Mexico City & San Miguel de Allende
Mothers & Daughters
Trip Length: 5 days, 4 nights
When: February 20th - February 24th, 2020
Trip Style: City & Colonial Town
Category: Boutique Travel
Focus: Cultural & Architectural
Group Size: 3 - 5 Mother & Daughter Pairs
** Please note this trip also welcomes aunts, nieces, grandmothers & granddaughters**
Accommodation: Boutique Hotels
Activities: Casa Azul Private Tour (Frida Kahlo’s House) • Traditional Dance Performance at the Palacio de Bellas Artes• Two Nights in San Miguel de Allende • Market Tour • Free Time To Explore on Your Own • Teotihuacán Pyramids with Archaeological Guide • Exploring the Food Scene in San Miguel • Diego Rivera’s Murals • Focus on Local Women
San Miguel de Allende
European-inspired charm, quaint cobblestoned streets, trendy restaurants, boutiques displaying artisan goods, gorgeous architecture along with welcoming smiles and warm greetings are some attributes which inspire travelers to visit San Miguel de Allende. Once a sleepy colonial town, in recent years, San Miguel de Allende has transformed into a cultural magnet for those searching for authentic Mexican experiences. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in part, due to its colonial Spanish architecture, San Miguel offers the traveler a glimpse into a slower-paced more thoughtful lifestyle.
We will have two nights to explore this charming town and you will have ample time to roam around the tree-lined historic streets and fall in love with a piece of old-Mexico.
On this trip, we will make numerous connections with women past and present. One of the highlights of our trip is a visit to Frida Kahlo’s house, Casa Azul. Frida, an outspoken Mexican folk artist, focused on feminists and indigenous cultural issues. She was known for her art, her controversial behavior and her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera (whose murals you will also see). If you haven’t watched the movie Frida, we highly recommend doing so before embarking on this journey.
Other women’s connection excursions include a boutique that supports over 150 women artisans who sell their handwoven items at a women’s crafts collective.
We will also be visiting several restaurants owned by Mexican women.
This trip has a special activity planned for mother’s and daughters that we will share upon arrival.
Mexico City is a study in contrasts: frenetic, yet soulful. Ever-present references to the city’s ancient roots coexist with hip, trendy restaurants and up-and-coming designer shops. Enter the markets of Mexico City and you will find merchants selling spices, mole, edible bugs, magic spells & so much more. Stroll through Zocalo Square in downtown and you will be greeted by Concheras dancers performing traditional dances to honor the gods and offering spiritual cleanings to onlookers. In the contemporary Condessa area, the tree-lined streets are filled with trendy artisan shops, cafes and edgy fashion. Refurbished public spaces, a flourishing culinary scene and a cultural renaissance guided by people with warm welcomes and humble dispositions awaits you in Mexico City.
Mexico City and the surrounding area is rich with historical traditions. No trip to Mexico City would be complete without visiting the Teotihuacán Pyramids. We will uncover some of the vast secrets of these pyramids and this ancient city with an archeological guide who will make it come alive for us!
You will also have the option of visiting additional ancient ruins in the downtown area of Mexico City and several other art museums and historic buildings during your free time in Mexico City.
We have a variety of activities planned in both Mexico City as well as San Miguel de Allende. One of our favorite activities when we visited Mexico City was the vibrant and exciting folk dance performance at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. The building is a destination in its own right due to its architectural features and paintings from some of the most inspired muralists of Mexico’s history. The performance we will attend features dancers from each region of Mexico performing their traditional dances with colorful costumes. It was one of the most memorable activities that we did while visiting and we want to share this experience with you as well.
During our trip, we will also embark upon a market tour in Mexico City and a nighttime food tour in San Miguel de Allende. Mothers and daughters will have plenty of free time to explore both cities on their own! We encourage you to arrive early in the day on Thursday and stay late on Monday!
An impressive 17th-century historical building, once residence of the Earls of Miravalle, will serve as our lodging during our sojourn in Mexico City. A stone-forged staircase, intricate hand railing, handmade tiles, volcanic rock walls and vaulted ceilings are some of the stunning features of this building. The decor blends industrial edginess and colonial style to create a minimalist modern vibe. Throughout this historic building you will encounter murals and artwork by Mexican designers. One of the most notable murals was designed by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano in memory of the Holocaust. On the lower floors, the building houses upscale shops by local designers and two restaurants featuring award-winning chefs.
The rooftop serves as a retreat from the frenetic pace of the city offering a casual breakfast, a refreshing pool and jacuzzi and breathtaking views of the surrounding historic buildings. As the sun goes down, the rooftop emerges as a vibrant hotspot for locals and guests alike.
In San Miguel, we will be staying at a charming boutique hotel within the protective city limits of this colonial town. Our lodging is located within an easy walking distance to shops, artisans studios, historic sites and trendy restaurants making it easy for us to explore the town on foot at our leisure.