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FULL Feb 26 - Mar 2, 2020 Álamos, Sonora Trip FULL

02/26/2020 09:30 AM - 03/02/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $1,350.00  -  BCA Members (Double Occupancy)
  • $1,400.00  -  BCA Members (Single Occupancy)
  • $1,400.00  -  Non BCA Members (Double Occupancy)
  • $1,450.00  -  Non BCA Members (Single Occupancy)
Border Community Alliance
201-202
F
2221 E. Frontage Rd
Tubac, AZ
With its unique intersection of history, climate and geography, Álamos, Sonora is one of the most fascinating places to visit in northern Mexico. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental range, and in the transition zone between the Sonoran Desert and the subhumid tropical south, the community was originally founded as a silver mine or real de minas in the late 17th century. The colonial town is one of Sonora’s two Pueblo Magicos and inhabits a remarkable but endangered biome known as the dry tropics. Historically, Álamos represents the northern outpost of traditional Spanish colonial urban centers with mining centered economies such as Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Durango.

This inclusive 5 night - tour includes an overnight in San Carlos on the way down and Hermosillo on the return north to make the trip down to Álamos more comfortable. This trip has the added advantage of being a small group visit (no more than 14 guests) for a more intimate Sonoran experience.
Border Community Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tubac, AZ. BCA's mission is bridging the border and fostering community through education, collaboration and cultural exchange.

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.
We’ll meet at the BCA Office at 9:30am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

CANCELED: Mar. 2 & 9, 2020: The Music of Migration

03/02/2020 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-07:00
  • $30.00  -  BCA Members
  • $40.00  -  Non Members
United Methodist Church of Green Valley
300 W Esperanza Blvd
Green Valley, AZ 85614
United States of America
9:30-11am, Green Valley UMC
The Music of Migration is a two-day seminar dedicated to the musicians and songwriters who focus on international migration. Through video, audio and printed materials, we’ll experience the courage, struggles and achievements of those who are forced to escape the horrific conditions of their home countries. At times the music will be heart wrenching, but surprisingly often it will also be sprightly and uplifting. This will not be a lecture; instead it will be a direct exchange of insights and observations by the seminar participants themselves. Please be prepared to read the written material between the first and second sessions. The seminar’s facilitators Russ and Blyth Carpenter, are experienced teachers, authors, and presenters, with deep experience in border issues.
$30 BCA Members
$40 Nonmembers

FULL . Mar 5, 2020 Magdalena Then and Now

03/05/2020 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
Meet at Burger King
47 N Sonoita Ave
Nogales, AZ
United States of America
Meet 8:00am at Burger King, Nogales, AZ
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).
We’ll meet at the Nogales Burger King at 8am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

FULL Mar 7, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

03/07/2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Meet at Burger King
47 N Sonoita Ave
Nogales, AZ
United States of America
11:00am
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).
We’ll meet at the Nogales Burger King at 11:00 am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

Mar 9, 16 & 23,2020 Confronting the Myths & Mysteries of U.S. Immigration

03/09/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • $30.00  -  BCA member
  • $40.00  -  BCA non-member
Tubac Community Library
50 Bridge Rd # B4
Tubac, AZ 85646
United States of America
10-11:30, March 9,16 & 23
Tubac Community Center
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 13,2020: Birds of the Borderlands: Talk

03/13/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
10:00 – 11:30 am, Friday, March 13
Tubac Community Center
Jennie Mac Farland - Conservation Biologist for Tucson Audubon Society
Suggested Donation $10.00
Maximum seating: 90

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.

March 13, 2020 Birds of the Borderlands: Walk

03/13/2020 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $15.00  -  BCA Members
  • $20.00  -  Non Members
Friday, Mar. 13, 2020 12-2pm
Tubac Community Center
Jennie MacFarland and others
Fee: $20 (non-members) or $15 (members).

