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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.
The total cost of this trip is $3,215, based on double occupancy (or $4,185 if taking the Monte Albán and Huatulco extension).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Visa requirements for Mexico vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Mexico and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.
Your participation in this trip will contribute to the local economies and artisans we visit along the way. A portion of your trip fees will help to purchase more sewing machines for the school we’ll visit on the Isthmus, which teaches a disappearing regional embroidery technique. In addition, this trip will highlight the many ethnicities of Mexico; we’ll learn about and visit some of the artisans, sites, and regions represented in Frida's dress. Recognition of a multiethnic Mexico is of great value in helping to preserve these unique expressions.