A Country of Layers


Duration 10 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Creative Liberty


A Country of Layers

Mexico I

Mexico is a vibrant and colorful country that offers a wealth of travel experiences for students. This program aims to celebrate Mexico's rich history and present identity, encouraging participants to appreciate its vibrant culture, stunning natural landscapes, delicious cuisine, and unique artistic communities. This student tour in Mexico will open our eyes to the color, spice, and beauty the country holds to the careful and open-minded traveler.

“Mexico’s history boasts ancient pyramids, mariachi melodies and fiestas that echo through the ages.“


“Street tacos mingles with the echoes of Aztec and Mayan legacies, crafting a captivating journey through time and tradition.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Students depart for their international flights and are warmly greeted by Envoys educators upon arrival. After a safety briefing and team-building, the group explores the surrounding area and enjoys a welcome dinner, experiencing the first taste of Mexican cuisine.

Day 2

Students begin their learning journey at Zócalo, Mexico City's central square and visit the Templo Mayor, delving into the city's layered history. After lunch in a cantina we visit El Palacio de Bellas Artes and end the day with an Envoy-led activity at the hotel.

Day 3

The group visits Teotihuacan's archaeological ruins, gaining insights into the ancient civilizations that shaped the current city. After a guided tour and lunch, they explore Mercado Merced, indulging in street food. The day concludes with a reflective activity at the hotel.

Day 4

Students explore the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), delving into its murals and architecture. They meet university representatives, gaining insights into student life. Next, they visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, eat lunch in Coyoacán and later explore Diego Rivera's Anahuacalli Museum.

Day 5

On their final day in CDMX, students explore the Chapultepec Forest. They visit the Museo Nacional de Antropología, delving into pre-Columbian heritage. After lunch, they ride Trajinera boats in Xochimilco's canals, a remnant of Aztec waterways, and later enjoy a farewell dinner with live music.

Day 6

Students spend the morning getting to browse the artisanal crafts at Ciudadela Market. We have lunch and head to the airport to catch the flight to Oaxaca. Once in the hotel students rest before having their first dinner in the new city and close the day with an Envoys led activity.

Day 7

The group buses to Monte Alban, a significant archaeological site and the capital of the Zapotec civilization. After a guided tour, they explore local villages, have lunch, and return to Oaxaca. Students then engage in independent exploration, experience Oaxacan food preparation and have dinner.

Day 8

The group attends a guided tour of the Jardín Etnobotánico, exploring Oaxaca's unique flora. After lunch, they engage with locals in the Zócalo, appreciating the vibrant community. Later students learn and create Alebrijes, a renowned Oaxacan craft. After dinner, students write about their travels.

Day 9

We visit the Museo de las Culturas and explore the regions’ diverse indigenous groups. Next, students shop souvenirs at Mercado Benito Juarez and engage with a local arts community that promotes Oaxacan art. The day ends with a program closing activity in the park and a celebratory final dinner.

Day 10

We wake up and pack our bags. After eating breakfast and completing our program evaluations, we board our bus to the Oaxaca airport for our return flights home.

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Lenses of Inquiry


Creative Liberty

Mexico boasts a vibrant artistic community, with great painters, writers, and musicians, as well as lively folk art. Beyond aesthetic beauty, the program delves into the meaning of artists' work, exploring the distinct styles and impactful contributions of historic and contemporary Mexican artists.


A Country of Layers

Students delve into Mexico's history, exploring ancient civilizations like the Maya and Aztecs, the Spanish colonial era, and the Mexican Revolution through visits to archaeological sites. The focus is on understanding how Mexico values and incorporates its rich past into its present identity.


Cities in Bloom

This program explores diverse aspects of Mexican urban development, from modern trends to ancient societies. Students experience the vibrant and diverse essence of Mexico City and Guadalajara by exploring neighborhoods, learning about sustainable urban development, and navigating its streets.


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