The area in and around Guadalajara is filled with Artisans in many mediums. We’ll visit some of the most important barro brunido artists; Salvador Vazquez, Angel Santos, Florentino Jimon, Luis Cortez and others. We’ll spend time with the famous Gerardo Ortega and his family and watch as they make their colorful folk art. We’ll visit the Ramirez-Mateos family and have a chance to further understand their soulful work rooted in ancient Aztec beliefs.
You’ll have a chance to stroll through Mexico’s National Ceramics Museum, walk the magnificent streets of Tlaquepaque that are filled with the finest design shops and restaurants. You’ll have an opportunity to wander the Market Day in Tonala where literally thousands of artisans set up their stands. And, you’ll experience the beauty of downtown Guadalajara, it’s gorgeous cathedral, bustling market and great restaurants.
And, we’ll stay near the birthplace of the Mariachi, so music will abound. Fly into Guadalajara.
Sunday, August 22:
Arrive in Guadalajara. Try to arrive by around 3pm if possible. Give us your itinerary and we'll pick you up at the airport and take you to our hotel. We'll stay in a charming B&B in Tlaquepaque walking distance from great shopping , museums and restaurants. We'll head out to a group comida at around 5pm, get acquainted and answer any questions about the trip.
Monday, August 23:
After breakfast at our B&B, we'll head to Tonala; home to many important artists. First we'll meet Gerardo Ortega and his family where you can buy whimsical hand painted clay folk art, lamps, and more. From there, we'll go to a blown glass factory where you'll see artisans at work and be able to buy. Then, we'll head to a huge wrought iron factory where anything from lamps to furniture are made. We'll spend a lazy afternoon wandering around Tlaquepaque and have an early dinner.
Tuesday, August 24:
After breakfast, we'll venture downtown Guadalajara and spend the morning in the public market known as San Juan de Dios. From there, we'll head to the Instituto Cultural Cabanas, home to the famous Jose Clemente Orozco murals. We can wander around the cultural center of downtown, visit the Cathedral and other historical sites. We'll enjoy a late afternoon comida in a fun and famous restaurant.
Wednesday, August 25:
After breakfast, we'll head back to Tonala and visit several important "Barro Brunido" potters including Great Masters, Salvador Vasquez and Florentino Jimon and Angel Santos. We'll then meet Luis Cortez, Moises Rodriguez and Eusebio Mateos Ortega. We'll spend a free evening in Tlaquepaque.
Thursday, August 26:
Thursday's are Market Day in Tonala. The streets are filled with vendors and artisans and the offerings are endless. You will have the choice of either spending the better part of the day in Tonala or enjoy some free time exploring the shops and museums in Tlaquepaque. We'll meet toward the end of the day for an early dinner.
Friday, August 27:
In the morning, we'll visit the Ramirez Mateos family, known for their famous towers of spirits. Time permitting, we'll visit the regional museum in Tonala or visit others that we may have missed earlier in the week. The afternoon will be spent doing some packing and organizing at the warehouse.
Saturday, August 28:
We'll spend the morning in Tlaquepaque doing any last minute shopping and sightseeing. The afternoon will be spent having a lazy lunch at one of our favorite spots - complete with Mariachis and Ballet Folklorico.
Sunday, August 29:
Departures from Guadalajara.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a spot for each person. (Please make checks payable to COSAS.) Groups limited to no more than 8 on a "first come/first served" basis. No children please.
Guadalajara Trip Cost: $1850
For single occupancy, please add $650.
Deposit required no later than July 1 with full payment prior to August 14.
All of our trips include lodging based on double occupancy. We prefer to stay in small, quaint hotels or B&Bs as opposed to large commercial hotels. Full breakfast is included each day and many dinners are included. We leave lunches open since the custom in Mexico is to have a late "comida" as opposed to traditional US lunches. When we are on day trips, we always stop for snacks and usually have a cooler along to keep beverages cold and available. Transfer to/from airport is included (except during Day of the Dead) and all ground transporation is included.
Our trips also include shipping your purchases back to Boerne. Space will be limited to boxes that can fit on pallets. If you wish to purchase larger items, we can make special arrangements for an additional cost. We will help with organizing your packing needs (bubble wrap, tape, boxes, etc.). Trust us, we've packed super fragile items hundreds of times and can give you our best advise. But, ultimately you will be responsible to safely pack all your own items. COSAS cannot be responsible for any breakage. It is a good idea to pack a little each day so you know what your materials needs may be.
*Ground transporation provided to events listed in the details of the itinerary. Activities may change if unforseen circumstances occur. Transportation to/from airport included. Airfare not included. Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, phone calls and other incidentals are not included. No refunds for breakfasts not consumed; events/services not used; early departures. If for any reason COSAS cancels the tour, a full refund will be issued.