Mexico City Zona Maco Trip-February 7-12, 2024
Heritage by Hand founder, Heidi McKinnon, invites you to join her on a trip to Mexico City to visit Zona Maco, the largest art fair in Latin America, which will take place from February 7-11, 2024.
Zona Maco is divided into three sections: contemporary art, design, and antiques. Aside from contemporary 2D and 3D artworks, the event comprises collections of furniture, decoration, jewelry, and textiles. There is also generally a publications section for small presses to share their work.
To complement our time at Zona Marco, we will visit local galleries, textile artists, and several museums in Mexico City. Aside from art and shopping, Mexico City is an international gastronomic reference. Heidi will choose both established and emerging restaurants that highlight the brilliance and artistry of local chefs working in this vastly multicultural, cosmopolitan city.
The program fee includes transportation to and from events, a translator if needed during our visits to Zona Maco, any speaking fees for artists who will visit with us or studio tours that we may do, and deposits for dinner at two restaurants. Entrance fees to the Fair and museums and any incidentals that come up along the way will be the responsibility of each participant.
HbH is not a travel agency, so you will cover your own travel and lodging costs, all meals, and transfer to and from the airport. It will be possible to meet you at the airport if several flights arrive close to one another.
You will arrive on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 7th, and our itinerary will begin that evening with obligatory tacos in the neighborhood. A list of apartments in the Hipodromo region of Condesa, by Parque Mexico, will be provided so all participants stay in the same building, or close by.
We will have some flexibility in our routine to take advantage of opportunities that arise, however, the daily schedule will follow a basic structure.
7-8 AM- Optional morning walk/run/get a juice time. It's a gorgeous neighborhood.
8-9ish AM- Breakfast (also optional for late sleepers) We have amazing options nearby.
9:30 AM- 12 PM or later- Visit to the museums and various galleries, textile artists, architectural sites, shopping.
For our morning museum and gallery visits, one day we will go downtown to see Museo Franz Meyer and Museo Kaluz, a new, private Mexican art museum.
Another day will be spent in the San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood near the park to have tours of Kurimanzutto, Galeria de Arte Mexicano (the first contemporary Mexican art gallery in Mexico), Luis Barragan's Casa Gilardi, and two other galleries in the neighborhood.
A third day, we will visit Polanco to see the Museo Jumex, Proyectos Monclova, and Lago/Algo in Parque Chapultepec.
12-1 PM- Lunch (optional and flexible, as we may not want to have three meals each day)
2-5 PM+- Zona Maco Art Fair (Thursday and Friday only, unless we need more than 6-7 hours at the fair. We may choose to extend our morning gallery visits, have lunch, and attend the fair from 3-6 PM some days.)
Over the weekend we will plan time in downtown Mexico City or another region of the city like San Angel or Coyoacan to visit several museums and local art fairs. Some museums we may consider are: Diego and Frida Studio Museum, Museo Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera's Museo Anahuacallii, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC is the UNAM university art museum), Casa del Lago, UNAM, or Dolores Olmedo.
5:30-7-Afternoon break- Rest, walk around the neighborhood, have a snack, enjoy the park, local shopping, etc.
7 PM or later- Dinner and sometimes an optional evening event like a jazz club, etc. In November, both Paul McCartney and The Cure were playing that weekend...
Health and Activity Levels
There will be a decent, but not overly taxing, amount of daily walking (10,000+ steps), and participants should be aware of that. Mexico City is a mile-high city, so participants should be aware of altitude changes and may want to arrive one day early to adjust if you have health concerns.
Arrive Wednesday, February 7th
Depart Monday, February 12th
Maximum of 9 participants
If participants have not visited Mexico City and wish to see Teotihuacan, or other separate excursions, we suggest to stay an extra day or arrive early. We may be able to create a trip to see monarch butterflies as well.