A Journey through the Heart of Mexico from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende with Florencio Moreno
February 24 to March 4, 2016 Waitlist only
Mexico City is a sophisticated urban metropolis bursting with recently opened museums and outstanding art, from the world-class National Museum of Anthropology and the murals of Los Grandes, to the most important works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and the Jumex—hot on the scene of an already buzzing arts stage.
By contrast, one is able to step back in time in Puebla, where a night will be spent in the center of the city, and at Teotihuacan, ancient “City of the Gods.” Puebla is famous for its Spanish and Mesoamerican cuisine and crafts while Teotihuacan, with its impressive pyramids, was for centuries Mesoamerica’s most powerful city.
Then there is the charm of central Mexico’s colonial towns, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, which are rich with Renaissance, Baroque, and Moorish architecture created during three hundred years of Spanish rule. During the colonial period they became major centers of art and architecture, with a proliferation of churches, monasteries and elegant private residences. Sustained by the wealth from silver mines and agriculture, these cities experienced a renaissance in the arts as builders, artisans and artists expressed themselves in a burst of aesthetic exuberance. Each city became a work of art in itself, their plazas surrounded by buildings that symbolize great civic pride. Lively tree-shaded
plazas, wrought iron gates leading to bursting gardens, and ornate colonial churches line the cobblestone streets of these cultural centers, now protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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Parroquia church, San Miguel de Allende