Pilgrimage to Mexico
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe & Mexico City
Cristo Rey Statute And Saint Jose Luis Sanchez Del Rio In Mexico
Group Leaders: Kirk & Cami Adams
September 17 - 25, 2018
Your trip includes
- Roundtrip Airfare from
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 4 nights: September 17 - 21: Galleria Plaza, Mexico City
- ~ 1 night: September 21 - 22: Camino Real, Guanajuato
- ~ 2 nights: September 22 - 24: Real de Minas, San Miguel Allende
- ~ 1 night: September 24 - 25: Galleria Plaza, Mexico City
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast daily at your hotel
- Lunch daily at local restaurants
- Dinner daily at your hotel or local restaurants
- Glass of Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Meal and beverages not mentioned
- Tips to your guide & driver
Monday, September 17: Depart for Mexico City
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your flight(s) to Mexico City. Upon arrival, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to your hotel. Enjoy free time before celebrating Mass and dinner. Overnight in Mexico City. Welcome Mass at the Church Holy Child of Peace (according to arrival hours).
Tuesday, September 18: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
After breakfast, transfer to the Shrine of Our Lady of Gua- dalupe (Patroness of the Americas), by way of the Plaza of the Three Cultures. We will visit the Church of Santiago Tlatelolco where St. Juan Diego was baptized. This plaza is important as it symbolizes the unique blend of pre- Hispanic, and Hispanic cultures that make up Mexico. Continue to the Shrine of Guadalupe built in response to Our Lady's request to the visionary, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Upon arrival at the Shrine, you will cele- brate Mass as you marvel at the brilliantly colored Basili- ca. Following Mass, you will join the other pilgrims as you kneel in front of the "Tilma", where Our Lady's image was miraculously imprinted. Following this visit, you will make your way to San Juan Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to mythology, this site was cho- sen to be the center of the universe, and from then it be- came a prominent political and religious center from the second century until the ninth century. While in San Juan Teotihuacan, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the Archaeological zone. We will view the pyramids of the Sun and Moon and know more about how the Aztecs used to work the ob- sidian stone and the multiple use of the Maguey Plant. Your fun-filled busy day will culminate with a delicious dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Wednesday, September 19: Mexico City
This morning, your day will begin with breakfast, followed by Mass at the Holy Family Church, where you will view the tomb of Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr. In a time of great religious persecutions, Fr. Pro was exiled from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. However, he returned to Mexico and was aided by a secret minis- try who helped him hide from authorities. During his time in Mexico, he assisted many individuals in their spiritual, as well as temporal, needs. Although he helped many, he was eventually arrested and killed by authorities. While at this church, you may pray to this great martyr who remained filled with the joy of serving Our Lord even in the midst of very difficult times. We will also visit the small but very inspiring Museum dedicated in honor of Father Pro. Time for a prayer and a special blessing. After this visit, you will tour the oldest and largest cathedral in all of Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout your time in the cathedral, you will become overwhelmed by the stunning paintings, altar pieces, and statues. Your tour continues with a transfer to the National Palace. This extraordinary palace has been a building of the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Em- pire's rule. During this visit we will be able to view some amazing murals painted by Diego Rivera. Continue our day with a visit to the Plaza of Santo Domingo. This plaza con- tains two Holy places that are architecturally exquisite; the Church of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Do- minicans in 1576 and; the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, the first Rosary Shrine in Mexico. additionally you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga, the headquarters of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. This Shrine is dedicat- ed to the Patron Saint of Asturias (Spain). Return back to your hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner and rest before the next day of activities.
Thursday, September 20: Excursion to San Miguel de los Milagros and Puebla
A fun-filled day is ahead. Spectacular drive to what is known as Mexico's most beautify city Puebla. On your ride, you will climb to over 10,000ft above sea level, and view two mag- nificent peaks; one that is covered with snow and the other that is an active volcano. Stop in Tlaxcala to visit the Shrine of San Miguel Del Milagro. Holy Mass will be celebrated up- on the site where St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631. Next we head to Puebla, where a typi- cal lunch is waiting for us. Following lunch visit Puebla's Ca- thedral St. Dominic's Church, and its Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Sebastian of Aparicido. Return to Mexico City for dinner and overnight.
Friday, September 21 2017: Mexico City – Cerro del Cubilete – Guanajuato (4,5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, we will check out and leave towards the State of Guanajuato (4,5hrs drive aprox). We will stop at the Cerro del Cubilete. El Cerro de Cubilete (Cubilete Hill) is located in the heartland of Mexico, Marvel at the towering Cristo Rey (Christ the King) statue, a 20m (65 feet) monu-mental sculpture, religious site and museum situated atop the summit of Cubilete Hill, and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. The statue faces the city of Leon and can be seen for miles. Erected in 1950, the bronze Christ the King (Cristo Rey) statue is one of the most historically important religious shrines in Mexico. It replaces a smaller statue that originally occupied the same spot atop the hill and was destroyed during the Cris-teros War, an uprising against the Mexican government over anti-Catholic provi-sions added to the Mexican constitution during the first half of the 20th century. Today, the Christ the King statue is a favorite Guanajuato attraction. Its history and location at the heart of the country hold significant importance for the people of Mexico and each year in early January thousands of people make the pilgrimage to the shrine to celebrate the Epiphany. The statue represents the figure of Jesus standing with his arms outstretched and an angel at either side, one holding a crown of thorns and the other a royal crown. The spherical building that serves as the base of the statue was built in art deco style and houses a circular altar. Possibility to say Mass at the Cerro del Cubilete. After the visit, we will drive to the beautiful city of Guanajuato and guided visit of the City. In the very heart of Mexico, the lovely old city of Guanajuato - has long been a opular destination for non-Mexicans, whether for vacationing or as permanent resi-dents. Thanks to its valley location, Guanajuato's streetscape is one of narrow winding lanes and alleys often suitable only for pedestrian traffic due to their width and flights of steps, some of them even located underground. Adding to this delightful UNESCO World Heritage Site cityscape are numerous small plazas, colonial-era mansions, and churches built using pink or green sandstone, along with many excellent museums and art. Dinner and overnight in Guanajuato.
