(Mexico City, Patzcuaro, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende)
From the manic pace of Mexico City’s bustling streets to the rare beauty of peaceful mountain villages, Mexico boasts a rich colonial history and vibrant cultural life that is ripe for exploration.
Feel the centuries peel away as you explore the historic plazas, Aztec ruins and magnificent colonial architecture of Mexico City, the oldest capital on the American continent. Travel through the Desert of Lions en route to beautiful Patzcuaro, and visit the charming town of Tequila outside Guadalajara to learn the secrets of Mexico’s famous elixir. Guanajuato is one of the prettiest cities in all of Mexico, and you’ll wander among the enchanting facades of its many colonial monuments including the fascinating Museum of the Mummies. You're sure to be seduced by the beauty of the mountain village of San Miguel de Allende where a range of optional activities await.
From rapelling down sheer cliffs to picturesque hot air balloon rides and stunning natural hikes, you’ll witness the beauty of Mexico from every angle. You’ll stay in a collection of boutique hotels that have been carefully selected to immerse you in the colonial legacy of Mexico’s most historic cities and beautiful villages, and your team of experienced local guides and private drivers will share with you the authentic flavors, art and cultural traditions of this rich country.
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Today you will be met by your driver outside of customs (international flights) or after leaving the secured area of the terminal (domestic flights) and privately transferred to your Mexico City hotel.
Enjoy a privately guided tour of the World Heritage of Teotihuacan and the Historic city center including Templo Mayor archaeological site and special collections at the famous National Museum of Anthropology. You will be picked up in the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. for a full day privately guided tour with English speaking guide of the Teotihuacán Pyramids, the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Your guide will enhance your experience with expert explanations of the importance of the site and its place in the rich history of Mexico 's many layers of pre-Columbian civilizations. You will then continue on to the historic city center with visits to the Zocalo flanked by Mexico’s most important and impressive buildings including: The National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, a look from above into the Templo Mayor Aztec archeological site, the Palace of Fine Arts (admissions included). Time for lunch will be provided but this is not included in the cost.At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Patzcuaro via Morelia. The drive will take approximately 6 hours.
Patzcuaro is a cultural and artisan center for the State of Michoacan, Mexico. The original name was "Tzacapu-ansucutinpatzcuaro" that is translated as "door to heaven" or "place where the blackness begins". Patzcuaro is famous for its sidewalk cafes and great restaurants . Small and large market places line the plazas and ancient side streets. Woven tablecloths, trays, carved and finely painted furniture, and gold laminated handwork are among the treasures to be found in this colonial setting. Places that you will visit: Public Library, Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, Casa de los 11 patios, Basílica de la Salud. Entrances fees are included.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Guadalajara.
You will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM for a full day tour (6-8 hours) of the town of Tequila including a tour to one of its famous distilleries to learn how this tasty and powerful elixir is made from local agave plants. Learn more about the old and new processess of making the famous Mexican drink, Tequila. The most popular tours include Casa Herradura, La Cofradia and Mundo Cuervo.
Depart with private vehicle and bilingual guide for Chapala lake, approximately 60 minutes driving from Guadalajara City; during the trip you are provided with the information of past and present facts about the places you will visit. Once you get there, enjoy the impressive view of the biggest natural lake in Mexico, surrounded by mountains. Colorful little villages and towns with unique arts and crafts made by local people. Chapala town is the first place where you stop. Here you will have free time for walking around the town. Then continue your journey by car to the developments of Chula Vista, where there is a beautiful golf course and panoramic lake view, then you go to La Floresta. Both communities are surrounded by flowers all year and with a large number of lavish residences inhabited by some retired people mainly from USA and Canada. Ajijic, a picturesque town where you can walk, and this way discover other original crafts and artwork made by natives of this place, as well as international artists.The suggestion here is to have lunch(not included) at the restaurant "La Nueva Posada Ajijic", with a view of Chapala lake. Then, if you choose, follow the path along the shore of the lake to the town of "Jocotepec", later on end up in Guadalajara.
Enjoy a private vehicle transfer with guide from Guadalajara to San Miguel de Allende. On the way, you will enjoy a private guided city tour of Guanajuato including Hidalgo Market, Juarez Theatre and the Monument to the Pipila. The historic center of Guanajuato has a distinct European flavor with hundreds of narrow cobblestone callejones (alleyways) running up and down the hillside. Shady plazas are dotted with sidewalk cafés, museums, theaters, markets and historic monuments. The buildings throughout the city are fine examples of neoclassical- and baroque-style colonial architecture. An underground network of tunnels runs beneath the city helping to control the flow of traffic.
