Join us for this Central Mexico worldschooling adventure in TWO parts! Come for either tour – or even better – come for both. It’ll be sunny and 70’s. Let’s eat, laugh, learn, and explore Mexico – together.

Read about Staging Journeys’ travel approach and how our trips work.

Part 1: Spanish Study and Cultural Exploration in Guanajuato

GUANAJUATO is a colorful, energized, family-friendly university town with sweeping views, narrow winding streets, intimate museums, and impromptu street performances. This tour is focused on a partnership with La Escuela Falcon, a small, relaxed Spanish-learning school. Each family can choose from a selection of group classes or private lessons for all ages. Mornings are for language learning and afternoons will be spent touring the picturesque town together. We will be in Guanajuato during the Cervantino Arts Festival AND Day of the Dead!

Children’s Spanish language classes at La Escuela Falcon:

  • Cooking
  • Vocabulary and Grammar
  • Legends and Stories
  • Music and Dance
  • Art and Culture
  • Walking Field Trips

Each class is one hour per day for a week. We recommend choosing 1-3 classes. Adult language classes and private language lessons are also available. Parents can take adult classes or explore on their own while their children are in class each morning.

Guanajuato Sites

With your input, we will choose from these sites. Most are low cost and some are free. We will have a tour guide for select sites. Part of our pre-trip workshop activities will focus on the background of the sites. Guanajuato’s museums are intimate and very manageable for families.

  • Diego Rivera Museum and Home – Rivera and his twin brother were born in this house. The upper floors contain a permanent collection of the iconic artist’s work.
  • “Don Quijote” Museum– This entire (little) museum relates to the story of Don Quijote de la Mancha, from the classic novel by Cervantes about a man living in his imagination.
  • The Museum of Mummies – A tribute to Mexican culture’s celebration of death, this cemetery-museum holds one hundred mummified remains.
  • Museu del Pueblo de GuanajuatoAn impressive collection of Mexican miniatures will be fun for little ones.
  • Funicular – We’ll ride up to a spectacular viewpoint!
  • Teatro Juarez – We’ll tour the lavish interior of this magnificent theater built in the 1870s. Performers, local families, and tourists alike use the column-flanked exterior steps as a resting spot throughout the day
  • Playground, Plazas, and Covered Market –We’ll meet up informally throughout the week to play, shop, and soak in the atmosphere.
  • Colonial Churches – Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to clear your mind or are interested in the architecture and religious relics, churches around town are open and welcoming.
  • Musical/Theatrical Performances – As a youthful university town as well as the location for the Cervantino Arts Festival, there is music, dance, theater, and film to enjoy all year round.

Day of the Dead! Guanajuato is a wonderful place to experience magical Day of the Dead festivities. During the week, we’ll be able to watch the preparations unfold, culminating in public parades on Saturday, Nov 2!

Cervantino Festival. The tour is scheduled at the tail end of the Cervantino Arts festival that takes places in Guanajuato every October.

Homestays

Through the school, we will organize homestays as an option for families who are interested in spending all or part of the week as a guest with a local Mexican family. Airbnb lodging will be arranged, as well.

Personal Experience

Melissa’s family visited Guanajuato, and her children took classes at La Escuela Falcon at ages 5 (Sara) and 8 (Simon) at the time. They felt very comfortable at the school and had a fabulous time in Guanajuato. They look forward to returning with Worldschooling families this time!

Costs

1. Staging Journeys Fee for the Spanish Study and Cultural Exploration in Guanajuato, 7-day tour, October 26 – November 1 is $1,200/family. If you’re attending both the Guanajuato and Mexico City tours, the fee is $2,200/family for 14 days. What does this fee include?

2. Travel Costs are based on estimations of budget-level options from our research and experience. We focus on keeping costs low to make travel accessible to more families, but you have the option to choose higher-priced lodgings and restaurants.

Lodging $40-60/day/family * Food $15/day/person * Sites $50/person/week

3. Pricing for La Escuela Falcon (Monday 10/28 – Friday 11/1).

  • 1 group class/day $48/week
  • 2 group classes/day $78/week
  • 3 group classes/day $108/week
  • 1 private lesson/day $83/week
  • 2 private lessons/day $153/week
  • 3 private lessons/day $223/week

Example total costs (including everything except flights). Each family’s total will differ depending on the number of people, the number of classes and the accommodation and food choices.

  • One adult, One child
  • 7 nights ($350)
  • Food ($210)
  • Sites ($100)
  • 3 classes one child ($108)
  • Staging Journeys ($1,200)
  • TOTAL $1,968/2 people
  • Two adults, Two children
  • 7 nights ($350)
  • Food ($420)
  • Sites ($200)
  • 3 classes two children ($216)
  • Staging Journeys ($1,200)
  • TOTAL $2,386/4 people

Flights to and from Guanajuato and Mexico City

Guanajuato International Airport is 20 minutes from Guanajuato town. If you’re joining us for the Mexico City tour as well, we will travel together on a big, comfy bus (5 hours) from Guanajuato to Mexico City. You can get Multi-City flights from Philadelphia to Guanajuato returning from Mexico City to Philadelphia. We can help you research flight options. (The least expensive way to fly to Central Mexico from the Philadelphia area without frequent flier miles is to go round trip between JFK and Mexico City – under $300 roundtrip.)

