Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage to Mexico

A 7-Day Pilgrimage to Mexico City, Puebla & Tlaxcala
With: Fr. Isnardo Serrano Rodriguez, C.OR. (Pastor of Immaculate Concepcion in Sacramento, CA)
September 29 - October 5, 2016

Trip Itinerary:*


Day 1. Thursday, September 29: Overnight flight from San Francisco to Mexico City


Day 2. Friday, September 30: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe & Teotihuacan Pyramids

Upon arrival to Mexico City airport, your tour escort transfers you to your private motor-coach. What a wonderful way to start your pilgrimage praying before the famous Tilma of St. Juan Diego at one of the world’s most revered shrines – the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Within the complex, you will visit the first hermitage, the Indian Chapel, the Holy Water Well Chapel, the original Basilica, and Tepeyac Hill where the apparitions took place. Continue for a visit to Teotihuacan, one of the most impressive cities of the ancient world. A colossal urban center once housed up to 125,000 people and covered over 8 square miles, destroyed in 650 AD. Admire the imposing pyramids of the Sun and of the Moon, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Return to Mexico City for dinner and overnight. (L, D)


Day 3. Saturday, October 1: Mexico City – Puebla

This morning travel to Puebla, best known for the beautiful Talavera tiles that adorn its walls, domes, and interiors. Upon arrival, your guided sightseeing tour includes Puebla’s magnificent Cathedral to admire its magnificent octagonal altar; the Church of St. Dominic and its incomparable Holy Rosary Chapel, considered to be the eighth wonder of the art world; the hidden convent of St. Monica, used to hide nuns during the years of clerical persecution after the 1857 Reform Laws; the miraculous image of Our Lord of Wonders, most venerated by the locals because of His many miracles; and the Church of St. Francis to pay homage to the incorrupt body of St. Sebastian of Aparicio, a Spanish colonist in Mexico, who after a lifetime as a rancher and road builder entered the Order of Friars Minor as a lay brother. Enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, visit a ceramic workshop to see how the Talavera ceramic is produced. Dinner and overnight in Puebla. (BB, L, D)


Day 4. Sunday, October 2: Puebla – Tlaxcala – Mexico City

This morning travel to Tlaxcala, one of Mexico’s colonial treasures. Visit the Old Franciscan Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption, one of the first convents built in Mexico. It was here that the main tribal chiefs were baptized. Continue to visit the twin-towered Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan, where Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego Bernardino in 1541 and left a miraculous spring and a wooden statue representing her Immaculate Conception. Admire her perfectly preserved image burned into the tree; since then, Our Lady of Ocotlan has been a place of pilgrimage. Afterwards, travel to Mexico City for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)


Day 5. Monday, October 3: Mexico City: Downtown

Begin your day with a visit to the Holy Family Church to pray before the tomb of Blessed Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr. Fr. Pro spent most of his priestly life in secret ministry due to Mexican government’s prohibition of public worship. He was arrested and assassinated without trial during the Cristero War. Continue with a guided sightseeing of the main churches and buildings of downtown Mexico City. Begin with the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Latin America and the resting place of Bishop Zumarraga; he was the first Bishop of Mexico, and he was also known as the Protector of Indians. Next to it, see the archaeological excavations of the Main Aztec Temple. Walk to the Enseñanza Church, a late 18th-century Baroque church with a dazzling gold altarpiece that houses Our Lady of the Pillar. Next ,visit the Profesa Church, established by the Society of Jesus in the late 16th century. Continue to the Church of St. Philip of Jesus, built to expiate for all the destruction and crimes committed against the Catholic Church in Mexico. Finally visit the Church of St. Francis, one of the largest monasteries in Mexico. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy time to shop at a handicraft market. (BB, L, D)


Day 6. Tuesday, October 4: Mexico City: San Angel, Coyoacan and Xochimilco

After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the colonial well-preserved Coyoacan and San Angel towns, at one time on the outskirts of Mexico City. Coyoacan was one of the most famous conquerors’ residential areas. Visit its 16th-century St. John the Baptist Church and its ex-convent and admire their premises and paintings. In San Angel District, visit the modern Altillo Church, which houses in its crypt the remains of the mystic Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (1862-1937). Nearby visit the Convent of the Sisters of the Cross, where Venerable Concepcion spent the last years of her life. Next to the Convent, visit the religious art museum of El Carmen, once a monastery and church; today it displays furniture, paintings and historical objects from the colonial period. Then, on to Xochimilco, the Aztec floating gardens, for a boat ride with mariachis playing traditional Mexican music. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)


Day 7. Wednesday, October 5: Chapultepec – Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine – Flight back to San Francisco

This morning, visit the Anthropological Museum at Chapultepec Park, a world-renowned collection of archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian era. Then make a farewell visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, before departing from Mexico City’s airport to San Francisco. (BB, Boxed Lunch)



Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D)



* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.



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