Traditional Arts & Artists of Baja California

Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 5:00pm

This tour is now full. Contact Briana Puzzo to be added to the wait list: 760-767-0446 ext 1004.

Leader: Michael Wilken

$645 / $595 for ABF Members

Single Supplement: $55

Visit three indigenous communities of Baja California, acquire authentic traditional arts and enjoy learning about the cultural and natural heritage of the region. The small size of our expedition allows us to interact with the artists and to experience what is local and unique. Mike Wilken, your guide, is an anthropologist, professor and researcher who lives in Baja California and has worked with the indigenous peoples of Baja California for over 30 years.

Trip price includes meals, lodging, custom guide service, driver and van transport from border and back, extra vehicle with driver/guide for baggage, wine tasting and a donation to the Tecate Community Museum.

Limited to 12 participants

 ITINERARY - three days/two nights 

Day 1: Park on the US side of Tecate where you can leave your cars in fenced parking lots ($5 a day). We meet you there, walk you over border to van. We visit the Tecate Community Museum, proceed to Guadalupe Valley, visit the Kumeyaay village of San Antonio Necua and a local winery for a wine tasting, have dinner in Guadalupe Valley then proceed to lodging in the Ensenada area. 

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast of fresh, local products, we travel to the Paipai community, on the way visiting the Piedras Gordas store that specializes in cheeses from many of the region’s historical ranches, proceed to Santa Catarina to visit working potters and purchase items, enjoy lunch in the Paipai community, see historical sites and learn about the diverse environments of the region, then return for dinner in Ensenada and back to our lodgings. 

Day 3: After breakfast, travel back to the Guadalupe Valley and the Kumeyaay basketmakers village of San Jose de la Zorra to meet artists, see the making of basketry and purchase basketry items. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch in the Guadalupe Valley and then head back to Tecate and the border, where your crossing will be quick and easy because you will be walking back over. 

Obtaining medical and travel insurance for this trip is the responsibility of each participant.

Cancellation policy:
 - Cancel prior to May 1, 2015, $20 per person is not refundable.
 - Cancel between May 1 and May 14, $300 per person is not refundable unless we can fill your reservation.
 - Cancel May 15 or after, no refund unless we can fill your reservation.
 - If ABF cancels a trip, we will issue a full refund or credit.
Sorry but no exceptions can be made to this policy. We understand that unforeseen and emergency circumstances may arise, however, this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last-minute cancellations.