September 21-29, 2019

Spend a week in the cultural capital of Latin America exploring the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. Since it’s time as the Aztec capital, Mexico City has attracted creatives from across Latin America who have left their mark through architecture, visual arts, music, and performance. 

Your three guides will help you to explore the vast cultural landscape of the city while informing and contextualizing each experience. Two of your guides are artists including celebrated Mexican painter  Enrique Guillén Sáenz who lives and creates in Mexico city. 

Documenting your experiences in a sketchbook is going to be encouraged and facilitated.


$1,600 shared accommodation $1,850 private accommodation

Price includes:

  • Pre trip meeting in Vazquez-Mackay studio

  • Transportation by private tour van throughout the trip starting and ending at the airport

  • All museum and event entrance costs

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Three bi-lingual guides who will inform each visited site from multiple perspectives

  • Journaling/Sketch-booking lessons by two Artists: one Canadian and one Mexican

Price does not include:

  • Airfare

  • Food


50% Deposit Due July 15. 100% refundable till August 15th.

Final Payment due September 1st.





You will stay right in Tenochtitlan, the former Aztec capital island. Right out your doorstep will be one of the most important archeological sites in our hemisphere. AND…across the street, Diego Rivera’s most epic murals. The hotel is full of Mexican character to give you the full experience.



Be provoked by the numerous museums we will visit.

Taste the delicious Mexican cuisine from the restaurant to the street Taco stand.

Learn new ways of documenting your experiences through drawing, writing, and collage.

Expand your perception as you walk your way through unexpected cultural practices.

Explore the layers of influence that make up Mexico city’s design and architectural landscape spread over 700 years.

Understand why Mexico City is the most important city in all of the Americas.



Enrique Guillén Sáenz was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied Art at the infamous Dawit/Maldonado studios in San Miguel de Allende. His murals focus the social circumstances of Mexico with an added layer of anthropological citation. His easel paintings and drawings are collected across North America.

Carmen Vazquez-Mackay was born in El Salvador before moving to Canada in the 80’s. She is an avid traveler and amateur artist. Her experiences and learning are all part of what makes her shine in her career as a Recreational Therapist.

Mark Vazquez-Mackay was born and raised in Calgary, Canada where he did his BFA before moving to Mexico for his MFA. Since returning to Canada, he has spent the past 15 years as an educator, artist, and community builder.



Participants will receive a tailored drawing set to recored their experiences. Each day will have a curated experience to inform the participants journaling. Guidance will be given by your two artist facilitators. Additionally, evenings of sharing reflections amongst participants will be encouraged though not mandatory.

Experience in drawing will not be necessary for journaling.


Some of the places you will experience

-The 1800 year old city of Teotihuacan

-The world renown Museum of Anthropology

-Aztec Capital Templo Mayor

-Ancient water ways of Xochimilco

-The continents largest metropolitan city park: Chapultepec

-National Palace to see Diego Rivera’s murals

- Famous Blue House of Frida Kahlo