Real de Catorce &
San Luis Potosí

March 23-31, 2020
Nine Days and Eight Nights


How paltry is the more aesthetic experience compared to the sensation of watching the ritual after one has also understood the intellectual forces that explain the origins of all this. – Konrad Theodor Preuss, anthropologist


The purpose of this adventure is to enjoy the magic of the sacred México and the deep beauty of the indigenous people in our ancestral culture, as well as the deep spiritual beauty within yourself. During these days at Real de Catorce, the Huicholes honor their most important festivity, which includes peyote consumption. We invite you to participate in this powerful adventure.


QUICK LOOK

Trip begins at: México City International Airport, on Mar 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Trip ends at: México City International Airport, on Mar 31 at 4:00 p.m.
No. of days: Nine days and eight nights
Areas of interest: Festivals, history, archaeology, folk art, cuisine, anthropology

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP

      • Visiting five pueblos magicos: Peña de Bernal, Tequisquiapan, Jalpan de Serra, Xilitla and Real de Catorce
      • Visiting the third largest monolith in the world: Peña de Bernal
      • Tasting the best wines of the region at Tequisquiapan.
      • Visiting interesting museums specializing in folk art & masks. The mask museum at San Luis Potosí has the most important collection in México with more than 1,300 pieces
      • Visiting Real de Catorce, often considered to be a ghost town
      • Learning about the differences of the Huichol culture and the importance of peyote in their lives
      • Visiting the holy land of the Huicholes: wirikuta
      • Experiencing the beauty of the swallows and their environment

      GALLERY


      ITINERARY

      MARCH 23

      I will meet you at the International Airport in México City at 2:00 p.m. Then we will take the road to Peña de Bernal.


      MARCH 24

      We will visit Peña de Bernal. This is a charming magical village and has the third largest monolith in the world. Then we will have a wine experience at the vineyards of Tequisquiapan.


      MARCH 25

      After enjoying our last moments in Peña de Bernal’s fabulous downtown, we will take the road to Jalpan de Serra and then Xilitla.


      MARCH 26

      In Xilitla we will visit the gorgeous Surreal Garden of Sir Edward James in a subtropical rainforest in the mountains of the Huasteca Potosina. Then, on the way to San Luis Potosí, we will go to the Cave of the Swallows, which is one of the most important subterranean abysses in the word and the sixth deepest.


      MARCH 27

      We will enjoy San Luis Potosí, visiting several interesting places such as the Centenario Arts Center and Leonora Carrington Museum, the National Mask Museum & the historic downtown.


      MARCH 28

      We will travel to Real de Catorce, a little town hidden among the mountains, right beside the healing energy of the desert. This charming town where the ethnic people, Huicholes, have their sacred place. We will stay here for three days. We will visit the desert and learn about the importance of the peyote for the Huicholes.


      MARCH 29

      Today will be another opportunity to enjoy what Real de Cartorce offers: peace, tranquility, quiet moments alone to wander along the cobbled streets, and then we will visit historical places such as the Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción, the mint, the arena, and Plaza Hidalgo, which will envelope you in a magical atmosphere with every step you take.


      MARCH 30

      The traditional way to enjoy the rugged surroundings of Real de Catorce is traveling in a Willy’s, and  old4x4 Jeep, or as well to ride a horse. We take advantage of both ways to enjoy this place. We will go to El Cerro del Quemado, also known as Wirikuta, the sacred zone of the Huichol, which has a flora and fauna typical of the desert. Here it is possible to find the famous peyote plants, which the Huicholes ingest to receive the “gift of seeing” as one of their rituals and beliefs. From this hill, you will have an incredible view of the town that you can not miss, but the truth is that it is a very sacred place, so it is likely that you will find small offerings so respect everything you find on the hill. Just enjoy it!


      MARCH 31

      Early in the morning we will take the road to México City. We will be at the International Airport by 4:00 p.m.


      COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

      Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,550
      To reserve your spot:$775
      Balance (due by Feb 1, 2020):$775
      *If you'd like a private room, add:$350


      The tour includes:

        • Ground transportation, from México City International Airport to Peña de Bernal, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi and Real de Catorce, and return
        • Daily tours
        • Accommodations
        • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
        • Daily breakfast at the hotel
        • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
        • Horseback riding and Willy’s Jeep 4×4 transportation at Real de Catorce
        • Welcome and farewell lunch

      It  does not include:

        • Meals other than breakfasts and two lunches
        • Tips
        • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

      This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

      Ready to reserve? Use the button below to go to our form. Questions? Contact us.  (If you need details about an alternative way to pay, we will be happy to help you.)


