Explore Central Mexico with MEL! – Special Fundraising Tour

EXPLORE CENTRAL MEXICO WITH MEL

Tour No. I

3 NIGHTS GUANAJUATO & 4 NIGHTS SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

THURSDAY JANUARY 31 – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2019

This tour will be escorted by Joanna & Jorge Rosado, and Sergio Solis will be the guide. The trio has worked together since 1988, and many of their trips have been to the central states of the country. You’ll see that the culture, cuisine, music and folklore are quite different to all you have experienced in Yucatan… not to mention the weather!

 


2019 Rosado Tour of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende

The price below is for the deposit, the balance is due by December 15, 2018

<bChoose One, the booking deposit is per person



 

Guanajuato

DAY ONE: Thursday January 31: On our way

 

Depart Merida by air. All participants will book their own air travel; you can ask MEL’s tour organizing team to suggest flights that will have you arriving in Mexico City by 10:00 am. (Just in time to get on the bus to Guanajuato)

 

Right from the airport, we will board our chartered bus to Guanajuato; arriving at approximately 5:00 pm. Time (and Mexico City traffic) permitting, we will stop for lunch at a typical roadside diner.

 

Check-in at the Hotel Casa de los Poetas http://mesondelospoetas.com/2014/hotel.html

 

6:00 pm: Welcome cocktail at our hotel. Sergio will give an overview of the attractions we’ll see while on tour. This will also be a Q & A opportunity for all participants.

 

Free evening in Guanajuato (there are many restaurants nearby the hotel)

 

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Guanajuato Theater

 

DAY TWO: Friday February 1

 

8:00 – 10:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel… group participants can have their meal at any time during this 2 hour period… we’ll all appreciate a slow start after yesterday’s long travel day.

 

10.00 am – 1:00 pm: Sergio will take us on a walking tour of Guanajuato, the capital city of the state. We’ll see some of the main attractions:  Diego Rivera Museum, The Alhondiga, the Juarez Theater, the Pípila, and the Artisan Market

 

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Free time

 

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Jorge Rosado will give a talk on the history of the state of Guanajuato.

 

Following the talk, group members will have the rest of the evening to walk around town, have dinner or whatever.

 

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Guanajuato tunnels

 

DAY THREE: Saturday February 2

 

8:00 – 10:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel… group participants can have their meal at any time during this 2 hour period…another easy start today…

 

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: As Guanajuato has even narrower streets than Merida, today we will board smaller buses to tour areas that are not accessible to our BIG bus. The countryside is varied and one of the places we’ll visit is the city’s labyrinth of tunnels that follow a dried-up underground river bed; we’ll also see outlying neighborhoods, and one of Mexico’s oldest watersheds.

 

1:00 – 6:00 pm: Free time to shop or continue sightseeing

 

6:00 pm: Tonight we will stroll with minstrels through the city’s romantic narrow streets. Later, we’ll dine together at one of the restaurants on the main plaza, while mariachis and more minstrels serenade us… a fun way to spend out last night in the city.

 

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San Miguel de Allende

 

DAY FOUR: Sunday February 3

 

8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel. Today we must be ready to roll by 9:00 am because we’ll be travelling to San Miguel de Allende, stopping in two interesting towns along the way.

 

The first is Dolores Hidalgo, known as the birthplace of the Mexican Independence movement; it is also famous for its pottery… and yes, we will visit a Talavera factory while we are there.

 

The second town is Atotonilco, a UNESCO world heritage site. The church walls are completely covered with frescos that depict church history from the indigenous point of view.

 

3:00 pm: Check into Hotel Posada de la Aldea

http://posada-de-la-aldea.san-miguel-de-allendehotels.com/en/

 

6:00 pm: Sergio will escort our group to the main plaza, called El Jardin, and then you’ll have a free evening to discover this charming place at your own pace. There are countless dining and shopping opportunities in San Miguel de Allende.

 

 

Hearts of San Miguel

San Miguel restaurant

 

DAY FIVE: Monday February 4

 

8:00 – 10:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel. Group participants can have their meal at any time during this 2 hour period.

 

10.00 am – 1:00 pm: Walking tour of San Miguel. The group members will learn where all principal attractions are located.

 

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Free time

 

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Joanna Rosado will give a talk on the culture and art of San Miguel de Allende.

 

Following the talk, group members will have the rest of the evening to walk around town, have dinner or whatever.

 

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San Luis Potosi

 

DAY SIX: Tuesday February 5

8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will take a day trip to San Luis Potosi, and the bus leaves at 9 am sharp.

 

This colonial town is comparable in size to Merida, and like our city, it features a charming Centro which we will visit.