After listening to an inspiring talk about the Birds of the Borderlands and seeing amazing images of the same, you’ll have a chance to see some of these birds right outside along the Santa Cruz River. In field groups of 10 to 12 people, you’ll get a chance to wander and wait in silence for the feathered friends close by. Bring your binoculars and a sack lunch and be ready to go right after the morning lecture.

FULL Mar 18, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

03/18/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
BCA Office
2221 E. Frontage Rd.
Tubac, AZ 85646
United States of America
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).

We’ll meet at the BCA Office at 9am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

March 21, 2020: BCA Foresight 2020 Spring Celebration (4:00 – 8:00 PM)

03/21/2020 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $125.00  -  BCA Members
  • $150.00  -  Non Members
  • $450.00  -  4 Tickets (Members & Nonmembers)
  • $800.00  -  8 Tickets (Members & Nonmembers)
The Holler-Saunders Estate
Nogales, AZ
United States of America
March 21 – BCA Foresight 2020 Spring Celebration (4:00 – 8:00 PM)
Border Community Alliance invites you to join us in celebrating the first day of Spring as we raise funds for our summer intern program!
This year’s event will be at the Holler-Saunders home, an exclusive private residence tucked into a secluded spot in Nogales, Arizona. For more than forty years, art dealers Eddie Holler and Sam Saunders collected artifacts from all over Mexico and Latin America as well as other regions of the world. Their extravagant, good-taste can be seen locally at La Roca Restaurant in Nogales, Mexico and at Elvira’s Restaurant in Tubac, Arizona (www.holler-saunders.com). The Holler-Saunders estate in Nogales displays a vast number of items from their Spanish Colonial collection, including many which are available for purchase. We are extremely grateful to Sam Saunders who is opening the property for our event, including his home and art warehouse.
Our evening will begin at 4:00 pm with music from the award-winning Nogales High School Mariachi Apache band, followed by the incredibly talented David Carranza duo (Extend Music also known as Amanera de Café) often heard at Elvira’s Restaurant on Saturday nights. Appetizers and buffet dinner with dessert catered by Elvira’s Restaurant; beer, wine, margaritas and non-alcoholic drinks available. Tours and commentary will be offered by owner Sam Saunders, and a silent auction will be held throughout the evening.
BCA’s Intern Program: For the last eight years, BCA has offered a summer internship program for college and university students from around the world. Proceeds from this event will help support that endeavor.
What is BCA Foresight 2020? Border Community Alliance, a nonprofit based in Tubac, Arizona, is involved in a visioning process to fulfill its mission of “bridging the border and fostering community through education, collaboration and cultural exchange.” Ask for information about how we are moving ahead into the new decade with commitment and hope.
Moments in History: Besides great music, food and an amazing house full of art, our evening will include Moments in History by our own Alex La Pierre. The Holler family purchased this property in the 1880’s but didn’t build on it for years because of continuing Apache raids! In 1918 there were three Battles of Nogales and visits to the area by people like Pancho Villa, Dwight Eisenhower and General Pershing. One other historical note: March 21 is the birthday of Benito Juarez, a Zapotec Indian who became President of Mexico. Alex will delight us with great stories about all of these Moments in History.
Parking for this event: guest parking at Burger King or other paid lots or along International Street next to the border wall. Shuttle service will be provided. We encourage guests to carpool to reduce congestion.
Ticket prices:
Individual prices: $125 (BCA members); $150 (non-members).
Group sales: $450 for four tickets (members & non-members); $800 for a table of eight (members & non-members).
You can purchase your ticket online and pick it up at the BCA office ahead of time; or, tickets will be on call when you arrive at the Holler-Saunders event.
NOTE: Tickets sales are limited so get your tickets now!

FULL March 23-26, 2020 Kino Bay Tour

03/23/2020 10:00 AM - 03/26/2020 04:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $495.00  -  Balance, BCA Member
  • $500.00  -  Deposit
  • $995.00  -  BCA member, shared occupancy
  • $1,095.00  -  BCA non-member, shared occupancy
Burger King
47 N Sonoita Ave
Nogales, AZ
United States of America
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).

