Our Lady of Guadalupe & Mexico Pilgrimage
29 APRIL – 6 MAY 2017
(Hotel de Mendoza* or similar)
Transfer with assistance at the hotel.
Day 2 Apr 30, Sunday
We begin our time in Mexico with mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan. You will also find the the abbey of Our Lady of Expectation of Zapopan which are a 17th-century Franciscan sanctuary built in downtown Zapopan, in the state of Jalisco, México. It is one of the most visited sanctuaries in Western Mexico, and it preserves a wooden Virgin considered a valuable relic of medieval origin, which came from Spain to New Galicia in the 16th century.
Following Mass, we head to Tlaquepaque for a city tour.
Day 3 May 1, Monday
(Hotel Mision Guanajuato* or similar)
Travel to Guanajuato via San Juan de los Lagos.
San Juan de los Lagos is a city and municipality located in the northeast corner of the state of Jalisco, Mexico, in a region known as Los Altos. It is best known as the home of a small image of the Virgin Mary called Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos or in Nahuatl Cihuapilli, which means “Great Lady.” The image is made of sugar cane paste and believed to have been brought to the area from Michoacán in the early 1500s. The first important miracle ascribed to the image dates to 1623. A family of acrobats had a show, which included “flying” over a field of spear points.
The seven-year-old daughter fell onto the spears during the act and immediately died. Local women brought the image to the body and prayed over it when the
child revived. This miracle made the image famous. Since then, many other miracles have since been attributed to her intercession, often related to recuperation from mortal danger or dangerous illnesses.
Mass at the Basilica of San Juan de Los Lagos
Day 4 May 2, Tuesday
Today we will visit the city of Guanajuato, cradle of Mexico’s Independence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a charming colonial-era city situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by the Sierra de Guanajuato mountains. Guanajuato is nicknamed “the place of frogs” because the shape of its mountainous terrain is said to have resembled a frog to the city’s early inhabitants.
The region is known as the Bajio, or heartland of Mexico. We will also tour San Miguel Allende where the Parish, Holy House Chapel and San Francisco Church is located. Mass at Guanajuato Cathedral.
Day 5 May 3, Wednesday
Mexico City- Xochimilco
(Hotel Casa Blanca* or similar)
We will travel to the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas), and National Shrine of Mexico. Stop at the Plaza of Three Cultures, the baptismal site of St Juan Diego.
We tour the grounds and visit the Museum, which houses a collection of religious art done by Pilgrims in thanks for miracles performed.
It is here, at the ‘New’ Basilica, where we find the remains of the Palace of the Archbishop where, as Juan Diego unfurled his cloak filled with roses before the Bishop, the flowers fell to the ground and a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary appeared on the sackcloth. The Mantle has been lovingly preserved and is enshrined in the Basilica. We also visit the Chapel, built in the exact location where Juan Diego experienced his visions of the Virgin Mary. We then walk down to Tepeyac Gardens and its statues, symbolizing the union of the Aztecs and the Spanish Christian Mission.
Mass at the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe. Following Mass, we drive to Xochimilco. We arrive in peaceful Xochimilco and its floating gardens.
Day 6 May 4, Thursday
Mexico City- Teotihuacan
Following Mass at the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe, we visit the so-called City of the Gods, Teotihuacan. The remains of one of the most important civilisations in Mesoamerica. You will be amazed by the beautiful constructions and by the mystery kept within the wall of the Pyramid of the Sun, the Temple of Quetzalpapalotl, the Avenue of the Dead and the buildings surrounding them. Your visit to Teotihuacan will also include a tour of the Botanical Garden, which is located right next to the Pyramid of the Sun. This is an area dedicated to the preservation of around 60% of the flora of Mexico.
Day 7 May 5, Friday
(Hotel Monte Taxco* or similar)
We first stop in the town of Cuernava, the City of Eternal Spring, due to its perfect temperate climate. Here we visit the Cathedral of our Lady of Assumption, a former Franciscan monastery. Next we travel to the town of Taxco, known as the City in the Clouds. Taxco is famous for its silver items and jewellery as well as its colonial Mexican Art.
Mass at the Church of Santa Prisca.
Day 8 May 6 Saturday
Mexico City – Flight back home
Depart Taxco for Mexico city for flight home
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Hotel de Mendoza
Address: Calle Venustiano Carranza 16, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Phone: +52 33 3942 5151
Hotel Mision Guanajato
Address: Camino Antiguo a Marfil Km. 2.5, Noria Alta, 36050 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
Phone: +52 473 732 3980
Hotel Casa Blanca
Address: Lafragua 7, Tabacalera, 06030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Phone: +52 55 5096 4500
Hotel Monte Taxco
Address: Calle Alfredo Checa Curi S/N, Lomas de Taxco, 40210 Taxco, Gro., Mexico
Phone: +52 762 622 1300