Discover Mexican art and heritage on an educational tour around Mexico City. Learn the history of Mexico after the Revolution through the illustrations of artists from the muralist movement. Explore the art of the three main leaders of the muralist movement, also known as Los tres grandes, who are David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. On site visits in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, view artworks that are well-known aspects of Mexican culture and beyond. Gain a deeper understanding of artistic identity and heritage through the life and artwork of Frida Kahlo, one of the best-known artists of the 20th century.
Go on an adventure into the ancient civilizations and heritage of Mexico. See ancient ruins from the Mexica and Aztecs, including walls of skulls and monoliths in excavated temple ruins. Journey back in time on a guided tour in the City of the Gods, where there are pyramids dedicated to the sun and moon. Dig into the cultural roots of Mexico City at museums, cathedrals and basilicas where history is preserved. Join the pilgrimage into Catholic heritage, learning the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint. At stops along the way, take in the unique architecture and find opportunities for inspiration.
Travel to Mexico City and meet the Tour Director upon arrival. Check in to the local-area hotel and in time for dinner.
Spend the day exploring the Historic Center of Mexico City, the Zócalo or the Plaza de la Constitución. At the Templo Mayor Museum, see the wall of skulls and discover monoliths found within the excavated temple ruins of the Mexica and Aztecs. Since the Metropolitan Cathedral dominates the north side of the square, it is hard to miss and happens to be Latin America’s oldest and largest cathedral. On the east side of the Zócalo is the National Palace, where there are murals crafted by Diego Rivera. See where the muralist movement was nurtured into a true skill at the Former College of San Ildefonso. Among one of the notable artists of the muralist movement, Diego Rivera’s murals are also up at the Secretaría de Educación Pública for all to see.
Take a private tour of Cuernavaca today, known as the City of Eternal Spring in recognition of the local abundance of flowers and moderate climate. Standing out in the center of the city is the Palace of Hernán Cortés, now a museum dedicated to local history back to the time of the Aztecs and features murals painted by Diego Rivera. Visit the nearby Robert Brady Museum, where every corner of the former residence is covered in art from cultures all around the world and local artists, including Frida Kahlo. View the artwork of David Alfaro Siqueiros at his former home and studio, which is now an art gallery and artists’ residence in Cuernavaca. Travel back to Mexico City at the end of the day.
On a walking tour from San Ángel to Coyoacán in Mexico City, visit the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, the former home of these two amazing artists. Next stop on the walk is the Arte Carrillo Gil Museum, a constantly growing collection of local and international art. Continuing on, arrive at the Frida Kahlo Museum to explore the life and work of one of the best-known artists of the 20th century in her former home. End the tour at the peaceful Frida Kahlo Park, featuring a sculpture of the artist and dedicated to her memory.
Travel far back in time today to discover ancient civilizations and religious history. Starting at the ancient City of the Gods, or San Juan Teotihuacán, go on a guided tour of the Avenue of the Dead, Pyramid of the Moon, Temple of Quetzalcóatl, Pyramid of the Sun and Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. In the afternoon, continue on to Tepotzotlán to visit both the National Museum of Viceroyalty and the Templo de San Francisco Javier. After a full day, return to Mexico City for the evening.
For the day, go to the oldest and largest public park in Latin America, best known as Bosque de Chapultepec. Explore the local cultural roots on a visit to Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology; MNA). Visit the art museum dedicated to the legacy of David Alfaro Siqueiros, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros. View Frida Kahlo’s “The Two Fridas” painting at the Museo de Arte Moderno, among a vast gallery of other artworks by Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.
At the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, view “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park,” which was inspired by the nearby park. Enter the Palacio de Bellas Artes to see their collection of murals and architectural decorations that represent local traditions. On a visit to the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), explore the vast galleries with impressive artworks by the three main leaders of the muralist movement: Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco.
Join the pilgrimage to the shrine of Mexico’s patron saint, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Enter the New Basilica, where the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe is artfully placed so that visitors can see her from any angle in the building. While here, explore the surrounding buildings, including the Old Basilica and the exact site on Tepeyac Hill where the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego. Afterwards, go shopping at one of the largest and oldest markets in Mexico City, La Merced Market. Take a walking tour of the Avenida de los Insurgentes, known as the longest avenue in Latin America. On this tour, view the World Trade Center, stop at the Polyforum Siqueiros to see the largest mural in the world and end at the Teatro de los Insurgentes. For the final evening in Mexico City, relax on a boat ride through the colorful floating gardens of Xochimilco.
After a rewarding adventure in Mexico City, journey home with new stories to share with friends and family.
On this cultural arts tour of Mexico City, learn about the local ancient civilizations, religious heritage, artists and activists firsthand. Explore the muralist movement, depicting Mexican history and identity, through the murals of Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and other activist artists of that era. Dig into the archeological past of Mexico, discovering ancient ruins and artifacts of the Aztecs and more. Get to know one of the best-known artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo, whose paintings incorporate indigenous symbolism along with brilliant self-portraits that express themes of identity and human anatomy. Gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic heritage of Mexico, including the story behind the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.
Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy that are centrally located.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.