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. 25, 2020 Where Jaguars Roam: The Northern Jaguar Project

03/25/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
United Methodist Church of Green Valley
300 W Esperanza Blvd.
Green Valley, AZ
Where Jaguars Roam:
The Northern Jaguar Project and the Return of a Legend
10am Green Valley UMC
$10 suggested donation at event.

With its unique place in legend and lore, and with strength and brawn befitting the continent’s top predator, the jaguar invokes the depths of imagination. Although the jaguar has almost completely vanished from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, recent jaguar sightings in New Mexico and Arizona suggest that the time is ripe for the return of this magnificent creature to the southwestern United States.

In response to this exciting opportunity to re-establish the jaguar in its historic northernmost range, a small group of dedicated conservationists from the southwestern U.S. and Mexico have formed the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP). NJP is helping to revitalize the northernmost jaguar population by maintaining and protecting an 86 square mile reserve in the mountains of Sonora, Mexico, just 120 miles south of the U.S. border. Although the project currently is focused on efforts to create a stable jaguar population in northwestern Mexico, its long-term aspirations include a sustainable return of the jaguar to the southwestern United States. The potential for such a re-introduction is deemed high, since as much as 30% of Arizona alone is considered to be a suitable habitat for the jaguar.

Border Community Alliance invites you to join us for this special presentation by representatives of the Northern Jaguar Project and learn about its current efforts to expand safe and suitable habitat for the Jaguar, increase the native jaguar population, and reach out to ranchers, schools, and rural communities to build tolerance and reduce human-wildlife conflicts. As part of the presentation, you will have the opportunity to view the recent NJP video documentary, “Where Jaguars Roam,” and be virtually transported inside the Northern Jaguar Reserve for a close-up look at jaguars in the wild and the unique habitat they help support.

$10 suggested donation at event.

FULL Mar 29-31, 2020 Beautiful Rio Sonora

03/29/2020 09:30 AM - 03/31/2020 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $595.00  -  Rio Sonora Double Occupancy PP
  • $675.00  -  Rio Sonora Single Occupancy
Meet at Burger King
47 N. Sonoita Ave
Nogales, AZ
Meet 9:30am at Burger King, Nogales, AZ
Get to know the cultural heart of our neighbor, the state of Sonora in the Rio Sonora region with nonprofit BCA!

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 the name to this northern Mexican state. This river valley was also the exploration route for the first Europeans in the area such as Cabeza de Vaca, Estaban the Moor, Fray Marcos de Niza and 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. Trip highlights will include a trip to Arizpe and its outstanding Jesuit Cathedral, a town once the capital of the entire north of New Spain during Spanish colonial times. Also included will be visits to the downriver communities of Huepac and Aconchi and their respective missions dating back to the 17th century.

We will also visit a natural building homestead Los Paredones along the river to learn about traditional earthen architecture and the 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.
We’ll meet at the Nogales Burger King at 9:30 am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

Apr 13-18, 2020 Río Sonora- Language Stay

04/13/2020 - 04/18/2020
  • $1,500.00  -  BCA Members Double Occupancy
  • $1,600.00  -  NonMembers Double Occupancy
  • $1,700.00  -  BCA Members Single Occupancy
  • $1,800.00  -  Non Members Single Occupancy
Let’s Speak Spanish: On Location in Río Sonora
Monday, April 13, 2020 - Saturday, April 18, 2020
La Posada del Río Sonora, Banámichi, Sonora

As a new addition to the well-received "Let’s Speak Spanish" program, BCA is offering a one-week program for Spanish learners to increase their “hands-on” experience with the language.

