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TEXTILE & FOOD TOUR
March 26 to April 4
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This is the first time offering a specialized tour that focuses on the textiles and food of this region. The tour is scheduled during Semana Santa (Holy Week) which features many processions and festivities.
This small group tour has it all. Visits to a weaving workshop, backstrap weaving co-op, hands on Oaxacan embroidery workshop, local markets where we will see many local textiles, a papermaking workshop, walking tours of downtown Oaxaca markets, hands on cooking class, mezcal making demo with a tasting and so much more.
JANUARY - 2025
Witness one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomena - the North American monarch butterfly migration. If being surrounded by hundreds of millions of butterflies isn't enough, there is also a walking tour of capitol city Morelia, visits to artists workshops around Lake Patzcuaro featuring textiles, pottery and catrinas, a National Park, handicraft markets, museums, an archaeological site, and the village of Santa Clara Del Cobre and its copper workshops and museum.
Future Dates - TBD
We will be in Mexico for Independence Day (September 16) which is a tribute to the battle cry that launched a rebellion in 1810. Like America's 4th of July, the celebration of freedom is a giant fiesta with colorful parades, parties and family gatherings featuring food and fireworks.
Highlights in Mexico City include Frida Kahlo’s “Blue House”, the Zocalo, Teotithuacan, a full day exploring Chapultepec Park and the surrounding museums and the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. In Puebla, a walking tour of the town, craft and textile workshops, and visits to villages, churches and archaeological sites.
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
San Miguel is widely considered to be the most beautiful city in Mexico, with its well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture, charming cobblestone streets, dramatic sunsets and no traffic lights. We will experience the Patron Saint Festival, when the city comes alive with colorful parades, performers and lots of fireworks. We visit museums, churches, art galleries, artisan shops, an archaeological site and a winery with a tasting. In nearby Guanajuato, we explore the Diego Rivera Museum, churches and more.
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER
This small group tour during Day of the Dead is a wonderful combination of exploring the culture, history and textiles/crafts with local celebrations and archaeological sites. Highlights of the tour include: a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, time in San Cristobal to explore Chamula and a local cemetery during Day of the Dead, textile museum and weaver’s co-op, craft shops and galleries. Then on to the archaeological sites of Tonina, Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan each in a unique setting. Time spent in Villahermosa.
What People Say . . .
"My wife and I have traveled with Sharon three times – to Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guatemala. All three trips rank in or close to our top five, and we have traveled the world. It's hard to praise these trips highly enough. Great sights, fantastic food, hotels full of character, wonderful guides and drivers, comfortable transport. Plenty of fodder for photos often including ancient pyramids and ball courts. Our fellow travelers have always been great companions. And we always bring our luggage home full of crafts by local artisans, rugs, ceramics, wood carvings, embroidered clothing, mouth blown glass, etc.
Sharon probably wouldn't thank me for saying how long she has been organizing these trips, but, needless to say, she has it down. As a weaver herself, she has established contacts with the studios of many regional artisans and has arranged visits to the studios of a good number. Also, the overall logistics of travel have been flawless. We are looking forward to traveling with Sharon again."
— Steve and Mary