Later, explore the fascinating Museum of the Mummies. The Mummies of Guanajuato are a number of naturally mummified bodies interred during a cholera outbreak around Guanajuato, Mexico in 1833. These mummies were discovered in a cemetery located in Guanajuato, which has made the city one of the biggest tourist attractions in Mexico.
Meet your driver and enjoy your private half day tour with English speaking guide of San Miguel de Allende, a city and municipality located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Its Baroque/Neoclassical colonial structures were "discovered" by foreign artists who moved in and began art and cultural institutes such as the Instituto Allende and the Escuela de Bellas Artes. Entrance Fees to the exhibits are included.
Enjoy a private vehicle transfer with English speaking guide from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City.
On the way, you will stop for a city tour of Queretaro. The Centro Histórico (Downtown area) is considered a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, and it includes the Cerro del Sangremal (Hill of Sangremal), crowned by the Convent of the Holy Cross and the flat area on the east that extends into the Cerro de las Campanas. Visit some of the many museums of the city, from those traditional as the Art Museum, Regional Museum or some unusual museums like the Mathematics Museum. At the end of your tour, continue onwards to Mexico City.
Enjoy a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Mexico city.
Don't just stay near historic sites in Mexico - actually stay inside one when you visit the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton™ Mexico City hotel - Centro Historico. The hotel is a registered historic building featuring charming architecture dating back to the 1800s. Located less than five miles from the Benito Juarez International Airport, only two blocks from the Zocalo and Centro Historico of Mexico City, and within walking distance of the many historical, cultural and natural attractions of this international destination. This beautiful Mexico City, MX hotel features a spectacular six-story atrium with stained glass ceiling, and a rooftop patio overlooking Centro Historico.
Patzcuaro’s foremost accommodation, Casa de la Real Aduana Boutique Hotel is a small luxury hotel located in the heart of Colonial Patzcuaro. This stylish hotel is housed in a 16th century manor that has been designated a historical landmark, close to Patzcuaro’s celebrated lake, surrounded by Purhepecha Indian villages, pre-Hispanic pyramids and Colonial convents.
The architectural design of this horizontal complex, unique in its category, was the work of Don Luis Martínez Negrete. It takes advantage of the extensive greenery, with its 40,000 square meters (430,000 square feet) located on three hectares (7.5 acres) of gardens and recreational areas. This provides our visitors the sense of being in natural surroundings, with a sensation of freedom in the midst of an oasis of freshness and restfulness.
A cluster of historic buildings at the centre of the city, the charming luxury Belmond Casa De Sierra Nevada Hotel offers the ultimate Mexican experience. Cool, leafy gardens, stone arches and traditional wooden doors surround pretty courtyards lit by lanterns as night falls. Peaceful though this is—especially when within the tranquil Laja Spa—just step outside and you are surrounded by San Miguel de Allende’s many colors, scents and sounds.
Bob More ,
April 21, 2014
"Every detail was taken care of, and all connections were on time. We were extremely pleased, couldn't stop telling everyone about our great trip. Each room / hotel was better than the last. Wow great holiday!"
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica.
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Brian Blades ,
April 24, 2013
"Very prompt at getting information back to us and very helpful with any changes we wanted.
This trip was as good as the last trip we did with Kensington, could'nt have been any better. Our guides were excellent, especially Gerald.
Stephen Strom ,
April 22, 2013
"The transfers went flawlessly; the guides were all superb (knowledgable; thoughtful; sensitive; responsive to our needs). The recommended hotels were, with one exception (see below), also first rate and well matched to our needs and temperaments.
Our thanks for providing 3 wonderful guides: Gary Ortiz (Antigua); Carlos Antonio Lopez (Tikal and Yaxha); and Israel Canto (Belize). All of them understood that we have ‘peculiar’ tastes (for example: photographing lichen covered tree trunks while the magnificent structures at Tikal were but meters away!). It is really critical that guides not try to make sure that we see every ‘important’ thing, but recognize instead that ‘importance’ is very much a personal thing.
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