Mexico Coastal Eclipse Tour
March 31, 2024 thru April 9, 2024
SUN TOURS has created a truly unique experience for those looking for something more. Our Mexico Coastal Eclipse tour will show you the best of the Mexican Pacific Coast while saving one of the most incredible sights for later in the tour – a solar eclipse. Don’t wait – this experience is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you can’t miss it!
Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
10 days, 9 nights
3 - Moderate
23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners) included
- Premier viewing of the solar eclipse during this tour
- Coastal drives and experiencing beach-side villages
- Cultural and religious visits including, but not limited to, the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalajara
- Geologists rejoice as we also visit volcanoes and natural sites formed by geological features
- Assistance and services of a Spanish speaking guide
- Excellent meals and lodging along the Mexican Coast
- Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
- All transfers & motorcoach transportation
- 9 nights’ hotel lodging
- 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Baggage handling
- Tour director, driver & local guide tips (excluding housekeeping)
Day 1 – Guadalajara
We fly to Guadalajara, the capital and largest city in the state of Jalisco, and transfer you to your hotel, for a 2-night stay. In the afternoon we feature a walking tour of the Historical Center which includes four main plazas lined with colonial structures, a center of this delightful city, along with a visit to the Cathedral and Government Palace. We enjoy a wonderful group welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals included: (D)
Day 2 – Tlaquepaque
After breakfast at the hotel we visit Tlaquepaque, a friendly village now part of the city, famed for its pedestrian walkways and local artisans offering a broad selection of pottery, textiles, woodcarving, paintings and jewelry. Here you will have free time for lunch and shopping. We experience a tequila tasting before returning to the hotel. We enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 3 – Colima
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the state of Colima, stopping at the “Magical Town” of Tapalpa, a beautiful small pueblo with cobblestone streets featuring painted houses, red tile roofs and colorful bougainvillea. On our drive we pass by the Laguna de Sayula, a salt marsh known for the multitude of wildlife, including over 130 species of birds. After lunch in Tapalpa, we find ourselves in the city of Colima in the Sierra Madre foothills. Dotted with interesting architecture, this town, built in 1521, was one of the jewels of Colonial Spanish, however it was repeatedly destroyed by earthquakes, fires and volcanic eruptions. The beautiful government palace located next to the cathedral features patios and an arcade walkway. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 4 – Manzanillo
We start our day with breakfast at the Hotel and a walking tour of downtown Colima. Today, we visit the town of Comala, a picturesque, hilly town with narrow streets. After lunch we see the Volcan del Fuego and Volcan de Colima (volcanoes), and visit a famous optical illusion, Zona Magica. Later, we travel to the port of Manzanillo, one of the busiest ports in Mexico with ships arriving from all over the world, nestled between two bays – Bahía de Manzanillo and Bahía de Santiago. Manzanillo features beautiful beaches, resorts, and is known as the sailfish capital of the world. We check in to our hotel and enjoy a group dinner.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Manzanillo
We enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then visit Barra de Navidad, a small coastal fishing village in the state of Jalisco. With cobblestone streets lining the small town, it is built up by a sand bar and backed by a lagoon. After enjoying a seafood lunch, we return early to our hotel in Manzanillo for you to enjoy the beach and breathtaking sunset.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Careyes, Peurto Vallarta
Today’s trip will take us along Costalegre — “Happy Coast” — a series of beaches, capes and bays of various sizes distributed alongside the Pacific Ocean on the western coastline of the Mexican state of Jalisco, between Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and Manzanillo, Colima. The road parallels the Pacific Ocean for a time, with splendid views of rugged rock formations scattered just offshore. We also travel inland into a lush forest, passing small villages and green valleys with tropical fruit trees. We enjoy lunch in the town of Careyes.
Afterwards, we travel to Puerto Vallarta, one of the most visited beach resorts in Mexico. This colonial beauty faces the Pacific Ocean and backs up to the lush, jungle-clad Sierra Madre mountains. Despite being a popular destination, it has retained the charm of a colonial beach town. We spend the afternoon shopping and enjoy a group dinner near our hotel
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Puerto Vallarta
Breakfast is at the hotel, with a free morning to enjoy the many available activities. After lunch we tour the town, starting with the famous boardwalk lined with enormous sculptures created by famous Mexican artists. We visit City Hall and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then take a walk along the Cuale River, a beautifully shaded area filled with interesting artisan shops and cultural galleries. Tonight, we enjoy a group dinner.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Puerto Vallarta - San Blas - Mazatlan
We depart Puerto Vallarta after breakfast and drive along the coastline of the Bahia de Banderas, the largest bay in Mexico. We stop for lunch at the Port of San Blas, established by the Spaniards as a shipbuilding and launching point for missions to California. With a 4-mile-long beach, the town still maintains an 18th century flavor and is a terrific place for bird watching. As we drive from the coast, the landscape turns mostly agricultural. We visit the town of Escuinapa, where shrimp vendors hold them by the whiskers and offer them to those passing in highway traffic. We then stop at the town of El Rosario, to tour the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, consecrated in 1751 and featuring stunning architecture, mystical legends and its gold-plated altar. We then travel to the port of Mazatlán, where we check in to our hotel for the next two nights. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Mazatlan & Solar Eclipse
Breakfast will be at the hotel, and then we view the solar eclipse, with insights from Dr. Martín Domínguez Núñez, a local anthropology professor. Independent lunch. Afterwards, we enjoy a Mazatlán city tour and a farewell dinner at a local downtown restaurant.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 10 – Departure
We enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport for our departure back to Tucson, with wonderful memories of this tour of Mexico.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change. **Passport Required!**
$3,895 per person
$4,295 per person
Final Payment Due:
November 28, 2023
• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
• All transfers & motorcoach transportation
• 9 nights' hotel lodging
• 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
• Admissions & tours as described
• Baggage handling
• Tour director, driver & local guide tips (excluding housekeeping)
Final Payment Due: November 28, 2023
- None: Through November 28, 2023
- $250: November 29 – December 26, 2023
- $2,300: December 27, 2023 – January 30, 2024
- 100%: After January 30, 2024
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We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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$187 covers trip costs $2,001-$3,000. $248 covers trip costs $3,001-$4,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
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For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel outside of the United States. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On most airlines, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour, you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The temperature and weather in Mexico in April is generally pleasant. Storms can come through the area. Prepare yourself by bringing clothing for a lot of sunshine and the possibility of precipitation. There are no dress codes where we dine or visit on this tour.
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