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Join us on this unique tour to Mexico City, the old capital of the Aztec empire where we will explore the culture and the craft of Mexico. Nationwide Travel with the Quilters of Mexico have helped us plan this trip which is fantastic value and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is a one-off trip, so book now. For the full itinerary and further details, please contact Nationwide Travel by email at info@nationwidetravel.com.au or +61 2 9418 0011.
Click on the image above to download a brochure to see all the details.
Travel to Mexico City via Dallas with Qantas arriving on the same day, in the early evening.

Day of leisure to explore! Why not visit…
La Ciudadela market for a truly unique experience. Each aisle is lined with colourful stalls. You’ll find carved wooden masks, elaborate beadwork, heart-shaped metalwork, hand blown glass pitchers, ceramic suns and moons and many other items hailing from various Mexican states. Or visit the Fonda Nacional Para el Fomento de las Artesanias (Fonart), which has five craft stores.
This government-run outfit supports artisans through fair trade practices.
Visit the store on Avenida Reforma, where they have some of the most beautiful and detailed crafts from the country’s best artisans, including trees of life from the state of Mexico.
 
Visit the Patchwork & Quilt Expo. A 3 day pass is included. A full program of events is available online. www.quiltersdemexico.com

 

Tour departs at the World Trade Centre at 9am, we will go straight to Teotihuacan. We will visit the archaeological zone, composed by the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, as well as the different sets next to the road of the dead. Our guide will explain and clarify many of the riddles that surround this fascinating place. Lunch at ‘La Gruta”, underground with a typically Mexican menu. Later we will go to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, heart of the Marian expression in Mexico and Latin America, where we will be able to observe the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which was shaped after the appearance of the Indian Juan Diego in 1531 in his tilma. We will return to the WTC at 7pm.
 
Visit the Expo or spend the day at leisure exploring Mexico City.

Visit the Expo or day at leisure exploring the local arts and craft markets. Optional tours will be offered. Some museums in Mexico City have their own craft stores – the best is at the Museo de Arte Popular (Museum of Popular Art, aka MAP). Here you can enjoy checking out items made of paper, metal, textiles and even jewellery.
FULL DAY TOUR: TRAJINERA QUILT CRUISE Commencing from the World Trade Centre, crossing the main avenue of Mexico City: Insurgentes Av. We will see iconic buildings and areas of interest. We will reach the channels of Xochimilco (in the land planted with flowers), Cultural and Natural Patrimony of Humanity, unique remnant of the old channels that counted the City of Mexico. Place where the ajolote is preserved – native animal of Mexico and where tradition, colour and natural environment will be conjugated with a beautiful patchwork class, aboard a trajinera. As part of our 4 hour boat ride, we will listen to traditional Mexican music, visit one of the flower nurseries and many other experiences. Lunch will be served on board. After the Trajinera we will visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum. Both located in the old Hacienda de la Noria, built at the end of the 16th century. (Dolores, friend of Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo and many other artists). Collector of works of art presents us diverse works of his friends, of Pablo O’Higgins, Angelina Beloff, etc. It has more than 900 archaeological pieces and works of Mexican folk art. The decoration of the house, when it was inhabited by Dolores Olmedo, remains exposed. The gardens are of an exquisite beauty and inhabited by peacocks and xoloitzcuintles (dogs endemic to Mexico). Our tour concludes at 7pm at the WTC.
 
FULL DAY TOUR: TEOTIHUACAN PYRAMIDS AND GUADALUPE SHRINE Prehistoric City of Teotihuacan (the place where men become gods), was one of the largest urban centres of the ancient world that came to concentrate a population greater than one hundred thousand inhabitants in its time of maxium splendour. Located in a valley rich in natural resources, Teotihuacan was the seat of power of one of the most influential Mesoamerican societies in the political, economic, commerical, religious and cultural spheres, whose features permanently marked the peoples of the Mexican highlands, passing through time and coming to us with the same force and greatness with which its builders planned it.
The archaeological complex of Teotihuacan was recognised in 1987 by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity. The Basilica of Guadalupe, is the most important temple of the Guadalupano Precinct since 1976. It is the place where the Tilma of San Juan Diego is guarded and shows in which the sacred image of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe is formed, after its appearance in 1531.
Tour departs at the World Trade Centre at 9am, we will go straight to Teotihuacan. We will visit the archaeological zone, composed by the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, as well as the different sets next to the road of the dead. Our guide will explain and clarify many of the riddles that surround this fascinating place. Lunch at ‘La Gruta”, underground with a typically Mexican menu. Later we will go to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, heart of the Marian expression in Mexico and Latin America, where we will be able to observe the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which was shaped after the appearance of the Indian Juan Diego in 1531 in his tilma. We will return to the WTC at 7pm.
Morning flight to Dallas arriving early afternoon. Evening at leisure.

Day at leisure, optional tours to handicraft markets or half day city tour.

