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

Mexico
history • 9 days, 8 nights

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

Mexico
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Communities Up Close
from $3,870 USD per person
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Trip Overview
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 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.

Highlights
  • 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

Itinerary

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.
Mexico

Trip Leader

Stephanie Schneiderman
Stephanie Schneiderman was born in Havana, grew up in Mexico City, lived and studied in Miami, went to Graduate School in Phoenix. She has a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations, a Certificate in Latin American/Caribbean Studies from Florida International University, and received a Masters Degree from The Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Latin blood runs through her veins. Stephanie has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and, given her cultural and language fluency, has gained access to many off-the-path locations and communities. When her friends ask why she always goes back to Mexico, she replies, “Mexico is a vast country with so many diverse regions. You could spend a lifetime visiting Mexico and never see it all”.

Additional Info

Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

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 (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): 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 $460 USD.  After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

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 9. If leaving Mexico directly after our tour, we recommend scheduling your departure flight from Oaxaca City (OAX) departing any time that day.

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.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip including arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • All tips and gratuities except for accompanying Trip Leader
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to Mexico City and from Oaxaca City.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
  • Internal flights (priced separately)
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