Mexico City, Puebla and Taxco. Photo Workshop and Tour

Join Keith Skelton and Armando Arorizo for our third annual Mexico photography workshop and tour!

Mexico is a vibrant, beautiful country filled with friendly people, a vivacious energy, amazing architecture, and delicious food. One of the world’s great civilizations, Mexico offers a tantalizing blend of Meso-american cultures, Spanish traditions and contemporary arts. Mexico offers photographers limitless opportunities to photograph the people, culture and cityscapes.

This will be a cultural and street style photography workshop. We will be using nearly all our time from dawn into the night to shoot a variety of subjects and scenes including people, architecture and cityscapes. You will improve your skills while experiencing an amazing slice of the country. We will practice both candid and posed portraits taking advantage of natural scenes. All should return home with new found experiences and dynamic photographs.

Some of the places we will visit and photograph:

-MEXICO CITY: As one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City there is a lot to do. You’ll find world-class museums, sprawling markets, tons of historic buildings, squares, parks, and sights. Despite Mexico City’s huge scale, most of its tourist attractions are all centered around a fairly small geographical area so it’s easy to see everything. The Zócalo is at the heart of Mexico City and it encompasses the Templo Mayor and the Palacio Nacional. Situated just off the Zócalo is La Cathedral Metropolitana a magnificent cathedral fortified with gold and a beautiful example of Spanish colonial architecture.

-COYOACAN: (meaning the place of coyotes in Nahuatl) is a relatively quiet neighborhood in Mexico City. Formerly a rural village, Coyoacán has become a rich pocket of art and history in the capital of Mexico. It is known for its cobbled streets, art galleries, colourful buildings and artisan markets. Coyoacán is where Frida Kahlo spent most of her life. Nearby is La Condesa and the Roma Sur neighborhood where the movie ROMA was filmed. We will also visit the nearby Chapultepec Castle and Bosque de Chapultepec which includes the amazing Museo Nacional de Antropología.

-TEOTIHUACAN (te-aw-tee-wah-kahn) the "birthplace of the gods" is the amazing ancient Meso-american city located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City.  A once in a lifetime experience and hard to miss photographically.

-TAXCO (tass-ko) is just 100 miles southwest of Mexico City is one of Mexico’s most beloved colonial towns. Perched on steep hillsides, Taxco was once a silver mining town and is now best known for its silver craft. There are many shops throughout the town to buy inexpensive quality silver jewelry! Taxco is picturesque with white stucco buildings with red-roof tiles, winding cobbled streets, antique churches, and romantic little plazas overlooked by bougainvillea-laced balconies. It has been declared a national heritage site by the government.

-PUEBLA: Cholula, Churches and Volcanoes! This is a new destination for our tour! Puebla was first founded in 1531, the spotlight shone on the elegantly laid-out city. It's also known as the "Montréal of Mexico". Puebla is famous for its cuisine including Mole and Chile Poblano. Cholula is a short drive from Puebla. It's a colonial town famous for its churches and views of Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanos.

VIVA MEXICO! As a special addition to the workshop there will be a PHOTO GALLERY EXHIBIT in the spring of 2023.  The show and opening will be held at the Perfect Exposure Gallery showcasing your photographs taken in Mexico. 

Puebla / Cholula

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Whats included in your fee: 

Expert instruction and guidance from two experienced photography instructors. Every student will receive personal attention in whatever needs you may have including street photography, BW photography, camera skills, working with people and more.

-Airport transfers (Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport.

-Private Sprinter bus to locations.

-Deluxe single hotel accommodations. Casa Tuna CoyoacanGRAN HOTEL DE CIUDAD DE MEXICO (Plaza de la Constitución), HOTEL CASONA MARIA (Puebla) and HOTEL PUEBLO LINDO (Taxco) . Double hotel accommodations available at a lower price.

The Gran Hotel is considered one of the top Mexican Hotels notable for its historic sophistication. 

Hotel Boutique Pueblo Lindo sit is the heart of Taxco with amazing views of the city. The suites are modern, comfortable and spacious. The hotel has a rooftop restaurant and sitting decks all around.

