Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout the day; city streets. Getting on/off a bus; short transfers.
At the hotel, we will have a plated hot breakfast plus coffee, tea, juice, water.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. All transportation will be provided via bus unless specified otherwise. An instructor will conduct all sessions in the classroom; a certified expert will lead field trips and excursions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will then be joined in the hotel conference room by a local expert for an introduction to the history of Guanajuato. This World Heritage Site is located in a narrow valley with a colonial town center built primarily from green and pink sandstone. Thanks to the plentiful mines in the area, Guanajuato became increasingly influential during the colonial era and was the site of the first battle of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. We will then set out into the historic center of Guanajuato with our local expert via bus. After getting dropped off, we will walk to visit the Teatro Juarez for the opportunity to see the majestic and splendid interior. Since its inauguration in 1903, it has been the center and the headquarters of the most important artistic events in the city. Continuing our walk, we’ll see the main building of the Universidad de Guanajuato – one of the oldest and more prestigious universities in Latin America, founded in 1945. Today the university has several campuses around the state.
At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated 3-course meal featuring Mexican cuisine with soup, a main dish, and dessert, plus coffee, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Returning to the hotel, we will begin our introduction to the history of Mexico. This multipart presentation will cover the history of Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the modern day including segments on the Mayan and Aztec civilizations, the Spanish conquistadors, the Mexican Revolution, and more. Prior to dinner in our private meeting room, we’ll enjoy a social hour, with a cocktail, to become acquainted with more of the group.
After a short ride to a local favorite, family-owned restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated 3-course meal including salad, a main dish, dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.