The Textiles of
Oaxaca & Chiapas

Reflections in Diversity: Exploring Culture through Textiles
 
June 16-26 or July 14-24, 2018
Eleven Days

Due to an anticipated high demand for this new experience,  two clothing and textile tours are offered this year.  Both include visits to Oaxaca and Chiapas. The differences are the festivals that we will have the opportunity to experience on each tour.

 
We will visit colorful marketplaces where the culture comes alive with food, wares, and textiles.  We will visit two distinctly different colonial cities where we will not only have the opportunity to learn about dyes and weaving styles brought down through generations, but also, we will have hands-on experiences.  We will visit villages, some just a few kilometers apart yet with costumes and textiles that seem almost a world apart.  We will enjoy local festivals in which textiles play an important role.  We will meet artists and artisans.  We will view wonderfully curated collections, and learn to identify the diverse cultures of the regions through their clothing and textiles. 

Even though the women spend hours and hours working at home weaving masterpieces of high quality and sublime beauty, most of these pieces are sold for almost nothing. Your valuing the pieces and the time it takes to weave them is a great opportunity to give to the ladies hope and strength. They will be able to continue to preserve a treasure that has been in danger for generations.

Join our trip and help us to make a difference at the workshops and co-ops that we will visit in Oaxaca and Chiapas, where we will meet outstanding ladies with plenty of passion and energy, who will share with you their identities through their textiles.
 

During this tour, you will see women weaving with the backstrap loom. Although they live hundreds of miles apart and belong to two different cultures: Zapotec and Maya, you will see that they have many similarities. The differences will be in the way they create their own worlds through their designs.

Thanks to the archaeological record we can find these artifacts, such as the weaving stick and the malacate (spindle whorl), at the museums. Through this experience, these materials will come alive for you as you discover at the workshops of the weavers how they still use some of this pre-Hispanic technology, even using the same postures.

You will see how the weavers are open to new styles as well, using new materials, designs and shapes.

One of the most important concerns of the mothers in pre-Hispanic times and even nowadays is to teach to their daughters the privilege of weaving. One of the characteristics of our visits to the weaving villages will be opportunities to see mothers and daughters sharing together, and we will even see a third generation involved, as, sometimes, the granchildren will be included. As you listen to the women chatting with each other using their beautiful indigenous languages, for a moment, you may feel as if you are traveling not only to a remote place, but also to a remote time.

By the end of this trip, you will not only have new inspiration and information for your own work and lives, but you will also come away with an experience of cultures that will touch your emotions, stimulate your senses, and fascinate your mind.

The Monarchs
in Michoacán

Feb 24-Mar 4, 2018
Nine Incredible Days
(This tour is sold out. Information for 2018-2019 coming soon!)

 
Each fall, millions, probably billions, of Monarch butterflies travel nearly 2,500 miles to the Western Central Highlands of México. In order to protect the butterflies, this region, covering more than 200 square miles, was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The lengthy journey of the butterfly is unique and takes about five months. It starts in November. The best time to visit the sanctuaries is during late February and early March, because during these days, the clusters break apart and the butterflies begin their mating rituals.


 
Highlights of this trip:

    • Enjoying the orange-colored butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, where we will visit three different sanctuaries
    • Experiencing the colonial city of Morelia, visiting its museums, galleries and its remarkable colonial center
    • Visiting five pueblos mágicos – Pátzcuaro, Angangueo, Cuitzeo, Santa Clara del Cobre, and Tzintzuntzan
    • Seeing the colors of the Purépecha culture through its architecture, textiles and flavors
    • Admiring the beauty of Lake Pátzcuaro and the life that surrounds it
    • Visiting the folk artists at Santa Clara del Cobre
    • Being amazed at the magnificence of the Paricutin Volcano and the village that was partially covered by its wash

 

ITINERARY

CodexFEB 24
On the way to Angangueo
Angangueo, Michoacán FEB 25
Angangueo
Sanctuary of El Rosario
Los AzufresFEB 26
Chincua
Los Azufres
MoreliaFEB 27
Morelia
TzintzuntanFEB 28
Quiroga
Tzintzuntan
Lake Pátzcuaro
Morelia MuseumMAR 1
Cultural Centers
Museums & Galleries
Santa Clara del CobreMAR 2
Santa Clara del Cobre
ParanguricutirMAR 3
Paricutin Vulcano
Parangaricutiro
CodexMAR 4
Return to México City Airport

 


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,150
To reserve your spot:$575
Balance (due by Dec 10, 2017):$575
*If you'd like a private room, add:$250

The tour includes:

    • Transportation: México City Airport-Michoacán-Puebla-México City Airport
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily continental breakfast at the hotel
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description

It does not include:

    • Airfare to México City
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

     
    This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

    Our transportation services in México City will start on February 24 at 1:45 p.m. Ask for the meeting point at the airport. On March 4, we will be at the airport by 4:00 p.m.

