Colonial Mexico and Día de los Muertos
October 29 – November 3, 2016
Saturday, October 29
Travelers arrived in Mexico and transferred to the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, a Spanish Colonial hotel, comprised of six historic connecting mansions. Just a block away from El Jardín, the pulse of San Miguel de Allende, visitors were able to wander cobbled paths and lush courtyards.
Sunday, October 39
After resting up, travelers awoke and began a walking tour of the city, which is often referred to as a ‘walker’s paradise’. The religious and civic architecture charmed everyone, especially one of the most renowned churches in Mexico, the Parish of San Miguel the Archangel.
Designed by master stonemason Zeferino Gutierrez, the cathedral draws from Neo-Gothic European influences. Next, the travelers visited the home of national hero and central figure of the Mexican War of Independence, Don Ignacio Allende. The home is regarded as one of the finest examples of colonial architecture.
Monday, October 31
Visitors traveled to San Miguel’s neighboring city, Guanajuato, located only an hour from San Miguel. Nestled in a narrow valley, the city is brilliantly colored from its use of pink and green sandstone. The town is known for its large silver deposits, and its yearly celebration in early October, called Cervantino, which honors Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Later in the day, travelers completed their visit by touring artist Diego Rivera’s childhood home. World-renowned muralist and husband of Frida Kahlo, Diego began drawing when he was three years old and used the walls and furniture in his home as his canvas.
Tuesday, November 1
Finally, travelers experienced the Day of the Dead, a Mexican tradition that allows family and friends to gather in remembrance of loved ones who have passed. Private altars honoring the deceased are decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds, favorite foods, and even personal belongings. Bakeries all over the city work diligently to make Pan de Muerto, a traditional bread that will be placed on altars and consumed by families celebrating the holiday.
Wednesday, November 2
Travelers had the option to choose the day’s activity. They could either participate in a San Miguel market tour and private Sázon cooking class, or spend the day exploring the quaint, colonial city of Querétaro.
At the Sázon Cooking School, visitors were able to study the rich history of regional Mexican favorites. Participants toured the colorful San Miguel market and learned how to select the best produce before heading back to the kitchen.
In Querétaro, visitors learned of the important role the city held in Mexico’s history. Querétaro was founded by Franciscan monks in 1531, and later acted as the seat where the plan to win independence from Spain was hatched, as well as where the Mexican Constitution was signed. The city’s monuments and architecture are a testament to the city’s rich historical past, resonating with over 460 years of tradition.
Thursday, November 3
The adventure in San Miguel ended, and travelers either journeyed home or continued on the optional extension to Mexico City.