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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 led by both Mexican and American guides provide a first-hand orientation to the rising economic and civil sector of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

BCA Nogales Cross Border Tour video: https://vimeo.com/277906834

Lunch as well as a flan and coffee reception with a member of the US Consulate included. Transportation in Mexico is by van with professional driver - only minimal walking is required.

Read about this nonprofit BCA day trip into Nogales in Tucson's Arizona Daily Star: https://tucson.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/tours-help-separate-fact-from-fiction-along-mexican-border/article_44f6530c-eeae-5dd3-8525-345d4f454dbb.html

Border Community Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tubac, Arizona. The mission of BCA is bridging the border and fostering community through education, collaboration and cultural exchange.

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 8, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

01/08/2020 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).

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.

Jan 15, 2020 Magdalena Then and Now

01/15/2020 08:00 AM - 01/16/2020 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 20-27, 2020 Oaxaca

01/20/2020 - 01/27/2020
  • $900.00  -  Deposit per person by 6/15/19
  • $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
Deposit due 6/15/19. 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

Jan 29, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

01/29/2020 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).

February 1, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

02/01/2020 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).

Feb 6-8, 2020 Hermosillo: Sonora's Capital

02/06/2020 10:00 AM - 02/08/2020 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.

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.

Feb 19, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

02/19/2020 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).

February 21, 2020 Gastronomic Tour

02/20/2020 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).

Feb 26 - Mar 2, 2020 Álamos, Sonora Trip

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)
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.

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
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).

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
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).

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
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).

FULL 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).

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 29-31, 2020 Beautiful Rio Sonora

03/29/2020 08:30 AM - 03/31/2020 05:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • $595.00  -  Rio Sonora Double Occupancy PP
  • $675.00  -  Rio Sonora 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 the name to this northern Republic of Mexico state. 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 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, 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. Aconchi is also famous for its thermal agua caliente springs below the Sierra de Aconchi. We will also visit a natural building homestead 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.

Apr 22, 2020 Cross Border Tour- Nogales

04/22/2020 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).

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
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).

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
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).

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
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).

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.

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

05/26/2020 - 06/06/2020
  • $3,100.00  -  Early Bird (pd in full by 2/1/20 ) Single Occupancy
  • $2,900.00  -  Early Bird (pd in full by 2/1/20) Double Occupancy
  • $3,300.00  -  Single Occupancy
  • $3,100.00  -  Double Occupancy
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.
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