Overview: Mexico’s direct connection to Spain lasted three hundred years (1521 to 1821) when it was called New Spain. There are many, many legacies: language, religion, culture, architecture, politics and worldview. This tour will introduce the traveler to all of these, with an explicit connection to pilgrimage (see below). As with other BCA tours, we’ll travel as a small group (15 to 20) with knowledgeable guides who are close to the people of Spain.

Pilgrimage: The human phenomenon of pilgrimage is a subtle but important part of the Borderlands. Sometime after the year 1711 - the year of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino died – devoted followers began making the trek to Magdalena to honor this distinguished Jesuit leader as well as his namesake San Francisco Xavier. The Magdalena pilgrimage tradition continues today in October, attracting thousands. Our tour will help us see its origins in Spain where one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage routes keeps increasing in popularity, thanks in part to Martin Sheen’s movie “The Way” released in 2010.

Connection: Our goal is for tour participants to gain a deeper understanding of Mexico in general and Arizona and Sonora in particular with this trip to the mother country. We are especially honored to have a professor from Hermosillo, Luis Valle, as one of our guides. A native of Spain, Luis brings local as well as architectural knowledge. BCA’s program director Alex La Pierre brings his considerable knowledge of history as well as a delightful spirit to our travel.

Cost: The total cost of the tour not including airfare but including lodging, ground transportation, guide fees, entrance fees, tips, all breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners is: $3300 single accommodation or $3100 double accommodation. Early bird discount ($200) for those making full payment before March 15. To reserve your spot on this tour, a $500 deposit is required. Register through our website or send your check to BCA, PO Box 1863, Tubac, AZ. 85646.

Guides:   Luis Valle Cordero [from Leon, Spain] - Luis was born and raised in Spain, but now lives in Hermosillo Mexico where he is a practicing architect and a university professor of architecture at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Hermosillo, Sonora.

Alex La Pierre is the Director of Program Operations for the Border Community Alliance. He is a popular tour guide and lecturer for BCA, whose knowledge of history and Iberian culture never fail to impress. 

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