National Museum of History, Castle of Chapultepec

The Museum has twelve halls that present the country's historical trajectory, from the Conquest to the dawn of the twentieth century, among which stand out: Two isolated continents, The Church in time of the Bourbons, the footprints of Miguel Hidalgo, The Young Nation (1821-1867), Towards Modernity, Revolutions, The Constitutional Era, Malaquitas Hall and Viceroys Hall. It also has twenty-two halls in the area known as Alcázar, where the halls of Maximilian of Habsburg (1832-1857) and Carlota of Belgium (1840-1927), as well as President Porfirio Diaz (1830-1915) are recreated. It also houses the carriages of Benito Juárez (1866-1872) and Maximiliano, and a hall that recalls the assault on the Chapultepec Castle by the American troops of 1847, among other historical events. It has one of the largest collections, it exceeds 90000 objects including paintings, drawings, engravings, prints, coins, historical flags, historical documents, weapons, clothing and accessories, as well as furniture and household goods.

Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Duration: 10:00 am - 4.00 pm

20 available places

Cost: US$20.00 per person, including transport from the conference hotel, museum entrance and tour guide in English. Note that food/lunch is not included.


Templo Mayor, Downtown

This museum - designed by the architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez (1919-2013) - was created to exhibit more than seven thousand objects found during the excavations (between 1978 and 2982) in what was the Sacred Precinct of the Mexica culture. The museographic project is based on the distribution itself of the Templo Mayor, where Tlaloc, god of the rain, and Huitzilopochtli, sole deity of the war, were worshiped. Nestled in the "heart" of Mexico City, the site offers visitors the opportunity to experience Mexican vestiges through its eight halls: Archaeological Background, Ritual and Sacrifice, Tribute and Trade, Huitzilopochtli, Tlaloc, Flora and Fauna, Agriculture and Historical Archeology.

Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Duration: 10:00 am - 4.00 pm

20 available places

Cost: US$20.00 per person, including transport from the conference hotel, museum entrance and tour guide in English. Note that food/lunch is not included.



Xochicalco is an archeological site of the period known as Epiclásico (700-900 AD) characterized by the emergence of cities in central Mexico after the decline of Teotihuacan city and the void of power left by it. This period is characterized by a series of events that give way to the foundation of Tula, after a series of migrations of groups inhabiting central Mexico; this coincides with the abandonment of the sites of the north of Mesoamerica and the collapse of the Mayan cities of the low lands of the center and the south. It has been suggested that these events led in Xochicalco to the arrival of various groups from different parts of the Mesoamerican region. The reliefs of the feathered serpents in the temple of the same name suggest Teotihuacan and Mayan influences. On the other hand, its position on the top of a mountain, like other population centers of that time, suggests a period of war between cities with small territories, in the absence of a hegemonic city, however this interpretation has been refuted recently in favor of the symbolic and territorial elements: hill, water, settlement. One of the most interesting spaces of this site is an astronomical observatory in a cave that is accessed through a stairway carved in the rock. In this, for a period of 150 days a year, from April 30, the sun is seen to enter by a vertical duct of small dimensions perforated in the rock. Chronology: 200 a. C. at 1000 d. C Main chronological location: Epiclassic, 650 to 900 d. C.

Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Duration: 9:00 am - 6 pm

40 available places

Cost: US$50.00 per person, including box lunch, transport from the conference hotel, museum entrance and tour guide in English.



Nuu Savi. Textiles of the Old Kingdoms 

Beyond the buzzing world of her cities, ancient Mexico breathes, full of stories and living history. This journey takes us there. Our Mecca is the upper Mixteca region in the state of Oaxaca. Well off the beaten track and well worth visiting, this region is home to some of the most colorful textile villages in Mexico, rare towns where the old ways of traditional fashion are alive and well. We take you inside these and other villages, introducing you to weavers, embroiderers and basket plaiters. We also will visit the ruins of the palace of Cacaxtla with its amazing murals, windows into this land a millenia ago. We spend an afternoon in the patinaed peace of a four hundred year old Spanish hacienda and we’ll peek into a Dominican monastery in the center of a fallen kingdom. But more than anything we meet people, old time artisans and creative hearts carrying forward their priceless inheritance, the woven, clay, palm voice of their rooted ancestors. Far beyond the guidebooks and tourist routes, this is a journey for textile lovers and explorers curious about how people live and what’s around the next corner.
Dates: November 12th - 16th, 2017
12 available spaces
Cost: US$1,750.00  

• Professional bilingual guides (English / Spanish) 
• Private transportation 
• Entrance fees, tips for meals and drivers 
• 5 nights in double occupation at local 3 and 4 stars hotels 
• All activities and some meals (please click on the link to have a look at the complete itinerary)

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