5:30pm - 7pm

Welcome cocktails at Anatol Restaurant

Bienvenidos! You’ve made it to Mexico City. Mingle with AFAR founders and editors in the restaurant of Las Alcobas, where we’ll experience a very special tequila tasting courtesy of Casa Dragones.

7pm - 8:30pm

Dinner at Anatol Restaurant

Get to know your fellow travelers over dinner at Anatol, where seasonal, consciously sourced ingredients and a menu of small plates perfect for sharing make for a casual, lively atmosphere. We’ll hear welcoming remarks from Javier Arredondo, the founder of Travesías Media, a Mexico City-based travel and luxury media company.

9pm - 10pm

An evening of Lucha Libre!

Enjoy an exhilarating evening of lucha libre, Mexico’s iconic form of theatrical wrestling, where colorfully masked luchadores, wrestlers, use a series of aerial moves to battle in the ring.


10am - 11:15am

Speaker Session: Ricardo Raphael

At Cine Tonalá, an independent film and performance center, we’ll hear from Ricardo Raphael, a journalist, political analyst, and writer whose work focuses on the cultural borderland of the United States and Mexico.

11:45am - 1pm

Speaker Session: Cecilia León de la Barra

Join us in the central Cuauhtémoc district at the Plaza Ciudadela branch of the Library of Mexico, which was built in the early 1800s. Here, designer and curator Cecilia León de la Barra will speak to us about Mexico’s design world.

1:30pm - 3pm

Lunch, various locations

With an entire megalopolis of fresh and flavorful cuisine to choose from, we’ll take you to a few local favorites.

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Breakout Activities, various locations




8:30pm - 11pm

Opening Night Party at San Ildefenso + Speaker Series

Located in Mexico City’s historic center, San Ildefenso is the birthplace of the Mexican muralism movement. Academic and curator Susana Pliego Quijano will educate us on Diego Rivera’s very first mural, which lives within San Ildefenso’s walls. We’ll take the opportunity to spend an evening in this stunning venue to eat, drink, and take in some live entertainment.


9am - 9:45am

Optional: Guided Bike Ride

Do as the locals do, and join in on a guided bike ride down the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main thoroughfare, which closes to vehicle traffic every Sunday. Bikes and helmets provided.

9:45am - 10am

Walk from Palacio de Bellas Artes to Downtown Hotel

10am - 12pm

Brunch and Shopping at Downtown Mexico

Located in DF’s historic city center, Downtown Mexico is a hotel and shopping emporium that’s set in a 17th-century former palace and UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast at Azul Historico then explore the unique boutiques within the galleria space.

12pm - 12:30pm

Walk from Downtown Mexico to Palacio de Correos

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Speaker Session: Gabriella Gómez-Mont

As director for Laboratory for the City, Gabriella Gómez-Mont leads Mexico City’s newest think-tank and urban experimental space. We’ll hear her talk about the city’s evolving urban landscape at the city’s Main Post Office, an architectural masterpiece of eclectic beauty.

2pm - 4pm

Breakout activities, various locations

8pm - 11pm

Home dinners, various locations

What better way to get to know a city that to spend an evening at the dinner table with the people who live there? In a small group of fellow travelers, we’ll be welcomed into the homes and kitchens of some of Mexico City’s most generous residents.



Early Riser Breakout Activity: Chef’s Market Visit

An optional extra early breakout activity will have you visiting Mexico City’s wholesale market, Centro de Abasto, with Eduardo García, the head chef and founder of Maximo Bistrot Local. Space is very limited, sign up required.

8:45am - 10:15am

Breakfast with Eduardo García

We’ll start our day with a fresh and flavorful meal at Maximo Bistro with Chef Eduardo García. After a early market trip with a small group of AFAR travelers, Chef García will meet us at his restaurant to prepare an intimate, family-style breakfast with the very ingredients he bought that morning.

11:30am - 1pm

Speaker Session + Museum Tour

We’ll visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum for a private tour of its renowned collection, boasting some of the best works of iconic Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

1:30pm - 4:30pm

An Afternoon in Xochimilco

Sit back and relax with lunch, mezcal tastings, and mariachi music aboard a trajinera as we float down the canals of historic Xochimilco for a visit to one of the area’s chinampas, an ancient form of agriculture. This will be an afternoon you won’t forget!

8:30pm - 11pm

Party at Casa Lamm

Housed in a mansion built in 1911, Casa Lamm is a cultural center, art school, and gallery in the hip and upcoming neighborhood of Roma. Tonight, it is also the site of our night of good food, great conversation, and even better company.


