Events

 

Aug 1, 2019 Intern Presentation

08/01/2019 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
When summer comes, BCA shifts gears from tours and classes to the summer internship program for college and university students. The goal of the program is to give participants a hands-on experience with broad exposure to the US-Mexico border including field trips, cultural exchange and lots of dialogue about border issues (economic, legal, humanitarian, public policy). Interns arrive in late June and share rental housing in Nogales, Arizona. The program ends with a presentation by the interns at the Tubac Center for the Arts on Friday, Aug 1 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm (the public is invited). Funding for this program comes from donations by friends like you! BCA provides housing for the students, a food stipend and lots of volunteer support. Many, many thanks to Diane Brooks for coordinating this program again this year and to her many helpers.

August 8-10 2019 Rio Sonora Dia de San Lorenzo

08/08/2019 09:30 AM - 08/10/2019 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $495.00  -  Rio Sonora / Dia de San Lorenzo August Tour
  • $570.00  -  Rio Sonora / Dia de San Lorenzo August Tour Single Occupancy
Border Community Alliance is pleased to offer a special tour for those of you who still reside in Southern Arizona over these beautiful monsoon summer months. This tour is set for August 8 - 10 and we will be travelling to the Rio Sonora region for a special cultural festivity known as Dia de San Lorenzo.

Sept 25, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

09/25/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

October 12-14, 2019, 2019 Beautiful Rio Sonora

10/12/2019 10:00 AM - 10/14/2019 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $495.00  -  BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $575.00  -  BCA Member Single Occupancy
  • $595.00  -  Non BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $675.00  -  Non BCA Member- Single Occupancy
The intention of this rural tourism opportunity is to provide tour guests with a chance to be immersed in traditional Northern Mexican agricultural life. We will be traveling to the colonial Sonora river valley which bestowed its name to the state of Sonora. This river valley was also the route and northern conduit for the first European explorers in the area such as Cabeza de Vaca, Estaban the Moor, Fray Marcos de Niza, and Vaquez de Coronado. This two-night tour will be based out of the gorgeous mid-valley town of Banamichi, where we will stay at the historic boutique hotel, La Posada del Rio Sonora. Tour highlights will include a trip to Arizpe and its outstanding Jesuit Cathedral. Arizpe was once the capital of the entire north of New Spain during the Spanish Colonial era. Also included are visits to the downriver communities of Huepac and Aconchi and their respective missions dating back to the 17th century. Also included in this trek is a visit to a natural building homestead along the river to learn about traditional earthen architecture and Sonoran Desert ecology. Last but certainly not least, we will enjoy and be surrounded by the local gastronomy: la cocina sonorense . CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.

Oct 15, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

10/15/2019 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
Located just 60 miles south of Nogales, Magdalena de Kino has been honored as a Pueblo Magico, a special designation bestowed by the Mexican federal government because of its high level of historic and cultural significance to the nation. Just far enough away from the border, this tour provides an opportunity to take in the serene provincial heart of regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This day trip includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city along with a visit to neighboring San Ignacio to visit one of the Jesuit black robe Eusebio Francisco Kino's first missions founded at the end of the 17th century.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Oct 17, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

10/17/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Oct 19, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

10/19/2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work! Proceeds from BCA's gastronomic tour go to support Nogales, Sonora's Down Association Chef Skills program


Read about the tour in Tucson's Arizona Daily Star Newspaper:
https://tucson.com/thisistucson/eat/snack-your-way-through-nogales-sonora-on-this-surprising-foodie/article_5a937b2e-d256-11e8-bc78-ef2f578de7cd.html

This NY Times featured daytrip begins with a visit to the landmark symbol of Nogales - the statues known as Monument to Benito Juarez and the Mono Bichi, followed by a short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, as well as a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic old plaza de toros bullfighting ring. This is a unique opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.

CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Oct 21-24, 2019 Kino Bay Tour

10/21/2019 10:00 AM - 10/24/2019 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $995.00  -  BCA member, shared occupancy
  • $1,095.00  -  BCA non-member, shared occupancy
Kino Bay might be the best kept secret in Sonora with a beautiful sandy beach, a safe and peaceful setting and a non-touristy feeling. Beneath that tranquil exterior, there is a lot is happening including being adjacent to Seri (Comcaac) native homeland, offering unique opportunities for cultural exchange. For this trip, BCA is partnering with Prescott College's Kino Bay field station for hands-on environmental and cultural studies to offer an extraordinary opportunity to experience the Kino Bay region. We'll spend a day exploring the nearby estuary, learning about its ecology and its role in the social history of the people. Another day will be devoted to visiting the Seris' nearby town of Punta Chueca, where we focus on the vital role of plants in the lives of indigenous people. In addition to our program with Prescott College, you will meet some remarkable residents of Kino Bay, who invented the Amigos sin Murols (Friends without Walls) project. There is also time for swimming, beach walking and good food and drink. Travel from Nogales to Kino Bay will be in a new Mercedes Sprinter van. All lodging is at Casablanca Hotel in Kino Bay. Most rooms are doubles or multiple beds (3 or 4 people), after making your reservation please call BCA to indicate your preference (520-398-3229).
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.