      Currency conversion of $1,550 USD as of today:
      MXN: $30,049
      CAD: $2,058
      EURO: $1,402

México City

March 1-9, 2020
Nine Days and Eight Nights


QUICK LOOK

Trip begins at: México City International Airport on Mar 1. We will pick you up at the airport at the time of your convenience.
Trip ends at: México City International Airport on Mar 9. We will take you to the airport at 8:00 a.m. or later if you prefer.
No. of days: Nine days and eight nights
Areas of interest: Festivals, history, archaeology, folk art, cuisine, anthropology

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP

    • Visiting the most fascinating buildings and the murals that portray this important cultural movement, Muralism, that started during the 20’s of the Twentieth Century. We will learn about Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan O’Gorman and José Clemente Orozco, to mention only the most important ones
    • Following the footsteps of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as artists, activists and icons of the Twentieth Century
    • Visiting the beautiful museums, galleries, and cultural centers such as the National Museum of Anthropology, the Dolores Olmedo Museum, the Folk Art Museum and more, in order to learn about the three millenium of history of our country
    • Being in the most important Mesoamerican city from pre-Hispanic times, Teotihuacan, and learning about this place from its colorful murals, fascinating neighborhoods and cultural expressions
    • Listening and singing to the most famous Mexican music with a mariachi in the floating gardens of Xochimilco
    • Learning with local artists and appreciating the new art expressions of the city
    • Visiting other important archaeological sites like Malinalco and the  Templo Mayor, where you will be amazed by its architecture and incredible beauty
    • Using all your senses to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the world

GALLERY


ITINERARY

MARCH 1

We will pick you up at the airport and meet at our  hotel in the center of México City; then we will have our welcome dinner around 6:30pm.


MARCH 2

We will visit the National Museum of Anthropology where we will spend some hours discovering the most fascinating aspects of the pre-Hispanic cultures. Then we will have the opportunity to go to the Folk Art Museum.


MARCH 3

The Secretary of Education Building holds a very important quantity of the murals of Diego Rivera that were done between 1926-1928. We will go to this historic building and learn about the years of Muralism in México. Then we will visit the Templo Mayor and its great museum.


MARCH 4

Today we will drive to Coyoacan and discover the footsteps of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, visiting the Blue House and the Anahucalli Museum. Then we will go to Xochimilco and we will have lunch at the floating gardens. Later, we will visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum.


MARCH 5

After breakfast we will go to Teotihuacan, the most important city in pre-Hispanic times. Our approach will include the importance of the murals in the neighborhoods as well as the daily life in this great city. Then we will stop at Tepozotlán and we will learn about the colonial art in that unique place.


MARCH 6

In order to recover the energy of the Historic Center, we will visit the museum that holds the most popular mural of Diego Rivera: “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central”. Then we will visit the Fine Arts Palace in order to learn more about the importance of the Muralism Movement.


MARCH 7

Today we will visit Tiburcio Soteno’s family; the mos important artist in Metepec. He is very well-known because of the trees of life. Then we will visit the stunning stained glass work at Toluca.


MARCH 8

With the purpose of visiting different neighborhoods in México City, today we will drive to San Angel. There we will be part of a colorful morning with plenty of local flavors and music at Bazar Sábado. After lunch we will visit the extraordinary exhibition of the Calendar Girls at Soumaya Museum.


MARCH 9

We will take you to the International Airport in México City at the time of your convenience.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,550
To reserve your spot:$775
Balance (due by Jan 10, 2020):$775
*If you'd like a private room, add:$350


The tour includes:

    • Transportation
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations at the Hotel Zócalo Central
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Four lunches
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • Boat to Xochimilco with Mariachi music

It does not include:

    • Meals other than breakfasts, two dinners and four lunches
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

Ready to reserve? Use the button below to go to our form. Questions? Contact us.  (If you need details about an alternative way to pay, we will be happy to help you.)