9am - 11am

Speaker Session + Tour

We’ll begin our day at the Museum of Anthropology, which houses one of the world’s largest archaeological collections of artifacts from the Mayan civilization to the Spanish conquest. Here, we’ll learn about Mexico City’s storied history with a fascinating talk within the Mexica Salon—a room entirely dedicated to the indigenous cultures within this ancient region.

12pm - 12:30pm

Walk from Anthropology Museum to El Castillo de Chapultepec

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Speaker Session + Lunch

Perched on a verdant hill in Chapultepec Park with magnificent vistas of Mexico City in every direction, we’ll enjoy lunch in the spectacular Castillo de Chapultepec with a talk from one of the city’s notable historians.

3pm - 5pm

Breakout activities, various locations

8:30pm - 11pm

Farewell Party

Our unforgettable week in Mexico City is drawing to a close, but we have time for one last celebration with our fellow travelers—and local Mexican friends—from the past four days. Eat, drink, and dance!



Featured Locals

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    Carla Fernández

    Through her ready-to-wear collections, books, and exhibitions, designer and entrepreneur Carla Fernández is blending traditional textiles with avant-garde technique to create a new look for Mexico’s style mavens.

    Along with her eponymous line of ready-to-wear clothes—which Fernández began in 2000 and is inspired by traditional Mexican textiles and geometric patterns—Fernández is the head of Taller Flora, a mobile design laboratory that brings together Mexican designers and indigenous artisans to create lines of couture and ready-to-wear garments. Their goal? To show the world an at once modern and ancient Mexican style that pushes the boundaries of fashion while remaining true to its roots.

    Dedicated to sustainable luxury, Fernández was named the Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 by the British Council and in 2009 was named one of the 40 Best Designers of the Moment by the now defunct i-D Magazine. Her work has appeared in magazines including ELLE, Vogue, i-D, Harper’s Bazaar, and Wallpaper.

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    Carlos Enriquez Verdura

    What is Carlos Enriquez Verdura’s favorite thing about Mexico City?

    “Its mega diversity, its never-ending capacity to surprise both locals and visitors, the density of its culture, and its almost incomprehensible natural way of bringing all different kinds of ‘others’ together.”

    In other words, it’s extremely difficult to say, especially for someone like Enriquez Verdura, who has made a career of studying culture. A native Chilango, someone born and raised in Mexico City, Enriquez Verdura defines himself as a “cultural translator”—someone who works to make foreigners understand Mexico and Mexican culture, and vice versa.

    Trained as an international relations specialist with a MPhil from the University of Cambridge, Enriquez Verdura has devoted much of his professional career to the promotion of culture and the arts, both in Mexico and abroad.

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    Cecilia León de la Barra

    An industrial designer, curator, and educator, Cecilia León de la Barra finds her creative inspiration in the everyday energy of Mexico City.

    After graduating from Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana, León de la Barra has spent the past years working both as an independent designer and collaborating with other designers and architects. She has curated shows internationally, and her own work has been exhibited in Mexico, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Washington, London, and New York.

    Among her many credentials, León de la Barra is the cofounder of MOB, a design consultancy studio and showroom, and of NEL, a collective of independent Mexican designers; has been a teacher in the industrial design department at Mexico City’s Centro de Diseño Cine y Televisión and at the Universidad Iberoamericana; and she serves on the editorial council of Arquine, a magazine for architecture and design.

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    César Cervantes

    César Cervantes, an art collector and the owner of Casa Prieto, has an unconventional background for the life he finds himself in now—surrounded by some of the world’s best art.

    Having studied marketing and business management, he is the founder and CEO of Taco Inn, one of the largest Mexican taqueria chains in the country. César began collecting art more than a decade ago, and, when he bought Casa Prieto in the Mexico City neighborhood of Pedregal as his private home, turned it into his own gallery. Here, he playfully melds everyday household items with work by some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists.

    Working with architect Jorge Covarrubias, César has recently been working to restore Casa Prieto—a work of art itself—to its original state as designed by Mexican architect Luis Barragan.

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    Claudia Fernández

    Claudia Fernández, an artist, philanthropist, and vintage furniture dealer, lives and works in Mexico City, her home since she was born there in 1965. Having worked with sculpture and installation, her primary media are now painting and photography.

    Having exhibited both within Mexico and internationally for almost three decades, Claudia’s award-winning work has been shown in museums and galleries including the Iturralde Gallery in Los Angeles, the Jacob Javits Center in Berlin, the Jumex Collection in Mexico City, and the Outer Limits International Film and Video Artist Space in New York.

    Along with her artistic work, Claudia also owns a small, appointment-only showroom in Mexico City for midcentury-modern furniture. Her philanthropic work focuses on providing children living in conditions of extreme poverty with access to work in art and design.

