Walking up to 3 miles total throughout the day, with stops; standing and walking in the museum for up to 1 hour; mostly flat terrain, paved sidewalks.
At the hotel, enjoy a buffet featuring Mexican and international cuisine including a variety of hot dishes, bread, pastries, yogurt, fruit, plus coffee, tea, juice, water.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. All transportation will be provided via bus unless specified otherwise. An instructor will conduct all sessions in a classroom; a certified expert will lead field trips. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we’ll join our instructor in the hotel’s conference room for a lecture on the history of México City. Founded as Mexica-Tenochtitlán by the Mexica people in the early 14th century, it is commonly referred to as Tenochtitlán. According to Mexica mythology, they were signaled by their principle god, Huitzilopochtli, to build their home where they saw an eagle resting on a cactus with a snake in its beak. For two centuries, the city prospered and expanded as the capital of the Aztec empire, until falling to Spanish conquest in 1521. Leaving the hotel, we’ll walk to the Historic Center of México City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our first stop within the large Historic Center will be at the Aztec ceremonial center known as Templo Mayor, where we will learn how a crew of workers discovered the monumental sculpture of Coyolxauhqui in 1978, and changed the government plan from building the Tenochtitlán museum to completing the project of excavating Templo Mayor. The Templo Mayor was the site of the main temple of Tenochtitlán and regarded as the center of the world by the Aztecs. It was dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, the god of war, and Tlaloc, the god of rain and agriculture. After seeing the ruins, we will then walk to the Templo Mayor Museum, which holds some 7,000 pieces recovered during excavations of the site.
At a local favorite restaurant, we’ll have a 3-course lunch with fruit water, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Then we’ll walk to the San Ildefonso School Museum, known locally as the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. Currently a cultural center in downtown México City, the college is one of the most important of the many founded by the Jesuits in the late 16th century, offering both a secular and religious education until the expulsion of the Jesuits from all Spanish territories in 1767. The building was renovated in the 1990s to serve as a public center and museum, and to promote local culture and businesses.
At a local restaurant, enjoy a three-course dinner including dessert and soft drinks; other beverages available for purchase