• Basilica of Guadalupe

  • Toluca

  • Cradle of Muralism

  • Palace of Fine Arts

  • National Museum of Anthropology

  • Diego Rivera Studio-Home

  • Fresh Fruits at Local Markets

  • National Palace

  • Taxco

  • Toluca

  • Chapultepec Castle

  • Xochicalco

  • Xochimilco

  • Teotihuacan

  • The National University (UNAM)

  • Tula Archaeological Zone

YOU KNOW LIFE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY EVERYWHERE AS OF MARCH 2020. Travel and tours stopped overnight.  Mexico was particularly hard hit by the COVID pandemic.  Stellar venues are just starting to reopen in Mexico, and although we have still NOT resumed in-person tours given the restrictions imposed by museums on the size of groups, we hope to be back in action within another few months.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, consider joining us for one of our weekly Zoom PowerPoint talks.  We offer a different topic every week, exploring the many nuances of Mexico via a dynamic, colorful, fast-paced two-hour talk. You name it, we visit museums, Magical Towns, explore anthropological, historic, and art-related spots around the country.  In fact, we are able to cover much more territory virtually than we ever could in person since we don't have to deal with noise, traffic or lines!  Consider traveling with us virtually from the safety of your home for the time being!  Interested in an update on our weekly talks?  Subscribe to our newsletter with the click of a button right here.

We have a morning and evening schedule for live talks  (Mondays 11 am to 1 pm CST OR Tuesdays 6 pm to 8 pm CST) and have added a convenient on-demand viewing option for monthly subscribers.

Check our offering by clicking on the calendar button at the top of this page or sign up for our weekly newsletter here.  We'd love to see you virtually for the time being!

Mexico city tours

Outside CDMX

Talks

Understand Mexico offers a wide array of colorful, dynamic PowerPoint presentations, conferences and informal talks on sundry topics related to Mexico. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico, the American School Foundation, The International Women’s Club of Mexico (Formerly Newcomers’ Club), and The Ebell of Los Angeles are among our clients. When the pandemic hit and travel became restricted, we shifted our attention from offering museum and walking tours to providing weekly talks on Mexican history, anthropology and virtual tours.  Painted Walls: Mexico’s Modern Muralist Movement, Mexico City’s Signature Museums, Prehispanic Cultures, the Indigenous People of Mexico, Magical Neighborhoods, Magical Towns, Nimble Fingers: The Handmade Crafts of Mexico and Day of the Dead are but a few of our recent topics. We also provide intercultural briefings and an introduction to life in Mexico for ex-pats.  Check out our calendar for weekly updates or subscribe to our weekly newsletter by clicking here.

Among our most requested talks:

  • Welcome to Mexico: Changing “Why” to “Wow!”
  • Random Reasons to Love Mexico (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Gift of the Gods: Native Food of Mexico (From Pre-Hispanic Times to Today)
  • Painted Walls: Mexico’s Modern Muralist Movement
  • Remarkable Mexican Women
  • Magical Neighborhoods: A Virtual Tour of Mexico City’s Barrios Magicos
  • Enchanting Magical Towns
  • City of the Eagle and the Serpent: Prehispanic Mexico City
  • Diego Rivera: Master Muralist and Latin Lover
  • Frida Kahlo: The Woman Behind the Pain
  • The Indigenous People of Mexico
  • Nimble Fingers: The Handmade Crafts of Mexico
  • Legends of Love: Untold Love Stories in Mexico
  • Signature Museums of Mexico: An Armchair Tour
  • Secret Museums of Mexico:  An Armchair Tour
  • The Written Word Before Columbus: Interpreting Prehispanic Glyphs
  • Mexico’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: A Virtual Tour
  • The Maya People: An Enigma
  • Prehispanic Beliefs: Gods, Myths and Rites
  • Antonieta Rivas Mercado:  A Woman Before Her Time
  • The Aztec World: Who Were the Mexicas and Where Did They Go?
  • Let’s Celebrate! All About Mexico’s Holidays
  • Day of the Dead Festivities: What’s It All About?
  • Piñatas, Posadas and Pastorelas: How Mexico Celebrates Christmas
  • The Charms of Chiapas (An Armchair Tour)
  • Mexico’s Mother: Tonantzin Guadalupe – a Visit to the Basilica of Guadalupe
  • The National Museum of Anthropology:  A Stellar Venue

 

Historical Topics (can be given given individually or as a series)

  • I.    Mesoamerica – Mexico Before the Conquest
  • II.   The Conquest of Mexico: Sorting Fact from Fiction
  • III.  300 Years of Mexican History Erased (1521-1821)
  • IV.  Shaping a Nation I: Breaking the Chains from Spain
  • V.   Shaping a Nation II:  Forging Modern Mexico
  • VI.  Maximilian and His Castle: Mexico’s Second Empire Gone Awry
  • VII.  Porfirio Díaz: Dictator or Hero?
  • VIII. Contemporary Mexico (XX and XXI Century)