Frida Kahlo's Mexico City

October 6-11, 2021

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Frida Kahlo is one of the most iconic ambassadors for Mexico and she was most inspired by her home, Mexico City. One of the most eclectic and exciting capitals in the world, Mexico City offers visitors the perfect mix of old and new. Discover places important in Frida’s life from her student days at San Ildefonso College to her adult years living in the neighborhoods of San Angel and Coyoacán.

Her art combined indigenous symbols with Catholic icons. She explored self and country in a way that sought to define her Mexican identity. Her impact on the city’s art world persists to this day. Join us as we explore Mexico City through the eyes of an icon.

About Your Guide: Suzanne Barbezat is a writer and guide specializing in Mexico culture and food. She is the author of Frida Kahlo at Home, a book that explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, La Casa Azul and other places Frida Kahlo called home, on her life and work. 

Day 1 (Wed, Oct 6): Arrival to Mexico City ~ Upon arrival to Mexico City, you’ll be met for your transfer to our hotel in the Zócalo, the city’s bustling main square. The Zócalo has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times.

Accommodations: Hotel Zócalo Central

Meals: None

Day 2 (Thurs, Oct 7): Zócalo ~ The Zócalo and surrounding blocks have played a central role in the city’s planning and geography for almost seven centuries. We’ll spend the entire day exploring the area. We’ll visit San Ildefonso College where Frida attended secondary school and where she met Diego Rivera whom she’d later marry. We’ll also visit the National Palace to view some of Diego’s most iconic murals.

Our day ends at a prime location overlooking the Zócalo as a huge cadre of military police parades into the plaza to lower the Mexican flag, purported to be the largest national flag in the country. 

Accommodations: Hotel Zócalo Central

Meals: Breakfast and Welcome Lunch

Day 3 (Fri, Oct 8): Casa Azul/ Coyoacán ~ Frida’s creative universe can be found at Casa Azul (the ‘Blue House’), the place where she was born and where she died. Following her marriage to Diego, Frida lived in different places in Mexico City and abroad, but she always returned to her family home in Coyoacán. We’ll visit Casa Azul, one of the city’s most popular museums, this morning.

This afternoon, there’s time to explore Coyoacán, one of Mexico City’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods.

Accommodations: Hotel Zócalo Central

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 (Sat, Oct 9): Anahuacalli/ San Angel ~ For decades, Diego and Frida planned to build a museum to display his private collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts. By the time of his death Rivera had collected more than 50,000 ancient objects. Unfortunately, Anahuacalli Museum did not come to fruition until after his death. We’ll visit the museum this morning before continuing to San Angel neighborhood this afternoon.

After lunch at San Angel Inn, we’ll visit Museo Casa Estudio Rivera y Frida Kahlo, where the couple lived and worked for several years during their marriage. The two different houses separated by a bridge were designed by famed painter and architect Juan O’Gorman, a friend of Rivera’s. There’s time this afternoon to explore the bustling San Angel market.

Accommodations: Hotel Zócalo Central

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 (Sun, Oct 10): Dolores Olmedo Museum/ Xochimilco Floating Gardens ~ Morning visit to the Dolores Olmedo Museum located at a former hacienda at the outskirts of the city and near Xochimilco. Dolores was a friend and patron of Frida and Diego for years and she collected a variety of their works which are now part of the museum’s holdings. The collection also includes an important selection of pre-Hispanic pieces from the Olmec, Zapotec, and Mayan cultures.

After lunch, we’ll visit Xochimilco Floating Gardens, Mexico City’s famous canals and the last remnants of a water transport system built by the Aztecs. With its colorful trajineras (gondolas) and chinampas (traditional floating gardens), Xochimilco offers visitors an explosion of colors and festive experience. The chinampas are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are still used today for cultivation. 

Relive trip highlights with fellow travelers during tonight’s farewell dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Zócalo Central

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, Oct 11): Departure ~ Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Price: $1,995* per person based on double occupancy and two people sharing accommodations.

Surcharge for accommodations on private, single occupancy basis: $475*  

Includes: Accommodations, private transportation, guide – Suzanne Barbezat, guided activities on a private basis with entrance fees, meals as listed, gratuities at restaurants for included meals, and purified water in vehicle.

 Exclusions: International airfare, passport fees, optional gratuities, optional activities, taxis, and personal expenses.

Group Size: 6-8 participants + Guide + Trip Host

Important Information: Itinerary has been built to allow flexibility to accommodate activities and sightseeing.  Included lunches and dinners will be at local markets or restaurants in the areas we explore. Every effort will be made to carry out all activities as planned and advertised, however, trip leaders reserve the right to make alterations, deletions, or modifications to the itinerary deemed necessary due to circumstances beyond their control.