popular with local tourists, but never achieved the fame of other beach towns such as Cancún. Explore the main plaza and pier before continuing on the quieter fishing village of Zihuatanejo which in Nahuatl means “land of women”. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Distance: approx. 365 km | Total driving time: approx. 5 hours
Relax on the beach to the soothing sounds of the crashing waves. Mexico´s Pacific coast is famous for its stark contrasting rock and ocean as well as the magnificent sunsets which paint the sky beautiful shades of pink and orange. Enjoy some delicious seafood and explore the bays and virgin beaches in the area. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Enjoy the day on the golden sand, soaking up the warm sun. According to your flight´s departure, take a taxi (not included) on your own to the Airport in Zihuatanejo. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)