CALENDAR OF TOURS2016-2017

Holbox

HOLBOX
Mexico’s Enchanted Island
January 24-29, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Join Travelian for a relaxing and fulfilling experience to one of Mexico’s low-key treasures!

Isla Holbox is a small (26 miles long) island north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, in Quintana Roo State. It's part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, and separated from the mainland by the Yalahau Lagoon, which is home to flamingos, pelicans and other rich birdlife. The island is between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, with waters rich in marine life.

Getting to Isla Holbox is an adventure in itself! The island is accessed by ferry from the mainland town of Chiquila, and has virtually no cars; transport by most residents and tourists is by electric golf carts and mopeds. Other vehicles are not allowed in order to protect the environment and to prevent the streets from getting sand covered.


Mexico City

MEXICO ART, ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHEOLOGY
Rivera, Barragan, Contemporary Art and Archeology
February 8-12, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Join Travelian and an extraordinary team of guides for this stimulating art and history tour. This expedition has been carefully designed by Dirk Bakker (Photographer of Diego Rivera’s complete works for Conculta in the 1980s) and Colleen Besman, our Travelian Tour Leader. Hope Palmer, Art Historian, will provide explanations of many of Diego’s works and open our minds for a spectacular visit to the Zona Maco International Art Fair. For two of the major mural sites, we have invited an expert from UNAM to join our team. 

Mexico has always been absorbed with art as a means to express political discourse, both in its fearless celebration of death and as a strong voice against corruption. This art and history tour will offer an opportunity to grasp the depth and complexity of Mexico’s uniqueness.

Diego Rivera, widely regarded as the most influential Mexican artist of the twentieth century, was truly a larger-than-life figure who spent significant periods of his career in Europe and the U.S., in addition to his native Mexico. Together with David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco, Rivera was a founder and leading member of the Mexican Muralist movement. He deployed a style influenced by European modern masters and influenced also by Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage. In painting true frescoes, Rivera handled major themes appropriate to the scale of this chosen art form: social inequality, the relationship of nature, industry and technology, and the history and fate of Mexico. More than half a century after his death, Rivera is still among the most revered figures in Mexico, celebrated for both his role in the country’s artistic renaissance and re-invigoration of the mural genre, as well as for his outsized persona. Visit six of his major mural sites on this exploration.


Leon

LEON
Shopping and Culture Day
February 20, 2017
Travelian Day Trips

Let yourself be surprised by Leon, known as the “Perla del Bajio” or “Pearl of the Bajio.” Leon was founded in 1576, and is renowned worldwide for its exceptional leather production.

Visit one of Leon’s finest leather accessories factories and learn about the proccess of working with delicate and exotic leathers from around the world. Have the opportunity to visit its exclusive boutique (not open to the public) for a unique shopping experience!

Enjoy lunch and shopping at Leon’s premier shopping centers.


Sierra Gorda

SIERRA GORDA & XILITLA
Biosphere Reserve and Edward James’s Las Pozas
February 21-25, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Set out on an extraordinary Travelian Journey into a biosphere reserve encompassing one third of the State of Queretaro, featuring mountain vistas, rivers, Franciscan missions and butterflies, plus a visit to the surreal structures of Edward James’s Las Pozas. Be a part of a small group of interested and appreciative travelers, led by our knowledgeable local guide and experienced Travelian guides.

Travel into the mountains of Queretaro to experience unforgettable vistas after hiking to the hillcrest of the village of Cuatro Palos. Ridge after ridge of nearly undisturbed land await your gaze, and will introduce you to The Sierra Gorda Biosphere. This area, about the size of the State of Rhode Island, was established by decree in May 1997 to preserve its exceptional variety of ecosystems and species of fauna and flora.

The 13,000 population town of Jalpan de Serra is the largest in the Biosphere, with people who live daily lives in a goal of preserving the heritage of this natural resource. It will be our base for a number of daytrips into the region at large to experience both natural and cultural offerings.


Monarch Butterfly

MONARCH BUTTERFLY TOURS
Walk Among the Orange-winged Wonders
February 21-22, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Join the friendly, knowledgeable guides of Travelian Tours and experience for yourself the awe-inspiring natural wonder of the overwintering Monarch Butterflies, high in the mountains of central Mexico.

