This journey with WNMU will showcase the best of Jalisco! From the Art of Charro, Tequila, Mariachis, Jose Clemente Orozco in Guadalajara, the potters of Tonala and Tlaquepaque and more, we’ll learn about and experience this iconic State of Mexico. We’ll attend a private “Lienzo Charro” event, as well as witness the beautiful work of the “Escaramuzas” and their masterful work on their horses. We’ll explore the town of Tequila, home to the distilled beverage that shares its name. In Tequila we’ll see how Tequila is produced, from plant to bottle.
Day One: Arrive Guadalajara, Welcome Dinner, Mariachis,Tequila and Regional Cuisine!, Overnight Guadalajara
Arriving in Guadalajara (GDL), you’ll be met at the airport and transfer to our centrally located hotel, Hotel Morales. We’ll gather in the hotel lobby to kick off our trip with a Welcome Dinner. Mariachis and Tequila included!
Day Two: The Highlights of Guadalajara: Jose Clemente Orozco and Other, Overnight Guadalajara
Today is dedicated to a walking tour in the Historic Center of Guadalajara. We’ll visit the City Highlights, and will also focus on the magnificent Murals by Jose Clemente Orozco, known as one of the “Big Three” Muralists, along side Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Orozco’s Murals in the Hospicio Cabañas is considered the Sistine Chapel of Mexico. We’ll enjoy lunch along the way! Dinner is at leisure, and we’ll provide a list of recommendations.
Day Three: Tlaquepaque and Tonala: The Artisans and Potters of Jalisco, Overnight Guadalajara
On the outskirts of Guadalajara are the pottery towns of Tonala and Tlaquepaque. Today is dedicated to artisan, workshop visits to learn about their craft in “barro brunido”, burnished pottery, so renowned from this region. We’ll visit some of the great masters of this art form. Since blown glass is also renowned here, we’ll also include a visit to a blown glass workshop. A fun day is in store!
Day Four: Guachimontones ancient ruins and Tequila, Overnight Tequila
The ancient cultures of Western Mexico share unique cultural traits that are different from much of other regions of Mexico. It is believed that given early trade with Southern Hemisphere cultures, in Peru, Ecuador, Central America, their cultural traits share some similarities. By visiting the ancient site of Guachimontones, dating to 300 BCE, we’ll learn about some of these singular cultural characteristics. The Teuchitlán tradition is notable for its circular central plazas and conical step pyramids. According to researcher Phil Weigand, these unusual structures are “unique in the Mesoamerican architectural repertoire and indeed are not found anywhere else in the world”.
Day Five: The Cuervo Experience, Overnight Tequila
Today we’ll visit the fields, distillery, and enjoy a special tequila tasting event with our friends at Tequila Cuervo. We’ll break for lunch, before visiting the new Cuervo Cultural Center / Museum and have a special guided tour of “The Art of the Charro Exhibition” (on loan from the National Museum of History in Mexico City), and an exhibition of Grandes Maestros de Banamex. (B) Overnight Tequila at the new Cuervo Hotel!
Day Six: Charro Day, Private Lienzo Charro Experience
Today we’ll enjoy a private demo called a “Lienzo Charro” to learn about the history and techniques used in charro competitions. These masterful techniques were historically related to the work of the ranch hands and the harnessing of their animals in the employment of the work of the rancher. Charreria is the precursor and influence for the rodeo in the U.S. We’ll also enjoy a demo of the famed Escaramuzas, lovely women dressed beautifully in their charra garb who demonstrate extraordinary control and skill in maneuvering theirr horses in rapid-fire criss cross patterns, insuring that the crossing horses are perfectly timed and synchronized.
Day Seven: Drive to Hacienda de Franca, For our Farewell Comida
Today we’ll drive to the outskirts of Guadalajara, to visit a stunning Hacienda with the most breathtaking view of the dramatic “barrancas” of this region of Jalisco. We’ll enjoy a lovely farewell “comida” here.
Day Eight: Return Flights