Great Global Get-Together in Mexico City

Experience the best of Mexico — from ancient Aztec cities to modern art movements — as you join other lifelong learners for a Great American Get-Together in Mexico City!
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Program No. 22668RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

We’ve been offering our “Great American Get-Togethers” in cities throughout the United States for years, and now we’re moving the fun south of the border to Mexico City! Experience both the ancient and modern wonders of Mexico as you join other lifelong learners and our most popular local experts on field trips to Pre-Columbian sites, charming Colonial-era neighborhoods and colorful museums. Immerse yourself in Mexican culture through a fascinating lecture by a local author and during enriching explorations of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historic buildings. If you have ever wanted to experience one of North America’s most exciting cities, this is your chance. Bienvenido!

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: The Best of Oaxaca & Oaxaca City

Begin your learning adventure in Mexico with a four-night pre-extension as you delve into the archaeological sites and colonial-era architecture of Oaxaca.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Walking and standing in museums up to an hour. Elevations up to 7,200 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend an insightful lecture on living in Mexico City by David Lida, a journalist and author of "First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century."
  • Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at the world-renowned Hacienda de los Morales, a 400-year-old former working hacienda.
  • Examine the archaeological ruins of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and the Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

General Notes

Max of 120 participants divided into groups for activities. To maintain a small group feel amid a large group program, the order of the daily schedule will vary per group. Smaller groups will each do different activities during the day, joining back together as a large group for some programming. "Extension: The Best of Oaxaca & Oaxaca City" (#22741) is offered in conjunction with this program.
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María Teresa Peniche
Maria Teresa Peniche, who prefers to be known simply as “Teri,” is a highly regarded addition to Geronimo’s Road Scholar staff. Teri pursued a career in higher education, preparing school curriculums designed as well as teaching English in secondary education. After retiring, Teri’s vast knowledge of Mexico’s history and culture paved the way towards her becoming a Group Leader. Blessed with a caring disposition and a great desire to share her love of her country, Teri’s capacity for sharing her considerable knowledge is unrivaled.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mexico, From the Olmecs to the Aztecs
by Rex Koontz, Michael Coe
This classic survey of Mexico's ancient civilizations by a leading archaeologist, now in a seventh revised edition, covers in concise, illustrated detail the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec and Aztec civilizations.
by Valeria Luiselli
Luiselli’s unhurried observations of Mexico City’s architecture, streets and sidewalks create a powerful impression in this masterful collection of essays.
Art and Architecture in Mexico
by James Oles
Art historian and curator Oles interprets 500 years of Mexican art spanning the Spanish Conquest to the 21st century. A book as rich in poetic and historical context as it is in scholarship.
The Interior Circuit, A Mexico City Chronicle
by Francisco Goldman
Taking us deep into Mexico City, Goldman explores his relationship with the megacity of 22 million souls, comparing its approaches to death, friendship and grief with attitudes in the United States.
The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver
Kingsolver uses news reports and the facts of the fascinating lives of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky, J. Edgar Hoover and Roosevelt in Mexico and the U.S., weaving a wide-ranging that takes in the momentous events of the 1930s and 1940s in America.
Frida Kahlo, The Paintings
by Hayden Herrera
A survey of Kahlo's work by her art historian biographer with ith 80 full color and many black-and-white illustrations.
Mexico Central & Mexico City Map
This colorful traveler's map, centered on Mexico City, Mexico covering the region including Tampico, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Acapulco, at a scale of 1:1,000,000. With Mexico City on the reverse.
Mexico City, A Cultural and Literary Companion
by Nick Caistor
A literate guide to Mexico City in the Cities of the Imagination series. Caistor explores this city of extremes, revealing its turbulent past and chaotic present through its urban landscape.
Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook
by Rafael Carmona
This handy take-along phrasebook with essential vocabulay for travelers.
A Traveller's History of Mexico
by Kenneth Pearce
This wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed Mexican history book marches confidently through the 1990s with useful chronology and historical gazetteer.
The Labyrinth of Solitude
by Octavio Paz
These essays by the Nobel Prize-winning poet address Mexican culture and character. The chapters on the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the conquest are especially memorable.
My Mexico, A Culinary Odyssey with Recipes
by Diana Kennedy
This personal, culinary exploration of the home cooks, local ingredients and traditional recipes of Mexican cuisine was penned by Diana Kennedy, the "Julia Child of Mexican cooking." Includes more than 300 recipes and stories, rolling out the red carpet for travelers and eager gastronomes alike.
The People's Guide to Mexico, Wherever You Go, There You Are!
by Carl Franz, Lorena Havens (Editor)
A classic, entertaining guide to travel in Mexico, the original hippie handbook and still a treasure trove of practical and cultural detail.
The City of Palaces
by Michael Nava
Set in Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution, this heavily researched historical novel follows the life of a 9-year-old boy named Jose who is loosely based on gay silent film star Ramon Novarro.
Where the Air Is Clear
by Carlos Fuentes
A brilliantly unsparing portrayal of Mexico City’s upper class by a noted Mexican writer, originally published in 1958.
My Art, My Life, An Autobiography
by Diego Rivera
A revealing portrait of the painter who revolutionized modern mural painting and is ranked among the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Mexican Modern, Masters of the 20th Century
by Luis-Martin Lozano
The first great social movement of the century erupted with the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Presented in this catalogue are works by Los Tres Grandes: Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, along with important works by lesser-known artists.
The Stray Bullet, William S. Burroughs in Mexico
by Daniel C. Schechter (Translator), Jorge Garcia-robles
Garcia-Robles fleshes out the author’s counterculture experiences and friendships in the bohemian Roma district, vividly recreating the neighborhood where Burroughs began his life as a writer. Features previously unpublished letters penned by Burroughs.
Moon Mexico City
by Julie Doherty
A compact, comprehensive full-color travel guide with an excellent overview of history and culture.
The Aztecs
by Richard F. Townsend
Teotihuacan, Xochicalco and Tula are all covered in depth in this survey of Aztec civilization from its origins in the 12th century to its defeat at the hands of Cortes. Illustrated throughout in color and black-and-white.

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