Saturday, September 22: Guanajuato – Sahuayo de Morelos (3h 45min) – San Miguel Allende (4hrs)
After breakfast, we will leave to Sahuayo de Morelos and visit the Parish of Santiago Apostel and get to know more about St. José Luis Sanchez del Rio. The remains of Jose Luis rest in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in his hometown. He was beatified on November 20, 2005, in the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. People have given him the title of ‘The Martyr of Sahuayo’ and “The Martyr of Christ the King.” He has been a great inspiration to boys everywhere. Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to him on January 21, 2016, allowing for his canonization to take place; a date was determined at a consistory on March 15, 2016 and he was proclaimed to be a saint on October 16, 2016. José Sánchez del Río was born on 28 March 1913 in Sahuayo, Michoacán, Mexico. Wanting to defend the faith and rights of Catholics, he followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers and asked his mother for permission to join the Cristeros. She object-ed, telling him that he was too young. “Mama”, he replied, “do not let me lose the opportunity to gain Heaven so easily and so soon”. On 5 February 1928 the young boy was captured during a battle and imprisoned in the church sacristy. In order to terrorize him, soldiers made him watch the hanging of one of the other captured Cristeros. But José encouraged the man, saying, “You will be in Heaven before me. Prepare a place for me. Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon”. In prison, he prayed the Rosary and sang songs of faith. He wrote a beautiful letter to his mother telling her that he was resigned to do God’s will. José’s father attempted to ransom his son, but was unable to raise the money in time. On 10 February 1928 the teenager was brutally tortured and the skin of the soles of his feet was sheered off; he was then forced to walk on salt, followed by walking through the town to the cemetery. The young boy screamed with pain but would not give in. At times the soldiers stopped him and said, “If you shout, “Death to Christ the King’, we will spare your life”. But he answered: “Long live Christ the King! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe!”. Once he arrived at the cemetery, José was asked once more if he would deny his faith. The 14 year old shouted out: “Long live Christ the King!”, and was summarily shot. – Vatican beatification biography. Lunch in Sahuayo and in the afternoon we will drive to San Miguel Allende. Dinner and overnight.
Sunday, September 23: San Miguel Allende
After breakfast, we will check out one of the most pretty cities in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico and in 2008 it was recognized, along with the Sanctuary of Jesus of Atotonilco, as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its attractive and cosmopolitan appearance makes it one of the favorite destinations for art enthusiasts. There is plenty of sites to visit, and they all stand out the city’s historical and architectural heritage. One of the sites we will see is the San Miguel Arcangel Par-ish. It has become the hallmark of the city. It is a beautiful temple of the end of the century. Other must places in San Miguel de Allende are the handicraft market of the city or the archeological zone of Cañada la Virgen. In the market there is a sample of the local craftsmanship made of metals, papier ma-che, blown glass and more. Its cobbled streets, wooded courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors will enchant you; perhaps that is the reason why CN Travel declared it one of the twenty-five best cities chosen by the travelers. Dinner and overnight in San Miguel Allende.
Monday, September 24: Miguel Allende – Queretaro - Mexico City (4,5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, we will check out and before leaving San Miguel Allende we will visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco a church complex and a World Heritage Site, The complex was built in the 18th century by Father Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro, who, according to tradition, was called upon by a vision of Jesus with a crown of thorns on his head and carrying a cross. The main feature of the complex is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels. The mural work has led the complex to be dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of Mexico. The complex remains a place of worship and penance to this day, attracting as many as 5,000 visitors every week. We will continue to Queretaro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is renowned for its outstanding 17th and 18th century colonial architecture and beauty. We will visit the beautiful city center and the Convent of the Holy Cross (Convento de la Santa Cruz) particularly famous for being the site where the Spanish conquest of Queretaro ended in 1531. During the battle between Spaniards and the indigenous people, a vision of a cross appeared in the sky. With both sides awestruck, the battle ended immediately. A replica of that cross, carved in stone, is today suspended above the main altar of the church. Coincidentally, thorns in the perfect shape of a cross grow on an extremely rare ancient tree found in the garden of the convent. In the afternoon we will drive back to Mexico City. Dinner and overnight in Mexico City.
Tuesday, September 25: Return back to the U.S.
According to flight departure times we might return to say Good Bye to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Transfer to the Airport, departure.
*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a con- tract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.