México City

16th-24th February, 2019
Nine Days and Eight Nights


Highlights of this trip:

    • Visiting the most fascinating buildings and the murals that portray this important cultural movement, Muralism, that started during the 20’s of the Twentieth Century. We will learn about Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan O’Gorman and José Clemente Orozco, to mention only the most important ones
    • Following the footsteps of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as artists, activists and icons of the Twentieth Century
    • Visiting the beautiful museums, galleries, and cultural centers such as the National Museum of Anthropology, the Dolores Olmedo Museum, the Folk Art Museum and more, in order to learn about the three millenium of history of our country
    • Being in the most important Mesoamerican city from pre-Hispanic times, Teotihuacan, and learning about this place from its colorful murals, fascinating neighborhoods and cultural expressions
    • Listening and singing to the most famous Mexican music with a mariachi in the floating gardens of Xochimilco
    • Learning with local artists and appreciating the new art expressions of the city
    • Visiting other important archaeological sites like Malinalco and the  Templo Mayor, where you will be amazed by its architecture and incredible beauty
    • Using all your senses to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the world

ITINERARY

FEBRUARY 16TH

We will meet at our centrally located hotel in the Center of México City; then we will have our welcome dinner around 6:30pm.


FEBRUARY 17TH

We will visit the National Museum of Anthropology where we will spend some hours discovering the most fascinating aspects of the pre-Hispanic cultures. Then we will have the opportunity to go to the Folk Art Museum.


FEBRUARY 18TH

The Secretary of Education Building holds a very important quantity of the murals of Diego Rivera that were done between 1926-1928. We will go to this historic building and learn about the years of Muralism in México. Then we will visit the Templo Mayor and its great museum.


FEBRUARY 19TH

Today we will drive to Coyoacan and discover the footsteps of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, visiting the Blue House and the Anahucalli Museum. Then we will go to Xochimilco and we will have lunch at the floating gardens. Later, we will visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum.


FEBRUARY 20TH

After breakfast we will go to Teotihuacan, the most important city in pre-Hispanic times. Our approach will include the importance of the murals in the neighborhoods as well as the daily life in this great city. Then we will stop at Tepozotlán and we will learn about the colonial art in that unique place.


FEBRUARY 21ST

In order to recover the energy of the Historic Center, we will visit the museum that holds the most popular mural of Diego Rivera: “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central”. Then we will visit the Fine Arts Palace in order to learn more about the importance of the Muralism Movement.


FEBRUARY 22ND

Today we will visit Malinalco. The ceremonial complex of Malinalco, situated about 120 km south west of México City, is amazing. The main architectural structure is a monolith temple carved in masterly fashion from the mountain rock. After visiting this place we will spend some time in this Pueblo Mágico.


FEBRUARY 23RD

With the purpose of visiting different neighborhoods in México City, today we will drive to San Angel. There we will be part of a colorful morning with plenty of local flavors and music at Bazar Sábado. After lunch we will visit the MUAC, México’s new Modern Art Museum.


FEBRUARY 24TH

We will take you to the International Airport in México City, arriving by 8am.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,450
To reserve your spot:$725
Balance (due by Dec 1, 2018):$725
*If you'd like a private room, add:$350

The tour includes:

    • Transportation
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations at the Hotel Zócalo Central
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Four lunches
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • Boat to Xochimilco with Mariachi music

It does not include:

    • Meals other than breakfasts, two dinners and four lunches
    • 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: $27,313
CAD: $1,937
EURO: $1,289

Chiapas and its Magic

Jan 15th-23rd, 2019
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!

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

ITINERARY

JANUARY 15 – VILLAHERMOSA

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


JANUARY 16 – LA VENTA

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 17 – BONAMPAK AND YAXCHILÁN

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 18 – LACANDON

In order to know more about the daily life in the Lacandon Jungle, today we will visit the milpa (farm) and then we will learn about how the tobacco leaf is grown.


