Tours - Your Host Inn Cuernavaca
PERSONALIZED TOURS

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION - PERSONALIZED TOURS

 

YOUR HOST INN CUERNAVACA offers a number of day trip tours to surrounding places of touristic interest.  Your driver/guide has over 30 years experience giving quality service, speaking Spanish and English, studying and traveling throughout Mexico.

 

Your Chevrolet Van has air conditioning and seats six besides the driver.  Each base price per person includes all car expenses, tolls, parking, etc. Admissions (when applicable) are not included.

 

Day trips are calculated on the basis of 8 hours.  Extra hours are charged at $20 per hour. When there are six persons traveling, the price for each one has approximately a 15% discount compared to the individual price for a group of four people. It is customary to pay the guide's entrance fee and lunch.

 

1. ORIENTATION TO CUERNAVACA, SHOPPING AND   LUNCH  

 

Based on 4-6 people. about 4 or 5 hours. $20 each + lunch. (BASIC MINIMUM $80)


We start with a walking visit through the main city MARKET.   The market is filled with an abundance of exotic produce and spices including raw chocolate beans once used as currency by the ancient Aztecs. There is a section for crafts, leather goods, flowers, pottery and supplies of medicinal plants and teas.   Do you want to see the butchers who display pig’s heads, feet, and tripe? After the market we visit several shops in different parts of the city which feature designer clothing made of unbleached cotton, crafts, pewter, and a variety of gift items and souveniers. LUNCH is at the famous Mexican restaurant“COLORINES” with authentic, quality Mexican food in a typical atmosphere.  Highly recommended.


2. TEPOZTLAN AND TLAYACAPAN     

 

Four people at $35 each + lunch= $140 or  six people at  $30 + lunch =$180  (BASIC MINIMUM $140)        
Tepoztlan is a fascinating village ringed by mountains with a charming church and ex-monastery.  You may hike up to the Tepozteco pyramid and take in the panoramic view of the volcanic cliffs and mountains.   The market itself displays a great variety of food, ranging from local produce to the traditional cecina (paper thin sliced salt-cured meat) and wonderful cornmeal-based snacks, to clothing and arts & crafts. During the week the market is relatively calm, but on weekends it is a lively place to wander around and take in the Mexican atmosphere. Construction of Tepoztlan's 16th Century Dominican Cathedral was terminated in 1580, under the supervision of Architect Francisco Becerra.  The ex-convent attached to the church houses an excellent regional museum.  The gated entrance to the churchyard has been decorated with indigenous motifs made from corn, beans and seeds.

    Tlayacapan also has an interesting church contemporary with the time of Cortez and a curious small museum with some mummies of early aristocratic Spaniards which were discovered under the floor of the main chapel.     The ancient town of Tlayacapan is now famous for earthenware pottery which is displayed in front of numerous shops and homes and on the streets throughout the neighborhoods.


3. XOCHICALCO  ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE AND VISIT TO THE HISTORIC  HACIENDA VISTA HERMOSA FOR A BUFFET LUNCH.    

 

Four people at $35 each + lunch=$140 (BASIC MINIMUM)  or   six people at $30 + lunch.= $180    Admission to the ruins and lunch is approximately $20 per person.


Xochicalco is an archaeological site dating from the Toltec era, with an excellent museum and a view across the valleys of Morelos. The name means "the place of the house of flowers". Xochicalco was a fortified city that stood proudly on a mountaintop. Its short existence dates from 650 AD to 900 AD.  This indigenous Toltec city has beautiful stone carvings of feathered serpents one the sides of the main pyramid. One of Xochicalco's main attractions is the underground observatory. After walking  along a corridor of approximately 60 meters, one arrives at an ample hall where during certain days of the year (May 14-15 and July 28-29) -at approximately one o'clock in the afternoon, one can see rays of light come in at a perfect angle through  the orifice in the ceiling, signaling the equinox and  yearly solstice.  This was used by the ancient people to correct their calendars and plant their crops.  There are also three ball courts where a sacred ceremonial game was played after which the winners were sacrificed and guaranteed immediate entrance into heaven.

HACIENDA VISTA HERMOSA was constructed in 1529 just ten years after the conquest of Mexico by Hernan Cortez.   Here began a large sugar refining industry.  The construction is of stone with some walls six feet thick in proportions of a fortress.   Besides the working part of the hacienda there were residences, stables, workshops and arches all in the classic virreinal style, now converted into a hotel.


