Wright and The Americas

February 16-23 2022

8 days | Max 26 guests

Wright and The Americas

Architecture, Art and Design in Mexico

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2022

Arrive in Mexico City and transfer by private vehicle to our elegant design hotel, conveniently located in the fashionable Polanco neighborhood. Meet your fellow travelers and Frank Lloyd Wright tour leaders and depart for the National Museum of Anthropology, designed in 1964 by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Rafael Mijares Alcérreca. The monumental building surrounds a vast courtyard and pond that is sheltered by a soaring, suspended concrete “umbrella”—a feat of ingenious engineering. Enjoy a guided tour of select Pre-Columbian galleries. Return to the hotel for a lecture by Dr. Monica Silva about Frank Lloyd Wright and Mexican Architecture. Then, toast the start of our adventure during our welcome dinner, featuring fresh and seasonal produce from Mexico City and environs. 
Las Alcobas | Dinner

Thursday, Feb 17, 2022

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a full day tour of Mexico City. We start in the city’s historic center, full of buildings from the 15th to 19th centuries in a wide variety of styles. Tour the Palace of Fine Arts (1902), whose Neoclassical exterior gives way to a uniquely Mexican Art Deco interior. See the famed murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo and more. Explore the nearby post office (1904) and Los Azulejos (House of Tiles) before lunch at a historic restaurant featuring regional Mexican cuisine. In the afternoon, explore the Zocaló main square, which boasts the National Palace (featuring murals by Diego Rivera depicting the history of Mexico), and a view of Templo Mayor, an Aztec ruin that was once the center of its vast capital Tenochtitlan. Templo Mayor was mostly destroyed by Spanish conquerors, who used the stones to build the adjacent Metropolitan Cathedral. Then enjoy some free time to shop in the excellent downtown galleries, or sit in a rooftop bar for a cocktail. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. The neighborhood boasts dozens of casual and fine dining optionsincluding Pujol and Quintonilwithin walking distance of the hotel.
Las Alcobas | Breakfast, Lunch

Friday, Feb 18, 2022

We devote this day to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, two of the most important figures in Mexico’s modern history. Their fascinating relationship lasted a lifetime and inspired some of the country’s most iconic modern art. Dr. Silva joins us again at the Anahuacalli Museum, designed by Diego Rivera, who consulted with Frank Lloyd Wright on its creation, and completed by his friend Juan O’Gorman upon Rivera’s death. Inspired by Fallingwater, where he and Frida visited the Kaufmanns in 1929, the hulking, lava stone structure bears little resemblance to Wright’s masterpiece, but the result is an impressive structure that houses Rivera’s vast collection of Pre-Columbian art. Next, visit the rationalist home/studios of Kahlo and Rivera designed by Juan O’Gorman, as well as the architect’s own studio/home next door. Relax during an al fresco late lunch in an old hacienda before moving on to UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, for a walking tour of select buildings. Also visit the Museo Frida Kahlo. Known as the “Blue House,” so named for the vibrant color of Kahlo’s colonial family home, this immensely popular landmark features a luxurious courtyard garden and a fine collection of objects, photographs and paintings. The addition designed by O’Gorman includes Frida’s studio and an adjacent small and large bedroom. Together they tell the story of her painful and fascinating life.
Las Alcobas | Breakfast, Lunch

Saturday, Feb 19, 2022

After breakfast, start the day with a VIP visit to the home and studio of Luis Barragán, the father of Mexican Modernism, who said “My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.” Then, enjoy an exclusive visit to his last commission, the privately-owned Casa Gilardi. A lover of nature, Barragán designed the house around a tree, and the result is a poetic expression of light and color, with surprises at every turn. We are invited by the owners to enjoy the house freely, followed by a special lunch. The afternoon is devoted to contemporary architecture, including two museums; Soumaya and Jumex. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Las Alcobas | Breakfast, Lunch

Sunday, Feb 20, 2022

Rise early to take advantage of cooler temperatures and less crowding at Teotihuacan, located 25 miles northeast of Mexico City. The massive site includes architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids of the late classic era, and was once the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas.  Explore the talud (sloping exterior wall) structures that bear a resemblance to exterior walls Wright built at Taliesin West. Return to Mexico City for a lunch at Contramar, rated consistently among the city’s best for seafood. Return to the hotel for an afternoon to shop, relax, and pack for tomorrow’s flight. Reconvene in the evening to take in an optional performance of the renowned Ballet Folklorico, against the backdrop of the famed, magnificent Tiffany Studios glass “curtain,” the only one of its type in the world.
Las Alcobas | Breakfast, Lunch

Monday, Feb 21, 2022

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our group flight to the Yucatán Peninsula. Upon arrival in Mérida, take a short tour of the city, and have lunch before visiting the ruins of Labna to see the integration of the Puuc Maya style. Here you will see an ornate temple gate that was reproduced in plaster and exhibited at the World Columbian Exposition, and that Wright would have surely appreciated. Then, transfer to our rustic lodge situated next to the ruins of Uxmal. Dinner is at leisure before enjoying a sound and light show at the ruins. Fall asleep to the peaceful stillness of the jungle to be rested for tomorrow’s adventure.
Lodge at Uxmal | Breakfast, Lunch

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022

Wake early for a sunrise visit to Uxmal, the temple complex that shows the most resemblance to Wright’s concrete and textile block houses. You will see geometric motifs that bear striking similarities to the textile blocks at Ennis House, Millard House and others. Built during the Late Classic period of the Maya state (850-925), the pyramid and buildings are well-preserved amid a scenic, peaceful setting. Our timing allows for the best light and coolest temperatures. Return to the hotel for a Mayan breakfast. Your afternoon is free to take a cooking class, watch traditional craftwork or have a session with a genuine Mayan Shaman. Return to the hotel, where we enjoy a farewell dinner under the stars, featuring Mayan “pib” cuisine—a traditional cooking method using pits in the ground.
Lodge at Uxmal | Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay. Private transfers are included.


Daily Itinerary subject to change.

Registration Details

Journey Includes

8 days

Seven nights’ accommodations in luxury hotels

14 Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 2 dinners

7+ Tours

  • National Museum of Anthropology
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Zocaló Main Square
  • Anahuacalli Museum
  • Museo Frida Kahlo (“Blue House”)
  • Luis Barragán House and Studio
  • Casa Gilardi
  • Museo Soumaya
  • Museo Jumex
  • Teotihuacan
  • Ruins of Uxmal and Labna

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  • Events, guides, lectures, entrance fees and curator honorariums
  • All taxes for goods and services as well as all gratuities
  • Flight from Mexico City to Mérida
  • Private airport transfers on Day 1 & 8
  • Transportation by luxury motor coach
  • Porterage of one bag per person

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