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    Eduardo García

    Only ten years after he immigrated to the United States from his home country of Mexico, Eduardo García began his cooking career at the young age of 15 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    García went on to work at the famous Le Bernardin restaurant in New York, where he learned from renowned French chef Eric Ripert. After fine-tuning his craft, he returned to Atlanta to work as sous chef for an Atlanta-based restaurant group and as executive chef for Van Gogh’s Restaurant.

    Yearning to explore his roots, García moved back to Mexico and in 2011 opened his own restaurant, Maximo Bistrot Local, which he runs with his wife and business partner, Gabriela López Cruz. Located in the heart of Mexico City, García’s restaurant is dedicated to fresh, local, and sustainable cuisine.

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    Eduardo Terrazas

    Throughout the span of his more than 40-year career, Eduardo Terrazas has worn many hats. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and a current resident of Mexico City, Terrazas was originally trained as an architect but works as an artist, designer, and urban planner; his experience ranges from working as an exhibition director’s assistant in Leningrad, Warsaw, and Paris to teaching as a professor of architecture at Columbia University in New York City.

    His work has been shown in group exhibitions since 1968 and in solo exhibitions since 1972—his first, Tablas, was held at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Prior to these shows, Terrazas came to prominence as a codesigner of the logo and entire aesthetics of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

    Having worked primarily as an architect throughout his career, Terrazas’ artistic work experienced a rediscovery and surge of popularity after a 2011 exhibition at the Jumex Collection organized by the San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery. Since then, he was invited to speak at Art Basel, recently finished a show in Copenhagen, and is planning more exhibitions in Mexico and abroad. Some of his recent work, entitled Constellations, is bright and colorful, featuring geometric designs created using the traditional beading techniques of the Huichol, a Native American group of central Mexico.

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    Gabriella Gómez-Mont

    Gabriella Gómez-Mont directs Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Laboratory for the City, Mexico City’s new think-tank and urban experimental space. The Laboratorio is a place to reflect, innovate, and create within the largest megalopolis on the American continent.

    The Laboratorio came about through a personal invitation from Dr Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City’s liberal mayor elect, to incorporate the think-tank into the city’s official structure for the next six years. This novel initiative will support creativity and civic innovation through the layers of government and social space, bringing together people from different sectors and disciplines—including artists, scientists, architects, government officials, sociologists, economists—to unite them in conversation, in action, and in a common cause for injecting innovative ideas into Mexico City’s system. You could say that the Laboratorio places imagination at the epicenter of community discourse.

    Along with her work as director of the Laboratorio, Gómez-Mont is a multilingual writer, visual artist, documentary film director, cultural advisor, and arts curator. She is the founder of several other projects, including Toxico Cultura, Cine Abierto, and Laboratorio Curatorial 060—for which she won several international awards and recognitions. Gómez-Mont has recently been selected as a Global Cities Summit Young Leader, is a Fabrica Ex alumna, a TED Senior Fellow, and a Yale World Fellow.

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    James Oles

    If traveling the world to curate international art exhibitions sounds like your dream job, then James Oles is the man who can tell you how to make it a reality.

    A scholar as well as a curator, Oles is a senior lecturer for the Wellesley College art department. His same focus in the classroom, modern Mexican art, transfers into the world outside academia; he is currently involved in organizing exhibitions in Mexico City, Australia, Turkey, and Paris.

    Oles’ interests and work are incredibly varied, ranging from U.S.-Mexican cultural exchange to Mexican surrealism. Some of his recent work, Art and Architecture in Mexico, a survey covering Mexican art and architecture from the Spanish conquest to today, was published in 2013. His current major show, “The Exposed Museum,” is running now through November at Mexico City’s Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.

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    Javier Arredondo

    Javier Arredondo is the founding partner and president of Travesías Media, a luxury travel media company based in Mexico City.

    After studying communications, international relations, and business at universities including the Universidad Iberoamericana, Georgetown University, and Columbia University, Arredondo has worked in the publishing and tourism industries for more than 15 years. Since 2008, he has specialized in travel and tourism, which led him to co-found Travesías in 2012.

    A recognized entrepreneur and mentor, Arredondo sits on the board of directors for the Contemporary Art Board of Mexico and for the Global Luxury Travel Advisory Board of the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. Aside from his native Spanish, he is fluent in English and French and has excellent speaking skills in German, Italian, and Portuguese.

