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Mexico
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
Length
8 days
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2,499
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8 days
7 nights
18 meals
7 B 5 L 6 D
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DAY
1
Arrive, Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner
Mexico City, D.F.
D
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room, then take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. Program Registration: At 6:30 p.m., come over to the Road Scholar table in the hotel lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, enjoy a welcome dinner featuring a buffet with Mexican and International Cuisine a variety of salads, soups, main dishes, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, fruit water, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the days ahead.

DAY
2
Mexico City History, Historic Center, Templo Mayor
Mexico City, D.F.
B,L,D
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles throughout the day; standing and walking in the Museum for up to 1 hour.

Breakfast: 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.

Morning: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. 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. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Join our instructor for a lecture of the history of Mexico City. Founded as Mexica-Tenochtitlan by the Mexica people in the early 14th century, it is commonly referred to as Tenochtitlan. 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 Mexico City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our first stop will be the Aztec Ceremonial Center Templo Mayor, where we will learn how in 1978 a crew of workers discovered the monumental sculpture of Coyolxauhqui, and changed the government plan from building the Tenochtitlan museum to The Project of Templo Mayor. The Templo Mayor was the site of the main temple of Tenochtitlan 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. We will then walk to the Templo Mayor Museum, holding some 7,000 pieces recovered during excavations of the site.

Lunch: At a local favorite restaurant, enjoy a three-course lunch, fruit water, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: Walk to San Ildefonso School Museum, known locally as the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. Currently a cultural center in downtown Mexico 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 to promote local culture and businesses and a museum.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Teotihuacan Archaeological Site, Basilica de Guadalupe
Mexico City, D.F.
B,L,D
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles throughout the day; standing and walking in the Museum for up to 1 hour.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Departing the hotel via bus, our field trip begins with a visit to the Teotihuacan Pyramids and its archaeological site, where our local expert will introduce us to Teotihuacan and how it became the 6th largest city in the world between 150 BCE and 450 CE. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the pyramids are the centerpiece of the holy city that once hosted a population of at least 125,000 people. Some of the most famous temples include the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, and the Temple of the Plumed Serpent.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have a buffet featuring a variety of salads, soups, main dishes, dessert, plus coffee, tea, fruit water, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our field trip continues to La Villa de Guadalupe, where we will learn about the old and new Basilica, as well as the Capuchinas Convent, and stand on the Antrio of the Americas. The basilica is the most visited sanctuary in Latin America housing the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Learn the story of St Juan Diego and the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1531. Originally the site of a shrine to a mother goddess, the conquistadors destroyed the chapel adapted the location into the parish, eventually building the Old Basilica that was completed in 1709. Due to a sinking foundation, the New Basilica was constructed next to it from 1974 to 1976 creating a dichotomy of old and new.

Dinner: At local restaurant we will enjoy a plated three course dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
National Palace, Anthropology Museum, Mexico City History
Mexico City, D.F.
B,L,D
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; long periods of standing at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Walk into the city with our local expert for a filed trip to the National Palace. The National Palace is the seat of the Mexican government’s executive branch. Located in Mexico City's main square, much of the materials remain from the original palace that belonged to the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II. After the visit to the National Palace, board the bus to go to the Anthropology Museum.

Lunch: At the Anthropology Museum Restaurant, we will have a buffet featuring a variety of salads, soups, main dishes, dessert, plus coffee, tea, fruit water, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: One of the most visited museum in Mexico, we will explore the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, or the National Museum of Anthropology. Built in the 1960s, this large and prestigious museum houses over 52,000 pieces in 23 exhibition rooms. Among its collections are pieces from the Teotihucans, Toltec’s Mexicas, Mayans, and other cultures. One of the most important items you will see is the Aztec Calendar carved in stone.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We will meet with our instructor and continue the series on the history of Mexico City.

