Discover one of the World’s Great Capital Cities! Our travelers love it and here is why we do too!
Mexico City can be overwhelming. But like any great city, it is the sum of its parts. In Mexico City, this includes: the Historic Center with baroque and neo-classical architecture, the Palace of Fine Arts with its massive Tiffany glass curtain, murals by Rivera, Orozco and Tamayo, the renown National Museum of Anthropology, swanky Polanco, the cobblestone streets of San Angel, and city markets. Founded by the Aztecs on what is now the dried lake bed of Texcoco, Tenochtitlan, was a powerful and revered city. Today, it remains a great city and like Rome, has the layers of great civilizations as evidence! Join us on a Journey to elegant Mexico City; a city of multiple layers.
Tours in Mexico City:
Join us on this Special Event Journey to see special exhibits of Frida’s artwork and collection of indigenous clothing. Frida was born on July 6, 1907. Yet, at Casa Azul where Frida grew up, painted on the wall it reads, “Here Frida Kahlo was born on July 7, 1910”, the year of the outbreak of Mexico’s Revolution. Which is correct?…
This extraordinary journey takes us to singular and diverse regions of Mexico in Oaxaca, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Mexico City. Not only will we be able to appreciate the vast diversity of Mexico, we’ll learn about the varied textile traditions in natural dyes, weaving and embroidery. We’ll savor new flavors, meet artisans and visit ancient archeological sites! Join us on this journey to a different Mexico!.
October 12-21, 2018
Frida Kahlo: Dress and Identity Many aspects of Frida Kahlo have been studied, pondered and admired. From her art, politics, love life, travails, and many others. A singular aspect of Frida Kahlo and her identity was her dress. Frida used dress consciously in the creation of her identity. Through dress, she crafted her image, displaying her cultural heritage from both Europe and Mexico.
If you love textile traditions, dye resist techniques and colonial cities, this trip is for you! This year, our trip is scheduled around the Feria del Rebozo in Tenancingo. We enjoy this unique opportunity to see (& buy) the “best from the best” for our special collections. In Mexico City, we’ll visit the shrine of “Nuestor Senor del Rebozo”, and see the Franz Mayer Museum antique rebozo collection…
Art, Culture & Cuisine!
On this journey of learning and discovery, we explore the history and expressions of Art in Mexico. In order to understand the vision and temperament of Diego and Frida, we will learn of History and Politics of Mexico, that is the only way to contextualize their art and lives. Get ready for your impressions of Mexico City’s Historic Center! Arriving at the grand and vast Zocalo, we’ll see the great clash of cultures in the 16th Century, that forever changed the course of Mexico’s history. We’ll also visit the Pre Hispanic site of Teotihuacan…
An extraordinary culinary journey to learn of Mexican culture through its culinary heritage. This unique cultural travel experience begins in Oaxaca, where the earliest pre-domesticated corn was found over 6,000 years ago. Corn was the crop that provided the means for civilization to develop and flourish in Mesoamerica…
This is why we love Mexico City:
The Historic Center: Where the Ancient Aztec Capital meets the Colonial Era of the Spanish.
The Zocalo, the 3rd Largest Square in the World!.
The National Palace and the Murals of Diego Rivera.
The Palace of Fine Arts and the Murals of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros.
The Blue House, Frida Kahlo’s former home and now museum.
The Bazaar Sabado: Only on Saturdays; the finest of Mexican Art and Craft.
World Class Art Museums: National Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contempo- rary Art, Franz Mayer Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Blastein Collection Museum.
The Xochimilco Floating Gardens, formerly the “chinampa” canals of early agriculture.
World class and award winning restaurants and chefs, such as Enrique Olvera of Pujol and Ricardo Munoz of Azul Condesa.
The world class Museum of Anthropology, opened in 1964.
The Ancient Ruins of Teotihuacan
Nearby Puebla and Cholula for mole poblano and talavera tiles.
The UNAM Campus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cutting Edge Modern and Contemporary Architecture: Beginning with Luis Barragan.
Mexico City 101
An introductory trip to Mexico City, however, no tests or quizzes! Just the opportunity to experience one of the world’s largest capital cities. We will explore the early Aztec founding of the City of Tenochtitlan, learn of the brief occupation by the Hapsburg’s, the colonization by the Spanish, and finally, the fight for Independence, which lasted from 1810 to 1821. We will explore the Historic Center, including the zocalo, which is the 2nd largest public square after the Red Square in Moscow.
The Mexican Muralists: Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros
A study of the historic roots of the Social Realist School of art in Mexico. Beginning with the innovators, Jose Posada Guadalupe and Dr. Atl, we will learn about the artists who gave birth to this movement, and the social/political forces that fueled it. Diego Rivera’s activities in Mexico, San Fransisco, New York and Detroit will be reviewed, as well as on-site visits to his most important works in Mexico City, Chapingo and Cuernavaca. We will also study and visit the works of Juan O’Gorman, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo.
Photos From These Trips
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