- Flight to Mexico City Today we take our scheduled flight to Mexico City. Upon our arrival, our English-speaking guide will meet us at the airport and accompany us to our centrally located hotel in Couautitlan.
Your Adventure, Day by Day
- Day of Service
- Transfer to Teotihuacan
- Cathedral This morning we make an early start as we leave Teotihuacan and travel to Puebla, a city full of stories and anecdotes that color the colonial houses and convents of the historic district. We begin with a visit to the Cathedral, completed in 1649; it features the tallest bell towers in Mexico. Its dark stone exterior and severe Herrerian design provide an appearance that befits a cathedral, and the interior is one of the most interesting in Mexico.
- Museo Amparo Our morning concludes with a visit to the Museo Amparo, the finest museum in the city, featuring a stunning collection of pre-Columbian pieces from across Mexico, which are beautifully displayed and intelligently organized.
- Day of Service Today we travel to Mexico City where we will spend the afternoon in a local school for a Service Activity.
- Plaza de la Constitucion Today we will explore the section of Mexico City known as the Zocalo, which is the historic center and is dominated by the Plaza de la Constitucion, the third largest square in the world.
- Templo Mayor Our morning commences with a visit to the Templo Mayor, sight of the great Aztec temple, which stood at the heart of Tenochtitlan. Our visit will include a tour of the Excavations and the Museum.
- Cathedral Metropolitana We continue with a visit to the Cathedral Metropolitana, the biggest church in Latin America, and the heart of the world’s largest Catholic diocese. Our afternoon commences with a brief visit to the Palacio Nacional, which is highlighted by the great mural by Diego Rivera painted above its main staircase and along two walls of the courtyard. This spectacular mural, painted between 1929 and 1935 in the aftermath of the Revolution, illustrates Rivera’s view of the history of Mexico.
- Museo Mural Diego Rivera Our afternoon concludes in the nearby section of the city known as the Alameda Central, named after the poplar trees found in the area, where we will visit the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, a small two-story gallery built around one of Rivera’s masterpieces, the mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central. Painted in 1947 for the dining room of the nearby Hotel Prado, the mural combines the history of Mexico, with the dreams of its protagonists and Rivera himself.
- Bosque de Chapultepec Today we will explore the Bosque de Chapultepec, a public park since the 16th century, which is also home to several of Mexico’s finest museums.
- Museo Nacional de Antropologia We begin with a visit to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, a vast and airy museum, which houses a spectacular collection of finds from Mexico’s pre-Columbian cultures, including the Teotihuacán, the Toltecs, the Oaxaca, the Maya and the Aztecs.
- Castillo de Chapultepec We continue with a visit to the Castillo de Chapultepec, a castle begun in the 18th century. The castle was the sight of a fierce battle against the Americans in 1847 and the palace of Emperor Maximilian. Today it houses the Museo Nacional de Historia, which covers Mexican history from the Conquest to the Revolution. The remainder of the afternoon will be free to explore the magnificent Park, which includes tree-shaded paths, Mexican snacks, a zoo, several art museums, a boating lake, and open-air entertainment.
- Palacio de Cortes The morning will be in Service before we travel to Cuernavaca. Inhabited since around 1200 BC, Cuernavaca is one of the oldest cities in all of Mexico. We begin our day with a visit to the Palacio de Cortes, built by the Spanish on the site of the Aztec pyramids they destroyed. Originally the residence of the conquistador Cortes, today the palace houses a series of murals by Diego Rivera, which depict Mexico’s history from the Conquest to the Revolution, as well as artifacts from the region.
- Catedral de la Asuncion We continue with a visit to the fortress-like Catedral de la Asuncion, dating from the 1520s, and housing Murals that indicate a far eastern influence. In addition, the cathedral also houses the Museo Robert Brady, with an extensive collection of art and crafts by Brady, as well as works by Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo.
- Taller Siqueiros Our afternoon will conclude with a visit to the Taller Siqueiros, which is dedicated to the work of this great Mexican muralist.
- Return Flight Home Our enjoyable and rewarding tour comes to an end, and we transfer to the airport for the flight home.