4. POPOCATAPETL VOLCANO AND “ROUTE OF THE CONVENTS”  BUILT AT THE TIME OF CORTEZ   

  

Four  people at $35 + lunch =$140 (BASIC MINIMUM) or six people at $30 + lunch.=$180


We drive through a rich agricultural area of mainly sugar cane fields and commercially grown flowers and pass numerous greenhouses.  After a pleasant hour drive we begin at Tetela de Volcan, the village nearest the volcano, where there is a spectacular view . The majestic shadow of the Augustines, Dominicans and the Franciscans today offer us the opportunity to admire the architecture of these l6th century buildings decorated with the sensitivity and the artwork of indigenous hands whose style is unique in church architecture. Eleven convents were named a Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1994.   From there we drop down to the village of Ocuituco and on to Yecapixtla for a typical lunch of Cecina with handmade tortillas, beans, fresh cheese, cream, sauces and avocados.   After lunch we visit one or two more of the famous ex-convents and return to Cuernavaca in the late afternoon.


5. DAYTRIP TO TAXCO, THE SILVER MINING TOWN 

 

1-4 PEOPLE $140  (BASIC MINIMUM)   GROUP OF 5-6 @ $30 EACH=$180


Driving through a fertile agricultural area of Morelos State  you will see many fields of sugar cane and rice as well as commercially grown roses which are for sale along the highway.  After about one and a half hours we reach quaint Taxco which is the oldest silver mining town in the Americas, sprawling over a rugged hillside in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountain range.  Taxco has changed little since it was founded in 1716 as an Indian village and today is a national monument.  A visit to Taxco would be unthinkable without visiting the major silver workshops, which offer excellent craftsmanship at very reasonable prices.   We have lunch at a rooftop restaurant on a balcony which has a splendid view.

6. COMBINATION XOCHICALCO RUINS AND TAXCO - See Tour #3 and #5

 

Lasts about 10 hours.    Group of 4 @ $45 each  ($190 BASIC MINIMUM ) and Group of 6 @ $35 each= $210.
For details see the individual Taxco (#5) and Xochicalco (#3) trips above.


7. MEXICO CITY TOUR

 

Approximately 10 hours.   Four people at $60 each + lunch= $240 (BASIC MINIMUM)
or Six people at $50 each + lunch= $300


We begin at the Main Plaza or Zocalo.  Here we visit the National Palace with its outstanding Diego Rivera murals, the Cathedral, (one of the largest in the world) and a look at the of the site of the Templo Mayor excavations that reveal the ancient Aztec City of Tenochtitlan.  There is a relief map showing how this area looked when Cortez and his men first entered the city in 1519.
We stop for lunch at the Casa de Azulejo, now part of the Sanborns chain, but which was originally a large private house.
After lunch we drive along the attractive Reforma Avenue to the wonderful Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park, the greatest museum in the country and one of the finest of its kind in the world.   Returning to Cuernavaca we drive along Insurgentes Avenue passing the National University, Olympic Village and Stadium which has a seating capacity of 100,000.
It was designed to resemble a volcanic crater and is decorated with a huge colored stone bas-relief mosaic by Diego Rivera.
Mexico City is approximately 7,500 feet above sea level. On our return we travel over mountains reaching almost 10,000 feet and then descend into the valley of Cuernavaca and back “home”.


8. CUSTOMIZED TOURS

 

WE ARE ALSO ABLE TO ARRANGE CUSTOM TOURS AS YOU DESIRE.  

WE OFFER  MULTIPLE DAY TRIPS  TO SUCH EXCITING PLACES AS CUETZALAN PUEBLA, PATZCUARO MICHOACAN, OAXACA, PUEBLA CITY, VERACRUZ AND OTHERS.

 

NOTE:   THERE IS A BASIC MINIMUM CHARGE FOR EACH TOUR WHICH IS THE SAME FOR ONE OR UP TO FOUR PASSENGERS. EXAMPLE:   #3, THE TRIP TO XOCHICALCO AND HACIENDA VISTA HERMOSA, MINIMUM TOTAL COST IS $140.   IF THERE ARE FOUR PEOPLE IT ONLY COSTS $35 EACH BUT IF IT IS ONLY ONE OR TWO OR THREE PEOPLE IT IS STILL $140.

ALL PRICES IN U.S. DOLLARS.