Depart Dallas, arriving into Australia on the 24th February 2018
The package Includes:
  • 9 nights (7 in Mexico City and 2 in Dallas)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return economy airfares with Qantas/American Airlines ex Sydney including taxes*
  • February 13 to 22, 2018 (arrival into Sydney
    February 24)
  • Hotel transfers
  • Entry into the Expo for the duration of the Fair
  • Full day quilt cruise in Mexico City, includes: class,
    transport, entrance fees, guides and lunch.
  • One day tour to Teotihuacan Pyramids &
    Guadalupe Shrine, includes: transport, entrance
    fees, guides and lunch.
Does not include:
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • ESTA (Visa Waiver) Personal expenses
  • Meals other than those specified *Taxes are included however subject to change.
For the full itinerary and further details, please contact Nationwide Travel by email at info@nationwidetravel.com.au or +61 2 9418 0011.
Would you like to extend your Mexican Experience?

Join the Zapotec Natural Dye and Weaving Workshop Tour, from February 20 to 24
Textiles are, in essence, the true testament, a living representation of the history and identity of a culture, and in many cases, their only surviving legacy. On this wonderful journey, we travel to one of the most culturally rich regions of Mexico, where we’ll learn about thousand year-old traditions in the homes and studios of those who keep them alive.
Here we’ll gain a unique insight into a range of ancestral techniques, tools and theories which are steeped in distinct perceptions of the earth and cosmos, all constantly brought to life exclusively through the hues extracted from the earth’s plants and fibres. Immerse yourself in thousand-year old art and natural dye pots! In this extraordinary, hands-on workshop, we learn at the loom of our master weaver and collaborate with a co-op committed to using only organic, natural dyes in the Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle, where each member ensures environmental, cultural and community sustainability is the basis for their art.
Our dyes for the sheep’s wool will come harvested from the organic orchard used solely for the cultivation of fruit, medicinal plants, insects and vegetables for dyes. From these, we’ll develop our three primary colours: Rich Reds using cochinilla, a bug that lives on the prickly pear cactus, Brilliant Yellows from wild marigolds and finally Deep Blues from indigo, brought from the Pacific coast, as well as many overdyes that result in more than 20 colours/hues—all from our three primaries! Families here have co-created their art for generations, from preparing the wool to weaving it. In creating our own unique small piece, we will experience this communal process and see how social fabric is at the heart of textiles. As textile artists, we will compare and contrast the industry and its ethics today and learn how to discern nuances in fibre and dye quality, its impact on finished pieces and the art form itself. During this five-day journey of discovery to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Oaxaco and the surrounding valleys, we’ll…
Where: The city of Oaxaca (wah-hah-kah) is home to Mexico’s most vibrant national arts and craft scene. A capital of indigenous culture, Oaxaca intrigues with an exceptional, world renowned cuisine, all of which places it rightfully at the top of the must experience list for any traveler interested in Mexican design, art and culture.
(As our dates coincide with Lent, be sure to have your cameras at the ready for when we turn a corner and stumble upon a traditional street festival!)
Meet & Learn: With indigenous wool-weavers in a hands-on, two-day Natural Dye and Zapotec Weaving workshop.
Understand: The culture, history and identity of textiles and their designs.
Discover: The remarkable and diverse relationships between native flora and the development of Oaxacan civilisations and their art for millennia.
Explore: The archaeological site which has inspired the region’s artisans for centuries.
Savour: The unique flavours of the region (the first cuisine in the world to achieve UNESCO Culinary Heritage status).
Visit: The studios of master craftswomen across various disciplines from textiles to ceramics.
Yum: The city’s culinary scene is one of the most exciting in Mexico, if not Latin America. To fuel our exploring, we’ll savour new twists on ancient flavours which have been an inspiring staple to the region for over 2,000 years. We’ll follow our noses through the aisles of the city’s famed food halls, sampling local delicacies from chapulines to chocolate with purveyors who have generations of experience in creating world renowned flavours. At the end of each day, we’ll sit down to a meal that deliciously reflects the extraordinary inventiveness of the Mexican people and their abundance in nurturing ingredients.
Extended 5 DAY TOUR INCLUDES:
Return flights from Mexico City to Oaxaca. Accommodation: 3 nights shared occupancy
Accommodation: 3 nights shared occupancy in family run charming central hotel. 1 night single occupancy in secluded, community run boutique hotel.
Comfortable and private transportation from World Trade Centre in Mexico City to airport and within Oaxaca.
Visits to a selection of the country’s most lauded artisans’ studios
  • Two-day Natural Dyes and Wool Weaving Workshop
  • Curated selection of exciting dinners and lunches to fuel our exploring
  • All breakfasts
  • Water on transportation
  • All entry fees
  • Tailored guided tours in English
For full Terms and Conditions, please read the PDF brochure here.
For the full itinerary and further details, please contact Nationwide Travel by email at info@nationwidetravel.com.au or +61 2 9418 0011.
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