Destinations

Discover Colombia!

This extraordinary journey provides an excellent overview of where South America begins! With its vast mountain chains and its fertile green valleys, you will see how this combination of latitude and altitude make it one of the world’s coffee growing centers. We will explore the fascinating world of Cali, where salsa dancing reins supreme. We also will visit the pearl of the Caribbean, the walled city of Cartagena…

Textile Traditions Oaxaca & Chiapas, November 2018

We explore the multiple ethnic communities of Oaxaca (and Guerrero) to learn of their cultural and ethnic expressions in dress and textiles. From the Amuzgo in Guerrero to the Mixtec, Huave, Zapotec in Oaxaca we will see how textile traditions and dress are a cultural passport and unique expression of the women (and some men) who live in this region.

textiles

Art of the Charro: Jalisco & Feria Maestros del Arte! November 3-11, 2018

Welcome to tequila country! Enjoy the art of “charreria” and regional cuisine of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Learn everything about the distilled spirit that is synonymous with Mexico. Explore the colonial architecture of yellow “cantera” or quarried stone, and admire the magnificent murals of Jose Clemente Orozco… Tour coming November 2018

Monarchs and the Mazahua February 16-23, 2019

Join us on a journey to learn about and witness one of nature’s wonders–the monarch butterfly migration. Here, in the fir trees of Michoacan at between 8,000-12,000 feet, the monarch butterflies take rest for the winter months after flying over 3,000 miles. Here, they cluster in groups on the fir trees to stay warm. During the day, they enjoy the sunshine and can be seen flying in massive groups…

The Flavors of Yucatan and Campeche

We will embark on fascinating excursions to meet farmers, fishermen, and ranchers to better understand and appreciate the farm to table relationships and supply chain of uniquely Yucatecan ingredients. Visitors will visit a Yucatecan family to discover the traditional pit cooking style called pib. The culinary traditions of Yucatan are like none other!

Natural Dye Workshop

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…

The Mexican Rebozo & Fashion: Ikat Traditions and Techniques

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…

Textile Traditions of Oaxaca’s Coast & Isthmus

We explore the multiple ethnic communities of Oaxaca (and Guerrero) to learn of their cultural and ethnic expressions in dress and textiles. From the Amuzgo in Guerrero to the Mixtec, Huave, Zapotec in Oaxaca we will see how textile traditions and dress are a cultural passport and unique expression of the women (and some men) who live in this region.

Maya Textiles of the Chiapas Highlands

On this journey we will learn about the rich textile traditions as cultural expressions of the Highland Maya people of Chiapas. Based out of San Cristobal de Las Casas, we will make daily visits to surrounding communities to learn how they express their inner beliefs on cloth and identify themselves to the world through their unique community dress.

Chiapas Highlands

The Ancient & Living Maya

Learn of the Ancient and Present Day Maya in the Tabasco & Chiapas Lowlands and Highlands. Arriving in Villahermosa, we have the opportunity to marvel at the Olmec culture and their monumental sculpture. Also in Tabasco, Comalcalco is a rarely visited Maya site of the Classic Era, rich in stucco sculpture and made of brick! …

Tabasco and Chiapas

The Enduring Legacy of Frida Kahlo: July 2018

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?…

Frida Kahlo

This is Guelaguetza

A not to be missed annual Oaxaca event, the Guelaguetza is a celebration of Oaxaca’s regional costume and dance in honor of the pre-Hispanic goddess of corn, Centeotl. Villagers in full regalia arrive from their respective villages to put on a spectacle of dance and music. Join us in the small villages to celebrate this most colorful and memorable spectacle!