This five-night, six-day program will be held in the town of Banámichi located along Sonora River, which bestowed its name to our neighboring Mexican state of Sonora. Staying at the historic boutique Hotel La Posada del Río Sonora, we will meet each morning for four hours of structured language practice with an experienced teacher and capable facilitators. Afternoons can then be spent exploring the town of Banámichi, meeting and conversing with native speakers, and exploring Sonoran culture. As a special treat, we also will participate in a cooking class to learn more about the unique features of Sonoran cuisine. We will also provide several afternoon excursions to interesting sites along the Rio Sonora. Each evening we will meet as a group for dinner and have the opportunity to share our experiences.

This program is designed for established beginners and intermediate speakers of Spanish – learners who are familiar with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar, but need help in building confidence to converse in Spanish. A good prerequisite for the program would be the completion of one or two basic Spanish courses, including BCA’s six-week Lets Speak Spanish program. It should be noted that all teachers and facilitators in the program will be bi-lingual in Spanish and English in order to provide the best assistance for beginning and intermediate learners.

The cost of the program includes transportation to and from the Río Sonora, accommodations at La Posada, all classroom activities / special learning experiences, and all meals. The only cost not covered will be the purchase of the following text books for the program, which are available on Amazon (usually less than $15 each).
Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Conversation, Premium Second Edition (Yates).
Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate Spanish Grammar, Premium Second Edition (Nissenberg).

In order to provide the best experience for all participants, registration will be limited to a maximum of 14 learners.

April 16: Pilgrimage to Magdalena: A Video Odyssey

04/16/2020 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Tubac Community Center
50 Bridge Road
Tubac, AZ 85646
For over 300 years, indigenous peoples have made pilgrimage to Magdalena in October to venerate St. Francis Xavier, honor Padre Kino and celebrate the feast of St. Francis Assisi. This rich cultural and religious tradition is not well-known, even though the crowds swell to over 20,000. Fortunately, Mike Foster, an experienced and trusted videographer has created a documentary highlighting the journey. Join us to watch and learn about this phenomenon that takes place just 60 miles south of Nogales. This event is open to the public; we ask for a $10 donation at the door.

Apr 30, 2020 Magdalena Then and Now

04/30/2020 08:00 AM - 05/30/2020 04:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $90.00  -  BCA Members
  • $110.00  -  Non Members
Meet at Burger King
47 N Sonoita Ave
Nogales, AZ
United States of America
Meet 8:00am at Burger King, Nogales, AZ
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).
We’ll meet at the Nogales Burger King at 8am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

May 2, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

05/02/2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $80.00  -  BCA Members
  • $100.00  -  Non Members
Meet at Burger King
47 N Sonoita Ave
Nogales, AZ
United States of America
11:00am
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).
We’ll meet at the Nogales Burger King at 11:00 am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

May 6, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

05/06/2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $75.00  -  BCA Members
  • $95.00  -  Non Members
BCA Office
2221 E. Frontage Rd.
Tubac, AZ 85646
United States of America
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).
We’ll meet at the BCA Office at 9am. One week before the tour, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary and other information you'll need for the tour.

May 26--June 6, 2020 Spain-Basque Connection & Northern Coast (DEPOSIT)

05/25/2020 - 06/06/2020
  • $500.00
Dates: 26 May - 6 June 2020
Route: Madrid-Soria-Bilbao-Solares-Gijón-Santiago de Compostela-Ponferrada-Tordesillas-Madrid

Overview: Arizona and Sonora’s direct connection to Spain lasted three hundred years (1521 to 1821) when it was called New Spain. There are many legacies: language, religion, culture, architecture. This trip will introduce the traveler to all of these, with an explicit Sonoran/Arizonan connection to the Basque country and Northern Spain. El Pais Vasco is the fascinating region from which a majority of the early settlers of our two states originated from. We will visit the ancestral homeland of the Anza family, the leader and pathfinder of the 1775-76 expedition to found San Francisco, California as well as the unique autonomous Spanish regions of Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and Castilla y Leon.

Connection: Our goal is for trip participants to gain a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture and heritage - given the Hispanic legacy of our greater Arizona-Sonora region - with this trip to Spain. In collaboration, we are especially honored to have a professor from Hermosillo, Sonora, Luis Valle Cordero, as one of our guides. A native of Leon, 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.

