San Miguel, Guanajuato & Dolores Hidalgo

Art Tour Itinerary - September 2 - 8, 2009

These three Colonial cities are real jewels. They have been romanticized by writers throughout history and today are filled with artists of all types. The surrounding rolling hills are reminicent of Tuscany and the climate is perfect year round. All three cities are small and manageable. Guanajuato is known for it's myriad of tunnels beneath the city where it's easy to get lost if you're driving. It is also home to two of the most important Majolica potters in Mexico, Gorky Gonzalez and Capelo; and was home to Diego Rivera when he was a boy. Dolores Hidalgo is the seat of Mexico's independence. It is best known for its' Talavera pottery which is everywhere you turn. San Miguel is famous for it's huge American community of artists and it's sheer beauty. It boasts great shops, galleries and restaurants and is home to some wonderful folk artists whom you'll meet.

Wednesday, September 2

Arrive in Leon, Guanajuato and we'll meet your flight. We'll spend the night in the heart of Guanajuato with a group dinner to get acquainted. Depending on what time you arrive, you should have plenty of time to explore the winding streets in the heart of the city on foot.

Thursday, September 3

In the morning we'll visit Gorky Gonzalez follwed by a visit with Capelo. At both places, you'll have a chance to buy this wonderful pottery. On our way back toward the city, we'll visit an old Monestery filled with artists workshops leading to an old mine. We should have some free time in the afternoon for those who are interested in visiting the Diego Rivera Museum or the Mummy Museum. After dinner, we'll wander the streets and alleyways with a group of Minstrels - a must experience for Guanajuato.

Friday, September 4

After breakfast, we'll meander through the mountain roads to Doloras Hidalgo. We'll plan to make several stops along the way so you can get your fill of Talavera pottery. We'll end our journey late in the afternoon in beautiful San Miguel. Your evening will be free for dinner and wandering the streets.

Saturday, September 5

We'll spend Saturday visiting artists in their homes or workshops. First, we'll head up the hill to Antonio Madrazo's workshop. He is famous for his tin "nichos" that sport a great sense of humor. From there, we'll visit Ruth Cortez, famous for her nickel/silver treasures. We'll also visit Pedro Hernandez and his family, known for their paper mache creatures. And, we'll stop by and see Chilo Botes; a master tin artist. We'll have a group dinner on the plaza where you'll be infected by the wonderful ambiance of the city's sights, sounds and smells.

Sunday, September 6

This will be a free day for you to explore the city, the great crafts market, visit the church, wander the numerous galleries and shops or join a walking tour of some of San Miguel's wonderful architecture. The Plaza is a happening place on Sundays for families and lovers. There is often music and always great people watching.

Monday, September 7

After breakfast, we'll head to La Aurora, an ancient weaving factory that has been transformed into the center for Art & Design in San Miguel. This structure is filled with antique shops, galleries and artists studios. The building and grounds are gorgeous in their renovation. The afternoon will be free to visit anything you may have missed, or pick up those last minute purchases. We'll meet again for a final group dinner and celebration.

Tuesday, September 8

Departures throughout the day. There are numerous shuttles and taxis that can take you on the 2 hour journey back to Leon's airport.

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We travel very casually and really make the most out of every trip. Bob is a native of Mexico, we are both bilingual, and we have been traveling and buying together for nearly 20 years. We were just recently in Mexico and continue to feel safe and welcome throughout the interior of the country. We're sure you'll enjoy your travels with us!

San Miguel, Guanajuato & Dolores Hidalgo Tour

If you are interested in this San Miguel, Guanajuato & Dolores Hidalgo art tour, the trip will need to be finalized no later than June 15, 2009 so we can make sure we get hotel rooms booked before they are sold out. We still have some space left, so be sure to sign up right away. It will be a great trip!

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A $500 deposit is needed to reserve each person's place.

All of our trips include lodging based on double occupancy.  We prefer to stay in small, quaint hotels or B&Bs as opposed to large commercial hotels.  Full breakfast is included each day and many dinners are included.  We leave lunches open since the custom in Mexico is to have a late "comida" as opposed to traditional US lunches.  When we are on day trips, we always stop for snacks and usually have a cooler along to keep beverages cold and available.

Our trips also include shipping your purchases back to Boerne.  Space will be limited to boxes that can fit on pallets.  If you wish to purchase larger items, we can make special arrangements for an additional cost.  We will help with organizing your packing needs (bubble wrap, tape, boxes, etc.).  Trust us, we've packed super fragile items hundreds of times and can give you our best advise.  But, ultimately you will be responsible to safely pack all your own items.  COSAS cannot be responsible for any breakage.  It is a good idea to pack a little each day so you know what your materials needs may be.

Group limited to no more than 8 on a "first come/first served" basis.  No children please.


*Ground transporation provided to events listed in the details of the itinerary.  Activities may change if unforseen circumstances occur.  Transportation to/from Morelia airport not included.  Airfare not included.  Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, phone calls and other incidentals are not included.  No refunds for breakfasts not consumed; events/services not used; early departures.  If for any reason COSAS cancels the tour, a full refund will be issued.

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