Currency conversion of $1,550 USD as of today:
MXN: $30,049
CAD: $2,058
EURO: $1,402

Puebla & Veracruz

http://marinainmexico.com/puebla-and-veracruz-2020/

February 5-13, 2020
Nine Days and Eight Nights


QUICK LOOK

Trip begins at: México City International Airport on Feb 5  at 1:45 p.m.
Trip ends at: México City International Airport on Feb 13 at 4:30 p.m.
No. of days: Nine days and eight nights
Areas of interest: Festivals, history, archaeology, folk art, cuisine, anthropology

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP

    • Visiting five beautiful magical villages in the states of Puebla & Veracruz; Zacatlán de las Manzanas, Cuetzalan, Coatepec, Xico, Papantla
    • Visiting five archaeological sites; Yohualichan, Quihuiztlán, Cempoala, Cantona and enjoying the extraordinary majesty of Tajín
    • Enjoying the traditional dance of the flyers at the atrium of the church of Cuetzalan
    • Visiting interesting museums specializing in archaeology, history, folk art & monumental clocks, especially visiting the outstanding museum of archaeology in Xalapa
    • Enjoying the market day at Cuetzalan and visiting cooperatives in order to learn about the different activities that are done in the area
    • Learning about different aspects of coffee, vanilla & apples; products of the regions that we will be visiting during this trip
    • Visiting the Valley of the Stacked Rocks, an extraordinary natural park
    • Tasting the most traditional flavors of the cuisine in Puebla & Veracruz at their markets and their restaurants

GALLERY


ITINERARY

FEBRUARY 5

I will meet you at the International Airport in México, City; then we will take the road to Zacatlán de las Manzanas.


FEBRUARY 6

Our first stop will be the outstanding Valle de Piedras Encimadas (Stacked Rocks), a natural park dotted with giant rock formations, towers developed over many millenia. After lunch we will go to Zacatlán de las Manzanas in order to see its fantastic mosaic murals and learn about the history of this beautiful town. Then we will visit a clock museum.


FEBRUARY 7

Today we will visit one of the most incredible archaeological sites in Mesoamérica: Cantona. This place has more than sixteen ball courts! Then we will take the road to go to the magical village of Cuetzalan.


FEBRUARY 8

The Totonac culture is still alive in many senses. With the purpose of learning more about this culture, we will visit a cooperative to learn about the textiles and other items that they make. Then we will go to the archaeological site of Yohualichan, which has very similar characteristics to Tajin but in a smaller size.


FEBRUARY 9

Today will be the market day in Cuetzalan. It will feel like a time tunnel experience. Also we will visit the traditional museum and we will learn about the history of this beautiful place. We will have the opportunity to learn about the Voladores (Flyers), who “fly” while attached by ropes to a very tall pole, in their own context. The Danza de los Voladores is a good example of syncretism in the area.


FEBRUARY 10

On the way to Coatepec, we will stop in Xalapa to visit its unique museum, where we will learn about the pre-Hispanic cultures that were part of this region: the Olmecs, the Totonacs and the Huastecs.


FEBRUARY 11

Today we will visit a coffee plantation and we will taste the unique quality of the best coffee in México: the Coatepec coffee.


FEBRUARY 12

Today we will visit two archaeological sites: Cempoala & Quiahuiztlán with its extraordinary view of the Gulf of México, as well as the historical city of Antigua, the very first spot that was visited by Hernán Cortés.


FEBRUARY 13

We will first visit Tajin. After that we will return to México City. We will arrive at the International Airport by 4:30 p.m.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,450
To reserve your spot:$725
Balance (due by Jan 10, 2020):$725
*If you'd like a private room, add:$350


The tour includes:

    • Ground transportation from México City to Puebla/Veracruz and return
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily continental breakfast at the hotel
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • Horseback riding at the Valle de Piedras Encimadas
    • Three dinners, including the welcome dinner at Zacatlán de las Manzanas and the farewell dinner at Papantla.

It does not include:

    • Meals other than breakfasts and three dinners
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

Ready to reserve? Use the button below to go to our form. Questions? Contact us.  (If you need details about an alternative way to pay, we will be happy to help you.)


Currency conversion of $1,450 USD as of today:
MXN: $28,110
CAD: $1,926
EURO: $1,312