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: $27,322
CAD: $1,807
EURO: $1,194

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: $27,322
CAD: $1,807
EURO: $1,194

Puebla and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead, 2019

2018 Sold Out
Book now for 2019!

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


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

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.

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: $38,048
CAD: $2,516
EURO: $1,662