-Breakfast is included at most hotels. 

-Entrance to Pyramids of TEOTIHUACAN

WHATS NOT INCLUDED: Airline tickets, lunch/dinner, tips, gallery entrance fees to museums and drinks. We will eat together but it is not required. 


All types of cameras are welcome. This is mostly about street photography so you might consider smaller cameras. A variety of lenses will be used from wide to telephoto. Small tripods are a personal preference.

Mobile phones (REQUIRED) (many US carriers include Mexico and Canada in their plans) Laptop or iPads if you want to do editing on location. (not required)

CLIMATE: Mexico City (7,000’) and Taxco (5000’) are both at high elevations so the climate in mild ranging between 80-45F. We will check the forecast before departure. Generally one should have good walking shoes, light clothing, rain jacket and long trousers.

HEALTH: Visit your health professional 4 to 6 weeks before departure to check on possible immunizations you might need. 





*Note that there is considerable walking and steps on this tour. Please make sure you are in good physical condition and able to walk 3-5 miles a day.

Please make sure your passport is up to date!

As of Jan 2022 these are the current Covid 19 travel requirements flying TO the United States:

As of Jan 2022 a rapid covid test kits will need to be purchased and taken before your flight.

There is also testing at Mexico City Airport or through your airline :

Travel Insurance highly recommended!

GETTING THERE: Most major US cities have air service to Mexico City. Flights from Los Angeles can run between $200 and $400. Check Google Flights for up to date prices. 

Please make your return flight on Nov. 13 for 5pm or later!


-SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 5, 2022:  We will meet in Mexico City late in the day allowing people to travel. There will be pickups at the airport. We will have orientation and introduce each other before heading out for a meal. Our accommodations  will be at HOTEL PARQUE MÉXICO BOUTIQUE for two nights. 

-SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 6:  HOTEL PARQUE MÉXICO BOUTIQUE. We will photograph and explore Bosque de Chapultepec which is one of the largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere and double the size of NYC Central Park. The museums are free on Sundays including the great Museo de Nacional Antropología. The neighborhood of Coyoacán and Chapultepec Castle are nearby. 

-MONDAY - NOVEMBER 7: We will move over to the Plaza de la Constitución the historic center of Mexico City staying at the GRAN HOTEL DE CIUDAD DE MEXICO for two nights. We will photograph activity in the Zócalo and visit the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral that is situated atop the former Aztec ruins. 

-TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 8: We will visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe spend the rest of the day at the great Aztec Pyramids of TEOTIHUACAN

-WEDNESDAY- NOVEMBER 9: After an early breakfast we will transport to Puebla stopping along the way to photograph Texcoco and lamb barbecue preparation. We stay at Hotel Casona Maria for two nights. 

-THURSDAY-NOVEMBER 10: In the morning we visit the Zócalo, the Palafoxiana library, the Cathedral and the Parián Market. In the afternoon visit the secret tunnels of Puebla and Cholula.

-FRIDAY-NOVEMBER 11: We depart for Taxco staying two nights at Hotel Pueblo Lindo

-SATURDAY-NOVEMBER 12: This is a full day of photography and exploring Taxco. 

-SUNDAY-NOVEMBER 13: We transport by private bus in the morning back to Mexico City airport for afternoon/evening flights home. 

Please make your return flight on November 13th for 5pm or later!

Your Workshop Leaders:

-Armando Arorizo is a freelance Photojournalist with over 20 years of experience. He has shot everything from Presidential Inaugurations, the Academy Awards to the NBA Finals. He is currently a contract photographer with the Prensa Internacional and Agencia EFE News. He is also owner of the Perfect Exposure Gallery In Los Angeles. Born and raised in Mexico, he is fluent in both English and Spanish. He has previously led “The Art of Street Photography” photo workshops.

-Keith Skelton began his career as a photojournalist moving to a career in commercial photography working since 1980. He has been leading California Photography Workshops for the last ten years teaching hundreds of adult students from around the world the skills of landscape, urban and street photography. Keith has traveled and photographed Mexico numerous times since 1968. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography. 

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