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Under Spiritual Guidance of Fr. Joseph Lazar,
Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Bolton, ON
May 25 – Jun 6, 2020 13 days
Price: CA$4,099 (Taxes & Tips Incl.) for Toronto departure
Price: CA$3,499 (Taxes & Tips Incl.) for Land Only
Travel arrangements by QS Travel & Tours Inc. affiliate of Queen Syrena Travel Inc.
3055 Dundas St. W., #4, Mississauga, ON L5L 3R8. Tel. 905.412.2242 or 1-800-565-3619
May 25 Depart for Mexico city. Upon arrival, visit Shrine of our Lady of the Remedies Mexico City. Also, panorama tour the Zocalo (main square), one of the biggest public squares in the world. The Cathedral Metropolitana is the biggest church in Latin America, and the Palacio Nacional (if it is open)- which hosts Diego Rivera’s murals depicting the history of Mexico. If time permits, we then drive along the famous boulevard Paseo de la Reforma, built during the short-lived reign of Emperor Maximilian to connect the main square and his castle in Chapultepec. Dinner and overnight in Mexico City.
May 26 Full day in Mexico City. We depart to the Square of the Three Cultures. Visit the Old and the New Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the museum with great art treasures from Spanish colonial times. We learn about the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego who was beatified by Pope John Paul II. We also visit the Cathedral in the Old City. Mass. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
May 27 After breakfast, we visit Tulpetlac (Church of Vth apparition) and then, we will drive to the floating gardens of Xochimilco in the south of Mexico City. They were once connected to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) by a causeway, and the Aztecs grew much of their food here. We will navigate the channels on board of a typical ‘trajinera’, a flower-decked punt, and will discover how Aztec life was before the conquest. Dinner & overnight in Mexico city.
May 28 After breakfast depart for Tlaxcala and the Shrine of San Miguel del Milagro. Celebrate mass at the site where St Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631 directing him to the Grotto and to a well of miraculous waters. See the image of Our Lady of Ocotlan burnt into a tree trunk after she appeared to Diego Bernardino in 1531. Perfectly preserved, the image in a tree resides in the Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan. Visit plantation of agave cactus and try ancient sacred beverage pulque produced in a traditional way directly from the plant. Dinner and overnight.
May 29 After breakfast, we tour the city of Taxco, the famous “Silver City” and national colonial monument. Visit Santa Prisca Church – a jewel of baroque style architecture where we will have mass. We will walk through the town, clinging to a steep hillside, its narrow, cobblestone streets twisting and turning between colonial buildings and opening onto pretty plazas. We will also get acquainted with the history of silver mining in Taxco. Taxco is famous for its silver. Shops line the main plaza and all the streets leading to it, and you will find beautiful silver jewellery, traditional as well as the newest designs. Late after, travel to Mexico city for dinner and overnight.
May 30 MEXICO CITY – QUITO Departure to Mexico City and transfer to the airport . Upon arrival in Quito, mass, panoramic tour of Quito. Visit to the “La Compania de Jesus” and La Merced Church where inside the Ecuadorian Church, you will see a fine stone sculpture of Our Lady of Mercy. Dinner and overnight in Quito.
May 31 QUITO, ECUADOR After breakfast, we visit El Sagrario Church and the Cathedral with its museum. After lunch, we visit one of the most beautiful churches in the country, “The Society of Jesus” where our Lady of Sorrows moved her eyes in front of several students in 1906. We will have our mass in a private chapel here.
Jun 01 QUITO – AMBATO Morning, we will go to the convent of Our Lady of Good Success and pray in front of the incorrupt body of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torrez and the founding mothers. Depart to El Quinche or Hill of the Sun. Visit the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Quinche and celebrate Mass here. El Quinche holds one of the most beautiful colonial and historical treasures of Ecuador. We celebrate mass at the church of the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception where the Statue is located. Also, we will Dinner and overnight in Ambato.
Jun 02 BANOS – RIOBAMBA After breakfast, travel to Banos, will Celebrate mass at the Basilica of the Holy Water (Virgen de Aqua Santa), located in the central plaza of the city. People come to Banos to see a beautiful collection of murals on the inside of the church. The simple structure appears even more beautiful as a result of its surrounding of mountains and waterfalls. This semi-gothic church is an important place of pilgrimage for local Catholics who come to worship Our Lady of the Holy Water. Travel to Chimbo’s Town and visit the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Guayco (Huayco) located at the bottom of a beautiful ravine. Diner and overnight in Riobamba.
Jun 03 RIOBAMBA – BIBLIAN – CUENCA After breakfast, celebrate mass in the Riomba Cathedral, located on the side of the park Pedro Vicente Maldonado. Its façade is baroque style, built in white limestone containing reliefs that are present in the aboriginal and Spanish expressions, with scenes from the Old and New Testaments and religious iconography. Travel to Biblian, a village 9km north orf Azogues on the Ecuadorian Panamericana, the home of Santuario de la Virgin del Ricio (Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Dew). Late arrival to Cuenca for dinner and overnight.
Jun 04 CUENCA – LOJA After breakfast, we will celebrate Mass at the New Cathedral of Cuenca (Spanish Cathedral de la Immaculada Concepcion) located in front of Parque Calderon. Visit to the Conceptas Museum and panoramic city tour. In the afternoon, trip to Loja. Dinner and overnight in Loja.
Jun 05 LOJA – EL CISNE After breakfast, we will travel to the town of El Cisne, the site of a much-venerated Marian Shrine. We will visit and celebrate Mass in The Basilica of El Cisne (The Church of the Swan) which was built in 1742 and modeled after a similar basilica in Harlungenber, Germany. The statue has been a focal point of devotion for the deeply religious inhabitants of the area. Transfer to the airport for a late afternoon flight to Quito. Overnight in Quito.
Jun 06 In the morning we depart Quito for a flight back to Toronto.