DAY
5
Alameda Central, Palace of Fine Art, Mexican Muralists
Mexico City, D.F.
B,L
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In our meeting room with our instructor, we will have the last of the lectures covering Mexico’s famous muralists. Then set out for our field trip continuing to explore more of Mexico City: the Almeda, Museo Mural Diego Rivera, and the Palace of Fine Art. Once the Aztec market, the Alameda was dedicated as greenspace by Viceroy Luis de Velasco on the western edge of the city in 1592. The park became the blueprint for the traditional Mexican park, inspiring others around the country. We will make a stop at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera to admire the famous mural Sueño de una tarde domincal an la Alameda Central, meaning “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central.” Painted from 1946 to 1947, the 51 foot long mural depicts famous individuals and events in Mexican history. Walking across to the eastern edge of the Alameda, The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) was built in the place of the first National Theater of Mexico in the early 1930’s. Here, we will have an opportunity to explore the marvelous interior. Primarily a combination of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, the grand building is divided into the main hall with smaller exhibition rooms, the theater, and the institute’s offices.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, enjoy a plated three course meal, plus coffee, tea, water, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will start the afternoon with a stop to gaze at the Latin American Tower and learn why this skyscraper is one of the most important landmarks for Mexico City. Then continue our walk to Casa de los Azulejos, or House of Tiles; this is an 18th century mansion known for its exquisite blue and white tilework from the state of Puebla. Our next stop is the Postal Palace, also known as Main Post Office. Built in the early 20th century by the original architect of The Palace of Fine Arts, the building features a variety of architectural styles creating a unique masterpiece. Continue to the Palace of Iturbide for today’s final stop. Constructed between 1779 and 1785, the palace was a prominent count’s wedding gift for his daughter featuring three floors, a mezzanine, and two fortified towers. The Palace has been renamed the Palacio Cultural Banamex to promote the culture of Mexico City.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Colonia S Angel, Coyoacán, Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico Today
Mexico City, D.F.
B,L,D
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; long periods of standing at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will visit the neighborhood, or Colonia, of San Angel. We will visit the Bazar del Sabado, where local artists show and sell their work. Our next stop is Coyoacán, where we will walk through the Jardin Centenario and cross the street to the Parish of San Juan Bautista. One of the oldest parish churches in Mexico City, it is believed to be the site where Hernan Cortes came to worship.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Coyoacán enjoy a two course meal, plus lemonade, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We continue walking in the neighborhood of Coyoacán, with a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum also known as Casa Azul, with our expert. The museum is housed in the building where Kahlo spent most of her life and was donated, along with its contents, to be a museum in her memory by her husband Diego Rivera. Here we will admire many exhibits for Frida’s work, as well as some personal items are on display. The museum displays works of art by the couple and other artists, in addition to displaying the lifestyle of Mexicans artisans and bohemians in the first half of the 20th century. You will also be able to enjoy some of Diego Rivera's work and after visiting the museum you can walk on the beautiful gardens in the property. Once an independent village on the shore of Lake Texcoco, Coyoacán welcomed the Spanish and served as the headquarters of Hernan Cortez and the conquistadors. Its name comes from a Nahuatl word of which the exact meaning is unknown but most likely means “place of coyotes.”

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Tonight, we will join our presenter for an opportunity to learn about modern Mexico. We’ll focus on the experience of living in Mexico City today, as it is one of the world’s largest cities.

DAY
7
Mexico City Choice Field Trip, Free Time
Mexico City, D.F.
B,D
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles depending on your choice of field trip.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Today you will be able to choose from a selection of morning field trips based on your personal interests. At the Palace of Fine Arts, enjoy a presentation of the Ballet Folklórico of Amalia Hernandez. This piece reflects the various genres and art forms from across the country through both dance and music. Explore the historic streets of Mexico City and learn their stories, the emblematic buildings, and be amazed with the legends that have made downtown Mexico City a magical place for over 700 years. Walk through Colonia Roma for an opportunity to taste your way through one of Mexico City’s designated “magical neighborhoods” on this culinary field trip. Let the stunning surroundings of Colonia Roma guide you through the world renowned Mexican cuisine. Head to Museo Soumaya and explore unique building and its collections. A member of Foundation Carlos Slim, A.C., Museo Soumaya opened its doors in 1994. It is a cultural institution nonprofit, whose vocation collect, research, preserve, disseminate and expose artistic testimonies of Mexico and Europe mainly. Its aim is to promote awareness and enjoyment of the aesthetic work through various activities with permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions, catalogs and monthly publications, recreational spaces, lectures, film series, interactive programs, and more.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like or sample the local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Boarding our bus, we will head to a local restaurant for our farewell dinner featuring a plated, 3-course meal, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Mexico City, D.F.
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 1:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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