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.
      • Enjoying the popular religiosity during the Holy Week in San Luis Potosí, especially being part of the “Procesión del Silencio
      • 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
      • Staying in a beautiful colonial city, San Luis Potosí, while enjoying the activities of the Easter Holy Week
      • Visiting Real de Catorce, often considered to be a ghost town
      • Learning about the differences of the Huichol culture and the importance of the 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. Then we will be part of the most important celebration in San Luis Potosí: the Procesión del Silencio. Most of the buildings turn off their lights, with streetlights dimming as well to allow the candles held by the Procession participants to shine brighter, giving the whole downtown a church-like atmosphere. Reverence and solemnity are present too. Even though thousands of spectators line the streets, no one will speak during the hours of the Procession, giving it its name.


      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: $29,620
      CAD: $2,034
      EURO: $1,363