Mexico·September 2 - 8 2024

Marvelous Mexico: Flowers, Art & Architecture

Discover the vibrant heart of Mexico City and the serene beauty of Valle de Bravo

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Overview

Like many shy but brilliant people, Mexico doesn't reveal herself all at once. She might show you her party persona in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, but the real Mexico holds onto her secrets, only revealing them when you take the time to look deeply. Together we’ll embark on an unforgettable adventure starting in the heart of Mexico City, a dynamic blend of history, art, and urban vitality. Dive into its cultural treasures, savoring exquisite gourmet delights and marveling at architectural masterpieces. A must-visit is Casa Azul, the captivating former home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, now a museum brimming with her artistic legacy. Next, we’ll escape to the Valle de Bravo, one of Mexico’s enchanting “pueblos mágicos,” nestled on the shores of Lake Avándaro. This picturesque retreat, with its misty, forested hills and terracotta-tiled rooftops, offers a serene atmosphere reminiscent of Italy’s northern lakes. Known as a haven for Mexico City’s elite, Valle de Bravo promises tranquility and breathtaking natural beauty. The highlight of our journey is a two-day immersive experience with world-renowned floral designer Gabriela Salazar at La Musa de las Flores. Immerse yourself in the vibrant blooms of dahlia season, as early September transforms Mexico into a floral paradise. Our final destination is the mystical village of Tepoztlán, another charming “pueblo mágico” near Cuernavaca, known as the legendary birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent god. Tepoztlán captivates with its dramatic, copper-toned mountain cliffs and rich blend of colonial and indigenous culture. Join us on this enchanting journey through the real Mexico, where each stop offers a unique blend of art, history, and natural splendor. Whether you're exploring the vibrant streets of Mexico City, relaxing by the serene lake in Valle de Bravo, immersing in floral artistry, or uncovering the mystical allure of Tepoztlán, this trip promises memories that will linger long after you return home. Let the beauty of Mexico captivate your heart and soul.

Highlights

Explore one of the great cities in the Americas

Explore one of the great cities in the Americas

Be amazed at the quality and diversity of the food

Be amazed at the quality and diversity of the food

Visit Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's home

Visit Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's home

Tour one of the most impressive art museums in Mexico

Tour one of the most impressive art museums in Mexico

Learn to arrange and grow organic flowers from one of the very best

Learn to arrange and grow organic flowers from one of the very best

Experience an authentic Mexican market

Experience an authentic Mexican market

Stay in three unique design hotels that ooze calm and comfort

Stay in three unique design hotels that ooze calm and comfort

Explore the Robert Brady House museum in Cuernavaca, a collector's paradise

Explore the Robert Brady House museum in Cuernavaca, a collector's paradise

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Mexico City

Day 1: Monday, September 2, 2024

Fly into Mexico City (Benito Juárez) international airport (MEX). Make sure you arrive by 1:00 pm. If the best flights get in later, don't worry, just come a day early! We'll help you with arrangements.

Grab a taxi or Uber at the airport - the are plentiful and safe - and head to our hip and charming Alest Hotel in the Polanco neighborhood - the Beverly Hills of Mexico City. 

You'll have some time to unpack and relax. Then we’ll head over to the Soumaya Museumknown for its vast collection of Rodin sculptures, paintings, and other works dating from Mesoamerica to the modern day. The architecture is as fascinating and thrilling as the museum itself.  

Tonight, we’ll take in the lights of the Zocalo (central square) and the 500-year-old cathedral as we dine in style at the Balcon de Zocalo. We’ll toast to the adventures we'll live this upcoming week and repeat this Mexican, saying Barriga llena, Corazón contente, meaning full stomach, happy heart.

Included

Museum Tour

Dinner

Not Included

Airport transfer

Lunch

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Mexico City

Day 2: Tuesday, September 3, 2024

We'll devote today to art and architecture and sampling Mexico City's extraordinary food scene.

Our first point of call is Casa Luis Barragan, one of the most iconic pieces of mid-century Mexican architecture – a building ahead of its time. Built in 1948, it is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture from an international point of view. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For lunch, we'll enjoy a walking and tasting tour at Mercado La Merced with a local foodie guide. 

We'll close our day at the Frida Kahlo Casa Azul House and Museum, a pilgrimage every woman must make while in CDMX.

Dinner is at a mansion in the Roma neighborhood, a restaurant that is on everyone’s "best" list, the female chef here recently won best female chef in the world! 

Included

All Meals

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Valle de Bravo

Day 3: Wednesday, September 4, 2024

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Valle de Bravo (although you might think you've arrived in the Garden of Eden). We’ll drop our bags at our hotel, the lovely La Casa Rodavento, and head to La Musa de las Flores, a flower lover's paradise.

Gabriela Salazar, the owner and founder, is from Mexico but lived in England for five years. Her Instagram account is followed by flower lovers around the world. At La Muse de las Flores, she teaches an intentional, sustainable floral design style. We’ll meet Gabriela for an amazing catered lunch. Then, she’ll take us through her cut flower garden and relax in this serene environment with a glass of wine. September is dahlia season and a prolific blooming season for many other flowers, so prepare for an explosion of color and unique blooms. Nothing Gabriela plants is ordinary.

Back at the hotel, after a rest, we'll enjoy some mezcal on the rooftop lounge to enlighten our taste buds before a fabulous dinner at the Nuestro Restaurante at the hotel.

Included

All Meals

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Valle de Bravo

Day 4: Thursday, September 5, 2024

You’ll wake up in a gorgeous hotel room that feels as if it is suspended in a forest. 

Then we’ll meet Gabriela again and walk in her garden and the surrounding countryside to collect items for our bouquets. We'll have a bouquet class in the late morning, where Gabriela will show us how to mindfully mix her unique, organic flowers with our foraged items. 

