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Milagros
Milagros are religious offerings and acts of devotion to Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother and the saints. The faithful offer Milagros as a reminder of a particular need or in gratitude for a prayer answered, as expressions of simple but deeply-felt faith. Let us contemplate these simple but devout acts and give thanks, as we travel on this spiritual journey through Mexico, and perhaps offer some Milagros ourselves.
Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Guanajuato,
San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City
6 Days - Mexico
Itinerary
Day 1: Depart on our flight to Zacatecas "super" early in the morning! Our Tour Director greets us and we transfer to our hotel. Enroute, the Aqueduct of El Cubo welcomes us to this beautiful colonial Mexican city. Enjoy breakfast and rest for the balance of the morning. Around 1PM, we depart for the city tour of Zacatecas, declared as a "Cultural Treasure of Humanity" in 1993 by UNESCO, because the people have preserved and restored so many ancient architectural and artistic monuments. We will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral built from the riches of local silver mines between 1729-1752. Overnight in Zacatecas.
Day 2: After breakfast, we travel to Fresnillo to visit the Santo Nino de Atocha. Here we will celebrate Mass at the Santuario de Plateros where we will see the Holy Child depicted as a traveler who is resting while carrying a basket in his left hand. This devotion has taken the Mexican people to a greater and more profound conviction in the love that Christ demonstrated to us in the mysteries of His infancy, which He associates to His Mother.

Then the afternoon leads us to Guanajuato, said by many to be Mexico’s most beguiling and beautiful city; it was declared a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO. Above ground, a labyrinth of narrow streets, alleyways, steep stairways and brick bridges wind up and down the city’s hillsides; in many ways, making Guanajuato feel more like a medieval village than a colonial town. Below ground is the city’s unique subterranean highway; in what was formerly a riverbed and later the city’s flood control canals, cars now swoop through stone-arched tunnels that meander under the city. We will visit La Basilica, a beautiful 17th century Baroque church painted in a striking yellow. Inside is the oldest piece of Christian art in Mexico: a jewel-studded wooden statue of the Virgin from the 8th century. The piece, which had been hidden in Spain from the Moors for over 800 years, was a gift from King Phillip II in thanks for the riches generated by Guanajuato’s silver mines. Overnight in Guanajuato.
Day 3: Our day starts with Mass at the Iglesia de San Cayetano, usually referred to as the Valenciana, high above the city located in the mining area. Then we continue our journey to the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, founded in 1542 by Fray Juan de San Miguel, a Franciscan monk. This city has retained its rich colonial charm with its cobblestone streets that surround the Plaza, where we will find an abundance of cafés, galleries and shops to our heart’s delight, and beautiful Spanish colonial mansions. Discover what artists have long been attracted to, the timeless beauty, which in recent years has made this town an artists colony. Overnight in San Miguel de Allende.
Day 4: After breakfast, we celebrate Mass at the Church of San Miguel followed by a brief city tour. Then we continue our journey to Mexico City, the country's capital. Upon arrival, we will have an opportunity to watch an entertaining Folklorico Ballet Show. Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 5: We start the day with a visit to the Plaza of the Three Cultures, the Church of Santiago in Tlatelolco where Bishop Zumárraga lived during the time of the apparitions and the baptismal site of Juan Diego, a humble Aztec Indian, named Cuauhtlatoa meaning "Singing Eagle" before his conversion and baptism, then to the small village of Tulpetlac, site of the 4th apparition where Our Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego’s uncle, Juan Bernardino. We then continue to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known affectionately as "La Villa", the most sacred spot in all of Mexico. Depending on the physical energy of the group, we may want to climb the Chapel of Tepeyac, the original site where Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in the winter of December 1531 asking him to build a Church. Juan Diego was one of the first natives who was evangelized in New Spain, who received from the Virgin an imprint on his tilma of Her image as Our Lady of Guadalupe, currently hanging in splendor above the main altar. The guide will give an introductory tour of the old and new Basilica and the surrounding grounds.

In the afternoon, we depart for Teotihuacan. Called the "Place Where Gods Are Made" by the Aztecs, this amazing thirteen square mile site is an archaeological treasure. See the Pyramid of the Sun, a massive 215 ft. high pyramid; the smaller but equally awesome Pyramid of the Moon; the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its striking, enormous ornamental snakehead; and the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, as you walk along the grand Avenue of the Dead. Overnight in Mexico City.
Day 6: After breakfast, we will celebrate Mass followed by a city tour of the Zocalo area with the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace. Time permitting, we will also visit the Church of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Dominicans in 1576, where the shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Covadonga can be found. Then we head to the airport for our flight back home.
Brother Steve Pardy, SVD making use of "extra" time before the bus leaves for the next city. Photo taken in Plateros, December 2008.
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