Ancient Ruins and Artisanal Workshops
Explore the rich Mexican culture and art of Mexico City and Oaxaca on this seven-day journey. Traverse through ancient ruins and visit the workshops of artisans bringing craft traditions into the modern era. With internationally acclaimed icons such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Leonora Carrington in its historical lineage, Mexico’s art scene has the capacity to rival even the best cultural centers of Europe. But the historic greats are not all Mexico has in its wheelhouse – the immense talent of local craftspeople are on constant display throughout, from the Saturday markets to the luxury accommodations augmenting your journey.
- Day 1 - 3: Mexico City
- Day 4 - 8: Oaxaca
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Begin your journey in Mexico City. After settling in at the Las Alcobas Boutique Hotel, venture into the bustling Coyoacan and San Angel suburbs, where the artisan markets feature an array of jewelry, ceramics, and glassware. Visit the Casa Estudio de Diego Rivera, home of world-renowned artists Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo, and wander through Khalo's birth home at the Casa Azul.
Mexico is emerging in the design scene with many young, up-and-coming designers creating a variety of jewelry, fashion, textiles, and ceramics. Meet with them in their private studios to see how they conceive and create their works. Your Ker & Downey expert will tailor these visits to your own unique style, preferences, and interests.
Next make your way to the city of Oaxaca. Visit the Oaxacan Textile Museum located in an 18th century restored Casona that combines people, traditions, crafts, design, and contemporary art together. Even the Casa Oaxaca Hotel where you will take rest adheres to its colorful Oaxacan roots and features paintings from local artists.
Explore the ancient ruins of Monte Alban, once the cultural center of the Zapotec people. Meet with a local artist in her workshop to learn about the weaving and coloring process for textiles and then dine on a traditional regional lunch at her home. Each town here has a rich artistic tradition, and you will get a glimpse at a few on the way back to Oaxaca.
On the last day of your Mexican Culture and Art journey, visit the Mitla archaeological site that houses the tombs of ancient kings and priests. From there you will meet with another artist who works with wool, angora, cashmere, and Ixtle fiber and enjoy lunch with his family. Your varied experiences will leave you inspired and enriched after your journey through Mexican Culture and Art.