Day 1 – 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 some free time before celebrating Mass and dinner. Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 2 – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Juan Teotihuacan
After breakfast, you will depart for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas), by way of the Plaza of the Three Cultures. You will first visit the Church of Santiago Tlatelolco where St. Juan Diego was baptized. The plaza is important as it symbolizes the unique blend of the pre-Hispanic, and Hispanic cultures that makeup 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 celebrate Mass as you marvel at the brilliantly colored Basilica. After Mass, join 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 chosen to be the center of the universe, and from then on, it became 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. View the pyramids of the Sun and Moon and learn how the Aztecs used to work the obsidian stone and the multiple uses of the Maguey Plant. Your busy day will culminate with a delicious dinner and an overnight.
Day 3 – 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 religious persecution, Fr. Pro was exiled from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. However, he returned to Mexico and was aided by a secret ministry who helped him hide from authorities. During his time in Mexico, he assisted many individuals in their spiritual, as well as temporal, needs. He was eventually discovered, arrested and killed by authorities. While at the Holy Family Church, you may pray to this great martyr who remained filled with joy of serving Our Lord even in the midst of difficult times. You will also visit the small but very inspiring Museum dedicated in honor of Father Pro. After this visit, you will tour the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout your time in the cathedral, you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful paintings, altarpieces, and statues. Your tour continues with a transfer to the National Palace. This magnificent palace has been a building of the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Empire’s rule. During this visit, you will be able to view some amazing murals painted by Diego Rivera. You will then visit to the Plaza of Santo Domingo. This plaza contains two Holy places that are architecturally exquisite; the Church of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Dominicans 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. The Shrine is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Asturias (Spain). Return to your hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Excursion to Puebla
A fun-filled day is planned. Enjoy a spectacular drive to what is known as Mexico’s most beautiful city – Puebla. On your ride, you will climb to over 10,000 feet above sea level, and view two magnificent peaks; one that is covered with snow and the other that is an active volcano. Upon arrival in Puebla, a typical cultural lunch is waiting. After lunch, visit Puebla’s Cathedral St. Dominic’s Church, and its Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, along with the 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.
Day 5 – Church of Tulpetlac – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
After breakfast, transfer to the Church of the 5th Apparition, where the Blessed Virgin Maria de Guadalupe appeared to Juan Bernardino, Juan Diego’s uncle. Here you can find a well of healing water which locals drink from. Next, a return visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to attend Mass. Free time in the afternoon before dinner and overnight in Mexico.
Day 6 – Return to USA
After breakfast and fond farewells to new friends, you will transfer to the airport for the return flights home.
Pilgrimage Tour Price:
$2,299 from Houston
$2,399 from Miami (just click on the link above and add Miami departure)