The migration of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is an amazing journey of nearly 3000 miles, starting from Canada and the northern United States, through the Great Plains, funneling into Texas, and then across a border they cannot see into the mountains of central Mexico. Each year a special generation of these extraordinary butterflies locates the same right place to winter in the highland pine and fir forests of Michoacan and Estado de Mexico.

Spend the first day traveling to a charming countryside eco-resort, surrounded by tree-covered hills and a fast-flowing river. After an outdoor lunch, relax and enjoy the surroundings, swim in the fresh mineral water pools or hike in search of wildflowers, birds, or even the surprise of a Monarch Butterfly larva eating up the milkweed plant on which its egg was laid. Before dinner learn more about the natural history of the Monarchs, their journeys south and north, and the new scientific discoveries about how they navigate these journeys.


Monarch Butterfly

MONARCH BUTTERFLY TOURS
Walk Among the Orange-winged Wonders
February 26-27, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Join the friendly, knowledgeable guides of Travelian Tours and experience for yourself the awe-inspiring natural wonder of the overwintering Monarch Butterflies, high in the mountains of central Mexico.

The migration of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is an amazing journey of nearly 3000 miles, starting from Canada and the northern United States, through the Great Plains, funneling into Texas, and then across a border they cannot see into the mountains of central Mexico. Each year a special generation of these extraordinary butterflies locates the same right place to winter in the highland pine and fir forests of Michoacan and Estado de Mexico.


Monarch Butterfly

MONARCH BUTTERFLY TOURS
Walk Among the Orange-winged Wonders
March 2-3, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Join the friendly, knowledgeable guides of Travelian Tours and experience for yourself the awe-inspiring natural wonder of the overwintering Monarch Butterflies, high in the mountains of central Mexico.

The migration of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is an amazing journey of nearly 3000 miles, starting from Canada and the northern United States, through the Great Plains, funneling into Texas, and then across a border they cannot see into the mountains of central Mexico. Each year a special generation of these extraordinary butterflies locates the same right place to winter in the highland pine and fir forests of Michoacan and Estado de Mexico.


Lacandon Jungle

CHIAPAS BEST OF BIRDING
The Lacandon Jungle
March 10-17, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Join Travelian’s bird guide leaders on a trip to immerse yourself in Chiapas’s natural, birding and ancient archeological sites in comfort, with a small group of appreciative travelers and with our expert local bird guide.

Taste the enigmatic Mayan beauty of Palenque, a site offering an exquisite balance between jungle and graceful ruins, punctuated with Lovely Cotingas, Royal Flycatchers and Black-headed Trogons. Then enter into the Selva Lacandona, where you lose your sense of time among the ceibas, the howler monkeys, and the birds of the tropical jungle. Be astonished by the murals of Bonampak, as well as Black-and-white Hawk-Eagles, White-collared Manakins and Tody Motmots.

Take a boat ride along the Usumacinta River to the Yaxchilan ruins; travel into other times and hear of the legends and beliefs of the ancient Mayas who controlled this area from the Preclassic through the Late Classic Periods. Share the site with Chestnut-colored Woodpeckers, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, and Purple-crowned Fairies.


Chiapas

CHIAPAS HIGHLANDS
Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
March 15-23, 2017
Travelian Journeys

Join Travelian guides Carmen Silva and Colleen Besman for this incomparable tour with one of Mexico’s anthropological textile experts.

Discover Chiapas, Mexico’s most indigenous and southern state! Enjoy marimba music, local cuisine, boating, and indigenous markets with a small group of similarly curious travelers and expert guides. Travel safely with excellent drivers and sleep in comfort at outstanding hotels.

Visit the 25 mile-long Sumidero River Canyon with cliffs over 3000 feet in height and abundant wildlife. Our private boat lands in the Pueblo Magico of Chiapa de Corzo, where our knowledgeable local guide will take us to a gourmet regional cuisine restaurant for lunch, then introduce us to one of Mexico’s Master Marimba makers.

Next, we’ll travel up to San Cristobal de las Casas, situated at 7200 feet, in a high fertile valley surrounded by mountains. Chiapas is home to many indigenous groups descended from the Maya, two of the largest being the Tzotzils and Tzeltals, who inhabit villages surrounding San Cristobal. The indigenous people of Chiapas speak their own languages (often in addition to Spanish), practice their own unique customs, and can be identified by their traditional dress that varies by group/village. The markets are a buzz of symphonic sounds!