We’ll enjoy a healthy lunch in the garden. 

You can take your flower arrangements to the hotel and admire your creations for the next few days. 

Tonight, we’ll celebrate our new-found artistry and respect for nature with a jubilant meal at a sister resort. Enjoy the amazing five-course floating dinner on a private lake. 

Included

All meals

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Valle de Bravo

Day 5: Friday, September 6, 2024

Today, we'll drive to Tepoztlán, a pueblo mágico (magic village), about three hours away. This small but alluring village outside Cuernavaca is known for the small pyramid at the top of a nearby hill dedicated to Ometochtli–Tepoztēcatl, the guru of pulque, a beer-like drink made from the maguey plant. The pyramid, called El Tepozteco, dates from 1452. The region is known for its handicrafts, including artisanal weaving, pottery, and baskets. 

We'll explore the market in Tepoztlán and feast on street food from the market.  We’ll try red mole, pumpkin flower quesadillas, thin tamales, and itacates. These local favorites consist of buttered corn cakes with salsa, sour cream, and cheese. We’ll wash it all down with a sample of pulque, naturally! 

Our home for the next two nights is the Hotel Amomoxtli. After unpacking, you’ll have free time to unwind. Why not book an optional spa treatment and pamper yourself at the hotel's amazing spa?   

Tonight’s meal is at Mesa de OrigenThe food is scrumptious, and you’ll enjoy the cocktail menu and the excellent selection of local Mexican wines (don’t knock them until you’ve tried them. There are some delicious wines produced in Mexico now). 

Included

All meals

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Cuernavaca

Day 6: Saturday, September 7, 2024

After breakfast, we'll head over to Cuernavaca, the city of Eternal Spring, an hour-long drive to the west.  

Our first stop is the Robert Brady House Museum. It's dedicated to the owner, poet, writer, and collector. He was born in Iowa, lived in Venice, and then traveled the world collecting art and artifacts before settling in the 16th-century monastery in the 1960s. 

Then, we’ll pop into the pink Chapel of the Third Order of San Francisco. Life may not always be a walk in the park, but after going to church, we’ll walk in the Jardín Juárez park, complete with a gazebo designed by Gustav Eiffel.  

We will have lunch at La Casa. Then, you have time to shop at the nearby craft markets or discover, on your own, the Palacio de Cortes from 1521 with its Diego Rivera murals.  

Later in the afternoon, why not relax and enjoy the resort? Consider booking into the spa for a well-deserved wellness treatment. 

For dinner tonight, we're in for a delightful treat at Parcela. We'll learn how the facility grows organic food and its regenerative agriculture practices. We'll explore the five methods of fruit tree, vegetable, flower, and aromatic herb production and appreciate the biodiversity of insects, birds, and other animals that now cohabit our space. After the tour, we'll enjoy the garden delights with seasonal dishes and celebrate our last night together. 

Included

Guided Museum Visit

All Meals

Not Included

Spa Treatments

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Mexico City

Day 7: Sunday, September 8, 2024

After breakfast, we will head back to Mexico City Airport. Make sure your departure flight is in the late afternoon or early evening. We'll cherish the memories and friendships created this week as we say goodbye.

Included

Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

The Alest Hotel

The Alest Hotel

The Alest Hotel was designed with eclectic and sophisticated elements. Its prime location in the heart of Polanco welcomes bon vivants from around the world who wish to enjoy unique and unrepeatable experiences. 

La Casa Rodaventa

La Casa Rodaventa

Comfort and luxury await you at La Casa Rodaventa. Enjoy luxury facilities including a pool and hot tub. 

Amomoxtli

Amomoxtli

Set in lush gardens, Amomoxtli is the perfect refuge from the bustle and bustle of everyday life. A sparkling pool and relaxing spa bring you every luxury your heart desires.

Hosts

Cheri Kendrick

Cheri Kendrick

Cheri calls the tiny island of Utila Honduras home. She loves the sea and tropical gardens. She is a lover of the natural world and all things ALIVE! Travel for her is a deeper experience where she can immerse herself in culture, learning, gastronomy, places of great beauty, and horticulture. Her second career is in tourism and hospitality. 

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$7,995

Shared Room

Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member

FROM$7,395

Add Ons

Arrive one day early in Mexico

Arrive one day early in Mexico

Includes one night and breakfast at The Alest Hotel

PRICE$450.00

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Valle de Bravo - Mexico

Escape with us to mystical Mexico. Take the time to uncover Mexico’s secrets away from the tourist crowds. Surround yourself with the fragrance and vibrant color of spring flowers. Encounter design and architecture as never before and discover the sights, sounds and flavors of an ancient land from the quiet comfort of a resort town. The adventure starts in Mexico!

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What's Included

What's Included

Entrance to museums

All meals except lunch on day 2

Departure transfer

All ground transportation (except arrival transfer)

Visit and Introduction to Gabriellas Garden

Mezcal Tasting

Bouquet Class and Centerpiece demonstration

Group drop off at hotel or airport in Mexico City

Arrival transfer

Any personal souvenirs or purchases

International Round Trip Airfare

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

Any spa treatment desired

Additional wine, beer or sprits beyond of what is offered at meals

FAQs

You should fly into Mexico City International Airport.

September is an ideal time to visit Mexico, with temperatures ranging from 70 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius).  

We will have a Zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

The trip officially starts on the afternoon of September 2nd. Make sure you arrive by 1pm. If your flight doesn't get in until later, or you'd like some time to relax in Mexico City, there's an Arrive One Day Early option you can purchase as an Add-On.

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Marvelous Mexico: Flowers, Art & Architecture

Mexico· September 2 - 8 2024· 6 nights

FROM$7,995/pp