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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
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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, checking in, and getting your room, take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. Program Registration: 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 up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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

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

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

Activity note: 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.

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 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.

Lunch: At a local favorite restaurant, we’ll have a 3-course lunch with fruit water, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Teotihuacán 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. Driving approx. 65 miles total throughout the day, with stops; about 2.5 hours total.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Transferring from the hotel via bus, our field trip will begin with a visit to the Teotihuacán Pyramids and its archaeological site where our local expert will introduce us to Teotihuacán, explaining 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 will continue 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 de las Américas. The basilica is the most visited sanctuary in Latin America housing the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. While here, we’ll also 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 3-course dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure.

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

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; long periods of standing at the museum. Driving approx. 10 miles total throughout the day, with stops; about 1 hour total.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Setting out on foot with our local expert, we’ll walk into the city for a field trip to the National Palace. The National Palace is the seat of the Mexican government’s executive branch. Located in México 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, we’ll board the bus to go to the Anthropology Museum.

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

Afternoon: One of the most visited museums in México, we will explore the Museo Nacional de Antropología, 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 Teotihuacáns, Toltecs, Mexicas, Mayans, and other cultures. One of the most important items we will see is the Aztec Calendar carved in stone. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We will meet with our instructor in the hotel meeting room and continue the series on the history of México 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, with stops; mostly flat terrain, paved sidewalks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In our meeting room with our instructor, we will have a lecture covering México’s famous muralists. Then, we’ll set out on foot for a walking field trip as we continue to explore more of México City: the Alameda, Museo Mural Diego Rivera, and the Palace of Fine Art. Once the Aztec market, the Alameda was dedicated as greenspace by Viceroy Luís 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. Our next stop will be to the Museo Mural Diego Rivera to admire the famous mural “Sueño de Una Tarde Dominical en 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 México in the early 1930s. 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, we’ll enjoy a plated 3-course meal, plus coffee, tea, water, and 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 México City before continuing our walk to Casa de los Azulejos, or “House of Tiles,” an 18th century mansion known for its exquisite blue and white tilework from the state of Puebla. Our next stop will be 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. Today’s final stop will be the Palace of Iturbide. 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 México 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 San Ángel, Coyoacán, Frida Kahlo Museum, México Now
Mexico City, D.F.
B,L,D
NH Hotel Centro Historico

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; long periods of standing at the museum. Driving approx. 16 miles total throughout the day, with stops; about 1.5 hours total.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Traveling by motorcoach, we’ll make our way to the neighborhood, or Colonia, of San Ángel and visit the Bazar del Sábado where local artists show and sell their work. With a local expert, we’ll see much of México’s native art. Our next stop will be Coyoacán where we will walk through the Jardín Centenario and cross the street to the Parish of San Juan Bautista. One of the oldest parish churches in México City, it is believed to be the site where Hernán Cortés came to worship.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Coyoacán, we’ll have a plated 2-course meal, plus lemonade, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Continuing our walk in the neighborhood of Coyoacán, we’ll visit 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 of Frida’s work, as well as some personal items that are on display. The museum displays works of art by the couple and other artists, in addition to displaying the lifestyle of Mexican artisans and bohemians in the first half of the 20th century. We will also be able to enjoy some of Diego Rivera's artwork. After visiting the museum, you can walk on the beautiful gardens of the property. Once an independent village on the shore of Lake Texcoco, Coyoacán welcomed the Spanish and served as the headquarters of Hernán Cortés 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: On your own to sample the local fare.

Evening: Gathering in the hotel meeting room, we will join our presenter to learn about modern México and focus on the experience of living in México City today, as it is one of the world’s largest cities.

DAY
7
México 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 will feature 4 choices of field trips from which you are welcome to make a selection based on your personal interests. The group will split into smaller groups, each led by an expert for a different field trip. Choice 1: We’ll head to Museo Soumaya to explore this unique building and its collections. A member of Foundation Carlos Slim, A.C., the Museo Soumaya opened its doors in 1994. It is a cultural institution nonprofit, whose vocation is to collect, research, preserve, disseminate and expose artistic testimonies of México and Europe mainly. Its aim is to promote awareness and enjoyment of aesthetic work through various activities with permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions, catalogs and monthly publications, recreational spaces, lectures, film series, interactive programs, and more. Choice 2: At the Palace of Fine Arts, enjoy a performance of the Ballet Folklórico de Amalia Hernández. This piece reflects the various genres and art forms from across the country through both dance and music. Choice 3: During an exploration of México City’s historical center, we’ll make our way through the historic streets and learn their stories, noting the emblematic buildings, and absorbing the legends that have made downtown México City a magical place for over 700 years. As we walk, we’ll visit a famous Aztec market and enjoy authentic Mexican food and drink from a variety of establishments. Choice 4: We’ll walk through Colonia Roma for an opportunity to taste our way through one of México City’s designated “magical neighborhoods” on this culinary field trip. The stunning surroundings of Colonia Roma will lead us through this neighborhood featuring world-renowned Mexican cuisine in traditional restaurants and neighborhood food stores.

Lunch: On your own to 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. We’ll then rendezvous at a predetermined time and place for transfer to dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a delicious farewell dinner featuring a plated 3-course meal, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

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

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 1:00 p.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll transfer to the airport together. 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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