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Mexico City Architecture and Art Exploration

Explore the world-leading art and architecture in Mexico City on this fascinating and enlightening eight-day vacation. Along the way, encounter the works of Mexico’s most famous artists and designers, including Frida Kahlo, Luis Barragán, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Also meet up-and-coming designers, watching them at work, and learning more about their inspirations. You’ll also visit the capital’s outstanding art galleries and museums, including the National Anthropology Museum, Museo Jumex, and Museo Soumaya.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Family

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrival in Mexico City and Evening Tour to Casa Gilardi
A representative will greet you in the arrivals hall of Mexico City International Airport. They will accompany you to the awaiting car and introduce you to the driver. Transfer to your city hotel by private vehicle.

Tonight, you will have roundtrip transportation to and from the Casa Galardi tour; located on a narrow street of 10 x 36 meters in Mexico City. The Casa Gilardi is the last house built entirely by the legendary Mexican architect, Luis Barragán and is a classic example of the influential architect’s work with European high modernism and his vivid, inspired use of primary color.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

Day 2 – National Anthropology Museum, Museo Jumex and Museo Soumaya
This morning you will be met by your private guide in the hotel lobby, to visit some of the most important museums in Mexico City starting with the world-renowned National Anthropology Museum. Your expert guide will add contour and color to the myriad of fascinating exhibits.

You will have some time for lunch (not included) and afterwards your experience continues with a privately guided visit to Museo Jumex and Soumaya Museum. In five floors, with 17,000 square feet of gallery space the Jumex Museum includes sky-lighted rooms for the permanent collection at the top and special exhibitions one level down. The centerpiece of the building's interior is a circulation stairwell of polished concrete walls lined in steel panels painted matte black. It forms part of the Plaza Carso development which also includes the Museo Soumaya; that you’ll visit next, with over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art including sculptures from Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, 19th- and 20th-century Mexican art and an extensive repertoire of works by European old and modern western art masters such as Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dalí, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Tintoretto. It is considered to be one of the most complete collections of its kind

In the late afternoon you return to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 3 – Mexico City Emerging Design Tour
Today, prepare to dive into the world of Mexican design and meet the capital’s cutting-edge jewelry, fashion, textiles and ceramic designers. This rare opportunity gives you a glimpse into what is trending in Mexico and internationally, meeting with recognized and emerging designers and learning how their pieces are conceived and created. Visiting designer studios, workshops and showrooms, you will watch pieces being made and learn about the inspiration behind each brand. There is also the chance to buy directly from each designer if you so wish.

This experience is custom designed according to the availability of the designers. You will receive a detailed outline once the trip is confirmed. There will be a break for lunch in the area (not included), and then continue with the tour for the afternoon. Upon completion, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 4 – Casa Luis Barragan and Studio, LABOR Contemporary Art Gallery
Today, you will meet your private guide for a visit to Luis Barragán House and Studio, now a museum exhibiting Barragan's work that in 2004 was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the only private residence in Latin America to be named so. It was because of its representation of 20th-century architecture, which integrated traditional and vernacular elements and various mixes of philosophical and artistic tendencies of the mid 20th century; it is one of the most influential and representative example of modern Mexican architecture.

The experiences continue with a short walk to visit LABOR, a contemporary art gallery. Founded by Pamela Echeverría in 2010 this space has established its presence not only through solo exhibitions but also reading groups, screenings and an open library. Upon completion, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 5 – Art and Photography Tour
Meet your bilingual guide at the hotel lobby to enjoy a day filled with photography and art. You will head to Mexico City’s Roma Neighborhood for a visit to the ALMANAQUE Photography & Art Gallery, dedicated to contemporary photography. It is a space for the exhibition and sale of international works of both established and emerging artists. The exhibits explore contemporary manifestations of photographic images as artistic devices.

After this visit, you will see interpretations of daily life in Mexico through the years at two more photography galleries. During this tour you will have time for lunch at one of the restaurants in the area (meals are not included). This experience is custom designed according to the availability of the designers, galleries, exhibitions and/or museums. You will receive a detailed outline once the trip is confirmed.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 6 – Chapultepec Castle – Rufino Tamayo Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art
This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the National Museum of History, located in the highest spot of the Chapultepec hill, in the historical Chapultepec Castle. The Chapultepec Castle is the eternal witness of Mexico’s history; as it has watched armies, presidents and emperors, who have left a permanent mark on the nation, along with your expert guide walk among its walls, gardens and full of history. After your visit of the castle, visit the Rufino Tamayo Art Museum located within the park, principally dedicated to the former private collection of artist Rufino Tamayo and temporary exhibits of contemporary art. The building was the first major museum in Mexico built with private funds, with Tamayo participating in its design.

The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish, perhaps a stroll through Chapultepec Park, down Paseo de la Reforma Avenue admiring the always-changing art exhibitions that lead the way, or visiting the Museum of Modern Art nearby. The Museum of Modern Art has exhibitions of national and international contemporary artists. The museum also hosts a permanent collection of art from Remedios Varo, Gelsen Gas, Frida Kahlo, Olga Costa, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Leonora Carrington, Rufino Tamayo, Juan Soriano, and Vicente Rojo.

Upon completion, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 7 – Architecture Tour
Enjoy a full day to discover some of the most representative architecture in the city through the work of the legendary architect Luis Barragán; one of the most important architects of the 20th century and the only Mexican to obtain the Pritzker Prize, the highest award of international architecture. Luis Barragán's work incorporates not only visual but conceptual aspects; in which elements of the vernacular architecture of Spain and the Maghreb, coexist with iconic elements of independent Mexico.

The figure of Luis Barragán has gained an enormous importance in the field of international architecture. Among his iconic buildings in the city, you will privately visit the Casa Pedregal (formerly known as Casa Prieto), a private residence that was part of the Jardines del Pedregal, an influential subdivision developed by Barragán. Next you will visit the Capilla de las Capuchinas which is the famous Chapel and Convent of the Capuchinas Sacramentarias, also a masterpiece by the most renowned Mexican architect. You will then visit the Cuadra San Cristobal, which is a combination of the international modern movement, while also presenting the architectural elements of the ranchos and the haciendas of traditional Mexico. Time for lunch is allocated but not included.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

Day 8 – Depart Mexico City
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Mexico City Airport.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (B)

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Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
Single Traveler
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2021

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