Mexico City Sur, Xochicalco and Tepoztlán
By Sheridan Sansegundo
Of the many enticing trips that the Audubon Society of Mexico offers each year, the upcoming one to Mexico City and surroundings in December offers a veritable cornucopia of different experiences, including a trip on the riotously colored river boats of the Xochimilco canals, the graceful pyramid of Xochicalco and museums in Coyoacán and Mexico City.
Audubon Society tour
Mexico City Sur
After arriving in Mexico City, the group will visit the Frida Kahlo Museum in the picturesque district of Coyoacán, headquarters of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, and stay there for dinner at a restaurant on the main square. The next day will start with a chance to check out Carlos Slim’s new Soumaya Museum. After lunch in Polanco, the group will visit the Folk Art Museum (Museo de Artes Populares). Lunch aboard a trajinera (typical Mexican boat adorned with flowers to travel along the Xochimilco chanel) on day three starts at the Parque Ecológico Xochimilco for bird watching around the marshes and lakes. For lunch, the group will eat aboard a traditional trajinera boat and cruise around Xochimilco’s enchanting canals. In the afternoon, there will be a visit to the Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum with its manicured gardens and fine collection of art, including many priceless pre-Hispanic pieces and paintings by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Angelina Belof.
The next day takes the group to the semi-tropical State of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, to the archeological World Heritage Site of Xochicalco. Apart from the spectacular pyramid, the place is notable for the beauty and serenity of its natural surroundings and its surprising lack of tourists. On the way you’ll visit the Pueblo Mágico of Tepoztlán, one of the strangest and most beautiful towns in Mexico, and its Sunday market. Dinners during the trip will be at different Mexico City restaurants. The cost of US$725 (a little more for a single room, a little less for Audubon members) includes transportation, accommodation, breakfasts and entrance fees. If you are interested in the trip, please contact Colleen Besman, the Audubon board trip coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415 152 3644. Payment deadline is November 1.