Join us on an extraordinary journey to learn of the African descendants in Mexico. From the Colonial Era to present, we learn how the people and communities of African descent helped shaped Mexico’s past and continue to express traditions in art, dance, music and food that reflect their heritage. Few people know about the African descendants in Mexico, as their history has been little studied and told. This, however is changing as UNESCO, community activists and academics increasingly give voice to the people and communities of African descent in Mexico.
Most importantly, through organizations such as Mexico Negro, A.C., the communities themselves are enjoying a revival and are strengthening their own sense of identity as they explore their roots and unique traditions in an effort to carve out a stronger future. Join us to learn of the past and present history and initiatives of the vibrant people, their music, dance and art in Veracruz and the Costa Chica
Day One, Arrive Mexico City: Museum of Anthropology (D). You will be met at the Airport: Welcome to Mexico City! We transfer to Museo Nacional de Antropologia to learn about the Gulf Coast & other pre-Hispanic Civilizations of Mexico. Later, we enjoy a fun Welcome Dinner at our Hotel so
Day 2, Mexico City: National History Museum, Antiguo Collegio San Idelfonso, Palace of Fine Arts (B, L) After Breakfast we visit the National History Museum located in the Chapultepec Castle, where we learn of Mexico’s Colonial Era and see Caste Paintings of the period. From here, we visit the Antiguo Colegio San Idelfonso hosted by curator, Ery Camera. Here we learn of the beginnings of the Mexican Muralism. After
lunch at famed El Cardenal, we see the Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco later murals at the Palace of Fine Arts. Our evening is at leisure.
Day 3, Mexico City: Lecture, Historic Center, Zocalo, Cathedral, Templo Mayor, National Palace (B, L) Morning Lecture: The African Descendants in Mexico: the Colonial Period, by, Dr. Maria Elisa Velazquez a leading historian. From here, we visit Mexico City’s Historic Center, including the massive Zocalo square, the Main Cathedral, the ancient and former capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitilan and the famed
Diego Rivera murals at the National Palace. Our Evening is leisure.
Day 4, Xalapa, Veracruz (B, L): Today we transfer to Xalapa, Veracruz where we visit the Xalapa Museum of Anthropology to learn about Olmec Art and Theories of Ethnographic/Geographic Origin of the Olmec Culture and People. We enjoy a lunch of Regional Cuisine and overnight in Xalapa, a charming town.
Day 5, Veracruz, Veracruz (B, L): Today we take a short ride to Veracruz to learn about this important Gulf Coast port city and the important role it played as a port of entry for African slaves and trade during the Colonial period. We visit the imposing Fort and later, Prison of San Juan de Ulua. We enjoy free time in Veracruz to explore the tropical city or go to the beach before a fun night of dancing to
the famed Jarocho Music. We overnight in this vibrant tropical city.
Day 6,Veracruz-Puebla (B, L): Today we depart for Puebla and make important stops en Route at Yanga, to see the statue in honor of GasparYanga, the leader in Mexico’s slave rebellion. Stopping in Orizaba we visit the jewel, Museum of the State: Regional Art, to see some of the finest expressions of “Traveler Art” and an impressive collection of Diego Rivera paintings that span his lifetime. Arriving in Puebla, we enjoy
a late lunch or “comida” of mole, pipian and other regional dishes, followed by a brief walking tour of colonial Puebla, where we will spend the night.
Day 7,Transfer to Copala (B, D): Today we have a longer drive as we travel from Puebla to the Pacific Coast. We will make stops along the way and enjoy our scenic journey. Upon arrival in “La Costa Chica”, we will be met by the local community of Playa Ventura and enjoy a fabulous dinner of local fish and dancing under the stars to the sounds of the “Son Chilenas” so famous in the region. We overnight on Playa Ventura at Hotel Villa Tortuga, hosted by Rene and staff.
Day 8, Costa Chica: Cuajinicuilapa & San Nicolas, Guerrero (B, L): We begin our trek into the Guerrero side of the Costa Chica and visit Cuajinicuilapa’s Museum of Afro-Mestizo History and Culture, where we will enjoy a Guided Visit. From here, we visit the community of San Nicolas to learn of the Youth Revival of the “Baile de Artesa” dance, with roots in African rhythms. We overnight in Ometepec, Hotel San Carlos
Day 9, Costa Chica: El Ciruelo y El Collantes, Oaxaca (B, L). Day two in the Costa Chica takes us to El Ciruelo to see the extraordinary talent of the artists at the Graphic Arts Workshop: founded by Father Glyn Jemmott. We will enjoy an Exhibition/Sale and Meet the Artists. After lunch in Pinotepa Nacional, we travel deeper into the region to Collantes: where we see and learn of the La Danza de LosDiablos and Celebration of Day of the Dead. We are special invited guests for this occasion! Once again, we overnight Ometepec.
Day 10, Transfer to Acapulco (B, L): Today is designed to relax & enjoy the beach in Acapulco. Excursions to the Fuerte San Diego or other points of interest in Historic/Old Acapulco, are available upon Request. We enjoy a sad but festive Farewell Dinner in Acapulco
Day 11: Morning transfer to Mexico City Airport for Departing Flights (B, L)