Art and Architecture in Mexico City

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Discover Mexico City’s vast array of art and architecture, featuring pre-Hispanic structures contrasted by contemporary 21st century works

Built in the 16th century and now one of the world’s largest cities, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mexico City is teeming with culture. From the pre-Hispanic times to modern-day 21st century, Mexico City boasts a plethora of architectural and artistic delights, shown through their buildings, murals, landmarks, and museums. Mexico City is esteemed for having more museums than any other city in the world.

Highlights

Chapultepec Park – Discover a castle that sits atop a hill overlooking the city and, also houses the National Museum of History

UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Visit Luis Barragán House and Studio and UNAM’s Contemporary Art University Museum

Casa Gilardi – the last house built entirely by the legendary Mexican architect, Luis Barragán.

Emerging Design Tour – A rare opportunity to meet and interact with recognized designers and learn how their pieces are conceived and created

Architecture Tour – Discover the most  representative architecture in the city through the work of the legendary architect Luis Barragán, a Pritzker Prize winner.


Dates & Prices

Dates

Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $ 600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Customizable Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day Mexico City
Today your driver will meet you outside of customs and privately transport you to your Mexico City hotel.

Upon arrival, you will settle into your lovely hotel; (time permitting) you will meet your private guide for an evening tour of Casa Gilardi.

Overnight: La Valise Hotel

Day 2

National Anthropology Museum, Museo Jumex and Museo Soumaya

Today after breakfast you will be picked up in the hotel lobby for a full-day, privately guided tour to visit some of the most important museums in Mexico City. Starting with the world-renowned National Anthropology Museum, your expert guide will add contour and color to the myriad of fascinating exhibits.

You will have some time for lunch* and afterwards your experience continues with a privately guided visit to Museo Jumex and Museo Soumaya. In five floors, the Jumex Museum’s 17,000-square-foot gallery space includes sky-lighted rooms for the permanent collection at the top and special exhibitions one level down. The centerpiece of the building’s interior is a circular stairwell of polished concrete with walls lined in steel panels painted matte black. It forms part of the Plaza Carso development which also includes the Museo Soumaya that you’ll visit next, with over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art, including sculptures from Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, 19th- and 20th-century Mexican art, and an extensive repertoire of works by old European and modern western art masters, such as Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dalí, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Tintoretto. This selection of art is considered to be one of the most complete collections of its kind.

In the late afternoon, return to our lovely hotel, to relax and freshen up for a night in town on your own.

Overnight: La Valise Hotel

Day 3

Mexico City Emerging Design Tour

Today, prepare to dive into the world of Mexican design and meet the capital’s cutting-edge jewelry, fashion, textiles and ceramic designers. This rare opportunity gives you a glimpse into what is trending in Mexico and internationally, as you meet with recognized and emerging designers and learn how their pieces are conceived and created. Visiting designer studios, workshops and showrooms, you will watch pieces being made and learn about the inspiration behind each brand. You will have the chance to buy directly from each designer.

This experience is custom designed according to the availability of the designers. You will receive a detailed outline once the trip is confirmed.

There will be an hour-and-a-half break for lunch* in the area, and then we will continue with the tour.

At day’s end, you will be driven back to your hotel for the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: La Valise Hotel

Day 4

Casa Luis Barragan and Studio & LABOR contemporay Art Gallery

Meet your private expert guide for an afternoon visit to Luis Barragán House and Studio, exhibiting Barragán’s work. In 2004 this museum was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the only private residence in Latin America to be named so. Because of its representation of 20th-century architecture, which integrated traditional and vernacular elements and various mixes of philosophical and artistic tendencies of the mid-20th century, it is one of the most influential and representative examples of modern Mexican architecture.

The experience continues with a short walk to visit LABOR, a contemporary art gallery. Founded by Pamela Echeverría in 2010, this space has established its presence not only through solo exhibitions, but also via reading groups, screenings and an open library.

At the end of the day, you will be driven back to your hotel for an evening to yourself. You can enjoy dinner** on your own at one of the many gourmet Mexican restaurants in the area. Suggested restaurants for tonight include Pujol, Guzina Oaxaca or Quintonil. We will gladly assist with making reservations.

Overnight: La Valise Hotel

Day 5

Chapultepec Castle, Rufino Tamayo Art Museum and National Museum of History

In the morning, enjoy a guided visit of the National Museum of History, located on the highest spot of the Chapultepec hill in the historical Chapultepec Castle. The Chapultepec Castle is the eternal witness to Mexico’s history, as it has watched armies, presidents and emperors, who have left a permanent mark on the nation. Along with your expert guide, walk among its history-laden walls and gardens. After your visit to the castle, visit the park to see the Rufino Tamayo Art Museum, principally dedicated to the former private collection of artist Rufino Tamayo and temporary exhibits of contemporary art. The building was the first major museum in Mexico built with private funds, with Tamayo participating in its design, which won the Premio Nacional de Arte in 1982.

The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. We recommend a stroll through Chapultepec Park down Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to admire the always-changing art exhibitions that lead the way, or perhaps a visit to the nearby Museum of Modern Art that houses exhibitions of national and international contemporary artists. The museum also hosts a permanent collection of art from Remedios Varo, Gelsen Gas, Frida Kahlo, Olga Costa, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Leonora Carrington, Rufino Tamayo, Juan Soriano and Vicente Rojo.

After this full day of exploration, you will be driven back to your hotel for a leisurely evening on your own.

Overnight: La Valise Hotel

 

Day 6

Private Architecture Tour – Casa Pedregal, Capillas de las Capuchinas and Cuadra San Cristóbal

Enjoy a full day to discover some of the most representative architecture in the city through the work of the legendary architect Luis Barragán, one of the most important architects of the 20th century and the only Mexican to obtain the Pritzker Prize, the highest award of international architecture.

One of the most influential architects of Mexican modernity, Luis Barragán’s work incorporates not only visual but conceptual aspects in which elements of the vernacular architecture of Spain and the Maghreb coexist with iconic elements of independent Mexico.

The figure of Luis Barragán has gained enormous importance in the field of international architecture. Among his iconic buildings in the city, you will privately visit the Casa Pedregal (formerly known as Casa Prieto), a private residence that was part of the Jardines del Pedregal, an influential subdivision developed by Barragán. Next you will visit the Capilla de las Capuchinas which is the famous Chapel and Convent of the Capuchinas Sacramentarias, also a masterpiece by the most renowned Mexican architect. You will then visit the Cuadra San Cristóbal, which is a combination of the international modern movement, while also presenting the architectural elements of the ranchos and the haciendas of traditional Mexico.

Time for lunch* is allocated. Our suggestion is the restaurant Contra Mar.

Overnight: La Valise Hotel

Day 7

Private Transfer from Hotel to Mexico City Airport for Departure Flight

* Lunch not included
** Dinner not included

Mexico City Center

Palacio Nacional

Chapultepec Castle

Anthropology Museum

Culture in the Zocalo

Bellas Artes

Centro Historico

La Alameda

UNAM Mural

Museo Soumaya

National Museum of History

Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle

Historic Center Mexico City
Palacio Nacional Tour
The St. Regis Mexico City overlooks the Paseo de la Reforma in the heart of one of the city’s most exciting zones.
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