    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 $1,150 USD as of today:
    MXN: $21,348
    CAD: $1,462
    EURO: $964

Carnival in Chiapas

Feb 6-14, 2018
Nine Magical Days
(This tour is sold out. Information for 2018-2019 coming soon!)

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: Edzná, Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilán
    • Enjoying the Carnival in four indigenous villages: Zinacantán, Huixtán, Tenejapa and San Juan Chamula
    • Visiting interesting museums specializing in textiles, traditional medicine, archaeology and history
    • Staying in a beautiful colonial city for five days: San Cristóbal de las Casas
    • Sharing with a local family at the Lacandona jungle and being part of their daily lives
    • Learning about different aspects of the Maya life in their own context. Especially during the Carnival, you will enjoy every minute of this time with their living culture.

More about Chiapas


 

ITINERARY

EdznáFEB 6
Edzná
To Palenque
Palace_at_PalenqueFEB 7
Palenque
chiapasmagic7FEB 8
Bonampak
Yaxchilán
San CristobalFEB 9
San Cristóbal de las Casas
ZinacantánFEB 10
Zinacantán
Museum of Traditional Medicine
huixtanFEB 11
Huixtán
tenapa1FEB 12
Tenejapa
tenapa1FEB 13
San Juan Chamula
tenapa1FEB 14
To Tuxtla Airport

 


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,150
To reserve your spot:$575
Balance (due by Dec 1, 2017):$575
*If you'd like a private room, add:$250

The tour includes:

    • Transportation: ground transportation from Mérida to Chiapas,  and to the Chiapas-Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport*
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily continental breakfast at the hotel
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description

*For the convenience of the travelers, this trip will start in Mérida, Yucatán, and will end at the Airport at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.

It does not include:

    • Meals other than breakfasts
    • 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 $1,150 USD as of today:
MXN: $21,348
CAD: $1,462
EURO: $964

Oaxaca & Puebla
for Day of the Dead

Oct 27-Nov 4, 2017
Nine Unforgettable Days

Oaxaca is a unique, vibrant colonial city where two major cultures come together, the Mixtec and the Zapotec. Both are a source of beauty and inspiration. Having the chance to go to Oaxaca is the opportunity to be immersed in a world of alebrijes, flavored mezcal and the aroma of chocolate.

oaxaca

One of our favorite experiences is to go to local markets where we find the most beautiful textiles and generous women, who offer chapulin, an exotic traditional dish. We also will visit amazing archaeological sites, places of natural beauty and so on. Besides all this, we will be in Oaxaca in this special moment, the Day of the Dead.

Every day we will be part of different activities related with the Day of the Dead. The city of Oaxaca organizes an incredible festival around this tradition. Most of these activities take place during the evening and night. During the daytime, we will have the opportunity to explore the city’s surroundings. The Day of the Dead is an extraordinary opportunity to travel to the small villages and see how the people show their religiosity and love to their families.

On this tour, we will also visit Puebla. There we will be able to see a unique way to celebrate this festival, with giant carpets that are created with marigolds and other colorful flowers.

Every day you will be part of extraordinary, mystical events.
 
