Mexico City Arts and Culture
8 days, 7 nights
Other tour companies speed you through Mexico City in just a couple of days! We don't think so! With one of the largest populations in the world it's no wonder that Mexico City is bursting at the seems with culture, tradition, history, architecture, art, music and food! Let us make a proper introduction.
Mexico city offers a unique collision of contemporary city life and historic preservation. Much of this tour is on foot. The city is a tightly packed sensory experience.
The Paseo de la Reforma, based on the Champs Elysées in Paris, is lined with monuments, fountains and statues of Mexican heroes. Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City's largest park is home to the current presidential residence and a former imperial palace, Chapultepec Castle. Palacio de Bellas Artes, a prominent cultural center and stunning Art Nouveau masterpiece, has hosted some of the most notable events in music, dance, theater, opera and literature. From museums to gardens to architectural details, the D.F. has something for everyone. And we're just getting started.
It's quite possible the only thing more associated with Mexican culture than tequila is the mariachi. Mariachi goes beyond La Cucaracha, it is the sum of a cultural revolution expressed through a group of musicians, dressed in popular clothing which encompasses the essence of Mexico and its people. It is something cultural, spiritual and traditional that is unique to this country, an experience not to be missed.
Several nights a week Lucha Libre transforms the city into theater as it's taken over by super heroes, super villains, and their animated fans. This cultural phenomena is popular with the working-class. It embodies the classic struggle between good and evil. A night out might inspire you to don your own amusing mask, but don't worry, our group will keep you in check.
The thriving city of of Puebla takes great pride in its past. Here the Colonial buildings are adorned with ceramic tiles for which the city is famous. Before the arrival of Spanish settlers, fine pottery had long been crafted from local clay. After the introduction of new materials and techniques, Puebla pottery evolved as both an art and an industry. For art lovers, this is a visual feast.
Just beyond Puebla lies the town of Cholula, home to Pirámide Tepanapa. You may not know about the widest pyramid ever built, but you will. And, a short distance to the northeast of Mexico City is Teotihuacan. At its zenith, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Apart from the vast size of its pyramids, Teotihuacan is also anthropologically significant for its complex, multi-family residential compounds; the Avenue of the Dead; and the small portion of its vibrant murals that have been exceptionally well-preserved. We'll climb - or crawl - our way up the Sun Pyramid in order to better understand just how impressive it is.
Iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was born, lived and died in the Blue House, also known as Museo Frida Kahlo. A visit to this historic landmark affords the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the evocative painter. And at the Museo Dolores Olmedo we'll continue our exploration as we browse nearly 150 works by Diego Rivera.
At the southern edge of the D.F., in Xochimilco, is a network of canals bound by water gardens. Over the years the waterways have shifted their focus from agriculture to tourism. We'll take part in this shift by gliding through the canals on brightly decorated gondolas, a favorite weekend activity for locals.
And finally, for the foodies, while one might argue that this entire tour is a lesson in gastronomy, we will none-the-less tuck into a day dedicated to the sabor of a nation and top it off with the singular taste of Tequila.
What is included
Group is limited to 8 participants so reserve your place early. If you are a group with at least 6 people and would like to arrange your own travel dates, please contact us. Tour cost is for double occupancy. Single room supplement is $325.