Chiapas and its Magic

Jan 15th-23rd, 2020
Nine Days and Eight Nights


Chiapas is full of color, spirituality, culture, beauty and wonderful people. I love Chiapas. The first time that I visited, I easily fell in love. Since then I have been showing unique places in Chiapas to unique people like you!


QUICK LOOK

Trip begins at: Villahermosa, Tabasco at our hotel on 15th January in the evening
Trip ends at: Tuxtla Gutiérrez Chiapas Airport on 23rd January at 8 a.m.
No. of days: Nine days and eight nights
Areas of interest: Festivals, history, archaeology, folk art, cuisine, anthropology

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP

    • Visiting four archaeological sites with incomparable beauty: La Venta, Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilán
    • Enjoying the festivals in honor of St. Sebastian and St. Ildefonso in three indigenous villages: Zinacantán, Tenejapa, and San Juan Chamula
    • Visiting interesting museums specializing in textiles, traditional medicine, archaeology and history
    • Staying in a beautiful colonial city for four days: San Cristóbal de las Casas
    • Sharing with a local family at the Lacandon Jungle and being part of their daily lives
    • Learning about different aspects of the Maya’s lives in their own context, especially during the festivals. You will enjoy every minute of this time spent with their living culture
    • Visiting the Sumidero Canyon and being part of the Parachicos Festival at Chiapa de Corzo

GALLERY


ITINERARY

JANUARY 15TH

We will meet at our centrally located hotel and have our welcome dinner at 6:30 p.m. or so.


JANUARY 16TH

Our first stop will be the outstanding park/museum of La Venta, designed by the poet Carlos Pellicer. His main purpose was to provide an open place to display the majesty of several Olmec heads. After lunch we will travel four hours by van to the Lacandon Jungle.


JANUARY 17TH

Traveling by boat on the Usumacinta River, we will visit Yaxchilán, an important archaeological site where you will be amazed by its beauty and remoteness. Then we will visit another archaeological site, Bonampak, where you will be delighted with the unique colors and themes that are shown in the chambers of the Acropolis. Then we will spend some time with a Lacandon family.


JANUARY 18TH

We will travel to Palenque, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Maya area. You will learn about its main rulers, writing system, hierarchy and much more.


JANUARY 19TH

After traveling to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital city of Chiapas, we will take a boat to visit the Sumidero Canyon. Then we will learn about the traditions in Chiapa de Corzo and its main fiesta, the Parachicos.


JANUARY 20TH

We will visit the Textiles Museum of the Maya World in San Cristóbal and enjoy the variety and versatility of the textiles of the Highlands of Chiapas. Then we will attend the main day of the fiesta to honor St. Sebastian in Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula. We will be immersed in their culture, popular religiosity and mysticism.


JANUARY 21ST

After visiting the Maya Museum of Traditional Medicine, we will go to Tenejapa, where we will be part of the fiesta in honor of St. Ildefonso. Then we will visit the Na Bolom Museum where we will close with the story of Frans Blom and Gertrude Duby.


JANUARY 22ND

Chiapas is very well known not only for its beautiful textiles but also for its pottery. At Amatenango del Valle, we will meet the most important artist in town, Juan Gómez, and we will share some time learning about the pottery traditions.


JANUARY 23RD

We will leave San Cristobal at 6:30am, and will arrive at the airport at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas before 8am.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,450
To reserve your spot:$725
Balance (due by Dec 1, 2019):$725
*If you'd like a private room, add:$350


The tour includes:

    • Transportation: from Villahermosa, Tabasco, and to the Chiapas-Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport*
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • Boat rides on the Usumacinta River and to see the Sumidero Canyon
    • Welcome and farewell dinners

*For the convenience of the travelers, this trip will start in Villahermosa, Tabasco, and will end at the airport at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.

It does not include:

    • Meals other than breakfasts and two dinners
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

Ready to reserve? Use the button below to go to our form. Questions? Contact us.  (If you need details about an alternative way to pay, we will be happy to help you.)


Currency conversion of $1,450 USD as of today:
MXN: $27,323
CAD: $1,937
EURO: $1,289

Puebla and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead, 2019

27th October-4th November, 2019
Nine Days and Eight Nights


This trip is sold out for this year. If you are interested in Oaxaca 2020, please Contact Us and tell us you would like to reserve a place for next year.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP

    • Visiting small villages around Puebla and Oaxaca to enjoy the fiesta
    • Being in the houses of the most remarkable folk-artists and learning about their traditions
    • Enjoying with the local families their creations and perceptions about this fiesta
    • Visiting places off the traditional path, often on the market days
    • Sharing the cycle of life in a colorful way through parades and processions at the cemeteries in the small villages
    • Seeing the extravaganza of the fiesta in the main city, where the youth also participate in the celebration
    • Learning about the process of making amate-paper and the traditions behind this unique tradition
    • Enjoying the most fascinating Zapotecan archaeological sites: Monte Alban and Mitla

GALLERY


ITINERARY

OCTOBER 27TH

We will pick you up from the International Airport in México City at 1:45pm, in order to travel to Pahuatlán, Puebla, where we will learn about the amate paper.


OCTOBER 28TH

You will be part of the community of San Pablito Pahuatlán for one day. There you will learn about the early use of the amate paper in order to get rid of a curse, perform healing, plead for actions or as tribute for the gods. This is the only town in México that continues producing the traditional Mesoamerican craft of the amate paper.


OCTOBER 29TH

We will drive to Puebla and there we will visit the Talavera factory and the Baroque Museum. We will also visit the Historic Center and learn about the history behind this colonial and beautiful city.


