México City

March 1-9, 2021
Nine Days and Eight Nights

This trip is now available for this season. If you are interested in México City 2021, please Contact Us and tell us that you would like to reserve a place for the trip to México City.


QUICK LOOK

Trip begins at: México City International Airport on Mar 1. You will arrange your transfer from the airport to the hotel. The meeting point will be at the hotel.
Trip ends at: México City International Airport on Mar 9. We will arrange your transfer to the airport at 8:00 a.m., or later if you prefer.
No. of days: Nine days and eight nights
Areas of interest: Festivals, history, archaeology, folk art, cuisine, anthropology

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

GALLERY


ITINERARY

MARCH 1

I will meet you at our  hotel in the center of México City; then we will have our welcome dinner around 6:30pm.


MARCH 2

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.


MARCH 3

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.


MARCH 4

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.


MARCH 5

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.


MARCH 6

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 extraordinary exhibition of the Calendar Girls at Soumaya Museum.


MARCH 7

Today we will visit Tiburcio Soteno’s family; the mos important artist in Metepec. He is very well-known because of the trees of life. Then we will visit the stunning stained glass work at Toluca.


MARCH 8

In order to discover 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.


MARCH 9

We will arrange your transfer to the International Airport in México City at the time of your convenience.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,650
To reserve your spot:$825
Balance (due by Jan 10, 2020):$825
*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
    • 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 and two dinners
    • Tips
    • Transfer from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
    • 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 $1,650 USD as of today:
MXN: $33,043
CAD: $2,106
EURO: $1,407

Chiapas and its Magic

January 15-23, 2021
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 January 15, 2021 in the evening
Trip ends at: Tuxtla Gutiérrez Chiapas Airport on January 23, 2021 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 15

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


JANUARY 16

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

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

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 19

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 20

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 21

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 22

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 23

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*):$1,650
To reserve your spot:$825
Balance (due by Dec 1, 2020):$825
*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
    • Two lunches and two dinners at the Lacandona jungle
    • 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:

    • Transfer from the airport in Villahermosa, Tabasco to the hotel in the same city
    • Meals other than breakfasts, two lunches and four 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 $1,650 USD as of today:
MXN: $33,043
CAD: $2,106
EURO: $1,407

Puebla and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead

October 27 – November 4, 2020
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

GALLERY


ITINERARY

OCTOBER 27

We will pick you up from the International Airport in México City at 1:45 p.m. in order to travel to Puebla, where we will have our welcome dinner, tasting the delicious flavors of this traditional cuisine.


OCTOBER 28

You will visit the most interesting historic places in Puebla, such as the Cathedral, the Palofoxian Library and the Amparo Museum. Every corner of the city will be the perfect spot to be close to the traditions of Puebla.


OCTOBER 29

Today we will visit the Baroque Museum. Later we will go to Cholula and you will be witness to the incredible process of making the famous Talavera tiles.


OCTOBER 30

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 31

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 1

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 2

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 3

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 4

Today we will take you (at the time of your preference) to the local airport in Oaxaca City.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy*):$1,880
To reserve your spot:$250
Payment 1 (due by May 1, 2020):$815
Payment 2 (due by July 1, 2020):$815

*All prices for this tour are double-occupancy only.


The tour includes:

    • Transportation: México City Airport-Puebla-Oaxaca and transfer from the hotel to the local airport in Oaxaca
    • Daily tours
    • Accommodations
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Three lunches, including a culinary experience in Puebla, 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 three lunches
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.


Currency conversion of $1,880 USD as of today:
MXN: $37,649
CAD: $2,400
EURO: $1,604