Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage
July 15 – 25 | $5789 per person
Day 1 Transfer to Hotel in Mexico city
Arrive in Mexico. Check into hotel.
Day 2 City tour and Shrine of Guadalupe
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
Day 3 Plaza of the 3 Cultures, Shrine of Guadalupe and Pyramids of Teotihuacan
The Plaza de las Tres Culturas (“Square of the Three Cultures”) is the main square within the Tlatelolco neighbourhood of Mexico City. The name “Three Cultures” is in recognition of the three periods of Mexican history reflected by buildings in the plaza: pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent nation. The plaza, designed by Mexican architect and urbanist Mario Pani, was completed in 1966
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 4 Guanajuato via Via San Miguel de Allende
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 Guadalajara, Guanajuato city tour, Cristo Rey at Cerro del Cubilete and 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
Cerro del Cubilete is one of the most historically important religious shrines in Mexico and marks the country’s geographical center. The current structure and base for the 23 metres (75 ft) statue was created by artist Nicholas Mariscal in 1944 to honour the struggle of the Cristeros.
In the words of former Mexican President Vicente Fox, the statue serves as a “rebuke to the suppressors of religious freedom” who sought to quash the Church during the persecution of Christians in Mexico during the first half of the twentieth century
Day 6 In Guadalajara, Jalisco, City tour, Zapopan and Tlaquepaque
We begin our day with mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan. You will also find 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 7 Morelia, city tour visiting Cathedral and Guadalupita
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. The city is in the Guayangareo Valley and is the capital and largest city of the state. The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the Purépecha and the Matlatzinca, but no major cities were founded in the valley during this time. The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s.
In 1991, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center
Day 8 Cuernavaca
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
Day 9 Acapulco via Taxco city
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.
Acapulco, is a city, municipality and major seaport in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of Mexico City. Acapulco is located on a deep, semicircular bay and has been a port since the early colonial period of Mexico’s history. It is a port of call for shipping and cruise lines running between Panama and San Francisco, California, United States
Day 10 Acapulco, at leisure
Enjoy a free day in Acapulco at your own leisure
There is a small museum called Casa de la Máscara (House of Masks) which is dedicated to masks, most of them from Mexico, but there are examples from many parts of the world. The collection contains about one thousand examples and is divided into seven rooms called Masks of the World, Mexico across History, The Huichols and the Jaguar, Alebrijes, and Dances of Guerrero, Devils and Death, Identity and Fantasy, and Afro-Indian masks.
The Botanical Garden of Acapulco is a tropical garden located on lands owned by the Universidad Loyola del Pacífico. Most of the plants here are native to the region, and many, such as the Peltogyne mexicana or purple stick tree, are in danger of extinction.
Day 11 Transfer to Mexico City Airport, end of pilgrimage
At the end of the pilgrimage, you will be transported to the Mexico City Airport, en route to your home sweet home.