OCTOBER 30TH

After a four-hour drive, we will arrive in Oaxaca. The first stop will be to eat at Los Danzantes, then we will go to the local market of Benito Juárez, where we will learn about all the elements that are needed in order to celebrate the Day of the Dead.


OCTOBER 31ST

During the morning we will visit the wonderful archaeological site of Monte Albán, and then we will visit the family of Manuel Jiménez the first maker of the whimsical, wood-carved  nahuales that Oaxaca is now famous for. (In México City, they are well known as alebrijes.) There we will meet with Isaías and Angélico, Manuel Jimenez’s sons. They will show us how they have been improving the tradition over the past thirty years. At 6p.m. we will go to Xoxocotlán to be part of the celebration of the Day of the Dead at a local cemetery.


NOVEMBER 1ST

Our first stop will be at the local market of Teotitlán del Valle, then we will meet Eugenia Mendoza, an incredible weaver in Teotitlán. With her, we will learn about the dyes and other natural processes that involve the manufacturing of beautiful rugs. After lunch we will go to Mitla, another beautiful archaeological site. We will admire the geometrical designs and the deep meaning behind its architecture.


NOVEMBER 2ND

Today we will go to Ocotlán de Morelos. First we will visit the museum that holds the most important pieces of Rodolfo Morales, the magnificent artist who showed the beauty and peace of his hometown, Ocotlán. Then we will visit Guillermina Aguilar Alcántara in order to learn about her contribution to the folk-art of Oaxaca.


NOVEMBER 3RD

We will visit Santo Domingo de Guzmán Cultural Center and then we will spend time at the Textile Museum. After lunch you will have some free time to enjoy the last day of our visit in this lovely city.


NOVEMBER 4TH

Today we will return to México, City. We will arrive at the airport by 4:00 p.m.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,880
To reserve your spot:$250
Payment 1 (due by April 30, 2019):$815
Payment 2 (due by Aug 31, 2019)$815


The tour includes:

    • Transportation: México City Airport-Puebla-Oaxaca and Oaxaca-Puebla-México City Airport
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Four lunches, including a culinary experience in Puebla and three lunches tasting local flavors and the delicious traditional cuisine of Oaxaca
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • Workshop to make alebrijes in the house of Manuel Jiménez, where this tradition started
    • Workshop to make rugs with Eugenia Batista, the best known artist in Teotitlán del Valle

It does not include:

    • Airfare to México City
    • Meals other than breakfasts and four lunches
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

This tour is sold out for this year. If you are interested in going in October/November 2020, please Contact us.

Use the button below to go to our payment form. Questions? Contact us. (If you need details about an alternative way to pay, we will be happy to help you.)


Currency conversion of $1,880 USD as of today:
MXN: $35,426
CAD: $2,511
EURO: $1,672

Izamal and Mérida

8th-10th December, 2018
Three Days and Two Nights


During its major fiestas, Izamal is overflowing with color, flavor and popular religiosity.

Highlights of this trip:

    • Enjoying the main festival in honor of the Lady of the Conception, being part of the community in the most important day of celebrations.
    • Meeting a Maya midwife who will share her knowledge about plants and traditional medicine while you are spending time in a beautiful environment.
    • Being part of La Noche Blanca, a cultural event in Mérida where you will be able to visit galleries and museums, enjoy exquisite food, excellent music, and more.
    • Visiting the Chocolate Museum & the unique archaeological site of Uxmal.
    • Staying at the beautiful Mérida Hotel, recently renovated and very well located. It has the perfect combination of modernity and history.

ITINERARY

DECEMBER 8TH

We will pick you up in the morning from Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo. After three hours of driving we will reach Izamal and you will be introduced to one of the most interesting festivals in the area. You will learn about many of the local popular religious customs.

Lunch will be in a nearby area, where you will taste the flavors of the Yucatán while also learning about the importance of various Maya medicinal plants with a local midwife.

We will arrive in Mérida at the time that an important cultural event will take place: La Noche Blanca (The White Night). Here, you will join thousands of others to experience hundreds of possibilities.

During this event, the streets of the historic center of Mérida light up with a special glow, the roads are closed to car traffic, and people from all over come to commune with art, theater, museums and other venues of the city, which all open their doors for free and offer a wide variety of activities such as exhibitions, films, music, visual installations, food, acrobatic shows, and more. It is an ideal way to enjoy and spend a pleasant night with the locals, and the fun goes on into the wee hours.


DECEMBER 9TH

You will have the morning free in order to recover your energies and enjoy the cultural program of Mérida en Domingo. You can ride a bike or walk in some of the most fascinating areas of Mérida.

At noon, we will leave Mérida to visit the Puuc region. After lunch we will visit the Chocolate Museum. There, you will have a full Introduction to the Museum and you will be immersed in the importance of chocolate from pre-Hispanic times to our days. Then we will visit Uxmal, a fascinating archaeological site. Many of its visitors claim that it has a special tranquil ambience that isn’t apparent at other sites. The light during the sunset will provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy this extraordinary place.

Then we will return to Mérida, and you will enjoy the last moments of the day in the city.


DECEMBER 10TH

After breakfast we will take the road back to Puerto Morelos.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$300
*If you'd like a private room, add:$50

The tour includes:

    • Transportation from Puerto Morelos to Mérida and return
    • Accommodations, two nights
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel  (two breakfasts)
    • Two lunches
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology

It does not include:

    • Meals other than two breakfasts and two lunches
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, etc.

Ready to reserve? Use the button below to go to our form. Questions? Contact us.  (If you need details about an alternative way to pay, we will be happy to help you.)


Currency conversion of $300 USD as of today:
MXN: $5,653
CAD: $401
EURO: $267