City Tours & Getaways
The Luis Barragán Tour
- Type of tour: City Tour
- Location: Mexico City
- Duration: 8 Hours
- Mode of Transportation: VW Beetle convertible or VW Combi with a guide & driver
- Places Visited: Convent of Las Capuchinas, Los Clubes, the UNAM, and more...
- Availability: Daily depending on the itinerary chosen
- Price per person (in USD): $195.00
On this daylong tour, follow in the footsteps of one of Mexico's most emblematic, but also most intensely-private architects: Luis Barragán. From his childhood and early career in Guadalajara to his move to Mexico City, we will have you discover this illustrious precursor of Mexican modern architecture through a wide variety of his work in the city, and how light, color, texture, space and even his deep-rooted faith were common denominators in all of his projects. A journey into the life and work of the only Mexican Pritzker Prize winner and a master who has left an indelible imprint on his nation's architecture.
An iconic figure of modern Mexican architecture, Barragán’s designs reflect a universal view of architecture, successfully combining his native heritage and diverse influences from Europe and Africa. A master of shapes, textures and light, he skillfully integrates each of these element into his own remarkably unique creations. Whether he developed low-income housing, high-end residential projects or even public spaces, the work of Barragán is always characterized by clean, straight lines, smooth, streamlined surfaces and bright, cheerful tones.
The Luis Barragán Tour offers 2 different itineraries depending on which day of the week you choose to travel
Itinerary 1: Southern Mexico City
During our seven to eight-hour tour, we will explore the south of Mexico City where Barragán undertook a series of seminal projects. First, we will head to the Convent of Las Capuchinas. It is believed that his strong faith may have influenced him to design and even finance the construction of the convent. From there, we will beetle ourselves to University City, UNAM's main campus to take an up-close look at the main esplanade, referred to as Las Islas (or "The Islands"). We will then take a break to enjoy a healthy snack/picnic on campus, or a lunch at the cafeteria of the School of Architecture. After our meal, we will take you to the School of Industrial Design, where a small but distinguished collection of designer Clara Porset's furniture is housed. While approaching our final destination, we will pass by Condesa and Cuautémoc neighborhoods to discover Barragán's early work, strongly influenced by functionalism: a series of apartment buildings constructed between 1936 and 1940 and primarily meant to address social and economic needs (e.g. apartments buildings M.J. de Sanchez, Rio Elba 50, Lorenzo Garza and more). Our last stop will be at Casa Luis Barragán, the architect's personal residence which remains exactly as he left it, showcasing personal souvenirs, furniture, books and artwork.
Itinerary 2: Northern Mexico City
This trip will be of the same duration as the one described above, but this time we will explore northern Mexico City, starting with the Towers of Satélite (Torres de Satélite), which Barragán designed in collaboration with Mathias Goeritz, an artist and close friend. From there we will head to "el Fracionamento de Los Clubes", a gated community which houses "La Fuente de Los Amantes" (or The Fountain Of The Lovers) and La Cuadra San Cirstobal a property housing a horse ranch and stables that Barragán built for the Egerstrom family between the years of 1966 and 1968. From there we will hear to the Paseo de Los Gigantes (The Promenade of The Giants names after the trees) to visit the Bebedero (the Through) and its white wall where Barragan once said that was building it so that the shadows of the nearby trees could rest. You will picnic there before heading back in to town to visit either the Gilardi house (the last house Barragán designed in 1976) or by visiting La Casa Luis Barragán (Barragán's personal house which is now a museum). Please note that this particular tour includes the visit of private properties that we will arrrange for you.
- All tours are given by professional licensed architects
- Scheduled tour of Luis Barragán's house and studio
- Visit the UNAM's main campus a World Heritage site and the "Islas" Barragán designed
- Visit of the convent of Las Capuchinas (intinerary 1 only)
- Tour of Los Clubes stables and ranch (intinerary 2 only)
- Visit of various residencial houses and buildings Barragán designed
What does the tour include?
Your tour includes:
- Transportation in a Beetle convertible
- Your driver & guide during the 7 to 8-hour tour
- Entrance fee to the Casa/Estudio Luis Barragán & other sites visited
- Bottled water & a healthy snack
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off
Not included in your tour are:
- Meals* aside from your snack
- Purchases you may choose to make along the way
- Gratuities you may choose to give at your discretion
* Please note that this particular tour does not include any meal other than a healthy snack prepared for you in advance. Although a lunch break is scheduled during the tour, you remain free to choose whether you want to eat in a formal restaurant, eatery or one of the city's numerous and delicious food stands. We will gladly provide you with suggestions and share our favorite places, but believe our guests should remain free to choose their preferred lunch stop. Unlike many tour operators, The Traveling Beetle does not endorse any particular restaurant nor do we have any financial agreement to draw our guests to a particular venue.
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