Nov 7-9, 2019 Surprising Hermosillo: Capital of Sonora Tour

11/07/2019 10:00 AM - 11/09/2019 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $345.00  -  BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $425.00  -  BCA Member - Single Occupancy
  • $445.00  -  Non BCA Member - Double Occupancy
  • $525.00  -  Non BCA Member - Single Occupancy
Travel with us to the burgeoning capital of our neighboring state of Sonora, Hermosillo where we will take in all of the cultural and cosmopolitan opportunities the city has to offer.
This two night stay will provide tour guests with an overview of the city's history and its significant sights, making the case that Hermosillo is a unique destination rather than just a stop on the way to Gulf beaches. Guests will experience the Mexican muralist art tradition at the Palacio de Gobierno, observe the Sonoran sunset from the top of the city's emblematic Cerro de la Campana, and visit the historic old quarter of town, Villa de Seris, world renown for its coyota pastries, among others. Hermosillo's modern gastronomy will also be highlighted, representative of the state's famous ranching and Sea of Cortes fishing economies.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.

Nov 21, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

11/21/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Nov 23, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

11/23/2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work! Proceeds from BCA's gastronomic tour go to support Nogales, Sonora's Down Association Chef Skills program.


This NY Times featured daytrip begins with a visit to the landmark symbol of Nogales - the statues known as Monument to Benito Juarez and the Mono Bichi, followed by a short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, as well as a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic old plaza de toros bullfighting ring. This is a unique opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!

CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Dec 4, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

12/04/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising, nonprofit, economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a presentation by US Consulate staff.(depending on availability) Lunch & snack included. Transportation in Mexico is by van; only minimal walking is required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Dec 5, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

12/05/2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work! Proceeds from BCA's gastronomic tour go to support Nogales, Sonora's Down Association Chef Skills program.


This NY Times featured daytrip begins with a visit to the landmark symbol of Nogales - the statues known as Monument to Benito Juarez and the Mono Bichi, followed by a short craft beer orientation and tasting at Argova Brewing Company. A dedicated stop for a mariscos taco and agua fresca at a Sonoran Sea of Cortez seafood restaurant. The tour fee includes transportation by rental van, guide, as well as a multi course meal at a modern central Mexican cuisine dining venue, La Llorona. We'll also visit the historic old plaza de toros bullfighting ring. This is a unique opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts and those passionate for Latin American cooking.Experience Nogales beyond the tourist zone through its vibrant culinary scene while supporting borderlands nonprofit work!

CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Dec 17, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

12/17/2019 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
Located just 60 miles south of Nogales, Magdalena de Kino has been honored as a Pueblo Magico, a special designation bestowed by the Mexican federal government because of its high level of historic and cultural significance to the nation. Just far enough away from the border, this tour provides an opportunity to take in the serene provincial heart of regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This day trip includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city along with a visit to neighboring San Ignacio to visit one of the Jesuit black robe Eusebio Francisco Kino's first missions founded at the end of the 17th century.
CANCELLATION POLICY: TEN or more days- A full refund or re-booking for a future tour. Less than TEN days, a refund less a $25 cancellation fee OR re-booking for a future tour.(A $25.00 surcharge will apply).

Jan 11-13, 2020 Beautiful Rio Sonora

01/11/2020 10:00 AM - 01/13/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $495.00  -  BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $575.00  -  BCA Member Single Occupancy
  • $595.00  -  Non BCA Member Double Occupancy
  • $675.00  -  Non BCA Member- Single Occupancy
The intention of this rural tourism opportunity is to provide tour guests with a chance to be immersed in traditional Northern Mexican agricultural life. We will be traveling to the colonial Sonora river valley which bestowed its name to the state of Sonora. This river valley was also the route and northern conduit for the first European explorers in the area such as Cabeza de Vaca, Estaban the Moor, Fray Marcos de Niza, and Vaquez de Coronado. This two-night tour will be based out of the gorgeous mid-valley town of Banamichi, where we will stay at the historic boutique hotel, La Posada del Rio Sonora. Tour highlights will include a trip to Arizpe and its outstanding Jesuit Cathedral. Arizpe was once the capital of the entire north of New Spain during the Spanish Colonial era. Also included are visits to the downriver communities of Huepac and Aconchi and their respective missions dating back to the 17th century. Also included in this trek is a visit to a natural building homestead along the river to learn about traditional earthen architecture and Sonoran Desert ecology. Last but certainly not least, we will enjoy and be surrounded by the local gastronomy: la cocina sonorense . CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.

