Guadalajara

The best of the Folk Art and the colorful artisan fair in Chapala!

Nov 6 – Nov 14, 2023
Nine Days and Eight Nights


QUICK LOOK

Trip begins at: Guadalajara, Jalisco on Nov. 6
Trip ends at: Local Airport at Guadalajara – we will take you to the airport at 8:00 am
No. of days: Nine days and eight nights
Areas of interest: Festivals, history, archaeology, anthropology, cuisine,  Folk Art

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP

    • Discovering the magical town of Tequila, a typical Mexican village, home of the famous drink
    • Following the footsteps of one of three greatest muralists: José Clemente Orozco
    • Visiting the most colorful magical villages and and the richness of the handcrafts at Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Ajijic
    • 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
    • Being amazed about the beauty of Guachimontones, the most important archaeological site in Jalisco
    • Enjoying the colors at the local markets and the seeing the popular religiosity with the Lady of Zapopan

GALLERY


ITINERARY

NOVEMBER 6

You will arrive at our centrally located hotel in Guadalajara. Then we will have our first dinner together welcoming you to these nine days of adventure.


NOVEMBER 7

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


NOVEMBER 8

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


NOVEMBER 9

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


NOVEMBER 10

During the first half of the day we will visit the 21st Annual Feria de Maestros del Arte at Chapala, Jalisco; the purpose is to see the highest quality of Mexican Folk Art. Then we will have time to discover the surroundings of Lake Chapala. 


NOVEMBER 11

We will visit Jalisco’s very important archaeological site: Guachimontones. Also we will visit the Centro Interpretativo Guachimontones “Phil Weigand” and we will discover the fascinating story behind this important archaeologist and his knowledge related to the hidden geometry of the Guachimontones.


NOVEMBER 12

Today we will visit the basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, which is an architectural jewel of the XVII century. Then we will go to the City Hall in order to enjoy the unique murals that José Clemente Orozco painted. 


NOVEMBER 13

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


NOVEMBER 14

Today we will take you to the local airport in Guadalajara, in order to take your flight back home.


COSTS (USD) & DETAILS

Cost per person (double occupancy):$1,750
To reserve your spot:$875
Balance (due by Sept 1, 2022):$875
If you'd like a private room, add:$350


The tour includes:

    • Ground transportation
    • Daily tours
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • Accommodations
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Welcome dinner and seven lunches with culinary experiences

It does not include:

    • Dinners, except the welcome dinner
    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for only fourteen 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 $1,750 USD as of today:
MXN: $33,797
CAD: $2,363
EURO: $1,693

Puebla and Oaxaca During the Day of the Dead

October 27 – November 4, 2023
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 6:00 p.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*):$1,980
To reserve your spot:$990
Balance (due by July 1, 2023):$990

*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
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • 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 Mendoza, the best known artist in Teotitlán del Valle
    • Accommodations
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Eight lunches, including a culinary experience in Puebla, and tasting the local flavors and the delicious traditional cuisine of Oaxaca

It does not include:

    • Tips
    • Telephone, laundry, etc

This trip was designed for only fourteen travelers.


Currency conversion of $1,980 USD as of today:
MXN: $38,239
CAD: $2,674
EURO: $1,916

México City II

Oct 19 – Oct 27, 2023
Nine Days and Eight Nights


QUICK LOOK

Trip begins at: México City International Airport on October 19. 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 October 27. 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 the 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 millennia 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

GALLERY


ITINERARY

OCTOBER 19

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


OCTOBER 20

We will visit the National Museum of Anthropology where we will spend some hours discovering the most fascinating aspects of the pre-Hispanic cultures. We will enjoy the exhibition about the 100th Anniversary of the Malinaltepec Mask. Then we will have the opportunity to go to the Folk Art Museum.


OCTOBER 21

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.


OCTOBER 22

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.


OCTOBER 23

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.


OCTOBER 24

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.


OCTOBER 25

Today we will visit Tiburcio Soteno’s family; the most 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.


OCTOBER 26

In order to discover the beauty of Cuernavaca, we will visit Jardínes de México and Xochicalco, two amazing places of beauty.


OCTOBER 27

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):$1,880
To reserve your spot:$940
Balance (due by Aug 1, 2023)$940
If you'd like a private room, add:$350


The tour includes:

    • Transportation
    • Transfer from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
    • Daily tours
    • A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
    • Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
    • Boat to Xochimilco with Mariachi music
    • Accommodations
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Welcome dinner and eight lunches

It does not include:

    • Tips
    • Telephone calls, laundry, etc.

This trip was designed for fourteen 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.)

See a video of Marina’s participation in the celebration of her grandfather, Porfirio Aguirre, 100 years after his discovery of the famous Malinaltepec mask. Museo Nacional de Antropología.

 


Currency conversion of $1,880 USD as of today:
MXN: $36,308
CAD: $2,539
EURO: $1,819