 

Between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, we’ll be back in San Miguel, and the evening will be yours to spend as you please.

 

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DAY SEVEN: Wednesday February 6

 

8:00 – 10:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel… group participants can have their meal at any time during this 2 hour period.

 

San Miguel shop

 

10:00 AM: This is our final day in San Miguel de Allende. Our walking tour will take us to the Biblioteca Publica, the Instituto Allende and Bellas Artes. These three cultural centers have been instrumental in shaping the town’s character. We will also visit Benito Juarez Park and its flower market. Our scheduled activities will end at 1:00 pm, so you’ll still have the rest of the afternoon and evening to revisit your favorite spots in San Miguel.

 

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DAY EIGHT: Thursday February 7

 

8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel… we must be ready to board the bus by 9:00 am because we’ll be travelling back to the Mexico City Airport today, arriving in time for our early evening flights.

 

On the way we will stop in Queretaro, another beautiful colonial city. There we’ll see a magnificent aqueduct, a large colonial convent, el Cerro de las Campanas (where Emperor Maximilian met his end).  We need to be careful of the time today because in Mexico City we may run into heavy traffic.

Queretaro

 

We recommend that all group participants reserve a return flight that departs Mexico City NO earlier than 7:00 pm.

 

Costs:

 

Single Occupancy:                             $1,350.00 USD per person

Double Occupancy:                            $950.00 USD per person

Triple Occupancy:                              $850.00 USD per person

 

Deposit: 50% at time of booking; Balance by December 15, 2018

2019 Rosado Tour of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende

The price below is for the deposit, the balance is due by December 15, 2018

<bChoose One, the booking deposit is per person



 

NOTE: These prices do NOT include airfare. This will cost approximately $200.00 USD return. The tour organizers can suggest the best flights.

 

In order to secure our rooms and properly prepare for this tour, the Merida English Library must receive a minimum of 25 reservations, with deposits, by July 1, 2018. So if you want to come along, don’t wait… reserve your place. All proceeds from this tour will go to the library’s expansion project.

 

  • The tour cannot take place if deposits are not in by the specified date.

 

Contact the Merida English Library to learn how you can make your deposit, the balance, and also to learn about the refund policy:

info@meridaenglishlibrary.com / http://www.meridaenglishlibrary.com/

 

The organizers wish to stress that this is a somewhat adventurous tour. Every effort has been made to keep costs down and enjoyment high. The hotel websites are available for prospective tour members to peruse, but all should be advised they are not 5 star properties. The bus will be comfortable and reliable.

 

LUGGAGE

 

Allowed luggage will be determined by the airline you use. Be sure to carefully check their policy with regards to this.

 

DOCUMENTATION

 

Tour participants must carry the following documentation:

 

  • A clear color copy of your valid passport
  • A photocopy of your medical and accident insurance. The organizers will not carry additional coverage beyond what that of the outsourced service providers
  • Your original migratory document
  • One additional piece of official photo ID

 

Please be aware that central Mexico is different from Yucatan. In an unfamiliar setting, everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings, and keep safe. Always carry valuables in a zipped pouch you can wear on your person, and do not leave your personal items unattended.

        

Gratuities:

 

A tip for the guide and driver is included in the tour price.

Gratuities for the breakfast waiters, bell boys and room maids are not included. We suggest you tip as follows:

Breakfast waiters: 20 pesos per person, left on the table

Bell boys: 20 pesos at check-in, 20 pesos at check-out, paid directly to the person who handles your bags

Room maids: 20 pesos per person per day, left in the room upon checkout.

 

Pre-departure Information Session:

 

In January 2019 (actual date to be announced) an information session will be held for the group participants. A slide presentation will showcase the different places we’ll be visiting. This will also be an opportunity to meet one another and ask any additional questions you may have.

 

Upon final payment of the tour, all participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver, stating their agreement with all terms and conditions of the tour:

 

PLEASE REMEMBER…

 

  • These prices quoted do NOT include airfare. The cost of a Merida –Mexico City return ticket is about $200.00 USD.
  • If you are paying for your tour in pesos, the USD/MEX rate of exchange on the day you make your transaction will be applied. Should a drastic currency fluctuation occur, the tour cost will be adjusted. If you should need to cancel your place on the tour, you will be refunded in pesos, using the exchange rate on the day of your initial purchase.

 

We hope you will join us! We’re sure you’ll enjoy yourself… If you have further questions, please visit the library website:  http://www.meridaenglishlibrary.com/  or contact Nancy Walters at nancy.tours.2019@gmail.comWe will be pleased to help you:

 

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