Feb 12-19, 2020 Oaxaca

02/12/2020 - 02/19/2020
  • $900.00  -  Deposit per person
  • $1,300.00  -  BCA Member Dbl Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,750.00  -  BCA Member SIngle Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,400.00  -  Non Member Dbl Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
  • $1,850.00  -  Non Member Single Occupancy Balance Due 10/1/19
Overview 
When I invite our guests to join us in Oaxaca, I am sharing my family’s home, traditions, history, and our deep love for our Zapotec culture. We offer a very unique perspective, one that our guests can appreciate immediately when they arrive in Oaxaca. We meet person-to-person with members of our community, we hear their voices and share their stories. Through artisan workshop visits and home cooked meals we’ll meet the people who are the soul of Oaxaca.  
 
We are proud to be the leading indigenous travel program to come from Teotitlan del Valle, and we have the added distinction of being recognized by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the New York Times, and the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. My family and I were the first Zapotec weavers to have a solo exhibition in Oaxaca’s Textile Museum and we have contributed our unique artist materials to the Forbes Pigment Collection, the world-renowned collection of Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. 
 
Oaxaca is a land of tradition, ancient arts, creativity and change. The capital, Oaxaca de Juárez, is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with old Spanish churches and solid stone buildings, yet it hosts a thriving contemporary art scene and is home to wonderfully innovative projects that connect traditional ways with the modern world. The villages of the Central Valleys are deeply rooted ancient Zapotec communities. Our ancestors were one of the first to cultivate corn and may have created the first written language of the Americas thousands of years ago. In this trip you will focus on one of the region’s most important villages, Teotitlán del Valle, and explore the connections which bind it to the rest of the communities in the region.    Our exclusive travel program offers a taste of the ancient and contemporary, the seemingly permanent and the dynamically changing. Our hosts, my family, will introduuce us to ancient rituals inherited through generations and demonstrate how our work speaks to modern times. And with visits to places like the Oaxacan Textile Musem and San Agustin Arts Center we’ll get a taste of the cutting edge pulse of this ancient place. ~ Porfirio Gutierrez. Balance due 10/1/19.
refund policy; Full refund on of deposit until Sept 1, 2019
50% of deposit and full refund of balance until Oct 20, 2019
50% refund of Total 10/20-12/20
No refund after 12/20/19 but reservation is transferrable.

March 23-26, 2020 Kino Bay Tour

03/23/2020 10:00 AM - 03/26/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $500.00  -  Deposit
  • $995.00  -  BCA member, shared occupancy
  • $1,095.00  -  BCA non-member, shared occupancy
Kino Bay might be the best kept secret in Sonora, with a beautiful sandy beach, a safe and peaceful setting and a non-touristy feeling.

Beneath that tranquil exterior, lots is happening as we are next door to Seri Indian homeland, offering uncommon opportunities for cultural exchange. Also nearby: Prescott College has a field station for hands-on environmental and cultural studies! For this tour, BCA is partnering with Prescott College to offer an extraordinary opportunity to experience the Kino Bay region. We'll spend a day exploring the nearby estuary, learning about its ecology and its role in the social history of the people. Another day will be devoted to visiting the Seris' nearby town of Punta Chueca, where we focus on the vital role of plants in the lives of indigenous people. In addition to our program with Prescott College, you will meet some remarkable residents of Kino Bay, who invented the Amigos sin Muros (Friends without Walls) project. And of course, there's time for swimming, beach walking and good food and drink. Travel from Nogales to Kino Bay will be in a new Mercedes Sprinter van. All lodging is at Casablanca Hotel. No single room accommodations are available for this tour. Shared accommodates are doubles (most rooms) or multiple beds (3 or 4 people). Call to indicate your room preference (520-398-3229).
This two night stay will provide tour guests with an overview of the city's history and its significant sights, making the case that Hermosillo is a unique destination rather than just a stop on the way to Gulf beaches. Guests will experience the Mexican muralist art tradition at the Palacio de Gobierno, observe the Sonoran sunset from the top of the city's emblematic Cerro de la Campana, and visit the historic old quarter of town, Villa de Seris, world renown for its coyotas, among others. Hermosillo's modern gastronomy will also be highlighted, representative of the state's famous ranching and Sea of Cortes fishing economies.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OVERNIGHT TOURS: A full refund if cancelled at least 21 days prior to tour. If cancelled less that 21 days prior, a refund will be issued minus a cancellation fee of $100.
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