MEXICO ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND ARCHEOLOGY TOUR Rivera, Frida, Contemporary Art, and Archeology

  • MEXICO CITY ART - Architecture, and Archeology Tour

Tour at a Glance

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TRAVELIAN JOURNEYS  
  Limited to 16 guests                   5 Days / 4 Nights  
Physical demand: Level 2
 
     
TOUR DATES  
  May 30 - June 3, 2018               May 29- June 2, 2019                  
     
2018 - COST PER PERSON:     Change currency to: CAD | USD

 
  Sharing room:                     $  
  Single supplement:            $      
  Charges will be processed in MXN.  
     
  Eventbrite - Mexico City Art  
     

Tour Details

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Join Travelian and an extraordinary expert guide for this stimulating art and history tour. This expedition has been carefully designed to share many of Diego Rivera’s works, visit the home of Frida Kahlo, and open our minds for a spectacular visit to the Zona Maco International Art Fair.

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.

Painter Frida Kahlo was a Mexican self-portrait artist who was married to Diego Rivera and is still admired as a feminist icon.  Artist Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Considered one of Mexico's greatest artists, Frida Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954. Our tour includes visiting The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House for the structure's cobalt-blue walls, is a historic house museum and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

A further exciting surprise for art enthusiasts on this tour will be the remarkable Zona Maco, Latin America’s most important Contemporary Art Fair, held in Mexico City. Annually, the fair offers artworks from more than a hundred international galleries and cultural institutions. This art extravaganza is an enlightening opportunity for everyone, whether they be admirers of art or serious collectors.

On our route back to San Miguel de Allende, venture into the ancient Teotihuacan Archeological site. After understanding Diego Rivera’s murals depicting his vision of early indigenous life in Mexico, visiting this site offers an astonishing experience and fuels a sense of wonder about Mexico’s ancient history.

Take in this dazzling art and history adventure while enjoying delicious cuisine at carefully chosen restaurants, and rest in style at our excellent hotel in the heart of the Mexico City’s Historic Center! Travel in comfort and safety with a small group of travelers with Travelian’s friendly professional guide for this peak art and history experience!



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Itinerary - 5 Days


DAY 1 - DRIVE TO MEXICO CITY – VISIT CHAPINGO MURAL ENROUTE
6:45 am Meet at St. Paul’s Church and depart for Mexico City (Sack Breakfast provided en route). Arrive at Chapingo Mural site. Enjoy a picnic lunch (included). Drive to hotel in the Historic Center. Walk to nearby sites. Return to hotel. That evening meet in the hotel lobby and walk to dinner* at nearby restaurant.

DAY 2 - BARRAGAN AND ZONA MACO ART FAIR
8:00 am Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Coyoacan for a guided tour of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's house. Enjoy lunch* in Coyoacan and drive to visit Diego Rivera’s Rio Lerma site. Drive to the Zona Maco Fair. Explore exhibits at the fair. Drive to dinner* at a casual restaurant in Polanco. Return to hotel.

DAY 3 - ZOCALO CENTRAL – MURALS, CUISINE AND MORE!
8:00 am Breakfast at hotel. Walk to the Zocalo and visit the first of Diego Rivera’s set of murals for the day. Walk to enjoy lunch* together. Leave for our second set of significant murals by Diego Rivera. Walk back to hotel to rest or continue exploring the area on your own. That evening, meet in hotel lobby and walk to dinner* at a nearby restaurant.

DAY 4 - ALAMEDA PARK – MURALS, MUSEUMS, AND ARCHITECTURE
8:00 am Breakfast at hotel. Walk to Alameda Park. Visit the Diego Rivera mural and surrounding area. Walk to lunch* at a nearby terrific restaurant. Walk across Alameda Park and visit our final Diego Rivera mural. After the tour travelers will have time to explore other museums or galleries in the area. Maps will be provided with interesting points of interest. Others may wish to walk back to the hotel visiting sites along the way. That evening meet in the hotel lobby and walk to dinner*.

DAY 5 - TEOTIHUACAN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE, LUNCH, RETURN TO SAN MIGUEL
7:00 am Breakfast and early check-out of hotel. Drive to Teotihuacan Archeological site. Visit site. Meet van and drive to nearby restaurant for lunch*. Depart for drive back to San Miguel de Allende.
6:00 pm Approximate time of arrival in SMA depending on traffic

* All lunch reservations will be made for the convenience of our day travels. Dinner reservations will be made for each evening and are optional. We will ask all of you if you wish to join us for dinner every afternoon to ensure that our reservations are correct and confirmed.

* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the tour's fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

 
 

WHAT TO TAKE

 
     
  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Credit Cards, Debit card, Cash in Pesos for the first day (Cash machines are available)
  Active Cell Phone with recharger
  Bring sufficient funds for meals and beverages not included in trip cost
  Money Belt
  Water Bottle
  Camera
  Travel Flashlight
  Hat
  Sunblock
  Sunglasses
  Day Pack
  Swim Suit and Flip Flops for the pool
  Light-weight Walking Shoes
  A fleece garment or light jacket can be useful in case of chilly mornings or evenings
  Simple comfortable clothing for day and evening wear
  First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder)
  Be sure to bring your own Kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  Personal prescription drugs
  Pack your toiletries and travel documents in your day pack, a supply of Ziplock plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used as mid-morning snacks


     
 

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Travelian Tour Leader

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Rodrigo Lopez
Photo of Rodrigo López Rodrigo is an enthusiastic birdwatcher and photographer. His love of Mexico is shared daily in the outstanding in-depth tours he develops and shares with travelers. He holds degrees in Business Administration from the prestigious Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City, and Creative Marketing from Texas A & M (Mexico City Program).
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Tour Map

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Tour Cost

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  Price per person, double occupancy.
For a single-room, add:
 

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INCLUDES:
  Accommodations (4 nights)
  Breakfast daily
  One picnic lunch
  Entrance fees
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Travelian tour leaders
  Expert guides
  Small group experience: 10 travelers maximum
     
  Eventbrite - Mexico City Art
 

Physical Demand

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    LEVEL 2
    Includes Level 1 plus: Walking or hiking modest uphill/downhill in town or on improved (paved or gravel) trails for a period of up to four hours at a time. Or walking in urban settings with stair-climbs.

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