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    Jorge Covarrubias

    If traveling the world to curate international art exhibitions sounds like your dream job, then James Oles is the man who can tell you how to make it a reality.Born in 1969, Jorge Covarrubias is a Mexican architect and photographer based in Mexico City. With his business partner, Covarrubias is the co-principal architect of Parque Humano, a multidisciplinary design firm focused on integrating architecture, landscape, and art.

    Parque Humano has developed more than 100 projects in Mexico ranging from housing, hotels, art exhibitions, and cultural centers. Among them is the restoration of Casa Prieto, a Luis Barragan-designed private residence in Mexico City.

    Covarrubias has participated in many international symposiums and has lectured at some of the finest design institutions, including the Alvar Aalto Academy in Helsinki, Finland and the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Boston.

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    Jorge Pedro Uribe

    Jorge Pedro Uribe, a native of Mexico City, is a writer and journalist whose focus is spreading the culture and heritage of Mexico.

    After studying mass media communication at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Uribe  has since completed editorial work—print, online, and on the radio—for various organization and publications including Grupo Editorial Notmusa, Travesías, Editorial Televisa y Editorial Mapas, Canal Once, Reactor 105.7, and Time Out México.

    Uribe currently leads tours of Mexico City and other Mexican cities, runs his website,, and is working on his first book.

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    Patricia Ortiz Monasterio

    Patricia Ortiz Monasterio is the founder of Galería OMR, a world-renowned gallery of contemporary art in Mexico City.

    Born and raised in DF, Ortiz Monasterio developed an interest in art from a young age thanks to her father, a medical doctor and avid art enthusiast. Moving into the realm of art studies, she studied museology first in Mexico City and later in Paris at the Sorbonne. Until 1983, she worked as a curator, coordinating exhibitions for institutions including the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Museo de Arte Moderno, and the Museo Tamayo.

    In 1984, Ortiz Monasterio went into business with her husband, Jaime Riestra, and opened Galería OMR. Dedicated to the promotion of both Mexican and international contemporary art, Galería OMR has presented more than 400 exhibitions, and since 1992 has participated in some of the most well known contemporary art fairs and events. Cristobal Riestra, the son of Ortiz Monasterio and Riestra, is the current managing director of Galería OMR and will take the gallery into its next stage.

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    Ricardo Raphael

    Looking at Ricardo Raphael's credentials, you'd think that the man never had a spare moment to himself. Luckily, the journalist, political analyst, and professor carved out the time to join us this October to speak about the cultural borderlands between the United States and Mexico—one of the many topics Ricardo has addressed in his work.

    Raphael's education is multicultural, having studied and earned degrees throughout North America and Europe. He began his lifelong learning with a Bachelor's in law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, went on to receive a degree in political science from L'Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris, and also earned Master's in public administration from France's National School of Administration. He completed his doctoral studies in political economy and comparative economics at the Claremont Graduate University in California.

    Raphael is currently the host of Espiral, a weekly Mexican program, and works as a political analyst for Enfoque News and the Proyecto 40 television network. He writes for El Universal, one of Mexico's largest newspapers, where he previously served as the deputy director of the Opinions section. In addition, Raphael works as an affiliate professor at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching in Mexico City, where he also serves as the coordinator for the master's in journalism and public affairs program.

    His expertise is in issues related to democratic transition, the public administration, the party system, civil rights, and citizenship.

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    Susana Pliego Quijano

    An academic and a curator, Susana Pliego Quijano specializes in Mexican modern art.

    With a PhD in art history from the National University Autonomous of Mexico, much of Pliego Quijano’s work has involved the famed Mexican painter Diego Rivera. She has served as the academic coordinator of the Fundación Diego Rivera, where she was in charge of the inventory and cataloguing of Rivera’s personal archive; she has curated several exhibitions about Rivera’s art; and in 2012 she wrote and published Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera’s Mural at Rockefeller Center.

    Pliego Quijano currently teaches at Mexico City’s National School of Anthropology and History, where she is also working on a postdoctoral fellowship about the construction of Mexican identity through international exhibitions.


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    Mexico Tourism

    There’s no better time than now to discover Mexico’s sexy, sophisticated and off-the-tourist track pleasures: amazing outdoor adventures that range from desert and sierra to rainforest; the intense creativity and style of its cities; the urbanity and history of little-known colonial towns; and millenniaold civilizations that still speak to you from its archaeological zones. Best of all, no matter how many times you go—no matter what you think you’ve seen—Mexico always surprises you, with style and adventure. It may be a mountain road you’ve never traveled, or a piquant regional recipe like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Encounters with venerable ways-of-life that teach you something about life back home. And of course, new friends, new perspectives and great conversations… all along the way, as you’re serenaded, pampered, intrigued and dazzled—in that way that only happens in Mexico.