This is a curated trip based on the nonprofit Border Community Alliance mission of bridging borders via education, collaboration and cultural exchange.

Itinerary: We will be loosely following one of Spain’s principal (and said to be the oldest) pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela known as el Camino del Norte or the Northern Way, following a scenic corridor with the Atlantic coast to our north and the Cantabrian Mountains to our south. This is verdant green Spain with a surprising Celtic heritage in Galicia and a historical borderlands where the Spanish reconquista or reconquering from the Moors began.

Trip Activity Level: A fair amount of walking will take place every day and many medieval city centers are vehicle-free zones. Your guides will be available to help with luggage but we request that you only bring luggage that you are able to physically transport from bus to lodging.

Group Size & Transportation: As with other BCA tours, we’ll travel as a small, personable group (15 to 20) with knowledgeable guides who are close to the people of Spain. We will be traveling with a professional driver and a modern mid-size bus with wifi.

Cost:
$3800 single or $3600 (per person) double occupancy
To reserve your spot on this tour, a $500 (refundable until March 1, 2020) deposit is required.
What this includes:
- lodging
- ground transportation
- guides
- entrance fees
- all breakfasts
- 8 lunches (main meal of Spain ~ American supper)
- 2 dinners
What this does not include:
- airfare
- travel insurance
- alcoholic drinks
- drinks & snacks outside of BCA group meals
- meals not included
- taxi from airport to Madrid group rendez-vous point at start of trip




Important Dates:
Early bird discount of $200 off with total cost of trip paid in full by February 1.
Final Payment is due by 1 March 2020.

Payment:
- Register through our website: www.bordercommunityalliance.org
- By sending a check to: BCA, PO Box 1863, Tubac, AZ. 85646.
- By calling BCA at 520-398-3229

CANCELLATION POLICY:
For trip cancellation, please contact BCA as soon as possible. Cancellations that arise prior to March 1st will be liable to a $200 per person administrative fee. After this date, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable, unless there is a waiting list and your trip place can be filled. In this case, the $200/person admin cancellation fee will still apply.

Recommendation: We strongly recommend that you purchase traveler's insurance for this trip in case of missed flights, medical emergencies and other unforeseen incidents. A Google search yields many travelers insurance options.

Group Communication in Spain:
For group communications during the course of the trip, we recommend downloading on your smartphone from Itunes or the GooglePlay store an app called Whatsapp. We will be creating a "BCA Spain Trip 2020" Whatsapp group through which we can communicate via text, recording and phone while in-country without cost. It is an effective communication tool because - even if you will not have data service by your telephone provider in Europe - you can easily access it via WiFi which will be available at our hotels and most cafes in the towns we will be visiting.

Guides:
(1.) Luis Valle Cordero [of León, Spain] luis.valle@itesm.mx
> Spanish citizen and resident of Hermosillo, Sonora.
> Unique perspective from a native Spaniard.
> University Professor of Architecture, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Hermosillo.
> Owner & Partner: Architectural Firm, UV Arquitectos. Hermosillo, Sonora.

(2.) Alex La Pierre alex@bordercommunityalliance.org
> Border Community Alliance program director
> Historian
> Iberian cultural studies
> National Park Service Interpretation and Historic Preservation background

DISCLAIMER: This itinerary is subject to change due to cancellations, delays, and/or logistical considerations.

Nov 9-16 2020 Oaxaca Tour DEPOSIT

11/09/2020 - 11/16/2020
  • $1,000.00
BCA is pleased to offer this exclusive tour in response to an invitation from Smithsonian textile artist,Porfirio Gutierrez (see his letter below). As his guests, we'll be given an insider's look at Oaxaca, its culture, cuisine and people. Together we'll visit his studio, learn about natural dye rug making, visit cultural sites like Mitla, and enjoy some great food. We'll be amazed by the beautiful architecture such as the Santo Domingo Plaza,and talk to women artisans in embroidery, alebrijes and black clay pottery. Price includes ground transportation, lodging and most of your meals. One participant from last year's tour wrote, "This is the best tour I've ever been on." Oaxaca has a magic all its own and this is a great way to experience it.

