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history • 8 days, 7 nights

Mexico City to Oaxaca: Tracing the Threads of Frida Kahlo's Dresses

history • 8 days, 7 nights

Mexico City to Oaxaca: Tracing the Threads of Frida Kahlo's Dresses

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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    Communities Up Close
from $3,215 USD per person
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Trip Overview

In one of Frida Kahlo’s most iconic paintings, two Fridas gaze coolly at their onlooker, their hands clasped. Connected by a single, bleeding vein, the Frida on the left wears a white, European-looking dress while the Frida on the right dons a blue and green Tehuana dress. In her art and daily life, Frida used dress to create and visualize her identity and multicultural heritage. From the outfits from her mother’s homeland on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to the rebozos from her birthplace in Central Mexico, Frida’s garments offer a kind of sartorial map of her life. On this journey, we’ll travel to the regions that have influenced her dress, from the bustling streets of Mexico City to the tropical Isthmus, all the way to the markets of Oaxaca City. Along the way, we’ll meet historians, artists, craftswomen, and artisans who continue the legacy of hand-crafting clothing, an intimate expression of cultural identity.

  • Frida Kahlo’s childhood home
  • Isthmus of Tehuantepec fashion show
  • Hands-on embroidery workshop
  • Chats with artisans and expert embroiderers
  • Vela, or regional fiesta
  • Oaxaca City market tour


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The total cost of this trip is $3,215, based on double occupancy (or $4,185 if taking the Monte Albán and Huatulco extension).

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. 

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $365 (or $495 if taking the extension). When booking, please select the single room package option.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Mexico City on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Mexico City by 2 p.m. that day so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in time for dinner. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 8. If leaving Mexico directly after our tour, we recommend departing any time that day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel within Mexico will be by private van, public transportation, and plane (from Mexico City to Oaxaca).
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Oaxaca has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance through Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to Mexico City and from Oaxaca City.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers (recommendations for travel between the airport and our accommodations will be provided).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Mexican visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

Mexico has two seasons: a rainy season and a dry season. While our trip will take place during the dry season, weather patterns are less predictable these days, so pack for a range of wet and dry days. Mexico City and Oaxaca City are both located in the Central Plateau of Mexico, which means they’re at higher altitudes (5,000-7,000 feet). Expect mild temperatures reaching into the mid 80’s during the day and dipping into the 60’s at night. The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is closer to sea level, and has a tropical climate. Expect warm and humid weather.

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