The Pan-Am Reunion: Tequila and Taco Tour!
When? October 13-18, 2017
Where? Colonial Mexico
Why? Drivers and crew members were usually not able to enjoy these cities while racing in the Pan-Am. This tour is specially designed for race veterans, their spouses, and friends.
Itinerary? Four of the most historic colonial cities along the Pan-Am route, and welcome the race to three of them. Have ample time to shop and enjoy meals with the group or explore on your own.
Mexico City – two or three nights near the historic main plaza and Aztec temple. Arrive on October 12, add $95 to cost of tour.
San Miguel de Allende – two nights in the art center of Mexico (photo above).
Guanajuato – one night among silver mines, a famous university, and the Cervantino.
Zacatecas – two nights, tour a silver mine, watch the Pan-Am on La Bufa, and dance in the streets.
Includes? Hotels seven nights, transportation, museums, guided tours, a tasting of tequila and mezcal, and more!
Excludes? Meals, except some breakfasts included in hotel plan, and flight to and from Mexico.
Cost? Inexpensive but you may splurge on the famous luxury hotel in Zacatecas, La Quinta Real.
One person, single room, three star hotels = $695
One person, single room, five star hotel option = 795
Two persons, double room, three star hotel = $950
` Two persons, double room, five star hotel = $1,200
(a double room may have one or two beds)
Minimum Number? Six paid adults will make it a “go.” Deposit 50% to hold your spot.
Maximum Number? Limit of ten passengers in the van.
Options? Arrive a day early or stay a day longer for the additional cost of a hotel room.
Note: At this point the route of the 2017 Pam-Am has not been released. When it is released, changes in this itinerary maybe necessary. This tour is operated by Rosa Maria Mondragón firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not part of or approved by La Carrera PanamericanaTM.
Thursday, October 12 or Friday, October 13 – fly into Mexico City
Friday: Those who arrive on Thursday will tour the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan and the area outside of Mexico City. There will be a welcome reception for everyone in the hotel at 8 PM.
Saturday: 8 AM, breakfast in hotel.
9 AM, guided tour of Mexico City, the main plaza, historic buildings, Aztec temple ruins, and great cathedral. Group Lunch. Afternoon: continue walking tour of downtown and greet the arriving Pan-Am cars nearby. Evening: tour the famous Garibaldi Square area and sample tequila and folk dancing at a famous restaurant. Dinner there is optional.
Sunday: 8 AM, breakfast in hotel and check out.
9 AM, guided tour of historic Chapultepec Place and the world-famous Museum of Anthropology with its spectacular collection of Aztec art and architecture.
Lunch and transit to San Miguel de Allende. 7 PM, tour of Casa de Canal and dinner at
Hecho en Mexico or another restaurant nearby.
Monday: 9 AM, guided tou of San Miguel de Allende.
12 PM, lunch in La Fabrica Aurora, the art center of Mexico.
Afternoon: free to explore more of the city, shop, or nap.
7 PM, dinner in historic center with group or slecct aother restaurant from the list.
Tuesday: 9 AM, load van for short transit to Guanajuato, arrive by the route over the mountain that the Pan-Am cars will run that afternoon. Tour Guanajuato, even the caverns and tunnels under the city. Afternoon: greet the Pan-Am cars in the center of town, party, and stay for dinner.
Note: Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende have been designated by UNESCO part of a special historic district, where the Mexican War of Independence against Spain began in 1810.
Wednesday: 9 AM, load van for transit to Zacatecas.
Mid-day, guided tour of the historic center, even a silver mine. Afternoon: go out to La Bufa to picnic and watch the Pan-Am cars race or stay in town to explore. Evening: join the Pan-Am crews for a musical stroll around town, following a band and burro carrying casks of mezcal.
Dinner: at the famous restaurant La Grufa for their famous steak or another restaurant.
Thursday: 8 PM, load van to return to Mexico City, or stay an extra night (extra cost) and fly out of Zacatecas. It is also possible to fly out of Leon-Guanajuato this same afternoon.
Note: A more detailed itinerary will be provided, along with city maps and recommendations about things to see and places to eat. All time listed above are subject to some adjustment.