Sample Itinerary: After arriving in Oaxaca, you'll be met at the airport by tour guides who will escort you to your hotel to settle in. The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a pleasant walk to discover the Centro Historico, the Zocalo and the charm of the Santo Domingo Plaza. We'll have a long and hearty lunch nearby with the late afternoon free for exploring museums, galleries or shops full of wonderful things.

The next day we travel together to Porfirio Gutierrez' home studio where we meet his family who will take us through a demonstration of natural dye techniques. Everyone gets a chance to participate in making traditional Oaxacan tamales for lunch before heading back to the hotel.

Days four, five and six in Oaxaca include other ventures exploring the culture, the environment, and the studios of those who practice sustainable craft traditions. We'll have a chance to interact in an intimate way with the artists and their families of Zapotec culture.
Day seven is your chance to explore on your own. Guides can arrange for you to visit Monte Alban or other sites before returning to the hotel for the farewell dinner. Departure the next day, with transport to the airport arranged by your guide.
Group size: limited to twelve, including BCA host.

Cost; $2800 (BCA Members) and $2900 (nonmembers). Register now by making a deposit of $1000 which will hold your spot. The deposit is fully refundable if you cancel before September 1, 2020. Your payment balance is due September 15, 2020. If you cancel after September 15, 2020, your deposit and payment balance are NOT refundable. However, if there is a waiting list and your place on the trip can be filled, we will refund your payment, less $200 administration fee.

Fee does not include airfare. Tour guests may book their flights on preferred airlines. Delta, American and United all have direct flights to Oaxaca from the US.

Hotel: Small boutique hotels near the central Santo Domingo plaza have been booked for this tours. November tour participants will stay at Parador del Dominico or other.

We encourage guests to consider purchasing traveler's insurance. A wide variety of insurance options are available (medical, cancel for any reason, lost luggage, etc). All guests will be asked to sign a release form and complete an Emergency Medical Contact form before departure.

An Invitation from Porfirio Gutierrez:
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 Gutíerrez

FULL Jan 15-22, 2021 Oaxaca Tour-DEPOSIT

01/15/2021 - 01/22/2021
  • $1,000.00
BCA is pleased to offer this exclusive tour in response to an invitation from Smithsonian textile artist,Porfirio Gutierrez (see his letter below). As his guests, we'll be given an insider's look at Oaxaca, its culture, cuisine and people. Together we'll visit his studio, learn about natural dye rug making, visit cultural sites like Mitla, and enjoy some great food. We'll be amazed by the beautiful architecture such as the Santo Domingo Plaza,and talk to women artisans in embroidery, alebrijes and black clay pottery. Price includes ground transportation, lodging and most of your meals. One participant from last year's tour wrote, "This is the best tour I've ever been on." Oaxaca has a magic all its own and this is a great way to experience it.

Sample Itinerary: After arriving in Oaxaca, you'll be met at the airport by tour guides who will escort you to your hotel to settle in. The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a pleasant walk to discover the Centro Historico, the Zocalo and the charm of the Santo Domingo Plaza. We'll have a long and hearty lunch nearby with the late afternoon free for exploring museums, galleries or shops full of wonderful things.

The next day we travel together to Porfirio Gutierrez' home studio where we meet his family who will take us through a demonstration of natural dye techniques. Everyone gets a chance to participate in making traditional Oaxacan tamales for lunch before heading back to the hotel.

Days four, five and six in Oaxaca include other ventures exploring the culture, the environment, and the studios of those who practice sustainable craft traditions. We'll have a chance to interact in an intimate way with the artists and their families of Zapotec culture.
Day seven is your chance to explore on your own. Guides can arrange for you to visit Monte Alban or other sites before returning to the hotel for the farewell dinner. Departure the next day, with transport to the airport arranged by your guide.
Group size: limited to twelve, including BCA host.