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 own 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

 

ITINERARY

Talavera PueblaOCT 27
Puebla
Talavera Factory
Tonantzinla
OCT 28
Tonanzintla
oaxaca-santodomingo1OCT 29
Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Coyotepec
TeotitlánOCT 30
Teotitlán del Valle
San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya
Santa María del Tule
San Antonio ArrazolaOCT 31
Cuilam de Guerrero
San Antonio Arrazola
oaxaca-montealbanNOV 1
Monte Alban
Atzompa
Ocotlán de MorelosNOV 2
Jalieza
Ocotlán de Morelos
Cholula, PueblaNOV 3
Cholula, Puebla
AtlixcoNOV 4
Atlixco
Return to México City

 


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,880
To reserve your spot:$250
Payment 1 (due by June 30, 2017):$815
Payment 2 (due by Aug 31, 2017)$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 continental 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
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

Our transportation services in México City will start on Oct 27 at 4:30 p.m. Meeting point: Terminal 1 bus terminal in front of Pullman’s offices. We will take our van to the Terminal 1 bus terminal, located near the car ramp that leads to the international area. There you can find a variety of services: VIP lounges, Internet, and waiting, reading and meeting rooms. We will meet in front of Pullman’s front desk. There is a waiting area with a group of chairs.

On November 4, we will be at the airport by 3:00 p.m.

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 $1,880 USD as of today:
MXN: $34,899
CAD: $2,390
EURO: $1,575

 

Querétaro &
San Luis Potosí

Sept 28-Oct 6, 2017
Nine Mystical Days

How paltry is the more aesthetic experience compared to the sensation of watching the ritual after one has also understood the intellectual forces that explain the origins of all this. – Konrad Theodor Preuss, anthropologist

The purpose of this adventure is to enjoy the magic of the sacred México and the deep beauty of the indigenous people in our ancestral culture, as well as the deep spiritual beauty within yourself. During the first days of October at Real de Catorce, the Huicholes honor their most important festivity, which includes peyote consumption. We invite you to participate in this powerful adventure.

 
Highlights of this trip:

    • Tequisquiapan, with an architecture that is a beautiful and unusual blend of colonial and indigenous styles. Only two hours drive from México City, it has become popular as a weekend getaway. It has a perfect year-round climate, beautiful churches and narrow cobblestone streets. Shopping opportunities include Mexican opals and jewelry, cane, wicker, and rattan, and many other handcrafts and folk art.
    • Villa de San Bernal, home of Bernal’s Peak,  the largest monolith in México. At the foot of the monolith is Villa de San Bernal, a beautiful, peaceful Pueblo Magico featuring wool products, dolls, and much more.
    • Xilitla, with gorgeous rainforested scenery in every direction,  is home to Nahuatl and Teenek indigenous people, who still practice many of their traditional ways. It is also where the Englishman Edward James created his amazing sculpture garden, Las Pozas, more than 80 acres of waterfalls and pools combined with large surrealist sculptures.
    • San Luis Potosí, steeped in history,  became a commercial center in the late 16th century due to its  large silver and gold deposits. It played an important part in the Mexican Revolution as well. It is one of México’s most picturesque cities, with beautiful colonial architecture, parks, and an active cultural scene.
    • Real de Catorce, once a thriving silver mining town in the high desert, is now a “ghost town” with a population of around 1,000. It continues to be a pilgrimage site for the Huicholes and is thought to be a place of power with a spiritual energy.

     

    ITINERARY

    TequisquiapanSEPT 28
    To Tequisquiapan
    Villa de San BernalSEPT 29
    Villa de San Bernal
    XilitlaSEPT 30 & OCT 1
    Xilitla
    San CristobalOCT 2
    San Luis Potosí
    ZinacantámOCT 3, 4 & 5
    Real de Catorce
    CodexOCT 6
    Return to México City

     


    COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

    Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,150
    To reserve your spot:$575
    Balance (due by Aug 1, 2017):$575
    *If you'd like a private room, add:$250

    The tour includes:

      • Transportation, beginning at the México City International Airport on 28th September at 2:00 p.m.
      • Daily tours
      • Accommodations
      • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
      • Daily continental breakfast at the hotel
      • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour

     
    It does not include:

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

     
    This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.

     Our transportation services in México City will start on Sept 28 at 2:00 p.m. Meeting point: Terminal 1 bus terminal in front of Pullman’s offices). We will take our van to the Terminal 1 bus terminal, located near the car ramp that leads to the international area. There you can find a variety of services: VIP lounges, Internet, and waiting, reading and meeting rooms. We will meet in front of Pullman’s front desk. There is a waiting area with a group of chairs.

    On October 6, we will be at the airport by 4:00 p.m.

    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 $1,150 USD as of today:
    MXN: $21,348
    CAD: $1,462
    EURO: $964