JANUARY 19 – PALENQUE
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 20 – SUMIDERO CANYON AND THE PARACHICOS
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 21 – ZINANCANTÁN AND SAN JUAN CHAMULA

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 22 – TENEJAPA

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 23 – RETURN

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*):$1,350
To reserve your spot:$675
Balance (due by Dec 1, 2018):$675
*If you'd like a private room, add:$350

The tour includes:

    • Transportation: ground 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 $1,350 USD as of today:
MXN: $25,429
CAD: $1,804
EURO: $1,200

Guadalajara

Nov. 6th-14th, 2018
Nine Days and Eight Nights


Highlights of this trip:

    • Discovering the Pueblo Mágico, Tequila, a typical Mexican village, home of the famous drink
    • Following the footsteps of one of the greatest Mexican muralists, José Clemente Orozco
    • Visiting the colorful Pueblos Mágicos, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Ajijic, and viewing their rich handcrafts
    • Enjoying the annual Feria de los Maestros in Chapala and having the best opportunities to see the best quality of Folk Art in México
    • Learning about the history of the most emblematic buildings in Guadalajara, Jalisco
    • Being amazed with the beauty of Guachimontones, the most important archaeological site in Jalisco
    • Enjoying the colors at the local markets and seeing the religiosity with the popular Lady of Zapopan

ITINERARY

NOVEMBER 6 – TO GUADALAJARA

We will have our first dinner together around 6:30pm at our centrally located hotel in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and we will introduce you to these nine days of adventure.


NOVEMBER 7 – GUADALAJARA

We will start our visit to Guadalajara visiting a World Heritage Center: Hospicio Cabañas. This important cultural center holds some of the incredible murals that José Clemente Orozco painted. Then we will continue with our visit to the most emblematic historic buildings of Guadalajara.


NOVEMBER 8 – TLAQUEPAQUE AND TONALÁ

After breakfast we will visit two interesting places: Tlaquepaque and Tonalá. This will be an opportunity to be close to different expressions of art. We will visit galleries and we will meet local artists in order to be involved in the new wave.


NOVEMBER 9 – TEQUILA

Tequila is not just a drink, it’s a place. Today we will go to Tequila and we will learn about the process to make this distinctive drink, a true trademark of México.


NOVEMBER 10 – CHAPALA

During the first half of the day we will visit the 17th Annual Feria de Maestros del Arte at Chapala, Jalisco. Our purpose is to participate in the fair and see the highest quality of Mexican Folk Art.  Then we will have time to discover the surroundings of Lake Chapala.


NOVEMBER 11 – GUACHIMONTONES

Jalisco has a very important archaeological site: Guachimontones. Also we will visit the The Interpretive Center Guachimontones “Phil Weigand,” named after the archaeologist who dedicated his career to work on this site, and we will discover the fascinating story behind his knowledge related with the hidden geometry of the Guachimontones.


NOVEMBER 12 – ZAPOPAN

Today we will visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, an architectural jewel of the XVII century.  Then we will go to the City Hall in order to see the unique murals painted by José Clemente Orozco.


NOVEMBER 13 – LAGOS DE MORENO

Today we will drive to a Pueblo Mágico: Lagos de Moreno. There we will have the opportunity to learn about the majestic neoclassical buildings that are in the city and include the Temple of Calvario and the Rinconada of the Capuchin. Then we will visit the Parish of Asunción for one of the best displays of baroque buildings in America. Inside it is as spectacular as its towers of 72 meters.


NOVEMBER 14 – RETURN

Today we will take you to the international airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco by 8am, in order to take your flight back home.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,350
To reserve your spot:$675
Balance (due by Sept 1, 2018):$675
*If you'd like a private room, add:$350

The tour includes:

    • Transportation
    • 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
    • Welcome and farewell dinners

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 $1,350 USD as of today:
MXN: $25,429
CAD: $1,804
EURO: $1,200