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Part 2: Arts, History and Local Flair in Vibrant Mexico City Nov 4 – 10

Mexico City is a game changer. This urban cultural mecca packs an experiential punch! The energy, the variety of activities, the history, the architecture, the art that jumps out at you on the street, the lush green parks, the markets, the museums, the libraries, the foooood. Yes, we’re big fans of Mexico City.

Mexico City Sites

Part of our pre-trip workshops will focus on the background of these sites:

  • Teotihuacan Archeological Site – This mysterious ancient city has the third largest pyramid in the world. (Professional Guide)
  • Frida Kahlo Museum, Casa Azul – The home of this incredible woman and artist is full of treasures and spaces that pull the visitor into Kahlo’s magnificent work and life. (We will guide)
  • National Palace, Diego Rivera Murals – Rivera’s famous series of murals tell the story of Mexico on the walls of the National Palace. (Professional Guide)
  • Zocalo – The historic plaza and the heart of Mexico City was once a thriving indigenous center. Visitors can see where the Spanish built directly on top of the Aztec ruins, revealing layers of history. Around the plaza is the National Palace, a grand cathedral, and the Temple Mayor archeological site. (Professional Guide)
  • Botanical Gardens/Anthropological Museum – Artistic gardens interspersed with natural climbing structures sit across the street from an interactive archeological and anthropology museum housing a vast collection of Pre-Colombian artifacts including the Aztec Calendar Stone. (Group/Self Guide)
  • Ballet Folklorico at the Palacio De Bellas Artes – World-renowned Amalia Hernández’s production includes various styles of Mexican folk dance and live music, portraying the history of Mexico through the performing arts. The Palacio De Bellas Artes is a spectacular, chandelier-studded opera house that also houses an important exhibition of paintings including Rivera’s “Man at the Crossroads”. (We will guide)
  • Lucha Libre Match – This theatrical wrestling match/performance is a high-energy cultural experience. Local people get very excited about these matches! (We will guide)
  • Playgrounds and Parks – There are several fabulous playgrounds surrounded by trees and walking paths – it’s hard to tell you’re even in a city when you’re in them. We’ll meet up informally throughout the week to play.
  • Markets and Libraries – From food markets to artisan craft markets, there are plenty of opportunities to shop and sample the many things you’ll be tempted by. There are also beautiful libraries, with art exhibits and toys for kids. One afternoon will be planned for parents to shop in an artisan market while we explore a fun library with your kids.

Lodging

We’ll stay in the Roma Norte neighborhood, which is a lovely area close to parks and restaurants, and accessible to many of the sites. Families will book Airbnb’s within a few blocks of each other. We will research Airbnb listings to give you options based on your preferences.

Eating

Aahhhh…Mexican food. We will arrange opening and closing group dinners and a few informal lunches around the city at family-friendly restaurants. There’s a huge variety of eating options in Mexico City, from 50 cent street tacos to high-end restaurants and everything in between. There is no shortage of sweet and savory snacks on just about every block, as well as local markets where you can buy your own food to keep at your Airbnb. We can help you navigate eating with dietary restrictions.

Personal Experience

Both Melissa and Linnea’s families have had wonderful experiences in Mexico City, as did the families who bravely joined us for our first Mexico City tour in 2018!

Not local to Philly? No problem! Our pre-trip workshops can be attended in-person or via Zoom.

Costs

1. Staging Journeys Fee for the Arts, History and Local Flair in Vibrant Mexico City, 7-day tour is $1,600/family. If you’re attending both the Guanajuato and Mexico City tours, the fee is $2,200/family for 14 days. What does this fee include?

2. Travel Costs are based on estimations of budget-level options from our research and experience. We focus on keeping costs low to make travel accessible to more families, but you have the option to choose higher-priced lodgings and restaurants.

Lodging $40-60/day/family * Food $15/day/person * Sites $125/adult and $100/child/week * Ground Transportation $5-10/day/family

Example total costs (including everything except flights). Each family’s total will differ depending on the number of people, the number of classes and the accommodation and food choices.

  • One adult, One child
  • 7 nights ($350)
  • Food ($210)
  • Sites ($225)
  • Staging Journeys ($1,600)
  • TOTAL $2,385/2 people
  • Two adults, Two children
  • 7 nights ($350)
  • Food ($420)
  • Sites ($450)
  • Staging Journeys ($1,600)
  • TOTAL $2,820/4 people

Want to come on both tours but don’t know what it will cost?

Costs for Guanajuato and Mexico City tours differ slightly. The Staging Journeys fee for the combined 14-day tour is $2,200/family. We’re happy to do your math based on the # of people in your family, your travel choices and your flight options, so just ask! That’s what we’re here for.

REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot!

Central Mexico 2019 Dates:

  • August 1: Registration closes
  • August 15: Final payment due
  • September-October: Pre-trip workshops (either in person or via Zoom)
  • October 26 – November 1: Guanajuato Tour
  • November 4 – November 10: Mexico City Tour

We would love for you to join us.

~Melissa and Linnea