Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Discovering El Antiguo Camino Real By Horse (7 days)

Journey Mexico

Cuernavaca, Mexico To Mexico City, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas​ None

Arrival Day to Mexico

At arrival your privatedriver will be waiting to welcome you to Mexico City and transfer you to your hotel just outside Cuernavaca in the beautiful countryside.

Overnight: Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas

Day 2
Cuernavaca, Mexico
: Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas​ None

Horseback Riding and Taxco

Enjoy the tranquility of a guided horseback ride through rivers, sugar cane fields and natural springs. This afternoon you will go on a privately guided city tour excursion to the Mexican Magical town of Taxco. Located in the hills, Taxco is one of the oldest mining sites located in the Americas and it has retained its natural charm with its colonial ambiance, red-tiled roofs, cobble-stoned, narrow winding streets and the towering, impressive 240 year old Santa Prisca Catheral.

Overnight: Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas

Day 3
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas​ None

Xochicalcao and Cuernavaca

Early today meet your guide for a privately guided tour of Xochicalco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of central Mexico’s most important archaeological sites. The collection of white stone ruins represent the various cultures – Tlahuica, Toltec, Olmec, Zapotec, Mixtec and Aztec – for which Xochicalco was a commercial, cultural and religious center.

The journey continues to Cuernavaca, known as “the city of eternal springs” for a brief visit of the Historic City Center. After free time for lunch, head back to Hacienda San Gabriel to enjoy rest of evening on property.

Overnight: Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas

Day 4
San Miguel Allende, Mexico
Rancho Sol Dorado​ None

Tepotzotlán and San Miguel Allende

Your journey begins northwest towards San Miguel de Allende. En route stop for a guided tour at Tepotzotlán, a beautiful Mexican Magical Town that held one of colonial-era most important examples of religious architecture, from the facade of the San Francisco Javier Church to the Camarin de la Virgen (Chapel of the Virgin). Take time to shop artisan works and admire how the audacious hands of indigenous artists majestically transformed wood, mortar, quarry stone, and metal into works of beauty. After lunch your journey continues toward San Miguel De Allende to check into the lovely Rancho del Sol Dorado, located the countryside. The ranch is nestled among mature huizache and mezquite trees lies and features full horseback riding facilities where you can experience true country living in the heart of old Mexico in a community that dates back 300 years.

Overnight: Rancho Sol Dorado

Day 5
San Miguel Allende, Mexico
Rancho Sol Dorado​ None

Horse Back Riding Excursion & Afternoon San Miguel De Allende City Tour

Today you will discover old Mexico by riding through the countryside, practicing your riding skills and your Spanish at the same time. Enjoy an guided horseback along the majestic Antiguo Camino Real, where you’ll have a beautiful view of the Guanajuato Sierra and the Golden Corridor of San Miguel De Allende. Trek through some old hacienda remains, native villages and old 450 year chapels. If luck should shine, you can see native Mexican Eagles soaring in the open blue sky! Encounter locals herding their livestock and an occasional family of piglets.

After returning for some moments to rest, later meet your guide for a private excursion to beautiful San Miguel de Allende. Embark on a brisk walking tour of the colorful, art-filled city center where the history and lore oare intertwined with Mexico´s Independence Movement, and the energy and spirit of freedom of expression have continued on in the lively creative enclave of modern day San Miguel.

Overnight: Rancho Sol Dorado

Day 6
Guanajuato, Mexico
Rancho Sol Dorado None

Guanajuato and La Valencia

Today starts with a full day excursion to Guanajuato City. On arrival explore the colorful city center. Guanajuato’s history is as rich as its mines and with your guide, you will enjoy a walking tour of the historic landmarks. Explore La Valenciana and its templo to learn more about the Colonial Era and importance of these silver mining towns that made Guanajuato rich.

Overnight: Rancho Sol Dorado

Day 7
Mexico City, Mexico
None None

Departure Day

Today meet your private Transfer from San Miguel de Allende to Queretaro Airport (1:12 hrs) or Mexico City (3:30 hrs) to take your flight back home.

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Description

Discover the Antiguo Camino Real, the original trail Spanish Conquistadors used to transport silver and treasures, with stays at a vintage Hacienda in Morelos and a authentic Rancho in Guanajuato.

This one week itinerary explores the interesting history of silver and the importance it plays in Mexico’s history. Visit the charming town of Taxco, one of the oldest mining sites in the Americas, discover Guanajuato and La Valencia Mine, and horseback ride through the old Camino Real used by the Spanish.

About Us

Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry

Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
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Great Customer Service

By: JJT


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

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By: Magritte's Hat


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

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By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.

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By: kerri


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

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By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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By: DSL


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

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By: Kane


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Perfect

By: KZB


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones