Events

 

Dec 11, 2018- Ranching in the Borderlands FULL

12/11/2018 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Ranching in the Borderlands
Wide vistas, scenic skies, carefree lifestyle – what’s not to like about being a cowboy? This forum class will introduce you to some of the real-life challenges of arid land ranching, as well as the people and settings in which they work. We begin by visiting the Sante Fe Ranch near Nogales where we’ll meet Dean Fish, PhD, lead cowboy and instructor on ranching practices. After lunch in nearby Patagonia, we’ll head north along Sonoita Creek to the historic marker for Camp Crittenden, site of Lt. Cushing’s demise by Apaches. Following a brief stop in Sonoita, we’ll head through the Elgin vineyards to the Babacomari Ranch, a magnificent and historic property along the Babacomari river. The fee for this Forum class includes van transportation, lunch, guides and tips.
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 13, 2018 Cross Border Tour- Nogales (Cancelled)

12/13/2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Members
  • $90.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. 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 14, 2018 Magdalena Then and Now

12/14/2018 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  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 charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as 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).

Dec 15, 2018 Gastronomic Tour (FULL)

12/15/2018 12:00 PM - 07:00 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!

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 3, 2019 - Birds of the Borderlands

01/03/2019 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Jennie Mac Farland - Conservation Biologist for Tucson Audubon Society
Suggested Donation $ 10.00

Birds of the Borderlands
We have put a boundary between Arizona and Sonora but the birds don't know that! There are many ecological traits of SE Arizona that tie us much closer to Mexico than the rest of the United States. We'll discuss why that is and the special birds we enjoy in our area that cannot be found anywhere else in this country, making this area a ecotourism destination.

Jennie MacFarland is the Conservation Biologist for Tucson Audubon Society and coordinates both the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and the Tucson Bird Count. She also heads up other large citizen science projects such as the Elegant Trogon Census of SE AZ and Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys of Sky Island Mountain habitats and has helped establish a bird survey program in the Monte Mojino Preserve in Sonora, Mexico.

Jan 3, 2019 Videography in the Borderlands

01/03/2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
VIDEOGRAPHY IN THE BORDERLANDS
Mike Foster produces educational travelogue videos for environmental NGOs and National Parks in the Arizona and Mexico. Mike will be showing his recent work about the beliefs of today's indigenous cultures. He will be revealing how he makes his video journals including, accessing remote areas, interacting with indigenous cultures and telling interesting stories. These videos are similar to but more intimate than desert shows seen on PBS. Come and learn about the flora, fauna and people of this region as well as producing videos about them. The passion of Mike's adventures will clearly come through in this engaging presentation.

Biography:
Mike Foster has been producing video journals about Sonora, Mexico and southern Arizona for the last thirteen years. He has posted over 250 educational videos about the flora, fauna and cultural history of the region. Much of his early work was done with the Friends of the San Pedro River. Today he works as the interpretive person for the Friends of the Huachuca Mountains at the Carr House Information Center. He has done significant work for El Pinacate and Sierra Alamos Rio Cuchujaqui Reserves and Nature and Culture International in Sonora, Some of his work appears on the Coronado National Memorial, and other National Park web pages in the US. He has lived in Bisbee for the last 34 years from where he launches his filming trips to the mountains of Arizona and Sonora. $ 10.00 suggested donation.

Jan 7, 2019 FREE Cross Border Tour Round Up

01/07/2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
If you’ve never been on a BCA cross border tour or you want to learn about our NEW tours, come, find out what’s happening. FREE

Jan 8, 2019 “Travel as a Political Act”

01/08/2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Well-known travel guide Rick Steves of PBS fame wrote a book with the title "Travel as a Political Act," identifying the ways that travel shaped his world-view and how it can shape ours. Steves believes that travel makes us better citizens, a perspective we embrace at the Border Community Alliance as well. In this class we’ll quickly review his book and then talk about our own experience and insights. Conversations about travel can generate rich and important dialogues about how to live more fully and deeply in the world today. [Note: We at BCA interpret the word “political” in the broader sense of the word as to how societies organize themselves, rather than in the narrower definition as "partisan." BCA is a non-partisan organization.] Jerry Haas, Executive Director, BCA

Jan 15, 2019 The Magic of Oaxaca

01/15/2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
The city of Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most beloved destinations. This place has it all: gorgeous colonial architecture, a safe and fascinating downtown, and some of the best food on earth. Nearby we find the ruins of Monte Alban, one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, which served as the Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. On top of all that, Oaxaca is encircled by indigenous villages specializing in eye-opening crafts, including fanciful wood carvings, black pottery, and rug weaving.

Our presenter, Porfirio Gutierrez, is a native of the Oaxaca Valley and an ideal representative of his homeland. Porfirio and his family are the focus of an extensive article in the New York Times and a video produced by the Smithsonian. Join us to hear a free presentation by Porfirio at the West Center of Green Valley Recreation (1111 S Via Arcoiris, Green Valley).

Jan 16, 2019 Let's Go to Spain

01/16/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Join us to learn about BCA’s new tour to Spain: “Gateway to a New World: Extremadura and Andalucia" May 27-June 8 2019 FREE

Jan 18-20, 2019 Surprising Hermosillo: Capital of Sonora Tour

01/18/2019 11:00 AM - 01/20/2019 05:00 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 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.

Jan 23: "Lighting the Fuse: 'Colonel' Greene and the Mexican Revolution"(Open)

01/23/2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
CONTACT THE TUBAC PRESIDIO FOR RESERVATIONS 520-398-2252
This is not a free event. $20 admission at the door ($15 for BCA members)

Few Americans know much about the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), why it happened and how American policies and business interests were involved. In this presentation, you'll learn about an American businessman whose mining interests in nearby Cananea triggered the first worker's strike that led to the Revolution.

Jan 24, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

01/24/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. 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).

Jan 29, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

01/29/2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
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 charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as 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 30, 2019 Brilliant Bones: the Calavera Art of Mexico

01/30/2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
CONTACT THE TUBAC PRESIDIO FOR RESERVATIONS 520-398-2252
This is not a free event. $20 admission at the door ($15 for BCA members)

Skull and skeleton motifs have almost become a stereotype of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration. But this form of art (which we call“calavera art”) has a vivid history and contemporary relevance that go far beyond Day of the Dead. Join us for a fascinating journey through Mexico’s calavera art tradition, beginning more than 100 years ago and emerging into a vital and pervasive art form in modern Mexico. We’ll conclude with some unexpected examples of calavera art crossing the border and become a new part of the art scene in the United States. Our presenters, Russ and Blyth Carpenter, are experienced authors, teachers and speakers who include music and video to keep things lively.

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2019 Beautiful Rio Sonora

01/31/2019 08:30 AM - 02/02/2019 06:00 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 eastern or "old 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 of 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 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 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 11 & 18 "Mexico: History, Context & Culture" Two sessions

02/11/2019 02:00 PM - 02/18/2019 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $20.00  -  BCA member
  • $30.00  -  BCA non-member
Many of us who come to Southern Arizona from other parts of the country know little about our neighbor to the south. This introductory course is in three sessions; attendees can sign up for one, two or all three sessions. In this first session we'll explore Mexico's indigenous origins, the Spanish Conquest and Colonial period which ended in 1810. Jerry Haas, Executive Director of BCA, and Alex La Pierre, BCA's program director are the instructors. This Borderlands Forum class will meet at BMO Harris Bank, 270 W. Continental in Green Valley. Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Suggested donation = $10

Feb 12, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

02/12/2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
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 charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as 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).

Feb 13, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

02/13/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. 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).

Feb 16, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

02/16/2019 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
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).

Feb 19 Breakfast & the Border: US Consul General Virginia Staab on Central America

02/19/2019 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • $20.00  -  BCA member
  • $25.00  -  BCA non-member
US Consul General Virginia Staab joined the State Department after 9/11 from the private sector. Before coming to Nogales to serve as Chief Officer, she served on the staff of the Consulate in Guatemala. Today's talk will focus on her insights into Central America and US policies there. A hot buffet breakfast is included with your fee.

Feb 21, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

02/21/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. 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).

Feb 23, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

02/23/2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
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 charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as 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).

Feb 26, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

02/26/2019 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
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).

Feb. 28- March 2, 2019 Surprising Hermosillo: Capital of Sonora Tour

02/28/2019 11:00 AM - 03/02/2019 05:00 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 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.

Mar 5-7, 2019: Bisbee/Cananea Tour - NEW

03/05/2019 10:00 AM - 03/07/2019 02:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $525.00  -  BCA member, double occupancy
  • $575.00  -  BCA member, single occupancy
  • $625.00  -  BCA non-member, double occupancy
  • $675.00  -  BCA non-member, single occupancy
This tour includes two nights lodging at the historic Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee and a day trip to nearby Cananea, Mexico, home of one of the largest copper mines in North America. Learn how a strike at that mine in 1906 led to the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), complicating the relationship between the US and Mexico for decades to come. Learn about "Colonel" Greene and others from this time period. All meals, tips and guides as well as van transportation included with your fee.

Mar 7, 14, 21 2019 US Immigration Then & Now

03/07/2019 02:00 PM - 03/21/2019 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $30.00  -  BCA member
  • $40.00  -  BCA non-member
US IMMIGRATION POLICY: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
This three-week educational program will focus on the United States immigration system and how it affects people across the world coming to the US to visit, conduct business, obtain employment, seek asylum, and gain citizenship. Throughout each weekly session, special emphasis will be placed on immigration policies and consequences affecting the Borderland region of the southwest United States.

Mar 9, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

03/09/2019 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
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).

Mar 12, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

03/12/2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Member
  • $100.00  -  Non BCA Member
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 charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as 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).

March 13, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

03/13/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Member
  • $90.00  -  Non BCA Member
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. 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).

Mar 19-22, 2019 Kino Bay Tour - NEW

03/19/2019 09:00 AM - 03/22/2019 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $925.00  -  BCA member, shared occupancy
  • $995.00  -  BCA non-member, shared occupancy
Located straight west of Hermosillo, Kino Bay is far from the bustle of Rocky Point or San Carlos, offering instead of glitz a chance to really learn about the Sea of Cortez and its indigenous people. Curated by Prescott College, the tour will introduce you to incredibly unique and valuable resources, even as we meet with American ex-pats and enjoy authentic cuisine. The fee is all inclusive: transportation from Nogales, 3 nights lodging, all meals, tips and fees. NOTE: All housing will be at Casablanca Hotel. No single rooms are available. Most rooms are doubles; a few for 3 or 4 people. Please indicate your preference and we will do the best we can to accommodate you.

Mar 28-30, 2019 Beautiful Rio Sonora

03/28/2019 08:30 AM - 03/30/2019 06:00 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 eastern or "old 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 of 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 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 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.

April 3, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

04/03/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Members
  • $90.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. 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).

April 4, 2019 Gastronomic Tour

04/04/2019 12:00 PM - 07:00 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!

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).

April 13, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

04/13/2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  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 charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as 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).

April 24, 2019 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

04/24/2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $70.00  -  BCA Members
  • $90.00  -  Non Members
Educational and inspirational, these tours provide an orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico led by both Mexican & US guides as well as a member of the US Consulate staff. 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).

April 30, 2019 Magdalena Then and Now

04/30/2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  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 charm of distinctively regional Sonora. The community is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans both the United States and Mexico. This tour includes both a look back to the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges of a small Mexican city as well as 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).

SPAIN Gateway to a New World: Extremadura & Andalucia Tour May 27-June 8, 2019

05/27/2019 12:00 PM - 06/08/2019 12:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $500.00
Reserve your spot now with a REFUNDABLE $500 pp deposit. Register here by credit card or if you prefer, mail your check to BCA  PO Box 1863, Tubac AZ 84646.

TOUR ROUTE: Madrid - Caceres - Merida, - Sevilla - Cadiz - Cordoba - Castilla La Mancha (Don Quixote setting) - back to Madrid through the two Spanish provinces of Extremadura and Andalucia ( some cities subject to change). We will travel by comfortable modern European bus with wifi and bathrooms, guides will be myself and Luis Valle, Spanish university professor and architect of Hermosillo, Sonora. Price includes all accommodations, transportation with professional driver, museum/cultural site fees, most meals and guides with backgrounds in Architecture, History, Anthropology and Preservation. 

Cost: Not including airfare but including lodging, ground transportation, guide fees, entrance fees, tips, all breakfasts, 8 lunches and 2 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. 

For more information contact Alex La Pierre "alex@bordercommunityalliance.org" or Jerry Haas "jndhaas@gmail.com"
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