Cost; $2800 (BCA Members) and $2900 (nonmembers). A deposit of $1000 will hold your spot; fully refundable before Oct 1, 2020, when the balance is due. Cancellation after Oct.. 1, 2020: No refund unless there is a waiting list and your place on the trip can be filled. In this case, a $200 administration cancellation fee will apply.

Fee does not include airfare.

We encourage guests to consider purchasing traveler's insurance. A wide variety of insurance options are available (medical, cancel for any reason, lost luggage, etc). All guests will be asked to sign a release form and complete an Emergency Medical Contact form before departure.

An Invitation from Porfirio Gutierrez:
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 Gutíerrez

Feb 5-12, 2021 Oaxaca Tour-DEPOSIT

02/05/2021 - 02/12/2021
  • $1,000.00
BCA is pleased to offer this exclusive tour in response to an invitation from Smithsonian textile artist,Porfirio Gutierrez (see his letter below). As his guests, we'll be given an insider's look at Oaxaca, its culture, cuisine and people. Together we'll visit his studio, learn about natural dye rug making, visit cultural sites like Mitla, and enjoy some great food. We'll be amazed by the beautiful architecture such as the Santo Domingo Plaza,and talk to women artisans in embroidery, alebrijes and black clay pottery. Price includes ground transportation, lodging and most of your meals. One participant from last year's tour wrote, "This is the best tour I've ever been on." Oaxaca has a magic all its own and this is a great way to experience it.

Sample Itinerary: After arriving in Oaxaca, you'll be met at the airport by tour guides who will escort you to your hotel to settle in. The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a pleasant walk to discover the Centro Historico, the Zocalo and the charm of the Santo Domingo Plaza. We'll have a long and hearty lunch nearby with the late afternoon free for exploring museums, galleries or shops full of wonderful things.

The next day we travel together to Porfirio Gutierrez' home studio where we meet his family who will take us through a demonstration of natural dye techniques. Everyone gets a chance to participate in making traditional Oaxacan tamales for lunch before heading back to the hotel.

Days four, five and six in Oaxaca include other ventures exploring the culture, the environment, and the studios of those who practice sustainable craft traditions. We'll have a chance to interact in an intimate way with the artists and their families of Zapotec culture.
Day seven is your chance to explore on your own. Guides can arrange for you to visit Monte Alban or other sites before returning to the hotel for the farewell dinner. Departure the next day, with transport to the airport arranged by your guide.
Group size: limited to twelve, including BCA host.

Cost; $2800 (BCA Members) and $2900 (nonmembers). A deposit of $1000 will hold your spot; fully refundable before Nov 1, 2020, when the balance is due. Cancellation after Oct.. 1, 2020: No refund unless there is a waiting list and your place on the trip can be filled. In this case, a $200 administration cancellation fee will apply.

Fee does not include airfare.

We encourage guests to consider purchasing traveler's insurance. A wide variety of insurance options are available (medical, cancel for any reason, lost luggage, etc). All guests will be asked to sign a release form and complete an Emergency Medical Contact form before departure.

An Invitation from Porfirio Gutierrez:
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 Gutíerrez

Feb-Mar, 2020: Let's Speak Spanish! Classes

02/10/2020 01:00 PM - 03/19/2020 02:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $60.00  -  BCA Members
  • $80.00  -  Non Members
Tubac & Green Valley
[No City], AZ
Let's Speak Spanish Winter 2020 Sessions
02/10/2020 1:00 PM - 03/19/2020 3:00 PM GMT-7:00

Admission

$60.00 BCA Members
$80.00 Non-Members

Location

Mondays: United Methodist Church of Green Valley
Tuesdays: BCA Office, Tubac
Thursdays: BCA Office, Tubac
NeonCRM by Neon One